Festival period 2016:
Wednesday June 15 – Saturday June 18
Type of festival:
Open air and club festival in the city centre of Bergen. Open air shows take place in mediaval fortress and castle located in the city’s historic centre. Main stage capacity 6.700, second stage capacity 2.000.
Rock, Pop, Blues, World, Folk Music, Electronica, Hip Hop. Whatever.
Foundation Bergen Music Fest
Festival director & promoter:
Frank Nes frank(@)bergenlive.no
Martin Holmes (advance production) martin(@)bergenlive.no / Pytten Hundvin (site manager) pytten(@)bergenlive.no
Bergenhus 13 1, N-5003 Bergen Phone: (+47) 55 21 50 60
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.
Acts 1993 – 2012:
Neil Young (Solo Show), Roger Waters – Dark Side Of The Moon, Robert Plant & Strange Sensation, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Nick Cave (Solo Show), Iggy & The Stooges, Sufjan Stevens, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Joe Bonamassa, Raphael Saadiq, The Stranglers, The Sword, Marina & The Diamonds, Pet Shop Boys, Ryan Adams, Emeli Sandé, Joe Henry, Tindersticks, Marianne Faithfull, Lambchop, John Paul Jones & Robyn Hitchcock, Booker T & Mg’s, Röyksopp, Gotan Project, Thåström, 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 Loftgren, Nick Lowe, Pharaoae Monch, Eric Sermon, David Johansen, Rl Burnside, Clannad, Femi Kuti, Juan Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ane Brun, Kings Of Convenience, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Angie Stone, Bob Hund, Brandi Carlile, Candi Staton, Glasvegas , Jackson Browne, Jd Souther, José Gonzalez, Kaizers Orchestra, Little Feat, Xzibit, Gang Gang Dance, Manic Street Preachers, Lou Reed, Don Mclean, Meldoy Gardot, Randy Newman, The Residents, New York Dolls, Ultravox, Ulver, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Billy Talent, Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires, Flogging Molly, Israel Nash Gripka, Jonathan Wilson, Justin Townes Earle, Kings of Convenience, Kyuss Lives!, Opeth, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Tinie Tempah, Trixie Whitley, Turbonegro, King Krule
For a more comprehensive list, please check our website.
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's inaugeral year was 1993.