The Oya Festival 2014 – Photo Highlights

Cherisse Osei © Per Ole HagenThe 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.)

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Mayhem – 30 Years Celebration at Oya

Mayhem © Per Ole HagenMayhem are Norway’s longest existing black metal band. It is also the band with the most controversy surrounding it. On Friday they celebrated their 30 year anniversary at the Oya festival with the stage full of carcasses and pigs’ heads and some good new and old school black metal. Here are pictures from the concert.

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Bryan Ferry – Stylish and Funky

Bryan Ferry © Per Ole HagenBryan Ferry played the big stage at the Øya festival last night, and he is still the stylish guy, even at almost 69. His voice is the same, smooth and inviting, and the songs are good as always. Bryan Ferry is a pop history legend with his background from Roxy Music, and a big and happy crowd enjoyed his concert yesterday.

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Happy Birthday, Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean © Per Ole HagenChristopher Ocean has been one of the fastest rising stars on the R& B scene these last few years. He started out writing songs for such different artists as Justin Bieber, John Legend and Beyoncé. Three years ago he joined the hip hop collective OFWGKTA, or Odd Future as they are also known. On October 28th Frank Ocean is 27 years old.

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The Oya Festival – The Third Day

Thea & The WIld © Per Ole HagenFriday at Oya was sunshine again. Most of the mud had dried, and it was good to come down before the music started. This was the day of Kraftwerk, and many had come to see them. But before they entered the stage and the fans put on their 3D glasses, there were lots of other great acts to see.

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The Oya Festival – The Second Day

Local Natives @ Per Ole HagenThursday started out with some terrible rain. It stopped before the festival started, but we got some more showers during the evening. The only advantage of no sun, is for the photographers, that the light on the artists – especially on the stages that are facing south – is better. Here are pictures of the bands I saw on the second day of Oya. (Picture above: Rhyan Hahn from Local Natives)

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Blur – Brit Pop At The Oya Festival

Blur © Per Ole HagenThe two big brit pop bands in the mid 90’s were Oasis and Blur. Suede and Pulp were also there, but didn’t reach the same level as the other two bands. I saw Oasis at the ACL festival in 2005 and wasn’t impressed. Yesterday Blur played at the Oya Festival in Oslo, headlining the big stage, and I saw a vital and well played band.

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Charles Bradley – never too late to become a star

Charles Bradley at Øyafestivalen. © Per Ole HagenCharles Bradley has got one of the greatest soul voices I have heard. It took him 54 years to debut as a recoding artist. Lucky for us he is still touring and putting out records ten years after his first one. This weekend he played the Oya festival in Oslo. Here are some pictures from the concert.

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