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Hove Festival

Coordinates: 58°26′33″N 8°50′50″E / 58.4426°N 8.8471°E / 58.4426; 8.8471
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Hove Festival
GenreIndie, pop, metal, hip hop, electronic music
Dates2 – 5 July (2013)
Location(s)Tromøya, Arendal, Norway
Coordinates58°26′33″N 8°50′50″E / 58.4426°N 8.8471°E / 58.4426; 8.8471
Years active2007 – 2014
Founded byToffen Gunnufsen (2007 – 2008) Melvin Benn 2009 –

The Hove Festival (Norwegian: Hovefestivalen) was a music festival held on the island Tromøya outside of Arendal in southern Norway.[1] It was held for the first time from 26 to 30 June 2007. Running for eight years and at one time the largest music festival in Norway,[2] Hove Festival was discontinued after its 2014 show due to negative profits.[3] Hove Festival was acquired by Festival Republic in 2008 after going bankrupt. As with other Festival Republic events, there were no age restrictions, and children under the age of 12 were admitted free of charge.[4]

Hove strove to be an environmentally neutral festival,[5] both buying carbon offset quotes for all power and transportation used during and prior to the festival, and sorting and recycling all trash produced by the event. Preparation for the festival relied heavily on volunteer work. In 2010 there were a total of 2,500 people volunteering for security, stage hand, drivers, kitchen duty and post-festival cleanup.

Hove consisted of several different areas such as the camp area, festival area and "zero" area. The camp held up to 10,000 campers and was open throughout the festival. The festival area, including the shopping street, was open to everyone who had a day bracelet or festival bracelet. The zero area, which has several fast-food shops, was open to everyone with or without bracelet.

The festival had three main performance stages: Hovescenen, Amfiscenen and Teltscenen (tent stage), with Hovescenen being the largest. One of the more prominent acts at Hovescenen was Muse in 2010.

Hove area
Main stage
Hatebreed circlepit 2007


In 2007 there were 72,000 visitors and 53,000 sold tickets, which included 7,700 week passes, making this Norway's largest music festival of the year.[6]

Program 2007 [7]

Tuesday 26 June

Wednesday 27 June

"In southern Norway the sun only sets for two hours," noted Brandon Flowers of The Killers. "We headlined and we came off just as it was getting dark. We dried off and I sent to see Bright Eyes at 1am, just as it was getting light. That was incredibly moving."[8]

Thursday 28 June

Friday 29 June

Saturday 30 June



23 – 27 June 2008, lineup:[10]

  • * Ended prematurely due to safety reasons. The venue was overloaded, leaving the floor severely damaged.


22 – 25 June 2008, lineup:[10]


29 June – 2 July lineup


28 June – 1 July lineup


  1. ^ "Review: Hove Festival (Norway)" Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine Crack In The Road
  2. ^ Last FM Calendar
  3. ^ "Traditional Hove Festival is Shut Down". 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ Hove Festival official website in Norwegian
  5. ^ Hove Festival 2007: the DiS review Archived 2008-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. Drowned in Sound.
  6. ^ Hove Festival official website in Norwegian
  7. ^ Hove Festival official website
  8. ^ Odell, Michael (June 2008). "Q&A: The Killers". Q #263. p. 97.
  9. ^ Hove Festival official website
  10. ^ a b Hove Festival official website

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