Music lovers from around the world gather to witness some of the world’s greatest live music festivals and events, all to be found in Norway. Whether you prefer jazz, rock, traditional music or something else altogether, these world famous music festivals are considered some of the most popular and exciting events in the country.
Moldejazzis the oldest jazz music festival in all of Europe, and for good reason. Since its inception in 1961 this festival has been growing steadily, adding new resident and traveling musicians to its list of entertainers and performers, with every year. Located in the Molde, this annual festival has received the Norwegian “Buddy Award” several times, and is known as one of the best music festivals in the country. For more information visit moldejazz.no.
Sildajazz is one of the largest international jazz festivals in Norway. Featuring Norwegian musicians, as well as musicians from New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, France, Russia, Sweden, and many other areas around the world, this is one festival music-lovers won’t want to miss. The four to five day event takes place in Stavanger, during the late summer months. For more information go to sildajazz.no.
Rock Festivals and Concerts
The annual Norway Rock Festival has grown tremendously since the days when it first began as the Kvinesdal Rock Festival. Featuring famous bands and musicians from around the world, this festival takes place over a period of several days in late July. For more information visit Norway rock.no.
Oslo Live Festival is held annually at Konstraskjaeret. One of the country’s newest festivals, started in 2008, the event has quickly become known as one of Norway’s major festivals. Featuring three full days of rock, pop and hip-hop music, right in the middle of one of the country’s biggest cities, this is one festival no music lover should skip. For more information visit Oslo’s visitor information web-site. While there check out the Oya music festival, Oslo’s biggest rock music festival, attended by more than 60,000 people annually.
Traditional Norwegian Music Concerts and Folk Music Festivals
The FØrde Traditional and World Music Festival is held during the second week of July. Fans of folk and traditional Norwegian music will find plenty of entertainment at this annual festival, as will those who enjoy a variety of exotic music samplings, from all around the world. Dancing, children’s activities, parades and much more will keep everyone in the family busy and happy, during this three day long music extravaganza. For more information visit fordfestival.no
Other Festivals in Norway
The Numusic Festival, held in Stavanger, is a celebration of electronic music, as well as many other types of music which can be defined as “new and adventurous“. The festival has established itself as the world’s greatest showcase of original and progressive music. The festival is held in late summer/early fall. For more information about the Stavanger Numusic Festival visit numusic.no.
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