Stockholm is offering a vibrant live music scene even in the cold January days, so you should also get out there and be a part of the experience! YLC’s own music enthusiast Nina Uddin picks the cream of the crop from January’s gigs in Stockholm venues.
Scott Ian – Swearing Words in Sweden – Sunday 11th January, Södra Teatern (main stage)
I wasn’t sure at first if I should include this in my gig list, but hey, it’s Scott ‘Not’ Ian – he just must be rocking the stage even when it’s spoken word. The guitarist from the legendary thrash metal band Anthrax did his first spoken word tour in the US last spring and is now bringing his two-hour show to Europe. Expect to hear entertaining stories from the world of metal and loads more.
Kate Boy – Saturday 17th January, Debaser Strand
Kate Boy is a Stockholm-based Swedish-Australian electro-pop group, which has received plenty of praise for last year’s debut EP Northern Lights. The debut album is highly anticipated and if it’s anything as good as for example Self Control, we’re in for a treat.
It’s free entrance until eight o’clock and they hit the stage at around eleven.
Edda Magnason – Friday 23rd January, Debaser Medis
Edda Magnason had her big breakthrough in the 2013 movie Monica Z in the title role as Swedish jazz icon Monica Zetterlund. The movie was seen by more than half a million Swedes in the cinemas, making it the most popular movie of that year. She has probably one of the most beautiful voices in Sweden and is a talented songwriter. At last summer’s Stockholm Culture Festival she had thousands of people spellbound by her singing at the main stage on Gustav Adolfs Torg.
Justin Townes Earle – Friday 23rd January, Kägelbanan (Södra Teatern)
Justin Townes Earle is the son of alt-country legend Steve Earle and his name comes from his father’s mentor Townes Van Zandt. He toured with his father’s band when he was younger, but has been a solo artist since 2007. He has a unique voice and writes very personal lyrics, which have won him a loyal following around the world. His fifth album Single Mothers came in September and the follow-up Absent Fathers will be out in mid-January, when he also hits the road again and comes to Stockholm.
100 Party with Miriam Bryant, Nuoli, and more – Tuesday 27th January, Kägelbanan (Södra Teatern)
100 SONGS is the pioneering Swedish record label that is only releasing singles in electronic format. It all started with single #001, Miriam Bryant’s Finders Keepers in 2012 and the label is now celebrating reaching, you guessed it: 100 songs.
The full line-up of this music celebration is yet to be announced, but do we even need to have more reason than Miriam Bryant to be there? The other two artists announced by the time of publishing this are interesting as well: Nuoli and Niello.
This is not to be missed, be there early as it can get packed (looks like they might be opening already as early as six o’clock). And did I mention it’s free entrance!
Klubb Femtastic – Friday 30th January, Debaser Medis
Femtastic is a network, a community, a creative collective of women in the urban music scene in Sweden. They’ve also made their voices heard in social issues like gender equality. Beside some of the greatest female rappers in Sweden, Klubb Femtastic this time brings out the Dam Dutchess hiphop crew from Amsterdam/Rotterdam. Femtastic and Dam Dutchess have joined forces in the FAM network for exchange on the musical level as well as on the emotional level of being women in this male-dominated music scene. The first release from the cooperation was Rock With It that came out in December. Now’s your chance to see it all live.
Photos by Nina Uddin