‘Norwegian Wood’ cancelled again

The once-thriving outdoor Norwegian Wood music festival in Oslo has been cancelled again for 2019. The festival that was held in the Frogner Park for many years was slimmed down to just one day in 2016 and never fully recovered. Financial problems and late bookings are behind its latest cancellation. New owner Henning Thoresen told […]

Black metal band rejects ‘nazi’ label

Norway has produced a lot of internationally successful black metal bands, but now one of them has caused problems for a popular concert venue in Oslo. An American rapper abruptly cancelled a concert there this week, to protest the music hall’s earlier booking of the band he branded as “nazi.” Newspaper Dagsavisen was among Norwegian […]

Eminem accused of censorship in Oslo

A total ban on photograpy by professional media organizations at the huge recent Eminem concert in Oslo has prompted Norwegian media organizations to send a unified complaint to concert promoters and arrangers. They’re accusing Eminem himself of outright censorship of a newsworthy event. The Norwegian Editors’ Association, Press Federation, National Journalists’ Union, Publishers’ Association and Press […]

Police hushed up concert bomb scare

Just as thousands of mostly young Norwegians were streaming into a huge annual outdoor concert in Oslo last month, police were called to the scene after a suspicious object was found just outside the concert area on City Hall Plaza. They in turn called in their bomb squad, after also finding a pile of DVDs […]

Mixed reviews after huge Eminem show

No photos were allowed and expectations were sky-high among the roughly 55,000 people who turned out for Oslo’s biggest outdoor show ever that was highlighted by the rapper Eminem. He received an enthusiastic reception from the crowd, but critics claim he merely delivered old hits to keep them satisfied while chaos ensued when they all […]

Nesbø recovering at local hospital

Jo Nesbø, Norway’s multi-talented artist and best-selling author, had to be admitted to a local hospital this week following an “acute illness.” It forced cancellation of the concert he planned to take part in with his band Di Derre in Skien, Telemark County, this weekend, but he was reportedly recovering on Friday. Telemarksavisa was the first […]

‘A very good by:Larm’

The annual Nordic music festival and conference in Oslo known as by:Larm attracted rave reviews after it ended this weekend. One critic called it an “irresistible tumult of new music,” and a teenager from Bergen stole the show. The packed concerts delivered by 17-year-old Hannah Emelie Grung, better known as Halie (pronounced “Holly”), were branded […]

Good reviews, protests met ‘a-ha’ in Oslo

Norway’s legendary rock band a-ha was back home i Oslo last weekend and greeted by both good reviews and some protests outdoors. Demonstrators think the band should cancel an upcoming concert in Israel. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that both Israeli and Norwegian  supporters of the Palestinians wrote letters and staged a demonstration outside the Oslo Spektrum […]

‘Is there an organist in the house?’

Norway’s popular and famed violinist Arve Tellefsen was all ready, along with the Nidaros Cathedral’s boys’ choir and their audience, to launch into another traditional Christmas concert at Oslo’s cathedral this week. Suddenly their organist became acutely ill. “We’ve often heard about people asking whether there’s a doctor in the house,” Tellefsen told newspaper Aftenposten, […]

‘Norwegian Wood’ files for bankruptcy

It was once one of the most popular summer music festivals in Norway. Then “Norwegian Wood” became a shadow of its former self and on Tuesday, the company that’s run it lately filed for bankruptcy. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the filing, in the local court for the suburban Oslo community of Asker og […]