Oslo, a city of music

Oslo, a city of music

Oslo is one of the world’s great cities for music. There are many reasons for that.

Having a population of music lovers, short distances between a wide array of great venues and a dazzling amount of talent (both living in, and visiting Oslo) are just some of those reasons.



A wide selection of venues


No wonder Osloites love going to concerts, when there’s so much going on. Oslo houses many stages and festivals, ensuring a great musical diversity all over the city. Everything from The Øya Festival to Herr Nilsen, there’s something for everyone, from black metal-lovers to fans of afrobeat.


Oslo is a major city with the heart of a small-town. The city offers a huge amount of stages, with short distances between them. Three of Oslo’s most popular venues, Rockefeller, John Dee and Sentrum Scene, are on the same block (two them are even in the same building). These venues attract big names as well as smaller acts, Norwegian and international, of all genres. Just three tram stops away lie Parkteatret, another popular venue. Parkteatret also offers many shows for people with no age restriction early in the evening.



More than 5000 annual concerts 


Jazz lovers need look no further than Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, which they can find on Karl Johan’s gate. Venues like Oslo Concert Hall, Herr Nilsen and Chat Noir also have jazz acts on their programme. The Opera House is one of Oslo’s most iconic buildings from the outside, but what happens on the inside is even more important. The Opera House houses concerts, operas, ballets and shows of incredible quality.


Concert at the Mela Festival
Concert at the Mela Festival
Photo: VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen


The people of Oslo love music, evidenced by the more than 5.000 yearly concerts in the city. Festivals like Øya, by:Larm and Picnic in the Park are very popular with listeners and music business people alike, and help establishing Oslo as the capital of live music in Scandinavia, if not Europe.



Thousands of musical talents 


There’s also no shortage of talent in the city. More and more Norwegian artists and bands make it big both at home and internationally. The amount of diverse artists of quality is almost breathtaking, and promoters work hard to show them off to the people of Norway.


Music is everywhere in Oslo. On the street, in the clubs and on the festival-stages. There are many people who work hard to make sure that this city never stops singing.

Concerts to come

Oslo venue guide

Large spaces

Rockefeller and Sentrum Scene: Oslo’s main venues for popular music; Oslo Concert Hall: big names in classical music and jazz; The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet: world-class concerts and recitals


Club venues

BLÅ: at the forefront with jazz, electronic music, hip hop & rock;Parkteatret Scene: varied musical offerings in an old movie theatre; Revolver: small rock'n'roll gem.


Jazz & blues

Nasjonal Jazzscene, Victoria: varied jazz right at Oslo’s main street; Herr Nilsen: traditional jazz and similar styles (almost) daily.


Folk & World music

Riksscenen: venue for national and international folk music;Cosmopolite: a great place for world music, soul & crossover.


Off the beaten track

Kulturkirken Jakob: varied music styles in a sacral atmosphere, with the city’s best grand piano; Café Mir: alternative, local music.