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Sing-along at Skansen – The ultimate summer tradition

The Swedes absolutely love a good sing-along and Allsång på Skansen is really the most Swedish of all things Swedish. On summer Tuesdays, the crowds gather in thousands to sing together at Skansen, and another million or two watch it on the telly. 

The sing-along tradition at Skansen actually dates back to 1935, and its run on the TV started in 1979. The incredibly popular TV show runs on Tuesdays at 8pm, for eight weeks during the summer. This year’s season starts on the 27th of June.

Sanna Nielsen returns as host for her second season. You may remember Sanna as Sweden’s Eurovision entry 2014 with Undo and she was a veritable success on her first Allsång season last summer. She does feel like the perfect match for the format and her own Allsång history actually goes way back, as she performed in the program for the first time at the age of 11 about 20 years ago. The format of the show includes famous singers getting to perform their own hits and possibly also leading the crowd in a sing-along classic. And there’s of course plenty more Swedish sing-along classics that the crowd gets to sing with the host.

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The most eager Allsång fans wait at the gate when the Skansen park opens at 10am, so that they can get the best seats for the evening. The regulars tell stories about making life-long friends while spending their day together in anticipation and enjoying the atmosphere of the evening.




The event is definitely something one should experience live in the park at least once, so do take your chance on one of this season’s Tuesdays if you have an interest for music and Swedish traditions at all. You can buy the Allsång leaflet with all the lyrics at the Skansen entrances and shops, so you can join in and sing along like everybody else.

Some of this year’s most interesting artists (if you’re into the current Swedish pop scene like we are) include Sabina Ddumba (27th June), Miriam Bryant (4th July), Linnea Henriksson (11th July), Miss Li (18th July), Tove Styrke (25th July), Icona Pop (1st August) and Janice (8th August).

Here we bring you some photos from the presentation of the season’s artists.

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Lisa Nilsson gets the honour of doing this year’s special show, i.e. an hour of her own after the regular Allsång på Skansen on 1st of August. Here she is flanked by pop veteran Tomas Ledin and Sweden’s this year’s Eurovision entry Robin Bengtsson.

 

Felix, Oscar and Omar of FO&O are also taking the Allsång stage on 1st August
Felix, Oscar and Omar of FO&O are also taking the Allsång stage on 1st August

 

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Melodifestivalen favorite Wiktoria is coming to Skansen on 18th July

 

Rappers Stor and Jireel are on the show on 4th of July
Rappers Stor and Jireel are on the show on 4th of July

 

Janice is bringing her soulful sound to the Allsång stage on 8th August
Janice is bringing her soulful sound to the Allsång stage on 8th August

 

Linnea Henriksson brings her perfect pop to Allsången on 11th July
Linnea Henriksson brings her perfect pop to Allsången on 11th July

 

You can sing along with Miss Li on 18th July
You can sing along with Miss Li on 18th July

 

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The lovely Lisa Ekdahl takes to the Allsången stage on 8th August

 

All photos © Nina Uddin

 




About Nina Uddin

Nina Uddin
Nina is a freelance translator and writer, who also takes her photography pretty seriously. Popular music in all its forms is her biggest passion and she knows what's going on in the Stockholm (and Swedish) music scene.

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