Photo: Silja Haddal Mork.

Photo: Silja Haddal Mork.

The small, friendly indiepop festival Indiefjord will be taking place for a fourth time on 15th and 16th of July 2017.

The festival takes place in the village of Bjørke, western Norway, not far away from Ålesund. The village is situated in the innermost part of the Hjørundfjord, surrounded by the spectacular “Sunnmøre Alps”.

Indiefjord is a completely volunteer based festival, and all income goes back to covering the bands’ travel costs. The festival is organised for the love of music, and to show our area of Norway to visitors from abroad – and for those visitors to bring some of their culture and music to us. To see new friendships forming and to be able to listen to our favourite music by the fjord are our rewards.

Bands that have played so far include: The Tuts (UK), Lyla Foy (UK), Robert Post (Norway), Egil Olsen (Norway), The Spook School (UK), Stars in Coma (Sweden), The Smittens (USA), Stig Ulv (Norway), The School (UK) and The Just Joans (UK) + many, many more from all over the world. Over the years Indiefjord has been lucky enough to collaborate with Bakketunet, Hjørundfjord Adventures/Hjørundfjord Vandrerhjem Bjørke, Bjørke Rom og Camping, Tind og Tare, Hos Maria, Morks Antikk/Galleri Bukke-Jo and others. Our stages have, in addition to Bakketunet, included Notanauset – an old boathouse, Bjørke Church and Haukly, the community hall. Haukly will serve as the evening venue this year as well, while the daytime stages are yet to be announced.

The story so far:

Indiefjord as a festival and club night was founded in 2014, based on a love for indiepop and a wish for other people to enjoy and explore it. The Indiefjord organisers consist of the Haddal/Mork family (John, Ingvild, Silja, Elin-Grethe and Ivar) and various other relatives + villagers + other volunteers from the region. The festival’s aim is to bring indiepop to the fjords.

The original Indiefjord was a party (or, as it turns out, a festival) for friends and friends of friends in the village that the Mork family is from: Bjørke by the Hjørundfjord. It was two days of fun and music on the 12th and 13th of July 2014, where friends from Sweden and the UK played lots of catchy indiepop and there was a vivid festival-vibe to it all. The festival opened up to others too, and along with bands and guests from all over Europe, the locals all helped making the atmosphere unforgettable and magical. People of all ages seemed to enjoy what was going on throughout that weekend, and it was ever only meant to be a once in a lifetime experience.

However, in February 2015, it felt the time was right to start planning another Indiefjord… The Haddal/Mork family and other organisers (and those who had attended in 2014) simply missed the vibe and the people from the previous summer and felt Indiefjord deserved the “right to live”. The second ever Indefjord happened on the 11th and 12th of July, and felt as magical as the first one – with more people from the Sunnmøre region having discovered the festival, too. In the Haddal/Mork family everything that happens more than once becomes a regular occurrence – and so… Indiefjord happened again on the 9th and 10th of July 2016. Wonderful, wonderful times.

After six months of recharging Team Indiefjord decided that there will be a fourth Indiefjord this summer: 15th and 16th of July. More info about this year’s festival soon – do join the event on Facebook.

We, the organisers, are hoping to keep the festival small and friendly and the ticket numbers limited – to preserve the feeling of staying in a parallel, peaceful universe for the weekend. We hope you can make it!

If you have got any questions email us on info@indiefjord.com – or if urgent, call or text +47 90 19 67 24 (Silja) and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Love, Team Indiefjord

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