In the beginning God created Rock''n Roll...... in 2006 Kongsberg in Norway Siggen created his club "Siggen's Hardrock Aften".

He hosted 3 partys every year for faithful metal headz that had fun and enjoyed good music.



Every party was special because the theme was that only one year got presented at each party. He presented the band very well, with a full bio. Sometimes video was shown and other times just the music. He let us discover many different artists.

It got very popular, from a few friends, in the beginning, it grew to over 50 regulars, and over the past 15 years over 160 people have visited the party, shared music, eat a lot of pizza, and drink a "few" beer.

Oslo Hardrock Festival is based on the idea' of Siggens Hardrock Aften and we would like to thank him for the inspiration.

Oslo Hardrock Festival
Oslo Hardrock Festival is mostly based on voluntary work from dedicated people "For The Love Of Metal" that is why less money goes to an administration. That is why we can have great bands on stage and make this festival special. And give you something that no other festival has, that is why we call it "A Festival With a Twist" come and you will see.



The vision - concept
The festival vision is to book a band that has not played in Norway or in Oslo before.
And all supported by good old bands that have not been in Norway or Oslo for a very long time, like SHAKRA now in 2022 they have 25th anniversary, Crest of Darkness 25th Anniversary, And Mystic Prophecy have the 20th Anniversary and have never been in Norway before.
And we try to have so many female-fronted artists as possible, and in 2022 we have 11 ladies on stage, no other festival in Norway can compare with this.

We want to be an inspiration for Norwegian bands because it's not too many of those with female singers, So next year we will be on tour with a great band to promote local bands with female artists in four different cities.

At Winter Metal Fest it will be a 21+1 band on stage from 8 different countries in Europe. Many of the band have never been in Norway before, such as METALITE, Tungsten and Mister Misery from Sweden and FROZEN CROWN and KALIDIA from Italy, Snakebite Whisky from Australia, and  IGNEA from Ukraine, 

And many have never been to Oslo, CIVIL WAR from Sweden and VICTORIUS from Germany and many others too.  And the headliner SHAKRA from Switzerland has not been in Oslo for 17 years, and its the 25th Anniversary, and we will guarantee that it will rock the house.

Ans the special one is that Nicoletta Rosellini from Italy will perform Walk In Darkness songs Live on stage for the very first time, a world premiere.

As we all know, this never happened, because of the regulation of Covid19 restrictions, but it gives you a glimpse of what we have to offer.


So our festival stands out from the others, many of those you see today are only focused on a few large bands and think only about how to attract most people, we do differently because we are innovative.


Dårlige Venner (Bad friends) Podkast, here you get some good information about our vision and background history..
Who is behind the festival? There are five dedicated people behind, with many helpers, but the one that has the responsibility for Oslo Hardrock Festival is Dag Hoestland.
A metal head in the mid 80''s and still are, he has the passion like many others for hardrock and heavy metal.

"Hosted two radio show"

In the early 90''s he hosted two Heavy Metal Shows on Norwegian Radio, first was High Voltage on Topp Radio, and Firehouse on Storbyradioen-Oslo.
In meanwhile he was the lead singer in the Norwegian metal band named "Massakrerte Sjeler" (Massacred Souls). And that did not get unnoticed, they participate in the Norwegian Rock Contest, and went on the 6th place in the Oslo final, and they introduced the Sami Joik on stage on back up choir. The band never released a demo or album.

It's summer, but winter is coming soon, and we wish you all a nice Winter Metal Fest 2022, see you there.
Crew @OHF2021