Weary of risking rowdiness, wet and muddy campsites and a lack of modern comfort, some of the young spectators at southern Norway’s popular Hove music festival in Arendal are paying relatively high prices for “luxury tents” that feature such amenities as door locks, mattresses and electricity. Then the concert-goers won’t, among other things, risk dead batteries on their mobile phones and other electronic gear.
“I stayed in the main camp last year and got sick,” festival-goer Ina Gundersen told newspaper Aftenposten on Wednesday, midway through the week-long festival. “And someone stole our beer.”
This year she’s among those willing to pay as much as NOK 3,800 (USD 633) to move into a tent that’s already been set up and also offers access to “proper” toilets and showers. No more portable, non-flush toilets for her and her group of friends from Moss, south of Oslo. “It’s absolutely worth it,” they claimed. “It’s also much quieter.”
It’s all part of the “glamping” (glamourous camping) that’s begun in recent years and also includes small cabins known as hytter. All of the roughly 500 “luxury” tents and hytter sold out at Hove this year. The festival attracts around 10,000 campers to the weeklong event on the island of Tromøya outside Arendal. Headliners this year include Ellie Goulding, The Offspring, Disclosure, M.IA and Martin Garrix.