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Dark Season Blues

Type:Annual events

9170, Longyearbyen
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Dark Season Blues is the world’s northernmost blues festival. This annual festival in late October marks the beginning of the dark season when daylight and the sun are about to leave Svalbard for four long winter months.

The distinctive blue light of the ‘twilight period’ provides a unique atmosphere for the four-day festival featuring concerts by local, national and international blues artists at most of Longyearbyen’s concert venues. The intimate and relaxed atmosphere allow artists, audiences and locals to mingle throughout the weekend. This creates unforgettable musical experiences and many of the guests return year after year.



Barentz Pub: Kickstart-jam, 23:00, free



Kulturhuset: Official opening, 18:00, free

Barentz Pub: Jake Green Band, The Vossa Rebels, 21:00, 350kr

Svalbar Pub: Lisa Lystam Family Band, Dawn Tyler Watson, 21:00, 350kr

Kroa: Roffe Wikström, Curtis Salgado. 21:00, 350kr



Kulturhuset: Good Time Charlie, 10:00, only for kids

Longyearbyen Skole: The Vossa Rebels, 11:00, only for the schoolchildren

Barentz Pub: Blues Lunch: Lisa Lystam Family Band, Blues talk with Øyvind Rønning, 12:00, free

Kroa: Blåmyra, 16:00, free

Funktionærmessen Restaurant: "Blues for the Soul" Lisa Lystam & Curtis Salgado, 17:30, 1350kr (Festival passes does not apply here). Tickets for an atmospheric and intimate blues-dinner may be ordered by phone: +47 79 02 62 00

Barentz Pub: Erik Harstad & The Buzz Brothers, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, 21:00, 350kr

Svalbar Pub: Good Time Charlie, Josh Smith, 21:00, 350kr

Kroa: Pilgrims, Erja Lyytinen, Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory, 20:00, 400kr



Barentz Pub: Blues Lunch: JT w/friends, Blues talk with Øyvind Rønning,12:00, free

Mary-Ann's Polarrigg: JG Hansen, Pilgrims, 13:00, 150kr (Festival passes do not apply here)

Gruve 3: Gruveblues: The Vossa Rebels, 15:00, 200kr (Bus from MIX Isbjørnbutikken, 14:30, also stops at Mary-Ann's. Festival passes do not apply here)

Karlsberger Pub: Kilborn Alley Blues Band, 15:00, 150kr

Karlsberger Pub: JG Hansen, Jake Green Band, Erik Harstad & The Buzz Brothers, 20:00, 250kr

Huset, 19:00, 800kr (Free bus from Karlsberger Pub to Huset, 18:30)

Huset ground floor: Lisa Lystam Family Band, Good Time Charlie, Erja Lyytinen, Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory, Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Huset 1st floor: Roffe Wikström, Josh Smith, Curtis Salgado, Dawn Tyler Watson



Svalbard Church: Blues & Gospel: Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Dawn Tyler Watson, 18:00, 250/125kr (Festival passes do not apply here)

Restaurant Nansen: Jamsession, 21:00, free


The minimum age for concerts that starts after 19:00 is 20

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