The Øya festival is one of the biggest festivals in Norway. It is currently held in August on the grounds of Tøyen parken (moved after many years at Middelalderparken – the Medieval Park). The audience reaches about 85,000 people for 4 days and countless others during lots of the preceding club parties and the club night.
An advantage of the festival is the location. It takes little time to walk from Oslo center to the festival area, thus making it possible to forget the trouble of camping, like for many big 4 day events outside cities.
There are four stages. It is a festival for all ages so it is not uncommon to see parents with little kids. It is also a festival offering more than music. A wide area with tents for food, drink, selling gadgets, magazines, clothing from various sponsors. And there’s always some place on the grass where you can relax and work on your tan.
Another thing I love is the wide variety of music styles. I have seen the blackest of metals, to the cheesiest pop, hip-hop, mellow rock, jazz, weird experiments, African or South American music. For a list of past performers, check this page.
The festival tends to sell out rather early, but you can always use the Facebook page or other media if you would love to attend at least one of the days. There is also a Club day on Wednesdays spread around different smaller venues in the city. Plenty of afterparties available each day as well.