One of the biggest metal events in Norway, Inferno Festival, is held every year during the Easter weekend. The main venue is Rockefeller Music Hall, but a second stage is hosted by John Dee, with plenty of bands performing from Thursday to Saturday. Besides these two, the festival has a club day on Wednesday in clubs in the city. A list of venues can be found here.
For 2016, when it will be held from March 23 till 26, we already have names like Mayhem, Nile, Marduk, Sodom, Vader and so on. According to the website, the capacity is 1500 people per day. And despite the fact that I wandered around people mainly dressed in black, with ‘mean’ tattoos, t-shirts, spikes and long hair, I felt a fantastic atmosphere. The good mood is just floating in the air as everyone gets either to see their favorite band or a good unexpected performance. Or one can get a new tattoo or haircut.
The organizers have a contract with Christiania hotel where most bands stay so you get a chance to run into your favorite musician during the countless parties held at the hotel. Among the previous headliners, I can mention Emperor, Immortal, Marduk, Opeth, Ihsahn, Overkill, Paradise Lost, Behemoth, Enslaved. You can check the list of all names here.