Once again August is promising to be an awesome month when it comes to live music and festivals in Stockholm. We’ve put together our best picks of outdoor events you should not miss this month.
Music and arts take over Skeppsholmen once again, as the festival celebrates its fourth year at the waterside behind the Moderna Museet. The line-up this year includes the legendary Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, the Bösendorfer-playing feminist pop icon Tori Amos, the inimitable Swedish (punk) rock legend Thåström, the American blues-influenced vocal powerhouse Beth Hart, and many more. The programme also includes other forms of art from theatre to poetry to visual arts.
When: 1st & 2nd August
Damage: 1250 SEK for both days, 750 SEK for one day
Gröna Lund has filled their whole season with lots of concerts, which can all be seen at the very reasonable price of 240 SEK for their Green Card. There’s been plenty on offer and there’s still more during August, including Lenny Kravitz, The Offspring and Molly Sandén. See the full listings here.
Where: Gröna Lund, Djurgården
When: Lenny Kravitz 3rd August, 20:00
The Offspring 10th August, 20:00
Molly Sandén 11th August, 20:00
Damage: 240 SEK for season ticket, single entry 110 SEK (or 220 SEK after 18:00 on concert nights)
This new festival takes place in Knivsta, about 50 km north of Stockholm. The line-up boasts the euphoric Eurovision-winner Loreen, YLC’s huge favorite Miriam Bryant (she of the fantastic voice and finely crafted pop tunes), as well as the leather-studded, hard-rocking women of Crucified Barbara.
Where: Ängby park, Knivsta
When: 15th August, 12:00-00:45
Damage: SEK 400
Stockholm’s annual Culture Festival fills the city with all kinds of cultural activities, including a lot of music, as usual. Some of the musical highlights on the main stage include Magnus Carlson with the Northern Soul Orchestra as well as Peter Hook (of Joy Division and New Order fame). On Skeppsbron you shouldn’t miss the Tensta Gospel Choir with Kristin Amparo and Sabina Ddumba on the 11th.
Where: Around Stockholm, main stages Gustaf Adolfs torg and Skeppsbron
When: 11th to 16th August
Parallel with the Culture Festival, the younger Stockholmers get their own festival at Kungsträdgården with the most up-to-date Swedish music. That is where the youngsters are expected to gather on the last weekend before school starts. The one to watch is definitely chart-topping pop princess and self-proclaimed feminist Zara Larsson, who takes to the stage on the 15th. Also the Rockbjörnen award show on the 12th promises to be a big party, with Eric Saade and Molly Sandén confirmed to perform so far.
When: 11th to 15th August
The Popaganda festival once again takes over the Eriksdalsbadet outdoor pool area and brings out many of the top Swedish artists together with some interesting international ones. The highlights on this year’s line-up include Denmark’s energetic Mø, hyped New York rapper Angel Haze and soulful Briton James Blake. Some of the most interesting Swedish artists on the bill are Tove Styrke, Seinabo Sey, Elliphant and Mapei.
When: 28th to 29th August
Damage: 750 SEK for both days, 495 SEK for one day
The radio channel Rix FM has made it a tradition to tour the country with their summer festival, bringing along both Swedish and international artists who get to showcase their talents with a few songs each. The Stockholm festival’s line-up is looking pretty impressive with Bebe Rexha (the one who’s gonna show you crazy), Olly Murs (British heart-throb), Guy Sebastian (Australia’s Eurovision entry), Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden’s Eurovision hero), Danny Saucedo, Sabina Ddumba and more. It’s all free and there are other activities in the park already from 12 o’clock.
When: 30st August, 16:00
Text & Photos: Nina Uddin.