Norwegian Wood is held annually over three days at Frognerbadet, in the grounds of the rambling Vigelandparken. The main stage is at the bottom of a tree-dotted slope, which makes for a gorgeous natural amphitheatre. I’ve seen Arcade Fire, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the White Lies give stellar performances here in previous years.
Norwegian Wood is a pretty eclectic kind of music festival. It’s had an international lineup in previous years, but this year – the festival’s 25th anniversary – the organizers are trying something new and are featuring exclusively Norwegian bands. Head along for a taste of Norwegian music culture: the headliners include the fabulous Susanne Sundfør, local hip-hop talent such as OnklP & De Fjerne Slektningene and Klovner i Kamp, and classic acts such as Lillebjørn Nilsen and deLillos.
One of the best things about this festival (and the Oslo music scene in general) is that it’s not overcrowded. The punters are actually quite well behaved; they get into it for sure, but there’s not the moshing, crushing and general douchebaggery you get at some festivals. You can get right down by the stage, or stake a claim to a patch on the hillside. Very good vibes.