Grace Jones, The Diva of All Divas

Grace Jones © Per Ole HagenGrace Jones was the headliner at the last day of the Øyafestivalen this year. I saw her last year at Bergen Fest, and much of the show was the same. But she had taken it to another level this time, and showed everyone who is the real star among all the wannabe pop divas. She also looks so good and is in such good shape that you forget that she is sixty eight years old.

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Øyafestivalen 2016 – Saturday with Grace Jones, Midnight Choir, Elephant9 with Terje Rypdal, Neurosis and more

Foals © Per Ole HagenSaturday at the Øyafestivalen is a long concert day with music from one o’clock until eleven at night. Luckily the weather was much better than the day before. Except for some  slight rain early in the day, the rest of the day was sunny. Saturday was also a day for some really good music, starting with Midnight Choir and ending with Grace Jones. I missed Friday at the festival, but Saturday compensated well for this.

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Øyafestivalen 2016 – Thursday With P J Harvey, Mastodon, Seinabo Sey, Nicole Sabouné, Okkultokrati, Amanda Bergman and Frøder

PJ Harvey © Per Ole HagenThe second day of the Øya Festival was sunny, although it became quite chilly when the sun went down. The headliners this day was PJ Harvey who I saw, and Jamie XX, who played at the same time on two stages. Before them I saw a lot of good concerts both with artists I have seen before, and also some new ones. (Photo above: PJ Harvey)

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Øyafestivalen 2016 – Wednesday With Aurora, Ane Brun, Jason Isbell and Skepta

Aurora © Per Ole HagenThe Øya Festival in Oslo is the biggest music festival in Oslo. It was originally held at and around the medieval ruins down by the seafront. Three years ago they had to move the festival to a park close to the Munch museum, which also meant the capacity increased. The park is ideal for a festival, with a natural amphi for three of the stages. The fourth one is a huge tent, located at the farthest distance from that main stage, so they can have bands playing at the same time with no over hearing. Here are the bands I saw on Wednesday. (Photo above: Aurora)

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The Notodden Blues Festival 2016 – Highlights From Saturday

Billy Gibbons © Per Ole HagenSaturday was my last day at Notodden this year. It was raining hard during the night, but it stopped in the morning. My only complaint was that the soundcheck for the Supersonic Bues Machine woke me up early. They and the Original Blues Brothers were the concerts that sold the most tickets this year, and I was looking forward to it. (Photo above: Billy Gibbons and Supesonic Blues Machine)

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The Notodden Blues Festival 2016 – Highlights From Friday

Walter Trout © Per Ole HagenOn Friday at Notodden the music started early. The Union Blues Cup, jam sessions, concerts in the big tent and lots of other places from noon until well after midnight. The town Notodden triples its size during these four days, and there is music everywhere. Notodden Blues Festival was voted the world’s best blues festival in 2010, and it is also a part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. (Photo above: Walter Trout)

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The Notodden Blues Festival 2016 – Highlights From Thursday

Amund Maarud Little Steven © Per Ole HagenThe 29th Blues Festival at Notodden in Norway is over. Four days with blues and related music styles all day and parts of the night. The official start is early night Thursday, and the festival ends with a concert Sunday at noon. Here are photos of the artists I saw Thursday at Notodden. (The winner of the Bues Prize 2016, Amund Maaraud and Little Steven)

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Stavernfestivalen 2016 – Saturday with Ellie Goulding, Sivert Høyem, Morten Abel, Astrid S and more

Ellie Goulding © Per Ole HagenThe last day of Stavernfestivalen 2016 was sunny and warm, like Friday. And like the other days, the first act was a well known artist, to draw the crowd to the venue early. Around 10.000 people in all ages came this day, bringing the total to over 30.000 for the three days. That’s an impressive number, and the good thing for the festival is that the venue can take more if they want to next year. (Photo above: Ellie Goulding)

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Stavernfestivalen 2016 – Friday with Veronica Maggio, Charlie Wilson, Aage Aleksandersen, Odd Nordstoga, Zara Larsson and more

Veronica Larsson © Per Ole HagenWhile Thursday at Stavernfestivalen was cloudy and a bit windy, Friday was sunny and warm, the perfect weather for an outdoor festival. All systems also worked from the start on the second day of the festival, the weather was great, and the crowd was happy and enjoyed the artists. (Photo above: Veronica Maggio))

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Stavernfestivalen 2016 – Thursday with Neil Young, Maria Mena, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Mø and more

Maria Mena © Per Ole HagenSummer in Norway is festival season. You can literally go to several festivals every week in different parts of the cuontry. In earlier years I have attended different festivals in July, and this year I wanted to check out Stavernfestivalen, located between the seaside towns of Stavern and Larvik two small hours south west of Oslo. (Photo above: Maria Mena)

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