Despite variable weather conditions, last week’s Øya Festival in Oslo went down in history books as one of the most successful with sold-out nights, no major cancellations, no organisational hiccups and many blistering live shows.
Last week’s Øya Festival went down as a solid success, with each night being completely sold-out, no cancellations, impeccable organisation and a satisfied crowd. The four-day open-air festival, the club nights and other Øya-related events drew a crowd of 77 500 - breaking all previous records. The open-air concerts in Oslo’s Mediaeval Park drew more than 15 000 concert goers each day.
Pitchforkmedia.com’s Brian Howe has submitted a long, thorough and very well-written Øya report that captures the spirit and ambiance of the Oslo festival really well. Writes Howe: “In terms of booking, organization, and accessibility, Øya is one of the better festivals I've attended. The stages were far enough apart to avoid sound bleed-over, but close enough to navigate without wearing out your legs. The schedule was kept with clockwork precision-- every band I saw started on time, and there were no unfilled slots due to last-minute cancellations.”
Read Howe’s entire excellent Øya report here.
Canadian bloggers Exclaim were also flown in to cover the Oslo festival and have also come up with a long and entertaining festival report.
The Telegraph’s Tim Burrows has posted a short but positive blog entry on his Oslo visit last week.
More festival reports will be added to this article in the coming days.