Molde celebrates jazz despite Corona

Molde Jazz was opening Monday in a scaled-down version, even though it’s celebrating its 60th anniversary. Corona restrictions will limit audiences in Molde, with veteran Karin Krog expecting that she’ll be singing for about as many people at this festival as she did at the first one in 1960. Krog, now 83 years old herself, […]

‘Norwegian Wood’ returns to its roots

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 […]

‘Hellbillies’ band sues concert organizer

The members of one of Norway’s most popular bands, Hellbillies, think they were short-changed of ticket revenues at a concert they held in Levanger last year. Now the band and the local civic organization Levanger Vel will face off in court in January. The band claims the organization violated the contract for the concert, which attracted […]

Strong wind cancelled concerts

Six of the concerts making up the annual Slottsfjell music festival in Tønsberg were cancelled on Saturday because of strong winds. The organizers had to close off areas that were considered unsafe for the public. The stormy weather disrupted the last day of the popular festival, not least the performances of bands including Orango, Little […]

A-ha didn’t retire after all

It came as no big surprise to followers of the Norwegian rock band a-ha that its three members have once again agreed to come out of retirement to play at a huge, potentially lucrative music festival in Rio de Janeiro. A-ha members have performed individually and collectively since officially bowing out in 2010, and now they’ll make a […]

Eclectic mix for 2014 Moldejazz

The 54th annual Molde International Jazz Festival kicked off this week with a traditional street party through the heart of the central Norwegian city. Organizers were happy with ticket pre-sales, despite the lack of a major international headline artist and mixed responses to the eclectic program. While Jazz star Sidsel Endresen was named the artist in […]

Jazz festival trumpets 50 years

Organizers of the Kongsberg Jazz Festival are hopeful major international acts including US legend Stevie Wonder will make their 50th anniversary event the biggest festival in Norway this year. Ticket pre-sales before the festival opened on Wednesday were 10 times better than last year, and manager Kai Gustavsen said Konsgberg could topple Molde for Norway’s jazz […]

Musicians’ near miss at Texas festival

Several Norwegian musicians narrowly avoided injury when a car ploughed into a crowd of people at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music industry festival in Austin, Texas. A man and a woman were killed and about 23 others were injured when the allegedly drunk driver crashed through a barricade and into a crowd outside a […]

More Norwegian lyrics at ‘by:Larm’ festival

Oslo’s first big music festival of the year, by:Larm, was getting underway on Wednesday with more Norwegian lyrics to be heard as more than 100 artists take the stage. It’s suddenly become more trendy to sing in the local language instead of English, reported state broadcaster NRK. By:Larm is both a music industry conference and […]

Mayor seeks BASE jumping ban

Norway is world famous as an extreme sports mecca, but the mayor of a renowned BASE jumping area has sought to literally take the wind out of adrenaline junkies’ sails. The Aurdal mayor wants the sport banned locally and national regulations to be drawn up after three men died BASE jumping in Gudvangen last autumn. […]