7 great spots for a drop-in concert in Oslo

7 great spots for a drop-in concert

A late planner's guide to live music in Oslo


Looking for last-minute concert tickets? We got you covered! Below are seven venues in Oslo that each host several music events every week, and where it's easy to buy tickets at the door.

We include a link to their upcoming programmes, so you can do a quick check to see if tonight’s performance is sold out. If it’s not: Get out there, get your ticket and enjoy the show!

 

Detail from Oslo Jazz Festival
Detail from Oslo Jazz Festival
Photo: VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen




1. Nasjonal Jazzscene - Victoria

Address: Karl Johans gate 35

 

Located right on Oslo's main street Karl Johan, Victoria boasts that classical jazz club atmosphere and an impressive concert programme. Walking in on any given night, chances are that you’ll experience one of the hottest names in contemporary jazz.

See upcoming events at Nasjonal Jazzscene



2. BLÅ

Address: Brenneriveien 9

 

BLÅ is one of Oslo’s grand old club venues, located in alluring surroundings by the Akerselva river. It is known for booking progressive and alternative quality acts, and on Fridays and Saturdays, concerts often fade into some of Oslo’s most popular club nights.


See upcoming events at Blå

 

Outside BLÅ
Outside BLÅ
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

3. Riksscenen

Address: Schous plass 2

 

Oslo’s main venue for folk music hosts artists from all over the globe. Don’t expect a national costume show though – these are top-notch performers who reinvent old traditions in a modern setting. If you're lucky, the concert may turn into a jam or dance session.

 

Se upcoming events at Riksscenen



4. Parkteatret

Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11

 

Located in the heart of the vibrant Grünerløkka neighbourhood, Parkteatret is a favourite among both locals and performers. This remodelled movie theatre will really let you experience the artists up close. Expect to find pop, rock, hip-hop and soul in the line-up.

 

Se upcoming events at Parkteatret

 

Outside Parkteatret
Outside Parkteatret
Photo: VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen




5. Herr Nilsen Concert Pub

Address: C.J. Hambros plass 4

This no-nonsense music pub caters to lovers of traditional jazz, blues, Americana and related styles, and is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy good music, plain and simple. Oh, and rumour has it the cocktails here are really great, too.


See upcoming events at Herr Nilsen



6. Kulturhuset Oslo

Address: Youngs gate 6

Kulturhuset Oslo is a three-storey cultural meeting spot filled with everything from study groups to shuffleboarders. The concerts programme mostly features local performers, and tickets (if there are any) are cheap. Don't miss the Sunday jazz brunch!


See upcoming events at Kulturhuset

Kulturhuset Oslo
Kulturhuset Oslo
Photo: VisitOSLO/Tord Baklund



7. SALT

Address: Langkaia 1

 

For a venue truly out of the ordinary, visit Oslo's new favourite culture spot SALT. This is a good spot to check for concerts on low-volume days like Tuesdays and Wednesdays. SALT also invites you to experience music inside Árdna - one of Europe's largest saunas. 


See upcoming events at SALT