The country best known for its fjords and mountains has also proven to be a cultural haven with an array of fantastic festivals. Welcome to Oslo this summer! With several festivals attracting international stars and up-and-coming talents, the arts and entertainment scene in Oslo is worth paying attention to. Braid your hair, put on your shorts and shades to get ready for an eventful summer in the Norwegian capital.
The popular music festival, recently awarded ‘Festival of the Year’ in Norway, is aiming to be one of the most environmentally-friendly festivals in the world. Therefore, entering by foot, city bike or public transportation is recommended. There is no age-limit and children under the age of 12 enter free. Feel the grass between your toes while you sway to the roaring beats of your favorite artists. Get your ticket now since the tickets are selling out fast, or make sure you buy a day-pass to Øya Festivalen after planning for which artists you want to see. With an astounding bouquet of noteworthy performers, it’s hard to boil it down to a list of highlights, but Arctic Monkeys, Ane Brun, Jenny Lewis, and Jorja Smith definitely deserve a mention.
When: August 7-11 / Where: Tøyen-area, Oslo
The outdoor rock festival named after the Beatles song Norwegian Wood is an experience you’ll remember for a long time. Experience your favorite artists rock it out on a stage surrounded by scenic Norwegian nature. There is no age limit and the line-up is very eclectic. Buy yourself a three-day or one-day pass to see Rival Sons and several other fantastic entertainers. Hang out in Woodville for a snack and bar access or stroll around the adjacent Frogner Park between the shows.
When: June 14-16 / Where: Frognerbadet, Oslo
Oslo Jazz Festival
If you prefer a more classical music style, emphasizing smooth sax and piano instrumentals, you should check out Oslo Jazz Festival. The city is filled with rhythm and jazz as some of the best musicians gather in venues across Oslo to play more than 60 concerts. Taking you back to the origin of sound and beats, this years edition will prove to be nothing less that incredible with talents like Sons Of Kemet topping the bill.
When: August 11-18 / Where: Venus across Oslo
This relatively young festival has succeeded in attracting big headliner acts within the genres of EDM music and different House styles, and this year is no different. Get ready for a night to remember when Zara Larsson, Tiësto, and Post Malone take the stage for a party to remember. The age limit to the Findings Festival is 18 years old, or 20 if you want premium access. As it keeps getting bigger every year, this is something you should not miss!
When: August 17-18 / Where: Bislett Stadium
Oslo World Music Festival
This grand festival celebrating music from all corners of the world has been awarded as one of the top 25 international music festivals for six years in a row. Although this is not a summer festival, it’s worth a mention. Oslo World Music Festival aims at bringing new musical talent to Oslo, showcasing art from different cultures. Their main focus areas are Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is also dedicated to highlighting important issues, so you’ll be able to see and hear artists with political statements and agendas in addition to riveting rhythms.
This year is the 23rd edition of the festival and you’ll be able to listen to over 300 artists perform at more than 18 venues in Oslo. The entertainment ranges from flamenco and blues to hip-hop and soul, so there truly is something interesting for everyone. The list of performers is too long to even start mentioning, but you can check it out here.
When: 30 October -5 November / Where: Venues across Oslo
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