The last day at Blastfest 2016 had an equally impressive line up as the other days. All Norwegian bands, and with a good variety in styles. Personally I wasn’t as active as the other days, but I covered the three last bands on the big stage, Red Harvest, Green Carnation and the one I had been looking most forward to, Abbath (picture above).
Blastfest this year was just as good as I had expected from last year. The idea to book only Norwegian bands was successful, and it also shows that it is not a problem to book a four day festival with 51 Norwegian metal bands that all hold a high quality. And still there are more Norwegian metal bands that easily could have headlined each of the days.
Another thing that I like about Blastfest and similar metal festivals is the people attending. The metal family comes from all over the world, reputably from more than 40 different nations, to see their heroes. I see the same at the Inferno festival in Oslo. I think this clearly shows the standing of Norwegian metal internationally. It also shows the strengt of the music to unite people. I may not be a member of the inner circles of the metal family, but I stille feel at home with them. I’ll be back at Blastfest next year.
Here are the artists I saw Saturday at Blastfest.
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