Welcome to Bergenfest!

Welcome to Bergenfest! - An annual celebration of the world’s best music.

Bergenfest is all about good music, great people, delicious food and the best of vibes. The gates to our festival grounds are open from June 15th to 18th, 2016. We look forward to presenting around 50 bands and artists throughout four festival days, on four stages sited in the lush surroundings of Bergenhus Fortress. Get your four-day-pass or one-day-ticket here >>

Even though we started out as a blues & americana festival, our music profile is exceedingly diverse, including genres such as EDM, punk and Nigerian folk music. Bergenfest aims to present new international and Norwegian talents, in a blend amongst the most interesting and noteworthy performers from the past five decades.

If you want to read about all our artists in English, (or any other language) translated swiftly without human intervention, follow this link >> and Google Translate will work it’s magic. (We know, it's a bit funny here and there, but it will help you trough)

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The Facts

Location: Bergen, Norway

Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, World, Folk Music, Electronica, Hip Hop etc.

Promoter: Foundation Bergen Music Fest 


Festival director & main programmer: Frank Nes

Office address: Edvard Griegsplass 1, N¬5015 Bergen

Phone: (+47) 55 21 50 60

Attendance: Average attendance for the festival is between 35.000 – 40.000 per year.

How do you get there? There are daily international flights to Bergen from London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam. Bergen Airport Flesland, is situated approximately 20 minutes from downtown Bergen.

Select acts 1993 – 2011: Neil Young, Roger Waters – Dark Side Of The Moon, Robert Plant & Strange Sensation, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Iggy & The Stooges, SufjanStevens, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Joe Bonamassa, Raphael Saadiq, The Stranglers, The Sword, Marina &The Diamonds, Pet Shop Boys, Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Tindersticks, Marianne Faithfull, Lambchop, John Paul Jones & Robyn Hitchcock, Booker T & Mg’s, Röyksopp, Gotan Project, The Chieftains, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, Sir George Martin’s “The Making Of Sgt. Pepper”, Ray Davies, Common, Asian Dub Foundation, De La Soul, Roger Mcguinn, Gang Of Four, Donovan, Elidaes Ochoa, Nils Lofgren, Nick Lowe, Eric Sermon, David Johansen, RL Burnside, Clannad, Femi Kuti, Juan Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars, Kings Of Convenience, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Angie Stone, bob hund, Candi Staton, Glasvegas , Jackson Browne, JD Souther, José Gonzalez, Kaizers Orchestra, Little Feat, Xzibit, Gang Gang Dance, Manic Street Preachers, Don Mclean, Melody Gardot, Randy Newman, The Residents, New York Dolls, Ultravox, Ulver, Mayer Hawthorne & The County

Hotels in Bergen: There are several well renowned hotel chains operating in Bergen. You can also find more affordable accommodations if this is preferred via hostels etc.

General information about Bergen and the festival: Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, located on the west coast. The city is also known as “the Gateway to the Fjords”. The City’s infrastructure is well equipped to host large events. Bergenfest has over the years established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. The festival receives governmental funding on both regional and national level along with corporate sponsorships with Norwegian and local companies. However, main source of income is ticket sales. Bergenfest has been voted “Festival of the Year” by its peers in the Norwegian Rock Festival Council and twice received the price of honour from The Tourist Board of Bergen “for excellent marketing of Bergen”.

The festival has existed since 1993.

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