Dagny, Eidsvåg og Kvelertak headline at The Tall Ships Races! 

The cultural program for this year´s Tall Ships Festival is now ready and the public can look forward to four days of quality acts.

The Tall Ships Races is a festival with emphasis on shipping culture, coastal culture, maritime tradition and history.  However, the festival also has a tradition of being a huge cultural festival and this is how it will be this year too.  Project Manager, Knud Helge Robberstad, has now presented a cultural program of local, regional, national and international calibre.

“Our mission is to create a meeting place for different cultures, and for us it is really important that the culture program has both breadth and quality. We have something for everyone – from a Quayside dance, to the Lindesnes accordion orchestra, to heavy metal,” he says.

Even from the opening day, Thursday 26 July, the program is packed. You can experience an art exhibition at Skur2, a narrative show on the Norwegian tall ship Sørlandet, be part of the Concert Hall´s program series, Summer in Bjergsted, or check out the Stavanger Tango workshop or the Storm Weather Shanty Choir.

Main Stage

This year, the main stage will be located at the Concert Hall.  It will be the venue for the prize-giving and the headline concerts. On the opening day, Thursday 26 July, Olav Larsen will have the honour of warming up the crowd on the main stage, ahead of Bjørn Eidsvåg who comes on at 21:00.

”Bjørn Eidsvåg strictly needs no introduction.  He is one of Norway´s most popular artists and a musician who oozes quality,” says Robberstad.

On Friday, the same stage is devoted to a somewhat younger audience when Izabell will warm up the crowd from 20:00.  An hour later, the evening´s main attraction, Dagny, will come on stage.

“It was almost impossible to avoid her debut single, “Backbeat”, when it appeared in 2016.  Since then, she has thrilled audiences and the press at home and abroad. We look forward to seeing her create a party atmosphere on the main stage,” says the Project Manager

Saturday nights main attraction is probably not quite as easy to dance to as Dagny.

“We are very excited that Kvelertak have agreed to deliver their explosive show on our main stage on Saturday night.  They have travelled around Europe this year as the support band for Metallica´s WorldWired Tour, and they can still put on musical muscles,” says Robberstad.

Kvelertak is a band of local, national and international calibre which fits in very well with the Tall Ships profile.

“Saturday will end as usual with a firework display over Vågen. A more elaborate combination than Kvelvertak and a giant firework display can hardly be imagined,” says Robberstad.

Music on several stages

There will also be music at other places in the city.  Scene 2 (Stage 2), located at Tollbodbrygga, will headline a large number of exciting regional artists including: Vrakfeber, Maria Toresen, Vicerine, Helldorado, So are we, Wingsuits, Hear Me Roar, Sincerely Frank, Saxxemark, LULI and Longfield & Superskeleton

“We also have an exciting collaboration with the Chamber Music Festival, Tou Scene and Utopia, so there will be various small concerts and performances on both stages and the ships,” says Robberstad.


The festival area will spread over 1.5 kilometres – the largest event area ever to be arranged along the Stavanger quayside (Vågen). Torgavågen is the place for those who want to learn something about the sea and boat life, and is especially aimed at children. The square, (Torget), is the place for traditional craftsmen – here you can see blacksmiths and sailmakers while stone and wood are carved under the direction of the Engøyholmen Coastal Heritage Centre. At Krydderkaien you will experience food and goods which were shipped to and from Stavanger by sea – canned products, oils and spices.

“The rich cultural program has been put together in close collaboration with several cultural institutions and other festivals in the region,” says Robberstad.

Read the full program.