What’s on in Sweden: July 18 – 24

What’s on in Sweden: July 18th – 24th. Ice Cube and international athletics in Stockholm, Mamma Mia! in Gothenburg, Solomon Burke and international dance & street festival in Malmö.

What’s on in Sweden: July 18 – 24
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Ice Cube

Hip-Hop icon Ice Cube returns to Sweden after a 15-year hiatus. The lyrics genius behind gangster rap group N.W.A comes to Stockholm for an exclusive solo performance at Kägelbanan. In addition to being one of the most influential rappers in recent decades Ice Cube has also become an established actor since launching his movie career in the Oscar-nominated “Boyz in the Hood.”

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern

Time: Monday July 21st, 8.30pm


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Stockholm Jazz Festival

The four-day Stockholm Jazz festival comes to a close on Saturday with Van Morrisson playing on the Skeppsholmen stage in central Stockholm. Irishman Van Morrisson is an artist who is difficult to classify. His poetic mix of soul, celtic folk, jazz and country rarely disappoints when playing live.

Also on Saturday is the soul queen from St.Kitts via Birmingham – Joan Armatrading.

Price: 495 kronor

Location: Skeppsholmen

Time: Saturday July 19th, 9pm


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Lykke Li & Anna Järvinen

Two of Sweden’s most popular artists share the stage on the Mosebacke terrace. If the music is unfamiliar, it won’t be for long and there’s always the panoramic views across Stockholm’s inner harbour to make the walk up to Mosebacke worthwhile.

Price: 165 kronor

Location: Mosebacke Terrace, Mosebacke torg 3

Times: Tuesday July 23rd, 6pm


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DN Gala

Not only the highlight of the athletics season in Sweden, the DN Gala is a Super Grand Prix event and is part of the IAAF World Athletic Tour. With the Olympics in Beijing just around the corner the meet is the perfect opportunity to check out the form of track stars from near and far.

The highlight of the evening is sure to be the sprint duel between Usain Bolt, the Jamaican 100 metres world record holder, and compatriot Asafa Powell.

Price: From 475 kronor

Location: Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Vallhallavägen

Time: Tuesday July 22nd, 3pm


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Daniel Johnston (US) & Friends

An evening with lo-fi legend and cult phenomenon US artist Daniel Johnston. Johnston will be joined by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Scout Niblett, Norman Blake of Teenage Fan Club, James McNew of Yo La Tengo & Jad Fair.

Johnston has in recent years worked with the likes of Beck and Tom Waits as well as Flaming Lips and Death Cab For Cutie. Oh, and Kurt Cobain used to wear his T-shirts.

Price: 290 kronor

Location: Sticky Fingers, Kaserntorget 7

Time: Saturday July 19th, 8pm

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Mamma Mia! The International Tour

The stage musical based on the music of Abba swings by for the Gothenburg stretch of its international tour. The English language version of the hit Broadway musical has so far been seen by over 2 million people worldwide.

Price: 380-630 kronor

Location: Scandinavium, Vallhallagatan 1

Time: Tuesday July 22nd-Saturday August 9th, 7.30pm


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Oakley’s Gourmet & Varieté

A Las Vegas show right here in Sweden’s second city. The singing, dancing troupe at Oakley’s are there to make your meal an experience. With Glitter, glamour as well as “Look-a-Likes from all corners of the world” you are sure to have good ‘ole time at Oakley’s, who launch their autumn season on Tuesday.

Price: 140 kronor

Location: Oakley’s Gourmet & Varieté, Tredje Långgatan 16

Time: Tuesday July 22nd-Thursday November 20th, 7pm

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Solomon Burke

The colourful and eccentric Solomon Burke has been called “The King of Rock and Soul” and is considered to be among the leading soul singers of all time. Burke’s blend of gospel, soul, country and rhythm ‘n’ blues will be coming to Folket’s Park in Malmö on Wednesday.

Burke is perhaps best known for the song, made famous by the Blues Brothers film, “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love.”

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Folkets Park

Time: Wednesday July 23rd, 9pm


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Transit – city in motion

Transit – city in motion is a dance and street festival being in held in Malmö for the third consecutive year. The festival is inspired by the annual Haban Vieja in Havana, Cuba. The Malmö version is a two-day festival offering an exciting fusion of architecture, music and dance.

Choreographers from Skåne as well as guest artists from Brazil, Norway, Japan, the Netherlands and Greece will offer a wide spectrum of contemporary dance, street dance, tango and assorted happenings.

Price: Free of charge

Location: West Harbour, Malmö & Stortorget, Lund.

Time: Saturday July 19th & July 20th, 2pm & 7pm; 3pm-5pm.

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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.