April 08. 2011

There’s a saying that all good things must come to an end. For twelve years we’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of our favourite artists, shared some incredible metal moments with fans coming from all over the world, and worked with some of the best in the scene.

Twelve years is a long time and we’ve always invested a lot of time and effort in making the festival the best it possible can be and never compromise.

Hole in the Sky has been a thing we’ve taken great pride in and it would be a very sad thing to let the festival suffer due to other commitments and responsibilities that comes along as you get older, so basically we want go out on a high note when we still feel inspired and on top of the game. Mind you, we will go out in a spectacular fashion.

Hole in the Sky started out with the aim of showcasing the best the underground metal scene has to offer.

Norway has been on the forefront of extreme metal since 1991, that’s 20 years and counting, so we’ve decided to invite four of the most crucial acts in terms of developing the scene. To close the final Hole in the Sky chapter: THE LAST SUPPER, we give you Immortal, Satyricon, Mayhem and Enslaved (The Big 4 of extreme metal?).

Immortal opened the very first Hole in the Sky festival in 2000 and will close the proceedings on the 2011 festivals final day. Satyricon has headlined the festival with huge success two times earlier. Enslaved has delivered some historic sets, both the anniversary concert in 2009, featuring a wide array of metal royalty, and them playing the whole “Eld” album in 2005.

Mayhem are the godfathers of the scene and went at it in spectacular fashion in 2007. We’re glad to have them back for on final round this year.

Comments booking manager Torgrim Øyre:
It’s been a tremendous ride and we’ve experienced things we’ve never dreamt of when we first started out. Hole in the Sky has been an extremely important and personal thing to everyone involved, something that we’ve been very proud of. Over the last year we’ve felt some sort of fulfilment, that we’ve come full circle so to speak. So in fear of carrying on without the same fire as before we feel it’s better to end it on a high note than let a great thing like this diminish into obscurity. We’re eternally grateful to everyone who has supported us over the years and hope that most of you can make it one last time. It’s going to be one spectacular week.

Satyr (Satyricon): “Judging by our standards, no other Norwegian festival comes close in terms of the quality of the booking. We’ve played there several times and we have a very good relationship with the locals and all the traveling visitors in general. In that case it’s a sad thing that Hole in the Sky is now coming to an end. Nevertheless, we’re very proud of being one of the headliners of what will become the last supper. Quite simply, we’re really going to deliver one fucking blinder of a show.”

Abbath Doom Occulta (Immortal):Venom has played Hole in the Sky, that says it all!”

Grutle (Enslaved): “Many of my best personal concert memories, both as a viewer and as a musician, has taken place at our beloved festival. Enslaved have had many great moments, playing in front of a fantastic audience in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and now hopefully also in 2011. As a member of a crazy and dedicated metal audience I have witnessed great performances by acts like Autopsy, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Entombed, Immortal, Danzig, Opeth, Candlemass, Voivod, Mayhem, Destruction, Sodom and Paul Di´Anno, just to mention a very few. I am sure I have witnessed a lot more gigs that I am able to remember, cause, let´s not deny it; It has been a helluva party too! We´ve had a great time partying with fellow metalheads from all over the globe. The only thing I probably won´t miss about this festival, is the severe hangover that follows, hehe. But, who knows? Maybe we´ll all miss just that the first week of September in 2012. Because something will be missing, no doubt about it.  The biggest event of the year for many, many fans of metal will take place no more.

But ,before the good bye hugs and the streams of tears in the name of metal begins to flow: Let us bow in awe for the people of the H.I.T.S board throughout the years, all the volunteer workers, all the fantastic bands, the staff at Garage, the staff  at USF and last but not least; you, the audience that made the whole thing possible for 12 years!

LET HOLE IN THE SKY PASS INTO HISTORY WITH A MOTHER OF A BLOW OUT!! SKÅL!”

Chairwoman of the board Silje Wergeland: Throughout 12 years of awesomeness, we’ve been hosting some of the best artists in metal, visited by dedicated metal heads from all over the world and working with the best crew. For over a decade Hole in the Sky has made a huge impact on our lives, and developed itself to be a vital part of the Bergen music scene. We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved and truly thankful for the support over the years. Now we feel it’s time for closure. We hope you will join us the last week of August making a hell of a great final.

Immortal

Arguably the defining band in terms of Black Metal Aesthetics, Immortal has defined not only the look but also the sound of Black Metal to many listeners. From the lo-fi occultism of “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” to the Wacken-headlining arena stars they are today, Abbath and Demonaz have never cared about outside opinion or trends of any kind, resulting in their unparallelled status in the scene today. Often copied, but never bettered, Hole In The Sky presents the pride of Bergen – Immortal.

Satyricon

An integral part of Norwegian Black Metal lore, Satyricon have been one of the hardest working bands in the business ever since their inception in 1990. Touring and releasing relentlessly, Satyr and Frost has built a body of work that only a selected elite is able to match. From “Dark Medieval Times” via “Nemesis Divina” to “The Age of Nero” the musical direction has evolved, but the essence remains the same: True Norwegian Black Metal.

Mayhem

Founders,auteurs, provocateurs, legends. A lot has been said and written about Mayhem over the years, some of it true and some of it not. What can be said today is that without Mayhem the Norwegian – and international – Black Metal scene as we know it today would look very different. With a newly revamped lineup Mayhem returns to Hole In The Sky promising a very special show – be there.

Enslaved

Continuously challenging themselves and audiences for twenty years now, Enslaved have branched out from their humble beginnings as a Black/Viking Metal band to their status today, where they enjoy respect from fans of all forms of extreme music. From “Vikingligr Veldi” back in 1994 to last years “Axioma Ethica Odini”, the common denominator has always been “progression”. Join us in the celebration of one of Norways most innovative acts.

About the festival:

- Founded in memory of late Erik “Grim” Brødreskift (Immortal, Gorgoroth, Borknagar)
- First annual metal festival in Norway ever.
- All previous festivals completely sold out.

- Hailed as the one of the best metal events by journalists of Terrorizer and German Metal Hammer in their yearly poll.

- Achieved two-page spread, raving reviews in magazines such as Metal Hammer UK, Metal Hammer (Ger), Kerrang!, Terrorizer, Legacy.

Previously headlined by bands such as Venom, Autopsy, Carcass(UK), Testament (US), Pentagram (US), Voivod (CA), Enslaved (N), Gorgoroth (N), Danzig (US), Celtic Frost(CH), Exodus (US), Morbid Angel (US), Sodom (D), Opeth (S), Napalm Death (UK), Mayhem, Obituary (US), Kreator (D), Immortal, Destruction (D), Paul Di’Anno (UK), Impaled Nazarene (Fin), Samael (CH) and Satyricon.