Scroll down to find links to all the practical information you will need for your festival visit.
Tickets can be bought at www.ticketmaster.no or by phone 815 33 133, or by using our festival app. During the festival tickets will also be on sale at our ticket sales points on Kirketorget (18:00-23:00) and on the main “festival street” outside Quality Hotel Grand (10:00-22:00).
If tickets are not sold out in advance, it will be possible to purchase tickets for each individual event at the venue just prior to the event.
The festival events take place at different venues around Kongsberg and our age restrictions vary from venue to venue. This is because of laws regarding sale of alcohol.
The general lower age limit for access to Kirketorget is 18. However, we will set up an alcohol-free area (with separate toilet facilities) for all ages (thanks to our sponsor TechnipFMC). We strongly encourage parents to collect under-18s from the exit after the concert.
There is a lower age limit of 18 for the following venues:
There is a lower age limit of 20 for the following venues:
No age restrictions for the following venues:
You are welcome to bring your child with you to a concert if the artist, venue and music are “child-friendly”. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. For concerts with no age restrictions (except Barnivalen) and free seating, children under 12 may attend free of charge as long as there is available space. For concerts with reserved seating, you must buy a ticket for your child (or the child must sit on your lap).
Barnivalen: Children under 2 have free entry to Barnivalen. Adults may only attend Barnivalen if they are accompanying a child.
We strongly encourage everyone to take public transport, walk or cycle to the festival. Kongsberg Jazz Festival is a compact festival with a maximum of 10 minutes walking distance between venues.
Trains: NSB will set up extra trains from Kongsberg to Oslo, 23:34 on Thursday 5 July, 01:00 on Saturday 6 July (after the concert with a-ha) and 01.00 on Sunday 7 July. Because of scheduled maintenance work on the train lines there will be alternative transport (bus) between Drammen and Oslo. We recommend that you buy tickets in advance via NSB’s ticketing app.
Regional bus (Nettbuss): Runs between Kongsberg and Oslo or Notodden. Timetables and tickets via www.nettbuss.no.
Extra buses from Kongsberg to Drammen/Oslo:
Wednesday midnight/Thursday morning: 00.00 and 01.00
Thursday midnight/Friday morning: 00.00 and 01.00
Friday midnight/Saturday morning: 00.00 and 01.00
Saturday midnight/Sunday morning: 00.00 and 01.00
Extra buses from Kongsberg to Notodden:
Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 00.30
Extra buses will run to and from the a-ha concert. See the bus times here (lenke).
Local buses (BRAKAR): There will be special festival buses. See www.brakar.no for information.
Please note: The camp is now fully booked for caravans.
A camping area by the river, right in the centre of Kongsberg. Accommodation is in tents, in caravans, or on a mattress in the sports hall. Guests have access to showers and toilets in the sports hall. Jazzcampen is open from Wednesday at 10:00 to Sunday at 14:00.
Fresh baguettes on sale at breakfast time. Disposable barbecues are not allowed at the site, but large barbecues will be available for all to use on the site.
Cars are not allowed on the camping area.
All accommodation in the sports hall or in caravans must be booked in advance via: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. +47 32 73 27 46.
You do not need to book tent space in advance.
Prices for Jazzcamp (per night):
Sleeping in the sports hall: NOK 120 (without mattress)/NOK 150 (including mattress). Half price for children under 14.
Sleeping in a tent/caravan: NOK 150 per tent/caravan with one person. Each extra person per tent/caravan NOK 100. Free for children under 14.
Access to electricity: NOK 30
Access to bathroom facilities for non-guests: NOK 40
Hotels and other accommodation:
Quality Hotel Grand
www.grandkongsberg.no // tel. +47 32 77 28 00
Best Western Gyldenløve Hotel
www.gyldenlove.no // tel. +47 32 86 58 00
Søstrene Storaas Hotel
Approximately 20 km from Kongsberg. The hotel offers transport to and from the festival.
www.storaas.no // tel. +47 32 77 13 00
Approximately 22 km from Kongsberg. The hotel offers transport to and from the festival.
www.lampeland.no // tel. +47 32 76 09 00
Heistadmoen/Kongsberg activity park
Approximately 10 km from Kongsberg. Formerly military accommodation – offers beds in triple rooms.
www.kapas.no // tlf. 41 40 00 22
www.funkelia.no // tlf. 916 63 977
www.kongsberg-vandrerhjem.no // Tlf. 32 73 20 24
Rent cabins or holiday homes at Finn.no
Search for available cabins and holiday homes for rent here.
Kirketorget (the church square) is the festival’s venue for three large popular concert events in 2018.
We have a lower age limit of 18 for our concerts on Kirketorget, and this year we have no guardianship scheme. There will be a special alcohol-free area for young people between 13 and 18 – this area will be physically separated from the main arena and is called TechnipFMC TeenGig. Tickets for this area are sold separately from the main arena tickets.
There will be a special space in the middle of the arena for wheelchair users with access to a bar and suitable toilet facilities. There are no seating facilities.
Entrance to Kirketorget is via Stukenbrocks gate.
Accredited guests and those working for the festival must use the entrance near to Dolly Dimples/Big Horn
Food and drink
There will be a wide range of food and drink on sale in the arena.
It is forbidden to take the following into the concert area:
Kongsberg Jazz Festival is committed to being open and providing access for everyone. However, since some of the festival venues are old buildings, this is sometimes challenging.
Below you will find a list of the concert venues and their level of accessibility.
Accompanying carers (ledsagerbevis)
Kongsberg Jazz Festival accepts proof of eligibility for accompanying carers at all concerts. For seated concerts at the Kongsberg Music Theatre we have reserved space for disabled audience members on the balcony.
Please contact Ticketnaster on +47 81533133 to order tickets.
Christians Kjeller: Step-free access. Good access for wheelchair users in the yard. Unfortunately no disabled toilet facilities
Energimølla: Ground floor is accessible for wheelchair users. Disabled toilet facilities available.
Galleri Åkern: Difficult to access for wheelchair users. No disabled toilet facilities.
Kirketorget: Good access and easy to get around inside the arena. Dedicated area for wheelchair users with good view and disabled toilet nearby.
Kongsberg Church: Access via ramp at the south entrance of the church. Toilets only accessible via main entrance. No steps, but narrow access. No disabled toilet.
Kongsberg old cinema: Unfortunately, difficult access for wheelchair users owing to the staging used for the 2018 festival.
Smeltehytta: Good wheelchair access. Disabled toilet facilities available.
Quality Hotel Grand – Argus: Access via main entrance. Lift to cloakroom and toilets. Disabled toilet facilities in the basement with lift access.
“Festival street”/ “Jazz street”: No steps. Easy access for disabled people. Disabled toilet facilities available in the hotel.
Kongsberg Music Theatre (Kongsberg Musikkteater): Seating and lift for wheelchair users. No steps. The building has orientation points/guide paths. Audio loop available. Please contact the employees in the entrance hall for help.
Sølvsalen: Seating for disabled audience members. Disabled toilet facilities available
Gamle Norge/party arena: The outside area is easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Jazzboksen: Good access to the concert venue via ramp. Disabled toilet facilities available via ramp.
Barnival park: Ramps from the pavement and into the festival area, and to the tents. Disabled toilet facilities available. Please contact the festival office if you have questions.
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