The Oya festival is over, and it is a whole year to next time. This year the festival was held in a new location, which proved successful for the audience and hopefully also for the artists. It worked just fine for us photographers too, with good conditions and possibilities for some good shots. Here are my personal favorites from the bands I photographed at the festival. (Picture above: Bryan Ferry’s drummer Cherisse Osei.)
The new venue for the festival this year has a natural amphitheater for the audience, meaning everyone can see and hear what happens on the stage. The two main stages were located side by side, meaning the concerts alternated with seldom more than five to ten minutes in between the concerts. The two other stages, one open-air and one big tent stage, were located a distance from the others, meaning very little sound leakage between them.
From a photographer’s point of view, the fact that the main stage was lower than at the former location is a thing that really helps. Also that the two main stages plus the third one all were oriented towards east or north-east, meant that none of them got any direct sunlight. Here are my favorite pictures of the bands I shot during the festival.
All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.