Bylarm is the Norwegian showcase festival with a Nordic and international focus. The first festival was arranged in 1998, so this years edition was the twenty second. The mix between seminars and showcases is well tested from festivals like SXSW, and it works well for Bylarm, too. (Photo above: brenn.)
What I like best at festivals like this, is that you can meet colleagues and friends at the conference part of the festival, and also that many of the seminars and panels adds knowledge about many interesting topics. This year I chose panels about copyright, about Article 13 in the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. I also saw presentations about surveys dealing with the economy in the Norwegian music market plus a survey about internationalization for Norwegian artists.
The singer of Jinjer
One interesting part of the showcase part of the festival, is Bylarm Black. Two of the stages have only metal acts all three days, and I visited two of the days. The rest of the showcases I saw were held at different venues and of different music styles. All together I found it interesting that it seems like guitar based rock is slowly coming back, and that EDM seems to be taking a back seat.
Here are the artists I saw during Bylarm 2019.
Girl In Red
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