'File sharers to blame for expensive festivals'

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Suzann Gaber (17), Marlene Chauviere (17) and Renee Forseth (18) take in Ringo Starr and His All Star Band at last summer's Norwegian Wood (Photo: Aleksander Andersen/Scanpix)
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Music fans in Norway will have to shell out more than ever before for festival tickets this summer, with one organizer blaming file sharing for the hefty price hike.

Full passes for seven major pop and rock festivals, including Norwegian Wood, Slottsfjell, Hove, Øya and Bukta, will cost an average of 198 kroner ($33) more this summer than in 2010, broadcaster NRK has found.

“Fans have themselves to thank,” said Joakim Haugland, booking manager for the Bylarm festival.

“The record industry has always said that their products cost money to produce. That’s why this summer festival-goers are paying for illegal file sharing.”

Of the eight festivals examined by NRK, only Storås has retained the same prices it charged two years ago.

Jørgen Roll, who heads up the Norwegian Wood festival in Oslo, attributed the price increase primarily to a marked rise in artists’ fees.

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“We’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and the development has been explosive in that period. It has to with supply and demand,” he told NRK.

Prices for a festival pass for Norwegian Wood have shot up by almost 800 kroner since 2007.

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