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Four days of rock. Øyafestivalen, the largest outdoor music festival in Oslo, starts properly tomorrow in the Medieval Park (Middelalderparken). The Øya Festival was created by music lovers, for music lovers, and there’ll be a range of music on four stages; all in a green setting. It started in 1999 as a one day festival with 1200 visitors, but has seen more and more visitors as time went on. 85,000 people came in last year.

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Published on Tuesday, 10th August, 2010 at 17:49 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk.

Øyafestivalen, the largest outdoor music festival in Oslo, starts properly tomorrow in the Medieval Park (Middelalderparken).

Brazilian funk group Bonde do Rolê, Øya Festival 2007
Brazilian funk group Bonde do Rolê, Øya Festival 2007
Photo: Tore Urnes/Wikimedia Commons


Fields of green

The Øya Festival was created by music lovers, for music lovers, and there’ll be a range of music on four stages; all in a green setting.

It started in 1999 as a one day festival with 1200 visitors, but has seen more and more visitors as time went on. 85,000 people came in last year.

However, the music wasn`t the only goal organizers had. They wanted to build a profile as the one of the most environmentally sound festival in Europe.

In 2003/2004 they participated in the development of criteria for the Eco-Lighthouse certification. It’s based on a complex set of rules and demands, like lower environmental strain on the festival area, as well as the implementation of environmental measures before and after the event has taken place.

The Øya Festival took part in panel discussions in Europe and the US about how the festivals can get to be more environmentally-friendly.

It’s now joined the Green Nordic Festival Alliance, and all their efforts have paid off. In 2010, the festival was given the status of the most environmentally-responsible festival in Europe at the European Festival Awards.

Who’s playing that song, and other information

Some of international artists this year are:

Amanda Jenssen(SE), The Flight Reaction(SE), Murmansk(FI), DJ Mathas Kaden(DK), Trash Talk(US), Sleepy Sun(UK), Air(FR), M.I.A.(UK), Harlem (US), The Whip(UK), Caribon(CA), Jonsi(IS), Die Antwoord (ZA), Kumar(CU), Tony Allen(NG), Headman(CH).

Located in Gamlebyen, the oldest part of Oslo, the park’s a ten minute walk from Oslo Central Station.

There is no age limit at the festival, apart from in clubs in the city centre. All children below the age of 12 must be registered before they’re allowed into the festival.

The festival area is equipped with wheelchairs at the two largest stages. There’s a special gate for the disabled next to the accreditation stand.

It opens at 12.00 every day, and gates close at 22.00, one hour before the final concert an hour later.

Tickets can be bought at Ticketmaster, by calling 815 33 133, or at Narvesen and 7-Eleven.

For more information, visit the website.



Published on Tuesday, 10th August, 2010 at 17:49 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk.

This post has the following tags: oeya, festival, oslo, rock, music, environment, green, gamlebyen, middelalderparken, nordic, festival, alliance.





  
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