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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.
Svalbar: Kickstart-jam 23:00, free.
Longyearbyen skole: Igor Prado & Just Groove 11:00, only for school children.
Kulturhuset: Official opening of Dark Season Blues 2019 18:00, free
Svalbar Pub: Tora, Frode Alnæs & The Frogs 20:30, 350kr
Kroa: JT Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters with Trez Gregory, Danielle Nicole Band 21:00, 350kr
Kulturhuset: JT & Dave Fields 10:30, only for the kindergardens
Svalbar Pub: Blueslunch. Frode Alnæs & The Frogs, Dave Fields, artist interview with Øyvind Rønning 12:00, Free
Svalbard Bryggeri: JG Hansen 17:00, 50 kr (Kveldspass gjelder ikke her)
Gruvelageret: Boogie Woogie Experience. Dr. Bekken, Trez Gregory and Sari Schorr 17:30, 1150 kr (Evening passes do not apply here)
Kroa: Earl Thomas with Igor Prado & Just Groove, Sari Schorr 20:30, 400 kr
Svalbar Pub: Buddy Whittington & Trond Olsen Band, Monster Mike Welch 21:00, 400 kr
Karlsberger Pub: Dave Fields, Joakim Tinderholt & His Band 21:00, 350 kr
Kroa: Blueslunch. JT w/friends, artist interview with Øyvind Rønning 12:00, Free
Gruve 3: Gruveblues: McDowells Bakgård 14:00, 200kr (bus from Lompensenteret 13:30 Included. Festival passes do not apply here)
Karlsberger Pub: Igor Prado & Just Groove 15:00, 150kr (Festival passes do not apply here)
Karlsberger Pub: JG Hansen, Dr. Bekken, McDowells Bakgård 20:00, 350kr
Huset 19:30, 750kr (free bus from Karlsberger Pub to Huset 19:00)
Huset 1st floor: Joakim Tinderholt & His Band, Tora, Monster Mike Welch, Danielle Nicole Band
Huset 2nd floor: Amund Maarud & Lucky Lips, Buddy Whittington & Trond Olsen Band, Earl Thomas with Igor Prado & Just Groove, Sari Schorr
Svalbard Kirke: "Gospel and soul": Earl Thomas & Trez Gregory 18:00, 200/100kr
Kroa: Bluesjam: Jamsession, bring your own instrument, host: Dave Fields 21:00, 100 kr
The minimum age for concerts that starts after 19:00 is 20 years old