Frequently Asked Questions
Playing at by:Larm
- How does my band get to play by:Larm?
- My band has applied. When will we know if we’ve been selected?
- My band is hot! We’ve had plenty of attention and we’re really good. Why didn’t we get picked to play by:Larm?
- Is by:Larm only for Norwegian bands?
- I thought by:Larm was just for new bands. Why are X band playing?
- When is the bill announced?
- What is the age limit at by:Larm concert venues?
- I / my son / daughter am / is under 18 and is really into music. Why can’t by:Larm LIVE be accessible to all age-groups?
- Which venues are taking part in by:Larm and whereabouts are they situated in town?
- How does the ticketing system work? Do I need to buy a day pass / festival pass or can I just buy individual tickets for the concerts I would like to attend?
- Where can I buy tickets?
- Where do I exchange my ticket for a wristband?
- Am I guaranteed entry to the X concert with my festival / day pass?
- Where do the seminars take place?
- When does by:Larm start?
- Who can take part in the conference?
- Where is check-in for delegates and when is it open?
- I would like to take part in a seminar or two. Is it possible to get in without a delegate’s pass?
- I think a delegate pass is rather expensive. Can I get a group or student discount or some other discount?
- What is included in the price of a delegate pass?
- What are Speed Meetings?
- Are artists appearing at by:Larm admitted to the conference areas of the hotel or seminars?
- I would like a stand at the conference hotel or would like to advertise in your brochures and other print material. Who should I be in contact with?
- Who owns by:Larm?
- How is the event financed?
- Is by:Larm a festival or a conference?
- I would like to work at by:Larm. Can I put myself down as a volunteer?
by:Larm Live / Artists
The first step to securing a slot at by:Larm begins with registering your interest here. The deadline for applications is September 20th and we usually receive around 1000. A demo jury, made up of representatives from by:Larm (1/4) and external consultants (3/4) select the artists from the long list of applications. They also receive suggestions and tips from a wide variety of people all over the country in advance of selection.
At by:Larm, like any festival, we also book acts in addition to ones who apply, to ensure a program of the most current artists at the event.
Selection / programming starts right after the application deadline of September 20th and continues for quite sometime thereafter. Acts selected will be contacted by phone usually in October and November. Those acts that are not selected will receive notification by email. Some acts will be on a reserve list until all the slots are filled. In the worst cases, the latest an act will receive notification either by phone or email is the end of December.
My band is hot! We’ve had plenty of attention and we’re really good. Why didn’t we get picked to play by:Larm?
Generally, there are around 1000 applications for only 40-50 slots. There is always a fierce debate amongst the demo jury as to which acts are picked and often tough choices have to be made. Factors that come into play include: live experience, artistic development, genre, how current the act is etc. That your band wasn’t picked, doesn’t necessarily come down to taste, but more likely that the jury had to make other choices this time around. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply next year as the jury often takes note of acts to check out next time around and sometimes a band is booked after their third or even fourth application to play by:Larm.
No, by:Larm is for Nordic bands. The majority of the acts performing at by:Larm are Norwegian, but we have plenty of bands from other Nordic countries. By definition, the Nordic countries are Norway (including Svalbard), Sweden, Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland and Iceland. These are the only countries that we book acts from.
It has never been the plan to only put on unsigned and unestablished acts, although over the years we have put on a fair few of them. Our main priority is to put on acts who are interesting and current, both for the Norwegian industry / media / general public and our foreign visitors. In fact, the acts that are likely to be of interest for foreign industry / media are usually well established in their domestic market. Either way, we will continue to promote that are either unsigned or with small labels without major resources.
A lot of factors affect how long it takes to put the program together, but generally speaking we announce around the turn of the year.
by:Larm works in cooperation with the clubs and promoters in the town that by:Larm is in that year. Age limits at venues will be those that apply there during the rest of the year. These age limits apply in 2012:
Sub Scene: No age limit
Rockefeller, John Dee, Sentrum Scene, Nokia-teltet (egen 20-års avdeling), Nasjonal Jazzscene/Victoria, Kulturkirken Jakob
Mono, Gamla, Revolver, Last Train, Gloria Flames, Sunkissed:live (Blå), Dattera til Hagen, Stratos, Herr Nilsen, The Crossroad Club
23 years: Jaeger
I / my son / daughter am / is under 18 and is really into music. Why can’t by:Larm LIVE be accessible to all age-groups?
Like all other promoters, we have to follow Norwegian law. The vast majority of the venues serve alcohol, and as such are not able to admit under-age customers. We have tried to address this issue in the past but without success. In the meantime we always have at least one all-ages venue that is accessible to all.
See info on age limit above for a list of venues. A map of their location can be found on www.bylarm.no
How does the ticketing system work? Do I need to buy a day pass / festival pass or can I just buy individual tickets for the concerts I would like to attend?
by:Larm is first and foremost a conference for the music industry, with quite a number of delegates attending from other countries. Delegates passes are rather more expensive than festival passes and as such afford the delegate priority over festival pass holders in terms of access to shows. Regular festival passes for one or more days give access to all shows, subject to capacity, for days purchased. Tickets for individual shows are only for sale on the door at each venue and are subject to capacity, with all pass holders enjoying priority entry over those queuing for an individual ticket. There is no guarantee that any one show will even have tickets for sale on the door.
Day passes and festival passes are for sale at www.ticketmaster.no or at the post office / Narvesen. Your ticket must be exchanged in advance for a wristband before it can be used.
If you have a ticket for a day pass or a festival pass, this must be exchanged for a wristband. Wristband exchange for by:Larm is located in our tent at Youngstorget from Tuesday February 12th 2013, see opening hours below. You will not be able to gain entry to any show without a wristband.
You can exchange your ticket for a wristband at theese times
Tuesday 12/2 15.00 – 22.00
Wednesday 13//2 14.00 – 00.30
Thursday 14/2 14.00 – 01.30
Friday 15/2 14.00 – 01.30
Saturday 16/2 14.00 – 01.30
For registered delegates from the music industry, wristband pickup is at the Clarion Royal Christiania hotel. For more information see the Conference section below.
No, not if the venue is full. We can guarantee that there will always be spare capacity at one of the venues, but not at all of them all of the time. Some of the participating venues have a capacity as low as 2-300, and it is self explanatory that a guarantee of entry is impossible. It is important to arrive in good time, if there is a band you absolutely must see. There is usually quite a bit of traffic flow from venue to venue, so if one band’s show is full, it is quite possible that people will leave after their set, enabling you to get in to see the next band, so sometimes it pays to queue a little. To help everyone see a particular artist, most acts will play two shows on different days at by:Larm.
The take place at the main conference hotel, the Clarion Royal Christiania, Biskop Gunnerus gate 3. The hotel is conveniently placed adjacent to Oslo S train station.
This year we expand the festival and conference with one day, so this year the dates is from Wednesday the 13th to Saturday the 16th. For more information, check our seminar program.
The conference and constituent seminars are open to all, but are particularly aimed at the music industry. You must be a registered delegate and your registration paid up in full.
Delegates must check in in person and pick up their wristband / pass at the Clarion Royal Christiania Hotel. Opening times for check-in are as follows:
Tuesday 12/2 15.00 – 2100
Wednesday 13/2 0900 – 2300
Thursday 14/2 0900 – 2300
Friday 15/2 0900 – 2000
Saturday 16/2 1200 – 1400
Unfortunately not. Admission to by:Larm is sold only as a package and only delegates have admission to the conference areas of the hotel. There are usually a few debates and seminars that take place extraneous to the conference hotel and these are usually open to all. This will be announced in advance.
I think a delegate pass is rather expensive. Can I get a group or student discount or some other discount?
Like most other music conferences, by:Larm only offers lower prices on registration if you sign-up at an early bird rate. This affords a discount to all, if you register early. There are no other discounts available.
Admission to the conference only areas at the hotel, where both Norwegian and international delegates congregate, all the seminars and other by:Larm activities. The Speed Meetings are by invitation only and are not included as part of your delegate’s package.
The concept entails a series of 10 minute introductory meetings between Norwegian and international delegates. the international guests are specially invited and are comprised of a number of key people from different parts of the industry. Domestic delegates are also by invitation only and invites are sent out in cooperation with MIC and Music Export Norway.
Yes, all registered artists are welcome to all seminars and gigs. Speed Meetings however are only by invitation.
I would like a stand at the conference hotel or would like to advertise in your brochures and other print material. Who should I be in contact with?
Get in touch with Henrik Holta Lysell on cell +47 93 24 53 96 or by email henrik @ bylarm.no
by:Larm is a self-owned non-profit organisation. The company Bureau Storm is employed by the organisation to run the event and reports back to by:Larm’s board of directors.
A brief overview of the accounts is available by clicking here.
Both. At the inception of by:Larm back in 1998, the event was a conference for the music industry with a few showcases in the evenings. The live side of the event has since exploded and is probably what most people associate with the name by:Larm. An important part of this is that by:Larm LIVE is open to the public. The business orientated side of the event is in rude health and takes place mostly in the daytime at the main conference hotel.
Yes. We need plenty of volunteers right before and during the event. The work itself is generally associated with the day-time seminars and ensuring these run smoothly. Volunteers get free access to all by:Larm’s events during the festival. From November it is possible to register your interest in becoming a volunteer on this website.