Bergenfest 2014: Must see concerts

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We are going on a trip next week, it is time for our annual visit to Bergenfest. We are very excited!

Bergenfest is an open air and club festival in the city centre of Bergen(Norway). It has over the years established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. Open air shows take place in medieval fortress and castle in the city’s historic centre. Main stage capacity 6.700, second stage capacity 2.000, the third stage is an indoor “wooden tent” scene called “The Magic Mirror” stage. It is a relatively small but brilliant festival.

We will post daily reports from the festival.

These are the concerts we will try to catch.

John Fullbright (it’s a shame that it at the same time spot as Wovenhand, but we choose Fullbright)
Royal Blood
The Strypes
ZZ Top
North Mississippi Allstars
Joe Henry
Robert Plant and The Sensational Shapeshifters
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Laura Mvula
Cold Specks
Wild Beasts
Lulu James
I Was A King
Lindi Ortega
Billy Bragg
Graham Parker and the Rumour
The Hell
Franz Ferdinand
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lana Del Rey
Monica Heldal
Doug Seegers
James Vincent McMorrow
Tom Odell
Bow To Each Other

Naomi Shelton at Bergenfest 2013
Naomi Shelton at Bergenfest 2013 (a short but sweet set the day before the main concert)

Hallgeir looks most forward to The Strypes:

The Strypes are an Irish four-piece rock band from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2011 consisting of Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Peter O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). The band played the local scene with various members switching parts as they searched for their sound. They draw inspiration from 60’s blues boom and 70’s pub rock bands such as Dr. Feelgood, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Lew Lewis and Rockpile as well as the original bluesmen and rock ‘n’ roll artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among others.

The Strypes – What a Shame (Letterman):

Egil looks most forward to John Fullbright:

John Fullbright is an American singer-songwriter from Bearden, Oklahoma. He has released 3 albums (2 studio albums), his latest (and greatest!) “Songs” was just released.. it’s awesome. It will definitely end up in top 5 of my 2014 end-year list.

He was nominated in the category “Emerging Artist of the Year” by Americana Music Association in 2013.

Here he shares his thoughts — and a few songs — from his new album:

..and here is “She Knows” (one of many great songs from “Songs”):
Live at SXSW 2014

– Hallgeir & Egil