Norwegian Wood chops festival program

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Norway’s highly acclaimed Norwegian Wood music festival is being chopped down to just one day this year, and moved from its home at Frognerbadet to the waterfront at Bjørvika. Organizers cited “challenges” in booking bands to play.

That hasn’t appeared to be a problem in the past, with Norwegian Wood regularly billing top performers over its 24-year history, including David Bowie in 2004. As of last week, only one band, Wilco, had been booked for Friday June 17, and speculation was swirling over whether the festival would be held at all.

It will, at the outdoor fjordside area called Sukkerbiten behind the Opera House in Oslo. Festival chief Mie Skard announced in a press release Tuesday that “we have chosen to concentrate on the one day,” adding that Norwegian band Bigbang would also play, along with Israel Nash.

“Sukkerbiten is a beautiful arena that we’re looking forward to get acquainted with,” Skard stated, “and next year we’ll be back at Frognerbadet.” staff