‘Biggest and best’ festival gets underway

Oslo’s Øya summer music festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, serving cake to early arrivals when it opened Wednesday afternoon. Organizers reported it was sold out as of last week, even before media commentators ranked it as Norway’s “biggest and best” once again. International stars, new artists and a broad selection of Norwegian […]

Music festivals hang on to their identities

Another busy season of summer festivals in Norway will soon draw to a close. In the increasingly attractive region of Helgeland, known for its thousands of islands and coastal culture, organizers of two major festivals are keen to literally hang on to their roots. While Rootsfestivalen in Brønnøysund wants to retain a local identity, Trænafestivalen hopes […]

‘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 […]

‘Øya’ festival struck harmony with fund

Hopes for strength and a more harmonic future were largely behind the decision by leaders of Norway’s largest music festival, “Øya,” to let a large US investment fund take it over. The acquisition offers more proof that festivals have become big business. News of the acquisition was released just as Øya was opening for its […]

Festival summer hot and challenging

Norway’s summer music festival season was reaching its crescendo this week. From “OverOslo” in June to the country’s largest festival “Øya,” which opens this week in Oslo, the festivals represent multi-million-kroner business but are also under pressure, from the high compensation demanded by performers to the neighbours who don’t like seeing their local parks and […]

Oslo Pride broke financial records, too

Organizers of this year’s Oslo Pride festival have already been able to revel in record-breaking participation and spectators when celebrations climaxed with the annual Pride Parade on Saturday. Now they’re reporting record profits as well, and may actually hire some staff instead of relying strictly on volunteers. An estimated 40,000 people were out marching along […]

‘Norwegian Wood’ festival cancelled

Norway’s traditional but troubled music festival “Norwegian Wood” has been cancelled this year, after an attempt to revive it stranded because of poor ticket sales and what its new owner views as an aversion to risk. Henning Thoresen took over the festival that was held every June at the Frogner Park since 1994. It made […]

‘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 […]

Norwegian music hits a high note

“Thank you for the music, Sweden. Now it’s our turn.” That was the headline in the national Norwegian magazine A-Magasinet nearly a year ago, and today Norway’s music industry is reverberating more than ever around the world. The Swedes have been a pop music superpower for decades, but their neighbours are suddenly stealing the stage […]

By:Larm gathers Nordic talent

Musical talent from the Nordic countries was hitting stages in Oslo again as the annual by:Larm music conference and festival got underway on Thursday. By:Larm is considered a premier arena especially for new Norwegian musicians. The major musical event of the year is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, after starting up in Trondheim […]