Live Nation Acquires Norway's Tons of Rock Festival, Sets New Location

Courtesy of Tons of Rock//Martinesen 
Tons of Rock Festival in Norway.

The festival will move to a larger location in Ekeberg in Oslo.

Live Nation has acquired a majority stake in Norway’s Tons of Rock festival. Founded in 2013, Tons of Rock has grown into one of the country’s largest rock and metal festivals.

After securing Slayer as a headliner for the inaugural festival, Live Nation Norway and Tons of Rock worked together closely over the years, leading to appearances by Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Ghost, and Five Finger Death Punch among other international stars.

“We have worked with Tons of Rock from the very beginning and are excited about our future with the festival,” said Martin Nielsen, head promotor of Live Nation Norway. “The Tons of Rock team have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the festival and to audience experience.”

The announcement also adds that Tons of Rock will be moving to a larger location for its 2019 edition. The festival will relocate to Ekeberg in Oslo with more fans having access to headliners like KISS, Volbeat and Def Leppard between June 27-29.

"We are ready to take the next step in the festival’s journey and the line-up for the 2019 festival speaks for itself," said Jarle Kvåle, festival manager and one of the founders of Tons of Rock in a release. "After five successful years in Halden we saw potential for further growth. We found the perfect venue at Ekebergsletta in Oslo and wanted a strong strategic partner who would help us continue to grow. The answer was obvious, and close at hand, Live Nation Norway."