Bukta - Tromso Open Air Festival
Bukta Festival © Jarl-Stian Olsen
A relatively new festival on the music calendar, first staged in 2004, Bukta is acclaimed as the festival where the sun never sets. Held during summer in the northern part of the country, in the city of Tromso, the festival boasts the natural splendour of snowcapped peaks against the Arctic Ocean as a backdrop to some of the finest in local and international music. Apart from the best of what Norway has to offer, past international performers include The Hives, The Tallest Man on Earth, Kaiser Chiefs, Juliette Lewis, Iggy Pop & The Stooges and Supergrass. The festival has grown in size and popularity steadily since it was first held, but currently consists of three main stages, lasts three days, and attracts thousands of people. Tromso is usually a peaceful, even sleepy place, but for this one weekend annually it is flooded with festival-goers keen for a celebration. It is a quirky festival, not yet as mainstream and commercial as some of the big international festivals, which is part of its charm. Those seeking something a little different on the music festival scene will enjoy Bukta - how often do you get to party in the Arctic?
Venue: Telegrafbukta, located 30 minutes from the city centre
Date: 16 - 18 July 2015