Next weekend Steinkjerfestivalen (The Steinkjer Festival) is arranged in the mid-Norway city of Steinkjer. This year they have Behemoth, Kaizers Orchestra, Susanne Sundfør and D.D.E. as some of the headliners, plus some really interestiong other bands like El Doom and The Born Electric, The South, Hedvig Mollestad Trio and Mongo Ninja.
Here are pictures of some of the artists from last year.
There are many medium big festivals in Norway, often in medium sized cities around the country, and Steinkjerfestivalen is one of the best in my opinion. Togerther with the Pstereo festival, Bukta, Slottsfjell and Rått & Råde, they represent good, interesting booking and a really good organisation. And like these other festivals, the driving force behind the festival is an undying enthusiasm and willingness to spend thousands of non-paid hours to give the citizens of Steinkjer a unique experience.
Sometimes I think the local politicians and the businesses in towns like Steinkjer don’t know their own best when they don’t support festivals like Steinkjerfestivalen with more money. The festival gives them cultural credibility, it brings great artists to the city, it brings people from outside of the city to the festival, and many people spend a lot of money during the weekend.
I will be at the festival in Steinkjer next wekend taking pictures for this blog. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these pictures from last year.
All photos are © Per Ole Hagen and may not be used without written permission.