Oslo’s iconic Norwegian Wood music festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary this summer by returning to its roots in Norwegian music. Organizers hope last year’s bellyflop of a pared-down program at another location will be followed by a big and much better splash back at the outdoor Frognerbadet swimming pool complex where it all began.
The festival will run from June 15-17 with only Norwegian musicians on the program, including the ever-popular band deLillos “with guests,” Susanne Sundfør, Kari Bremnes and Raga Rockers. New festival chief Svein Bjørge told newspaper Aftenposten he wants to highlight Norwegian music instead of international stars who “have taken attention away from the fact that Norwegian Wood has been one of the most important venues for Norwegian music for 24 years.”
The hype is already beginning around Oslo’s and Norway’s busy summer music festival scene. Among festivals already selling out in Oslo are OverOslo, held on the hilltop at Grefsen with sweeping views over the city, and Piknik i Parken, held on the grounds of the Vigeland Museum, both on the same Midsummer weekend in late June. Øyafestivalen later in the summer is also a major draw, this year featuring Lana Del Rey and Lars Vaular.