To think that I’m not really a festival person, and yet this year was my third time to throw on a Summer dress, throw all my cares away and pretend to be a hippie at Slottsfjell.
You see, what Slottsfjell did back in 2013, was grab me by my rather unfriendly festival heart, pump some life and soul into it, and get me addicted. To outdoor festival fun, intimate concerts, loud music, a super chilled atmosphere, happy hippie people, and, belive it or not, festival food!
That was two years ago…
Back then, sceptic me bought a one-day ticket only. I wanted to test the waters. I ended up wanting more. Last year the boyfriend and I doubled the festival fun and gave two days two thumbs up. This year we decided to go all in, and made sure we got our hands on a couple of three day passes before they sold out (they sell out real quick!).
I believe 2016 will see us tripling the experience once again. Because, I tell you, I’m in love with this magic mountain. For real. For sure. And here’s why…
Slottsfjell is a wee hill, or a small mountain, if you like, right smack in the middle of Tønsberg town. Here, at 63 metres above sea level, you’ll find ruins from Tønsberg’s medieval fortress and Slottsfjellet tårnet; the city’s landmark, erected in 1888 when the city (Norway’s oldest) celebrated 1000 year.
It’s normally a quite place for locals and tourists to explore, enjoy the views and perhaps visit the museum.
Then July arrives and Slottsfjell happens. The event invades the space like proper Vikings would. It temporarily takes over the city, turning it upside down for three days and three nights. But axes and hostile behaviour is replaced by smiles, good vibes and great tunes. It’s time for the happening of the year.
It’s as if someone switches on a button and, quite literarily, turns Tønsberg on. The sun comes out and the magic mountain is suddenly filled with people looking for a good time. On the menu are small artists, big artists, new bands, old bands, national performers and international performers, along with other fun and games. And when the sun sets on Slottsfjell, the fun continues in town with more concerts, night clubs and MTV parties.
While Slottsfjell is first and foremost a music festival, it’s about so much more than pop and rock. In-between concerts and other festival fun, there’s all the time in the world to chill, grab a bite to eat (the food’s good, but a bit pricey), order a pint, soak up the sun, relax in the grass and absorb the fabulous views.
For the locals, and there are many of them, Slottfjell is a yearly reunion with former classmates and long time friends. It’s impossible not to bump into a familiar face, or fifty. For visitors, I bet it takes them no more than a couple of festivals before they too feel like locals.
What I’m trying to say is, you don’t necessary need to be festival crazy to be crazy about Slottsfjell.
And if the music, the people and the magnificent location weren’t reasons enough to go, here are three Slottsfjell facts that contribute to making this event such a smooth and pleasurable one:
1) No coins, no credit cards. You pay everything and anything with your wristband, which you top up online. Easy peasy!
2) The queues are short. Yay to not waiting forever and a day to order food, buy a beer or go to the toilet!
3) Sick of teenagers and beer? Seek refuge in one of the two 20+ bars where a grown up crowd and gin and tonic awaits.
So… It’s 10 months and 23 days until Slottsfjell kicks off again, and I’ve already started the countdown (does that make me a festival fan?) Hope to see you there :)