Øyafestivalen is an annual Norwegian
Norway , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of and a population of about 4.9 million...

 music festival held in Middelalderparken (lit. the Medieval Park), Oslo
Oslo is a municipality, as well as the capital and most populous city in Norway. As a municipality , it was established on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The city was moved under the reign of Denmark–Norway's King...

. It has grown quickly since its modest start in 1999 with an audience of 1000 people in one day, and has now become one of Norway's biggest festivalshttp://www.dagsavisen.no/kultur/article309221.ece.

The festival area in Middelalderparken consists of four main stages (Sjøsiden, Enga, Vika, Odden). More than 80 bands played in the park in 2009.

Having previously featured musicians like Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
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, Iggy and The Stooges, Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
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, Babyshambles
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, Morrissey
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 and Beck
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, the festival currently draws an audience of approximately 80,000 people. The first two years, the festival was held on Kalvøya
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, near Sandvika
is the administrative centre of the municipality of Bærum in Norway. It was declared a city by the municipal council in Bærum on 4 June 2003.Sandvika is situated approximately west of Oslo. It is the main transportation hub for Western Bærum, and has a combined bus and railway station. Sandvika is...

 just outside of Oslo (however, contrary to popular belief, it is not the same festival as the old Kalvøyafestivalen, which was also held at Kalvøya).

After the two initial years, Øyafestivalen was moved to Middelalderparken, downtown Oslo, making it more of a central festivalhttp://www.mic.no/nmi.nsf/doc/art2001031608350467105058. The festival lasts for four days in Middelalderparken. These days are preceded by a club night where the festival holds concerts in more or less all of Oslo's central clubs.


Year Visitors Artists and bands
1999 1.200 Big Bang (NO),
 Bronco Busters (NO), 
Cato Salsa Experience
Cato Salsa Experience
Cato Salsa Experience is an indie rock band from Oslo, Norway. The group formed around jam sessions at lead singer Cato Thomassen's house. The group began playing locally and released a vinyl EP before Emperor Norton Records, an American label, signed them and released their 2002 full-length, A...

Gluecifer was a hard rock band based in Oslo, Norway. Formed in 1994, they produced several underground releases during their first years of existence and soon claimed to be "kings of rock"....

Jaga Jazzist
Jaga Jazzist
Jaga Jazzist is an experimental jazz band from Norway that rose to prominence when the BBC named their first album, A Livingroom Hush , the best jazz album of 2002. The core of the band are brothers and main songwriters Lars and Martin Horntveth...

 Madrugada (NO), Midnight Choir
Midnight Choir
Midnight Choir was a Norwegian indie/alternative rock band active from 1992 to 2004. Its members were Al DeLoner , Paal Flaata, and Ron Olsen...

 (NO), P.I.K.E (NO), Palace of Pleasure (NO), Ricochets
 (NO), We (NO)
2000 4.000 The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Soundtrack of Our Lives
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 (SE), Kings Of Convenience
Kings of Convenience
Kings of Convenience are an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies...

 (NO), Number Seven Deli (NO), Emily Lang (NO), Gluecifer, Cloroform
Cloroform is a Norwegian alternative band that formed in 1998 in Stavanger. They started out as an acoustic jazz trio, but soon went on to sound more like a rock band. In the later years they have experimented with noise and avant-garde related genres....

 (NO), Briskeby
Briskeby is an electro-pop band from Norway. Bjørn Bergene, Claus Heiberg Larsen and Bård Helgeland are from Larvik, while Lise Karlsnes is from Tønsberg.-Band name:The band's name is derived from the neighbourhood where their rehearsal room was located....

 (NO), Asian Dub Foundation
Asian Dub Foundation
Asian Dub Foundation are a British electronica band that plays a mix of rapcore, dub, dancehall and ragga, also using rock instruments, acknowledging a punk influence...

 (UK), Amulet
Amulet (band)
Amulet was a hardcore punk band based in Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993 by Torgny Amdam. During the 14 years they were active, they released four albums, three EPs and four 7" records...

 (NO), Planet Derrick
2001 7.500 Blonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead
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 (US), Danko Jones
Danko Jones
Danko Jones is a Canadian rock band from Toronto, Ontario. The band consists of Danko Jones and JC...

 (CA), The Hives
The Hives
The Hives are a Swedish garage rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the "greatest hits" album Your New Favourite Band, featuring their most well-known song "Hate to Say I Told...

 (SE), Cato Salsa Experience, Warlocks
Warlocks (band)
Warlocks has been one of the most respected rap acts in America for almost two decades, and the group has also been heavily involved in the graffiti and b-boy scene in Oslo since day one. The trio, which was formed in 1992, consists of producer Hawk and the rappers Tech and Karma, who are twins...

 (NO), Backyard Babies
Backyard Babies
Backyard Babies are a rock band, from Nässjö, Sweden. The band was formed in 1987 and over the years they have released five studio albums and won a Swedish Grammy. The band is now located in Stockholm, Sweden....

 (SE), Silver (NO), Team Spirit (NO), Faze Action Live (NO), Frank Znort Quartet (NO), Thulsa Doom
Thulsa Doom (band)
Thulsa Doom is a Norwegian stoner rock band. It takes its name from the Robert E. Howard character. The band was formed in 1999 by guitarist Ole Petter Andreassen , under the stage name El Doom...

2002 16.000 Motorpsycho
Motorpsycho is a band from Trondheim, Norway. Their music can generally be defined as psychedelic rock, but they also mix in elements from metal, jazz, rock, pop and many other musical styles. The members of the band are Bent Sæther , Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan and Kenneth Kapstad...

 (NO), The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia.-History:The band's first four albums each ranked in the top 40 on The Village Voices Pazz & Jop year-end poll of hundreds of music reviewers. From 2000 to 2006, either a New Pornographers' album or a...

 (CA), Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra
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 (US), Will Oldham
Will Oldham
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 aka Bonnie Prince Billy (US), St. Etienne (UK) Kaizers Orchestra
Kaizers Orchestra
Kaizers Orchestra is a Norwegian alternative rock group formed on January 1, 2000. The two leading members, vocalist Janove Ottesen and guitarist Geir Zahl, had known each other for years, and first played together in a band called Blod, Snått & Juling in 1989.Kaizers Orchestra are notable for...

 (NO), Supervixen (NO), Ralph Myers and the Jack Herren Band
Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band
Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band is a Norwegian electronica group.-Career:The band was formed in 1997 when Erlend Sellevold asked for people to play percussion with him during a party in Bergen. Thomas Lønnheim and Tarjei Strøm showed up through a combination of mutual contacts and high-school...

 (NO), Spiritualized
Spiritualized are an English space rock band formed in 1990 in Rugby, Warwickshire by Jason Pierce after the demise of his previous outfit, space-rockers Spacemen 3...

 (UK), Gatas Parlament
Gatas Parlament
Gatas Parlament is a Norwegian group of rap artists. It consists of the brothers Aslak and Elling Borgersrud and DJ Don Martin. All three have strong left-leaning political views, and make their feelings on many things, including American president George W...

2003 24.000 Calexico (US), Mogwai
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 (UK), Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 2000. The group is composed of vocalist and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. They are complemented in live performances by second guitarist David Pajo, who joined as a touring...

 (US), The International Tussler Society
The International Tussler Society
The International Tussler Society is a Country rock-band from Trondheim, Norway, formed in 1993.They started out as a side-project of fellow Trondheimers, Motorpsycho, who decided to record a country-album when their drummer, Håkon Gebhardt, bought a banjo. Their line-up got extended and the story...

, Cinnamoon, Mando Diao
Mando Diao
Mando Diao is an alternative rock band from Borlänge, Sweden. The band got their breakthrough with the release of the album Hurricane Bar. Their main fan base is in Sweden, Germany, and Japan although their influence has recently spread to Western Europe, most notably the UK.-Origin:The roots of...

 (SE), Röyksopp
Röyksopp is a Norwegian electronic music duo from Tromsø, formed in 1998. Since their inception, the band's line-up has included Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland....

 (NO), Sister Rain (NO), Thomas Dybdahl
Thomas Dybdahl
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 (NO), Turbonegro
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 (NO), The Mormones (No), Union Carbide Productions
Union Carbide Productions
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2004 38.000 Air (FR), The Streets
The Streets
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 (UK), Your Enemies Friends
Your Enemies Friends
Your Enemies Friends is a post-hardcore rock band that formed in late 2001 in Los Angeles, California.They have shared the stage with bands such as ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Blonde Redhead, The Icarus Line, TV on the Radio, The Promise Ring, and The Mars Volta.After enlisting...

(US), Lemonheads (US), Velvet Revolver (US), Mark Lanegan Band (US), Underbyen (DK), The Unicorns (CAN), Kim Hiortøy, The National Bank, Pleasure, Amulet, Animal Alpha
2005 45.000 Wolf Parade (CA) Sonic Youth (US), Dinosaur Jr (US), Madrugada, Franz Ferdinand (UK), Fischerspooner (US), Hot Hot Heat (CAN), Death From Above 1979 (CAN) Babyshambles (UK), DeLillos, Datarock, Paperboys, Shining, El Caco
2006 50.000 Yoko Ono (US), Beck (US), Morrissey (UK) Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet m/ Steve Reid (UK/US)
, Hot Chip (UK), Les Savy Fav (US), Black Mountain (CA), dEUS (BE), Heroes and Zeros, 120 Days, The Whitest Boy Alive, Motorpsycho, The Fall (UK), The Cramps (US), Enslaved
2007 73.000 …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (US), The Jesus and Mary Chain (UK), Devendra Banhart (US), Primal Scream (UK), Tool (US), Familjen (SE), Justice (FR), Rockettothesky, Thomas Dybdahl m/KORK, Bare Egil Band, Roky Erickson (US), Anja Garbarek, Woven Hand (US), Tinariwen (ML), Susanne Sundfør, Melvins (US), Ida Maria, Boredoms (JP)
2008 77.500 Sigur Rós (IS), José Gonzáles (SE), Mogwai (US), Iron & Wine (US), N*E*R*D (US), Fleet Foxes (US), Booka Shade (DE), Sonic Youth (US), The National (US), Cut Copy (AU), Yeasayer (US), Lykke Li (SE), Okkerville River (US), My Bloody Valentine, Casiokids, Turbonegro, Tommy Tokyo & Starving For My Gravy, Janelle Monae (US)
2009 85.000 Arctic Monkeys (UK), Rise Against (US), Lily Allen (UK), Wilco (US), Doves (UK), Vampire Weekend (US), Röyksopp, Band of Horses (US), Crystal Castles (CA), Florence and The Machine (UK), Grizzly Bear (US), Mew (DK), Beach House (US), Jay Reatard (US), bob hund (SE) Bon Iver (US), Thåström (SE), Datarock, Ulver, Beirut (US), Madness (UK), Fever Ray (SE), Junior Boys (CA), Jaga Jazzist, Ladyhawke (NZ), Glasvegas (UK), Kråkesølv, The Bronx (US), Satyricon, John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen
2010 85.000 Air (FR), The Flaming Lips (US), LCD Soundsystem (US), Motorpsycho, M.I.A (US), Pavement (US), The National (US), La Roux (UK), Iggy & The Stooges (US), Robyn (SE), Four Tet (UK), The XX (UK), The Specials (UK), Caribou (CA), Yeasayer (US), Converge (US), Miike Snow, Broken Bells (US), The Whip (UK), The Gaslight Anthem (US), Against Me! (US), Paul Weller (UK), Panda Bear (US), Big Boi (US), Surfer Blood (US), Jónsi (IS), Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, Moddi, Shining, Serena Maneesh, Karpe Diem
2011 N/A N/A
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