The Molde Jazz Festival was established in 1961 as a small weekend festival. Nowadays, it is the biggest jazz festival in Norway and one of the biggest in Europe, and opened yesterday.
Each July, the festival lures a wide audience, and is growing in popularity. The organizers have reason to be proud with their annual numbers of visitors. 80 000-100 000 attend the festival.
World stars have also enjoyed Molde Jazz over the years. Bob Dylan, Sting, Santana, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, Patti Smith or Eric Clapton are to name just a few.
The director of the festival, Jan Ole Otnæs, arranged 140 concerts last year using volunteers and employees.
They also started the tradition of presenting outdoor concerts for a younger audience. And this year, there are special performances for children between 7 and 14 who can enjoy 3 days of concerts for 500 kroner. It’s free for under 7s.
Information about the place
Molde is a charming small town situated on the West Coast of Norway part of Romsdal region, close to the bigger town of Ålesund. Flights to Molde from Oslo take about an hour, and less than two from Stavanger.
There’s a jazz camp where you can put up your tent, located three kilometers to the west of the town. It’s the cheapest option for accommodation compared to hotels and hostels, and costs 90 kroner per person per night.
There’s plenty of space in the camp for the spontaneous, assure the organizers, and you can even rent a tent.
This year’s artists
Pass costs Kr 1200
TICKETS ON SALE AT: www.moldejazz.no or www.billettservice.no or Billettservice on 815 33 133.
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