Bergenfest is a massive summer music festival that takes place in mid-June in the picturesque surroundings of the historic Bergenhus Fortress in Bergen. The festival's location in the heart of the city, by the UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen, is what makes it so unique. During four days, Bergenfest offers an eclectic mix of Norwegian and international music with a focus on rock, RnB, hip-hop, EDM, blues, and world music.
Bergenfest also features country, Americana and electronic-based music. There will be around live 50 acts. Many legendary musicians have been playing on its stage including Robert Plant, John Mayer, ZZ Top, Imagine Dragons, and Lana Del Rey. Previous lineups also included Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Thåström, Cezinando, James Bay, Sigrid Astrid, Electric Eye, Mato Polo, Nick Mulvey, Bryan Ferry, Ellie Goulding, Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft, and Pet Shop Boys.
Bergenfest was previously named Ole Blues Festival. In 2000 it was voted “Festival of the Year” by the Norwegian Rock Festival Council. The festival was also honored by Bergen Tourist Board “for excellent marketing of Bergen.”