SOMMERFESTEN -the world´s friendliest festival.

i´m doing an interview today.. it´s with the SOMMERFESTEN official festival-magazine and because of that i thought i´d share with you some memories from the festival closest to my heart ♥

Three years ago E´s colleague Bernt Jakob, asked me if i would consider doing him and his friend´s (the guys from the great norwegian band "the  margarets") a favor by playing a small set at their homemade music-festival just a couple of minutes outside of Aalesund, in a place called Giske.
they told me that they weren´t able to pay me but they promised they would go above and beyond to make sure me and "my people" were taken care of.. i didn´t think much of it but said i would do it because it seemed to me like a good idea for a calm vacation, at the time.

Attending the  festival, was free but audience-members  had to bring food for the giant buffet-table set up out in the field.. which was a  great idea since there were only a couple of hundred people the year before i played there....
but word about me playing at the festival spread fast in Aalesund and the year i showed up, not only was the weather AMAZING! but they estimated that there were around 6000 people there.. Crazy!! 
and it´s grown.. last year 15.000 people defied the cold rainy weather and came to see one of the festivals greatest line up´s  yet!! you still bring food as payment but u can leave a cash- contribution if you feel like it. 
I can´t help but feel a little proud that i am able to be a part of this great festival.

as for the people of Giske taking care of us, i have never seen or done anything like it!!!!
i´ve flown a small airplane, gone "fishing" for crabs. had picnic´s on the beach in 30 degree weather, had artist-jam-sessions. I´ve eaten the best freshest food i´ve ever tasted, had plenty to drink ;)...  and over all i´ve just felt welcome by the wonderful people of Giske and Aalesund:)
there´s also a different  vibe backstage.. this is the only festival i´ve been to where the artists become friends.. and really hang out with each other during the time that we´re there

this festival has now become a tradition in our little family and i feel more like they´re doing me a favour by letting me play there every year;)

i can´t wait to go back this year.. there are so many great bands and artists (Damien Rice  has agreed to play!!!) and i will once again join them on stage.. 
i will leave you now with some pictures 2008 and 2009 and who knows.. maybe one year you´ll join us?? 

sommerfesten 2010 is on the 31st of july!! ♥  for more info visit :


me on stage 2009

we caught these.. and ate them an hour later mmmmm...

on our way to the dinnner.. i got to be the captain for a long while.. i have skills!

getting ready to be a pilot too.. another skill i didn´t realize i possessed 

my plane:)

Marit Larsen and Eva from "eva and the heartmaker" at a jam-session-party we had:=)

haddy playing a beautiful song

the famous "backstage beer-boat" 

backstage where they have the best food.. even sushi!!

that´s all for now folks! m.

10 kommentarer


Jun 23, 2010 kl.10:32 AM

Jeg gleder meg!!! :D


Jun 23, 2010 kl.11:08 AM

Så flink du har vært som har laget blogg helt selv, da, m! Det ser veeeeldig fint ut på Sommerfesten, skjønner at du koser deg der :)


Jun 23, 2010 kl.11:14 AM

I'm amazed that two of my favourite writers (being you and Damien) will play at the same festival. hopefully sometime I will figure out how to travel all the way to Giske without going by plane. this summer I'll be working night shifts.

I trust Annem to come back home with reports from the festival, though. :)

Jun 23, 2010 kl.12:58 PM

Vi gleder oss til du kommer tilbake Maria! Bare en mnd igjen :D

Michelle S. Wirgenes

Jun 23, 2010 kl.1:01 PM

Can't wait :)


Jun 25, 2010 kl.3:48 AM

Hei, Maria! Jeg skal på sommerfesten i år, for første gang, og jeg gleder meg noe så sinnsykt, definitivt ikke mindre nå etter å ha lest blogginnlegget ditt:-) Deg, Tom McRae og Damien Rice på samme festival,tre av favorittene mine<3 Det blir gull!


Jun 25, 2010 kl.3:50 AM

Og tror ikke naturopplevelsen og felleskapet blir helt gærent der oppe, heller:-);-)


Jun 25, 2010 kl.12:03 PM

Yesterday I finally got the approval for a few days off. So I'll be driving 24! hours from the Netherlands with my daughter(12) to join this festival. My daughter is a huge Maria Mena fan and lookalike

:-)). It's my present for her to celebrate her finishing primary school. We've jumped around yesterday as we will in Giske!!!!


Jun 25, 2010 kl.2:52 PM

Sonja: that´s sooo cool!! see u there;)


Jun 27, 2010 kl.9:23 PM

Thanxxx for your reaction, you couldn't have made my daughter Maureen happier!! We will see you there, look for a half indonesian girl in the crowd who really looks like you! ;# Your such an inspiration for her. Thanxx for that and for your wonderfull songs/lyrics. #Maureen says hi:) )

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