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Music Festivals in Norway

From Kristiansand in the south to Svalbard in the North, here are some of the top music festivals, large and small, taking place in Norway this year.

Pop and Rock

Norwegian Wood Festival, Oslo, June. Norway’s top rock music festival. Next:  June 12-14 2014. Read more about the Norwegian Wood Festival (Norwegian).

Hove Festival, Arendal, late June-early July. Next: June 28 - July 3 2014. Read more about the Hove Festival.

Bukta Festival, Tromsø, July. Open-air rock festival voted best music festival in Norway in 2010. Next: July 17-19 2014. Read more about the Bukta Festival.

Vinjerock, Eidsbugarden Jotunheimen, July. Next:  July 17-20 2014. Read more about Vinjerock (Norwegian).

Slottsfjell Festival, Tønsberg, July. Next:  July 17-19  2014. Read more about the Slottsfjell Festival (Norwegian).

Malakoff, Nordfjordeid, July. Next:  July 17-19 2014. Read more about Malakoff

Raumarock, Åndalsnes, August. A yearly rock festival in the municipality of Rauma in Møre og Romsdal. Next:  August 1-2 2014. Read more about Raumarock.

Øya Festival, Oslo, August. Oslo’s largest outdoor music festival. Next:  August 5-9 2014. Read more about the Øya Festival.

Pstereo, Trondheim, August. Next: August 15-16 2014. Read more about Pstereo.

Jazz and Blues

Polar Jazz, Longyearbyen, February. The world’s northernmost music festival. Next: To be announced. Read more about Polar Jazz(Norwegian).

Vossa Jazz, Voss, April. Established in 1973. Next:  April 11-13 2014. Read more about Vossa Jazz.

Nidaros Blues Festival, Trondheim, April-May. Next:  April 24-27 2014. Read more about the Nidaros Blues Festival (Norwegian).

Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Kongsberg, July. Next:  July 2-5 2014. Read more about the Kongsberg Jazz Festival (Norwegian).

Molde International Jazz Festival, Molde, July. Norway’s largest jazz festival, and Europe’s oldest. Next:  July 14-19 2014. Read more about the Molde International Jazz Festival.

Notodden Blues Festival, Notodden, August. Scandinavia’s largest blues festival. Next: July31 - August 3 2014. Read more about the Notodden Blues Festival (Norwegian).

Silda Jazz, Haugesund, August. Next:  August 6-10 2014. Read more about Silda Jazz.

Oslo Jazz Festival, Oslo, August. Celebrated 25 years in 2011. Next:  August 11-16 2014. Read more about the Oslo Jazz Festival.

DølaJazz, Lillehammer, October. Next: October 16-19 2014. Read more about the DølaJazz (Norwegian).

Folk and Country

Hardanger Music Festival, Ullensvang, June. Music and culture from the Hardangerfjord area. Next:  June 5-9 2014. Read more about the Hardanger Music Festival.

Vinstra Music Festival, Vinstra, July. Next: July 2-6 2014. Read more about the Vinstra Music Festival (Norwegian).

Førde International Folk Music Festival, Førde, July. Attracts folk music artists from all over the world. Next:  July 2-6 2014. Read more about the Førde International Folk Music Festival.

Seljord Country Festival, Seljord, late July. Norway’s largest country music festival. Next:  July 23-27 2014. Read more about the Seljord Country Festival (Norwegian).

Telemark Festival, Bø, July. International folk music festival. Next: August 7-10 2014. Read more about the Telemark Festival (some info in English).

Classical

Risør Chamber Music Festival, Risør, late June-early July. Next:  June 24-29 2014. Read more about the Risør Chamber Music Festival.

Grieg in Bergen, Bergen, June-August. Bergen’s largest event for classical music. Next: Dates yet to be announced. Read more about Grieg in Bergen.

Grieg concerts, Bergen, June to September. Norwegian and international artists play in Edvard Grieg’s home at Troldhaugen. Read more about the Grieg concerts.

Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Oslo, August. Top-class chamber music from Norwegian and international musicians. Next:  August 16-23 2014. Read more about the Oslo Chamber Music Festival.

Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, Trondheim, September. Next: September 22-28 2014. Read more about the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

Opera

Kristiansund Opera Festival (Operafestukene), Kristiansund, February. Next: Dates yet to be announced. Read more about the Kristiansund Opera Festival.

Opera Østfold, Halden, June (every other year). Open-air performances in the grounds of Halden Fortress. Next:  June 10-13 2015 (Tosca by Puccini). Read more about Opera Østfold.

Opera Week in Stjørdal, Trondheimsfjord, August. Midnight Opera at Steinvikholm Castle. Celebrated 20 years in 2013. Next:  August 2-17 2014. Read more about Opera Week in Stjørdal.

Oslo Opera Festival, Oslo, September. Next: Dates yet to be announced. Read more about the Oslo Opera Festival (Norwegian).

Church and Choir

Oslo International Church Music Festival, Oslo, March. Church music from the Middle-Ages to the present day. Next:  March 21-30 2014. Read more about the Oslo International Church Music Festival.

Bodø International Organ Festival, Bodø, April-May. Next:  April 23-27 2014. Read more about the Bodø International Organ Festival.

Soul Children Festival, Oslo, October. Children and teenage choirs. Next: October 24-26  2014. Read more about the Soul Children Festival.

Other

Ice Music Festival, Geilo, January-February. Alternative music festival where both the stage and the instruments are carved out of local ice and snow. Next: 5-7 February 2015. Read more about the Ice Music Festival.

By:Larm, Oslo, February. Music conference and live concerts. Next:  February 26 -  March 1 2014. Read more about By:Larm.

Inferno Metal Festival, Oslo, March-April. Norwegian black metal festival. Next:  April 16-19 2014. Read more about the Inferno Festival.

National Music Day, Oslo and nationwide, usually the first Saturday in June. Free street concerts and related events. Next:  June 7 2014. Read more about the National Music Day.

Riddu Riddu Festival, Kåfjord, July. International festival focusing on indigenous cultures. Next:  July 9-13 2014. Read more about the Riddu Festival.

Risør Bluegrass Festival, Risør, July. Next:  July 10-12 2014. Read more about the Risør Blugrass Festival (Norwegian).

Ultima Festival, Oslo, September. Scandinavia’s largest contemporary music festival. Next:  September 10-20 2014. Read more about the Ultima Festival.

Numusic Festival, Stavanger, September-October. Next: Dates yet to be announced. Showcases local, national and international emerging talent. Read more about the Numusic Festival.

Oslo World Music Festival, Oslo, November. Next: October 28 - November 2 2014. Read more about the Oslo World Music Festival.

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Last updated:  2014-04-02
The Øya Festival is Oslo's largest outdoor music festival - Photo: Nancy Bundt
The Øya Festival is Oslo's largest outdoor music festival
Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway has a strong reputation among performers - Photo: Christian Melstrøm
Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway has a strong reputation among performers
The Ultima festival is one of Europe's foremost festivals for contemporary music - Photo: Rune Kongsro
The Ultima festival is one of Europe's foremost festivals for contemporary music
The Øya Festival presents big names in a good mix of performances - Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt
The Øya Festival presents big names in a good mix of performances

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Rock to your heart's content at Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo - Photo: Viktor Jæger

Music Festivals in Norway

From Kristiansand in the south to Svalbard in the North, here are some of the top music festivals, large and small, taking place in Norway this year.

Music Festivals in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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