vg lista topp 20 is 50

VG Lista Topp 20, the official Norwegian hit list that chronicles chart success of local and foreign singles week after week, turns 50 this year. It is also a yearly musical extravaganza staged in Oslo and other key Norwegian cities. Once again, VG Lista Topp 20 is staged at Rådhusplassen in front of the capital’s iconic city hall and has brought strong musical names on stage such as international artists Fat Joe, Katie Melua and Morten Harket of a-ha, probably Norway’s biggest musical import. Last year, Mel C and Natasha Bedingfield graced the scene. 

We were at the venue an hour before the concert started at 9 and all the way until 12 midnight. The event was estimated to have gathered a staggering 60,000-member audience, most of which were teenagers. I have never seen so many young people gathered at one place at one time. At times even I felt so old. Norwegian performers included among others Maria Haukaas Storeng and Mira Craig of recent Eurovision fame, world idol and country star Kurt Nilsen, brilliant singer-songwriter Espen Lind and a slew of rap, hip-hop, and rock artists. Two performers surprisingly piqued my interest – Kaizers Orchestra, an alternative rock group formed at the turn of millenium and apparently one of Norway’s best live bands, and indie pop/rock singer-songwriter Ida Maria. Hear them for yourself.

Here are some photos taken from the event.


Morten Harket, Katie Melua, Fat Joe with Norwegian R&B singer Sichelle, Espen Lind, Mira Craig & Maria Haukaas Storeng, and Kurt Nilsen.


3 Responses to “vg lista topp 20 is 50”

  1. 1 RennyBA June 23, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Diane and I saw it on TV in Sweden and it was quite an impressive show – lucky you :-)

  2. 2 freshmess June 24, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I’d like to watch it on tv again, as it’s totally different seen on the venue. Thanks for dropping by, Renny!

  3. 3 phil mitchell May 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    wow what a collection how long did it take to put together?

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