Notodden - The town saved by the Blues

The Bluetown Rising Documentary

The factories in this isolated town of Notodden shut down in 1987, leaving nothing but silence where jobs had once been.

 The search for profits by the factory owners cause them to close the factories almost overnight. The smoke disappears, as do jobs and money. It is a devastating blow to the town and its people.

With nothing but their vision and talent, and against all odds, a small group of young men and women of the town create the Notodden Blues Festival that now 30 years later is one of the best in the World.


 Join us on a journey of inspiration that you will not soon forget. Blues enthusiasts will cheer the spirit of the story and the music, others will relate to the universal theme that nothing is impossible.  


Check out the latest story about the European Headquarters of the Blues.

This week: 

Q & A with Alf Langrind about the Notodden Band Project


Executive Producer Steven Van Zandt

The Notodden-based Bluestown Rising production company is working with Executive Producer Steven Van Zandt, who has this to say about Notodden:

"When I first came to Notodden in 2015, I found a unique festival in a very special environment in the mountains of southern Norway." 

"The next year I returned once more, and realized that the history behind the festival and the industrial roots of Notodden was an important story waiting to be told. It was then that I proposed the idea for this documentary." 


"As Executive Producer of Bluestown Rising, my role is to ensure that this documentary becomes the classic and compelling tale of how the Blues saved the town of Notodden." 

Join Steven Van Zandt and his team for a special by-invitation-only Bluestown Rising documentary event at the Notodden Blues Festival in August.