It is difficult to bring people home – NRK Oslo og Viken – Local news, TV and radio

It is difficult to bring people home – NRK Oslo og Viken – Local news, TV and radio

Oslo lacks a 50,000-capacity concert arena, which is available when it fits the touring schedule of major artists.

Commissioned by the Municipality of Oslo, consultancy Sweco evaluated the decommissioned Huken crushing plant at Lillomarka in Grorud.

The investigation is now available.

It shows that He is Space for 50,000 inside the old crushing plant.

The biggest problem will be getting the audience home when they are outside the arena itself after the concert.

You have to wait for 2 – 2.5 hours

Calculations show that it is possible to move 20-25,000 people away from Grorud in one hour.

Hence the capacity of public transportation is fully exploited. Meanwhile, people are expected to walk or bike, drive a car or taxi, and take the shuttle bus.

With 50,000 it will take much longer:

“In order for us to be able to hold large-scale concerts in Huken, there is a need to accept a longer time before the audience can board transportation. A rough estimate of the necessary filtering time is 2 – 2.5 hours.

What the industry fears

Skeptical: The industry has long been skeptical of Huken, says chief promoter Martin Nielsen at Live Nation.

Photo: Erlend Dalhoug Day/NRK

– Unfortunately, this is what my industry colleagues and I feared based on our experience with large events, says Live Nation’s chief promoter Martin Nielsen.

“If we go to a concert, we won’t be very happy with the overall experience if we stand up two hours after the concert after eleven o’clock to get home,” he says.

He also points out that the logistics of the party itself are a challenge as there are only two narrow roads in and out.

– Artists go from there. Martin Nielsen, who stresses that he has not read the report itself, says production will move to the next city.

Omar Sami Gamal, Oslo Cultural Council.  In the abandoned Huken crushing plant.

Spacious yard: It was former culture advisor Omar Sami Jamal who cast his eyes on Hawken.

Photo: Erlend Dalhoug Day/NRK

It won’t end

The investigation was conducted by then-cultural advisor Omar Sami Jamal (SV) last spring.

The City Council has just received it and will not conclude it.

Cultural Council: Anita Lervik North (H)

Cultural Council: Anita Lervik North (H) is the new city council for culture and industry in Oslo.

Photo: Halger Brastad/NRK

Culture advisor Anita Lervik North (right) says the municipality conducted a thorough investigation into the possibilities in Hocken – and the limitations.

– It should provide us with a basis for evaluating the way forward. She says: I will do this through dialogue with organizers and other relevant actors.

Not since Valle Hoven

The purpose is to attract big name artists to the city. Oslo has long missed a predictable venue for large stadium concerts.

The capital has not had a fixed arena for major artists since 2018.

When Guns N’Roses left the stage in Valle Hovin on Christmas Eve that year, the old ice rink as a concert venue was dead.

Guns not roses

SWAN SONG: Axl Rose, Slash, and Guns N’Roses have finished the concert series that began with Tina Turner in 1987.

Photo: Frederik Hagen/NTB

Vale was to be demolished and rebuilt. No arrangements have been made for concerts at the new concert.

Withdrawal from Oslo

In recent years, many stars have chosen Oslo. Beyoncé performed in Stockholm in May, but left the tour out of Norway.

So will Taylor Swift in 2024.

(FILES) American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs during her Eras Tour at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on August 7, 2023. French rapper SCH's concert will be scheduled for July 22, 2023, at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, which was filmed by approx. 70 cameras.  It will be shown once on November 23, 2023 in 200 cinemas in France, Switzerland and Belgium.  The performances follow in the footsteps of artists Uriel Saint, Taylor Swift, M, and Beyoncé, who performed similar events.  (Photo by Michael Tran/AFP) / Restricted for editorial use

Not Oslo: Taylor Swift will perform in Stockholm in May next year, but she won’t be skipping Oslo. Beyonce did the same thing this year.

Photo: Agence France-Presse

And in June of this year, Voldsluka was fortunate to be free when Bruce Springsteen’s tour plans happened.

“We were very close to losing Bruce this year,” Martin Nielsen of NRK organizer Live Nation said at the time.

Disruption with sports

The two sold-out concerts had to be curtailed between the use of the sports stadium in Sajin for sports.

The same is the case in Ekebergsletta. There’s no room for anything but a ton of rocks in June.

For the Olival Stadium, the challenge is that large concerts may have to be booked in advance so one does not know if they will conflict with the international match period. In addition, there is a risk of damage to the grass.

Oslo 20230630. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play a concert at Voldsløkka in Oslo on Friday evening.  Photo: Frederik Ringnes/NTB

Boss: Bruce Springsteen filled in for Voldsluka twice in June of this year.

Photo: Frederik Ringnes/NTB

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