Frequently Asked Questions

by:Larm 2016: Wednesday 02.03 – Saturday 05.03

The delegate registration is now open! Click here to register and get your delegate pass for by:Larm 2016. The sooner you register, the more you’ll save with our early bird offers.

If you only wish to take part of the festival program and live concerts you can buy your Festival week pass at

All tickets must be changed into wristbands before you can get access to any of the by:Larm venues.

Playing at by:Larm

Attending concerts



by:Larm Live / Artists

How does my band get to play by:Larm?

The first step to securing a slot at by:Larm begins with registering your interest here. The deadline for applications is October 9th (2015) 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.

My band has applied. When will we know if we’ve been selected?

Selection / programming starts right after the application deadline 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 20-30 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.

Is by:Larm only for Norwegian bands?

No, by:Larm is for Nordic bands. In 2015 we started to present a few International bands, this will not effect the number of Nordic acts.

I thought by:Larm was just for new bands. Why are X band playing?

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 those that are either unsigned or with small labels without major resources.

When is the program announced?

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.

What is the age limit at by:Larm concert venues?

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.

I / my son / daughter am / is under 18 and is really into music. Why can’t by:Larm Fesival 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.

Which venues are taking part in by:Larm and whereabouts are they situated in town?

TBA. All our venues is situated on, or in walking distance from Youngstorget, Oslo.

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 consists of two parts: a festival and a conference. The conference main delegates are from 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. We do not sell tickets for individual shows or venues.

Where can I buy tickets?

Delegate passes and Festival week passes can be bought at, 7-Eleven and Narvesen, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. (You can also buy Day passes for the Music Festival on Billettservice/Ticketmaster from December 1st)

Where do I exchange my ticket for a wristband?

If you have a ticket for a day pass or a festival pass, this must be exchanged for a wristband at Youngstorget.
For registered delegates from the music industry, you need to pick up your wristband and bage at the delegate check-in at Mathallen.

Opening houres TBA

You will not be able to gain entry to any show without a wristband.

Am I guaranteed entry to the X concert with my festival / day pass?

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.


Where do the seminars take place?

Vulkan area, Oslo.

When is by:Larm Conference?

Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4. For more information, check our seminar program.

Who can take part in the conference?

The conference and constituent seminars are open to all, but are particularly aimed at the music industry. You must be a registered as a delegate.

Where is check-in for delegates and when is it open?

The delegate accreditation booth is at Mathallen in the 2nd floor (Maridalsveien 17A). Delegates must check in in person and pick up their wristband / pass. Opening times for check-in TBA

I would like to take part in a seminar or two. Is it possible to get in without a delegate’s pass?

Unfortunately not. Admission to by:Larm is sold only as a package and only delegates have admission to the conference.

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. We also have a student discount, you must have valid student ID to get your accreditation. Please contact mina (a) for more info.

What is included in the price of a delegate pass?

Admission to the conference area, where both Norwegian and international delegates congregate, all the seminars, concerts and other by:Larm activities.

Are artists appearing at by:Larm admitted to the conference areas of the hotel or seminars?

Yes, all registered artists are welcome to all seminars and gigs.

I would like a stand at the conference centre or would like to advertise in your brochures and other print material. Who should I be in contact with?

Please contact Mari Lauvdal, mari(a)


Who owns by:Larm?

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.

How is the event financed?

by:Larm is funded through the delegate pass sale, sponsors, advertising sales and government subsidies.
• 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales and festival delegate fee seminar
• 35% from advertisers, sponsors and partners
• 15% from government grant schemes (Oslo Kommune, Norsk Kulturråd, Utenriksdepartementet, Kulturdepartementet)

Is by:Larm a festival or a conference?

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.

I would like to work at by:Larm. Can I put myself down as a volunteer?

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.