OIKOTIMES ON THE SPOT / MGP 2013: OSLO SPEKTRUM VENUE
Oslo Spektrum, in the background on the photo, certainly doesn’t look that interesting on the outside. But after all this is the venue for the final of MGP, and it has been the place for that at least since 2004.
In just a few minutes the general rehersal of MGP 2013 will start and we are waiting now for it to start. Taking the opportunity to higighligt the venue for the show.
Oslo Spektrum was for many years Norway’s biggest venue for indoor concerts. It was inaugurated 1990. It got the honor to host the Eurovision Song Contest 1996. When Norway last hosted the contest the venue was considered to small already. Eurovision 2009 was held in Telenor Arena, a much bigger hall a bit outside Oslo.
However, Oslo Spektrum offers a more cosy and intimate atmosphere. With its max capacity of 9700 spectators it’s a very pleasant venue for concerts. Since 1994 the venue annually hosts the Nobel Price Concert broadcasted around the world, with great artists from all around the world.
Here are some of the artists that has visited Oslo Spektrum throughout the years: Nightwish, Cher, Marion Raven, Shakira, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Oasis, Frank Sinatra, Roxette, Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Anastacia, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Dream Theater, Shania Twain, Sissel, Eminem, Westlife, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Genesis, Robbie Williams, a-ha, Guns N’ Roses, Paul McCartney, Destiny’s Child, Prince, Pink, Queens of the Stone Age, Spice Girls, Tina Turner, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Bob Dylan, The Cure, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Turbonegro, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, R.E.M., Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, The Beach Boys.
This is the greateast spot if you want to see great concerts, tonight it’s the final of MGP here. SO dull on the outside, but nice on the inside!