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Inferno Festival 2010

Ten years of Metal Easter

by Webmaster, 27.05.2010

We look back on this year's Inferno Festival, which was the tenth edition of the festival. Music Export Norway was there and helped showcase one of Norwegian music's great exports.

Every Easter the streets of Oslo are invaded by people from all over the world dressed in black. While most of the Norwegian population is celebrating Easter in a cabin in the mountains, the people behind the Inferno Festival work hard to showcase Norwegian metal for an international audience consisting of regular metal heads, press and industry professionals.

Networking party

The networking party on Wednesday, before Indie Recording’s label night, was among the popular events at this year’s festival. Here, the international participants had the opportunity to "meet and greet", while enjoying good food and competent metal DJ-ing.

After a successful club night on Wednesday, all delegates were invited to Indie Distribution’s offices at Carl Berner for an exclusive pre-listening session. Here three albums, from respectively Mongo Ninja, Kvelertak and Keep of Kalessin, were presented.

Black metal tour

On Friday it was time for a new edition of the legendary metal bus sightseeing tour, where Inferno's Anders Odden guided a limited number (66, of course) of Inferno participants through Oslo's metal history. Among other things, people got to see the premises of the mythical record store "Helvete", Holmenkollen Kapell (which burned to the ground in 1992) and record store Neseblod (nosebleed).

Besides the industry-related events, there were plenty of metal stands and tattoo artists at Rockefeller concert hall for the audience to enjoy.

- At Inferno 2010, I had the best time. It is a delight for the ears, eyes and the belly. The line up was excellent and the organization was superb. It was awesome to meet everyone and the atmosphere was completely chilled out, says Shashwat Gupta from the Indian company Grey and Saurian. 

(Photo of Mayhem: Andrew Parker)
 

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