About Per Ole Hagen

Avid concert photographer and music journalist. Works with Music IP management at the Norwegian Brodcasting System (NRK).

Don McLean in Oslo – Killing Us Softly With His Songs

Don Mc Lean 21102018-09We all have a soundtrack to our lives, usually the music we heard when we grew up, from when we were around thirteen to twenty years old. Some are more conscious about this soundtrack, others less. It all depends on if we were hung up on music, sports, girls/boys, etc. And some of the artists we heard at that time follow us the rest of our life. Last night I saw one of the contributors to my own soundtrack.

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Friday at Blues in Hell – Adam Douglas, Nick Moss, Reidar Larsen & The Storytellers and excellent young bands

Jan Erik Moe 31082018-06The Blues in Hell Festival has been a yearly tradition for me since the mid 90’s. The festival is held at Hell, a small place by the airport outside of Trondheim, Norway, and except for three years when it was called Hell Music Fest and the repertoar was pop/rock/hip hop, the festival has been true to the blues roots all the time. Being a smaller festival, they have also presented interesting and great artists a bit outside of the most commercial ones. (Photo above: The winner of the Blues in Hell Award, Jan Erik Moe)

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OBOS at the Roof of the National Opera with Hellbillies, Ane Brun, Odd Nordstoga and Fieh

Ane Brun 26082018-29The National Opera in Oslo is a spectacular building located by the seaside in Oslo. The outside and roof of the building is built in a way that makes it perfect as a live music venue. The stage is located on a barge, and people sit or stand on the marble roof of the opera house, all the way down to the water. Yesterday I was photographing a concert there with some of the best and most popular Norwegian artists. (Photo above: Ane Brun)

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Midgardsblot 2018 – Where Black Metal and Vikings Meet

Dimmu Borgir 17082018-18Midgardsblot is a unique festival in that it combines two cultures that you shouldn’t think had too much in common  – the extreme metal and the viking communities. But this happened for the fourth year last weekend at the Midgard viking center at Borre in Norway, and what a weekend it was! (Photo above: Dimmu Borgir)

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The Øya Festival 2018 – Saturday with Patti Smith, Bendik, Neneh Cherry, Sløtface, Curtis Harding and more

Patti Smith 11082018-21The last day at Øyafestivalen starts early, and the last band stops at 11 PM, which means ten hours of music from six stages. Twenty eight bands and artists plus book talks and artist interviews. And after the last act has finished, the party continues at clubs in Oslo, like the other three nights. With the club day Tuesday before the festival venue opens, much more than a hundred bands and artists have presented themselves for their fans. (Photo above: Patti Smith)

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The Øya Festival 2018 – Friday with St. Vincent, Lykke Li, Steamdome, Halie, Charlotte Gainsbourg and more

St Vincent 10082018-12Friday at Øya had sun, but a heavy wind that threatened many of the constructions at the venue. The organizers had torn down the covers on the fences around the venue to avoid the wind. Luckily nothing happened, and the fans had a good time this day, too. Personally I saw seven bands and artists, five of them female. (Photo above: St. Vincent)

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The Øya Festival 2018 – Thursday with Behemoth, High On Fire, Fieh, Thea & The Wild and more

Behemoth 09082018-34While Wednesday had scattered rain and humid weather, was Thursday sunny and warm. As usual, the venue filled gradually up, but still there was a good crowd to see the first bands. The big headliner Kendrick Lamar had banned photography. None of the other artists had contracts or banned photography, so there were plenty of opportunities to get some good shots without photographing Lamar. (Photo above: Nergal from Behemoth)

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The Øya festival 2018 – Wednesday with Arcade Fire, Jenny Lewis, Sassy 009 and more

Arcade Fire 08082018-34The Øya Festival started today with Arctic Monkeys as the headliner and Arcade Fire, Jenny Lewis, Phoebe Bridgers and the Norwegian acts Dig Deeper, Virkelig, Sassy 009 and Great News. At least those were the ones I managed to see.  Here are photos of the bands. (Photo above: Arcade Fire)

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The Notodden Blues Festival 2018 – Bonnie Raitt, Vintage Trouble, Gov’t Mule and many more

Vintage Trouble 04082018-24The 31st edition of the Notodden Blues Festival ended on Sunday. It has been a long weekend with music from early in the day until 2 AM, and a lot of friendly and smiling blues fans all around town. This year Ry Cooder was the biggest name together with Bonnie Raitt, and then a lot of other great artists after these two. Here are my photos from the festival. (Photo above: Ty Taylor from Vintage Trouble)

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Månefestivalen 2018 – Sunday with The Waterboys, Bel Canto, Lars Vaular and more

Waterboys 29072018-18Sunday was the last day of a most successful Månefestival. I have had four super hot days with music, happy people and great artists. For a local festival, Månefestivalen has top booking with a mix of big names, Norwegian and from other countries and local well known and up and coming artists. The headliner on Sunday was Waterboys. (Photo above: Mike Scott from The Waterboys)

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