Went to Halden a few days a go to check out an event that some old classmates of mine initiated. I used to go to school in Halden, and found it a delighful little town, with a lot of music and cultural events going on, and a nice community with a great diversity.
The event was called ‘Young people in Halden’ and started last year as a fundraising event that the Diesen family arranged, to raise money for their ambition to arrange a music festival in the summer, located at Fredriksten Fortress. The gig was such a success, that they decided to do it again this year. Lucky Malice, contributed with some lovely acoustic tunes.
There was such a diversity in the musical contributions, and Halden is full of very talented people, who are willing and able. This was the Rockabilly Rebels, who rocked an Elvis, and a self-written hit.
The theatre was gorgeous as always, it is the Oldest baroque theatre in Norway, (if I remember correctly) and we used to do performances in there with school, amongst other great locations in Halden. This band, Nedbør, are some mates of my Niece Victoria, (who happens to go on the drama course on the same school, LIKE HER AUNTIE!) and they were amazing, real talented boys.
Another favourite of mine, was an old friend, Ole, who sang like an angel delicately plucking the strings, melting everyones hearts with his songs.
Red Parrot is another young up and coming band, whom I was pleasantly surprised by, kinda like a young Onkel Tuka, another Halden band I am a huge an of, that play kinda Country music… Halden Style.
Synne Eileen and the Sunbeams finished off the gig and were joined up with all the artists and it was all a lovely night.
Hope they manage to establish that music festival, The Diesen family and the rest of the people that arranged this event, are great initiative-takers and create great platforms for young bands to perform and promote themselves.