What’s on in Sweden: July 11 – 17

What’s on in Sweden: July 11 – 17. Mary J Blige at the Jazz Festival in Stockholm, Gothia Cup football festival in Gothenburg, El Perro del Mar, Norman Jay and Bollywood in Malmö.

What’s on in Sweden:  July 11 – 17


Stockholm Jazz Festival

The 25th anniversary of the Stockholm Jazz Festival opens on July 16th. Mary J Blige, Abraham Burton, Van Morrisson and Joan Armatrading are among a host of stars from near and far coming to Stockholm for a four-day jazz, blues and a little bit of everything else festival on the island of Skeppsholmen.

Price: 400-1350 kronor. Children under 10 get in free with a paying adult.

Location: Skeppsholmen; Hågelbyparken, Botkyrka.

Time: Wednesday July 16th-19th, 12pm-12am


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Toumani Diabaté

Malian Diabeté is routinely described as a living legend and comes from a long line of distinguished Kora players. Diabeté has worked with Björk among others.

Price: 220 kronor

Location: Berns Salonger, Berzelli Park 9

Time: Friday July 11th, 9pm


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Djurgården IF-IFK Göteborg

For those suffering withdrawals after Euro 2008 why not take the chance to see Stockholm club Djurgården entertain the reigning Swedish champions IFK Gothenburg.

Location: Råsunda Stadium, Solna

Time: Saturday July 12th, 4pm


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The Swedish Picture of the Year Award and Only human

Årets Bild, Sweden’s first and largest photography contest, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Prizes were awarded in 15 different categories, with Karl Melander winning the main prize. The exhibition at the Stockholm Concert Hall is a chance to see a visual documentation of all the major news stories in the Swedish press over the past year.

“Only human” is an exhibition by photographer Linda Forsell that asks the question: “What is a man, a woman and why do we care so much about it?”

Price: Free of charge

Location: Stockholm Concert Hall, Hötorget 8

Times: Tuesday, July 8th – Sunday, August 3rd, 11am-5pm

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Gothia Cup 2008

The world’s largest youth football tournament kicks off in Sweden’s second city on Sunday, July 13th. Over 4,000 matches will be played during the week-long multi-cultural football festival pitting 1,500 teams from 60 different countries against each other.

Location: Ullevi Stadium and other venues across the centre of Gothenburg

Time: Sunday, July 13th – Saturday, July 19th

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Down (US)

New Orleans-based heavy metal band Down, headed by the legendary Phil Anselmo, plays Trädgår´n in the heart of Gothenburg’s Garden Society. The group has its roots in bands such as Pantera, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity and EyeHateGod. Rolling Stone magazine listed their album, “Over the Under”, as one of the top 50 albums of 2007.

Price: 315 kronor

Location: Trädgår´n, Nya Allén 11

Time: Monday, July 14th, 8pm


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El Perro Del Mar

Don’t miss the chance to see internationally acclaimed El Perro del Mar, free of charge in Malmö. Sarah Assbring’s brittle voice brings together the melancholic lo-fi twee pop of her debut album with the euphoric choirs, brass and organs of the follow up, ‘From the Valley to the Stars.’

Price: Free of charge

Location: Amfiteatern, Pildammsparken

Time: Sunday July 13th, 7pm

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Norman Jay (UK)

The legendary Notting Hill DJ Norman Jay brings his super soul to Debaser in Malmö. Something of a coup for the club as not only has Jay been dubbed “The Godfather” by Jamiroquai, he also stood for the tunes at Thierry Henry’s wedding. Get there early and not just because it’s free entry until 10pm.

Price: 60 kronor

Location: Debaser, Norra Parkgatan 2.

Time: Saturday July 12th, 7pm-3am

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Om Shanti Om

The biggest new Bollywood movie in the open air in Kroksbäcksparken. This modern and romantic story set in the world of movies is a tribute to the genre’s golden age. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, the Danish-born Indian supermodel Deepika Padukone in her debut role, and over 30 of Bollywood´s biggest stars. Directed by Farah Khan, India, 2007, 162 min, English subtitles.

Price: Free of charge

Location: The hills in Kroksbäcksparken

Time: Saturday July 12th, 10pm



Lenny Kravitz lets it rip on stage in Sweden

US artist Lenny Kravitz made headlines when he rocked his pants off at a rip-roaring gig in Stockholm last night – literally.

Kravitz performed to an audience of thousands of cheering fans at Stockholm's biggest theme park – Gröna Lund – on Monday night.

And the rock legend, who is not known for pulling any punches on stage, went all in to offer his Swedish audience the whole package. Yes, the whole package.

For as Kravitz crouched down in a laws-of-physics-defying way right at the start of the energetic performance, he managed to split his leather outfit at crotch level – leaving the artist with a gaping hole in his trousers.

And if there was one thing we did not know about the 51-year-old artist before that we know now – it is that he does not wear underwear. Let's just say the audience went nuts.

The Local is unable to publish picture proof of the revealing incident, but curious readers may click on the tweet below. Warning: contains nudity. Do not click if you are at work.

After leaving the stage for several minutes, the rocker reappeared in a new pair of trousers. And that's how you crack into the history books, folks.

“The producer stepped up and said that they had 'some problems on stage'. A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said 'sorry, I ripped my trousers',” a member of the audience, named only as Sara, told the Expressen tabloid after the show.

“It was insane, I killed myself laughing. And then I called my mum who was there at the show as well. Her reaction was the same and she almost killed herself laughing too,” she added.

Behind hits such as 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over', 'American Woman' and aptly titled 'Fly Away', Kravitz has sold almost 40 million albums worldwide and holds the record of most Grammy Awards in the category Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

He commented on the incident in Stockholm late on Tuesday by tweeting a screen shot of a text message from fellow rock star Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith fame:

It is not the first time a world artist has a mishap on stage in Sweden this summer. But while Kravitz suffered only an awkward wardrobe malfunction, rocker Dave Grohl broke his leg in concert in Gothenburg in June.

The 46-year-old Foo Fighters frontman made headlines around Europe when he spectacularly returned after being briefly rushed to hospital to complete the show in a cast.