Quart Festival

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Quart Festival stage at Bendiksbukta, Odderøya

The Quart Festival was an annual popular music festival that took place in Kristiansand, Norway in the beginning of July. It was the most visited music festival in Norway.

It was first named Qvadradurmusivalen in 1991, but changed into the more ear-catching Quart Festival the following year. For several years Quart was the largest music festival in Norway, but went bankrupt in 2008 in part due to tough competition from the Hovefestivalen in Arendal and some Oslo-based festivals.


There have been some scandals during the years.

  • A local band Flying Crap fired a shotgun from the stage in 1995.
  • Marilyn Manson ripped a bible on stage in 1999.
  • The Kovenant burned a bible on stage in 2000.
  • Mayhem threw pigs' heads at the audience in 2001.
  • Eight musicians from hiphop group Equicez were arrested for drug offences in 2003.
  • Kristopher Schau attached an engine to a dead pig and used it as a boat in 2003.
  • Two persons from rainforest charity group Fuck For Forest had live sex on stage during a concert with The Cumshots in 2004.

2008 cancelling and bankruptcy[edit]

On the evening of 6 June, citing low ticket sales (14,000 against a budget of 30,000), the festival management officially decided to cancel the 2008 festival (due to start on 1 July) and as well file the managing company for bankruptcy. Following the 2007 festival, the company had a deficiency of roughly 16 million kroner.

2009 – The festival returns[edit]

The Quart Festival was revived by one of the original organisers and was held on 30 June to 4 July 2009. Slash's performance was backed by Teddy Andreadis,[1] Jason Bonham, Chris Cheney, John 5 and Frankie Perez, and included guest performances from Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood and Fergie.[2]

The festival was an economic disaster[3] with low attendances and slow revenues. The festival was by mid-September 2009 still not able to pay their employees and is now threatened by bankruptcy.

Key performers[edit]

1992: Spiritualized, The Boo Radleys, Tom Russell, Bel Canto, Pogo Pops, Black Press,

1993: Motorpsycho, Seigmen, 808 State

1994: Elvis Costello, The Orb, Blur, Elastica

1995: The Black Crowes, Weezer, Lisa Germano, Morphine

1996: Motorpsycho, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pulp, Ministry, Orbital, Underworld, Beck, Massive Attack, Black Grape

1997: Rage Against the Machine, Suede, Einstürzende Neubauten, Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, The Charlatans

1998: Beastie Boys, Portishead, Björk, Iggy Pop, Tori Amos, Teenage Fanclub, Wyclef Jean

1999: The Roots, Fatboy Slim, Happy Mondays, Garbage, Marilyn Manson, Blur, Massive Attack, The Cardigans, Skunk Anansie

2000: Sonic Youth, Oasis, Leftfield, Moby, Death in Vegas, Morten Abel, Madrugada, Nine Inch Nails, Counting Crows, Macy Gray

2001: Manic Street Preachers, Deftones, Beck, Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey, The Dandy Warhols, Motörhead, Coldplay, Wyclef Jean, Mayhem

2002: David Bowie, Travis, Rammstein, No Doubt, Morten Abel, Belle and Sebastian, Turbonegro, Kent, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Kaizers Orchestra, Muse, White Stripes

2003: Massive Attack, Nas, Coldplay, The Flaming Lips, Queens of the Stone Age, Röyksopp, The Cardigans, Immortal, Mew, Tumi And The Volume

2004: Alicia Keys, The Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, The Darkness, Morrissey, Pixies, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, !!!, Phoenix, Pleasure, The Cumshots, Slipknot, N.E.R.D.

2005: Audioslave, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, Snoop Dogg, Thomas Dybdahl, The Game, Porcupine Tree, Stonegard, Fantômas

2006: Depeche Mode, Tool, Kanye West, Muse, Pharrell, Arctic Monkeys, Damian Marley, Devin the Dude, Placebo, Rufus Wainwright, Opeth, The Raconteurs, Wolfmother, Richard Hawley, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, The Cat Empire, Death Cab for Cutie

2007: Turbonegro, The Who, Scissor Sisters, 50 Cent, BigBang, Chris Cornell, Motorpsycho, Black Debbath, The Roots, Mew, Talib Kweli

2009: Marilyn Manson, John 5, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Young Jeezy, The Black Eyed Peas, Placebo, Korn, Chris Cornell

Quart 1996 booking (as seen on official poster)[edit]

Headliners: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pulp, Ministry, Massive Attack, Coolio, Orbital, Leftfield, Underworld, Beck, Black Grape

Goldie/Metalheadz, The Presidents of the USA, Foo Fighters, The Amps, The Chemical Brothers, The Roots, Ocean Colour Scene, Fear Factory, Slayer, GZA, The Mike Flowers Pops

Ken Ishii, Nightmares on Wax, BT, Faithless, Lionrock, Moloko, Ash, Nicolette, Spring Heel Jack, Dog Eat Dog, Whipping Boy, Dirty Three, The Brotherhood, Morcheeba, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Hallucinogen, Super Furry Animals, Bis, Motorpsycho, Peltz, The Highrollers, Penthouse Playboys, Palace of Pleasure, Folk & Røvere, Gartnerlosjen, Turbonegro, Subgud, Kåre and the Cavemen, The 3rd and the Mortal, Alania, Tørst, Salida, Gluecifer, Mindstate, Red Cloud, Dryads, Silent, Ad Libitum, Groms, The Weeds, Cirkus Gilmour, Whipped Cream Royale.

25th anniversary festival[edit]

28 and 29 June 2016, the Quart Festival will be revived at Odderøya. The occasion is the 25th anniversary since the first festival. The organisers promise major Norwegian and International names.[4][5][needs update]

Quart 2000 line-up[edit]

Tue 4 July Wed 5 July Thu 6 July Fri 7 July Sat 8 July
Nine Inch Nails Macy Gray Oasis Leftfield Saint Etienne
Counting Crows Hil St. Soul Morten Abel D'Angelo Groove Armada
Eels Blackalicious Ian Brown Dead Prez Calexico
Dipsomaniacs Oslo Fluid The Flaming Lips US HIP HOP feat. 3rd Bass, Missing Link, Mass Influence & Ill Bill Romanthony
Melt Rollins Band Death in Vegas Soul Kitchen feat. Apollo, Whimsical and Tungtvann Perculator
Moby The Facer Röyksopp Sonic Youth Madrugada
Layo & Bushwacka! The Kovenant Kid Koala Elliott Smith Zeromancer
Atakama Sona Fariq Briskeby Ben Christophers We
Boy Black Debbath Påsan feat. Martine & Mirejam Monopot Seven
A Perfect Circle Beth Orton Angel Moraes Ring Sylvia Wane
Brassy Sondre Beatroute Yo La Tengo Number Seven Deli
Muse Nitin Sawhney Satoshi Tomiie Mojave 3 Lambchop
Kelis Aim Junior Sanchez Angie Stone Emmerhoff & The Melancholy Babies
Tungtvann Little Louie Vega Animal House Noora Rinôçérôse
David Morales Koot Xploding Plastix
Roger Sanchez Cirkus Gilmour Thee Maddkatt Courtship
François Kevorkian

Quart 2001 line-up[edit]

Tue 3 July Wed 4 July Thu 5 July Fri 6 July Sat 7 July
Alanis Morissette Coldplay Manic Street Preachers Beck Briskeby
Deftones The Dandy Warhols PJ Harvey Bob Hund Bertine Zetlitz
LOK Sigur Rós JJ72 The Strokes Kinobe
Goldfinger Ash Silver Starsailor Cosmic Rough Riders
Cadillac Bad Boys Club James Band Common Brussel
Wyclef Jean Motörhead Mayhem Big Daddy Kane Euroboys
Stereo MCs Queens of the Stone Age In Flames Lootpack & Peanut Butter Wolf Bigbang
Klovner i Kamp Gluecifer Opeth KutMasta Kurt Popium
Salvador The Hives Zyklon Feven, Madcon & Gatas Parlament The Cumshots
Cradle of Filth (cancelled) My Vitriol Einherjer Grandaddy Hangface
Ram-Zet Håkan Hellström Jim White The Magnetic Fields Arab Strap
Zero 7 Peel Tom McRae St. Thomas Anja Garbarek
Sternklang Goldfrapp Vidar Vang Bent Cloroform
Richard Scanty Talvin Singh Wookie Moon Orchestra Masta Ace
Dave Clarke Ai Phoenix Palace of Pleasure Tony Touch Jaga Jazzist
X-Press 2 Stanton Warriors Jazzy Jeff Turin Brakes Moodymann
g-Ha Richard Scanty Kings of Convenience Erick Morillo Matthias Heilbronn
Pete Francois K & Eric Kupper NOR A Man Called Adam DJ Phardin
Stephan Grieder Peer + venner Little Louie Vega Stuart Patterson A Man Called Adam
Jori Hulkkonen Nathan Haines Olanskii Terry Farley Bjørn Torske
Olle Abstract g-Ha Doc L Junior Olle Abstract Olle Abstract
KS Choice Nils Noah Si Long Dosertanker Experimental Pop Band
Buzz Aldrin Band Håkan Lidbo Kango Stardustbreakers Jigsaw Puzzle
Train Olle Abstract Olle Abstract Stereo 21 NUD
Pagan's Mind Cadillac Scariot Miramis Grand Lux
Stonegard Tonka Mantra Bronco Busters
Tremolo Wankers Guardians of Time
Shitzoo Bjorvands
Java Junkies The Flush


  1. ^ "Slash At Norway's QUART Festival: More Video Footage, Photos, Review Available". News Archive. Blabbermouth.net. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  2. ^ Rowley, Scott (1 July 2009). "Slash And Friends Rock Norway". Classic Rock - News. Future Publishing. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  3. ^ "15 millioner i minus for Quart-festivalen". Dagbladet.no. Dagbladet. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  4. ^ Quart Festival 25 års jubileum Official site (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ Toffen gjenoppliver Quartfestivalen - har store planer til sommeren Dagbladet 11 november 2015 (in Norwegian)

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