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Planera en norsk festivalsommar

LÅT MAT OCH MUSIK VISA VÄGEN
Med så många festivaler i Norge kan det vara svårt att välja. Festivalfotografen Tord Litleskare hjälper dig att hitta rätt i festivalmyllret.
A band performing in front of a big audience at Granittrock festival in Oslo
Granittrock, Oslo.
Photo: Granittrock

Låt din musiksmak styra semesterplaneringen inför Norgeresan och besök några av landets klassiska och mindre kända festivalpärlor. Röj loss i publikhavet på storstädernas spelningar och koppla sedan av i Instagramvänlig natur.

Kombinera gärna musikupplevelserna med någon av alla matfestivaler, där det finns mängder av lokala delikatesser.

Ny musik, nya platser

Tord Litleskare är chefredaktör och fotograf på Gaffa Norway, som är Norges version av den nordiska musiktidningen.

”På Gaffa har vi friheten att skriva om artister vi själva gillar, och den friheten påverkar helt klart sommarens festivalplaner."

Ett säkert kort är festivalerna i de större städerna, där de största och mest intressanta artisterna brukar spela, menar Tord. Några exempel är festivalen Pstereo i Trondheim, Utopia i Stavanger, Øyafestivalen och OverOslo i Oslo, och Bergenfest i Tords hemstad Begen.

”Som alla musikälskare planerar jag min semester beroende på var mina favoritartister ska spela. Men det handlar också om var man befinner sig i livet. När jag var 17 eller 18 kunde jag åka precis vartsomhelst. Nuförtiden tänker jag lite annorlunda”, säger Tord.

Men han har full förståelse för mer äventyrliga festivalbesökare, som är ute efter häftiga naturupplevelser.

”Vinjerock och Træna är perfekta för de yngre som vill uppleva något mäktigt mitt ute i naturen och som gärna åker till nya platser. Det är de mest hängivna som söker sig dit – det kostar ju faktiskt en del, både i tid och pengar."

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De mindre festivalerna har enligt Tord en annan stor fördel: Man kan upptäcka helt nya band som kanske slår igenom senare.

”Det blir allt vanligare med festivaler som riktar in sig på en speciell genre. Fler och fler vill ha festivaler som matchar en smalare musiksmak. De stora publikmagneterna blir allt mer sällsynta – det finns helt enkelt inte så många Paul McCartneys kvar. Så smaken blir allt mer specifik", menar Tord.

Öppet sinne – och öppen gom

De norska matfestivalerna blir fler och fler, och de följer samma recept. De blir både mer varierade och specialiserade, och det pånyttfödda intresset för lokal mat vet inga gränser.

I Haugesund hittar du världens längsta sillbord i augusti varje år, och i Hjelmeland anordnas Norsk Frukt- og Laksefest i september. Valdres är känd för den ovanliga men omåttligt populära Norsk Rakfiskfestival, där halvfermenterad öring serveras varje november. Ölfestivalen Sur & Bitter i Sandnes i september är ett måste för ölentusiaster, och i juni domineras staden Kristiansand av Klippfiskfestivalen. Listan över matfestivaler blir bara längre för varje år.

Mat- och musikälskare har en hel del gemensamt, inte minst står ju smaken i centrum. Den som vill hänga med sitt favoritband eller sin favoritkock på turné kan få göra rätt så långa rundturer: ”När stora artister som Sting och Elton John kommer till Norge turnérar de ofta över hela landet", säger Tord.

Så vilka festivalupplevelser rekommenderar Tord Litleskare för de som aldrig varit i Norge?

”Börja med ett par dagar i Oslo och kolla in allt nytt som händer, inte minst festivalerna. Hoppa sedan på tågresan som går via natursköna fjällområden till Bergen i Fjord Norge. Där finns en av mina favoritfestivaler, Bergenfest."

Festivalen sattes på kartan 2014 när de bokade Lana del Rey flera månader innan hennes nya album skulle släppas. Det var ett smart drag: Två dagar efter albumet släpptes stod hon på scenen i Bergen.

”Festivalen blev en riktig snackis efter det", säger Tord.

Den här säsongen har Gaffas chefredaktör och hans medarbetare tänkt besöka minst 22 festivaler.

"Jag får erkänna att jag gärna går på festival på fritiden också. Ibland räcker det med att platsen i sig verkar häftig."

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