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Stockholm club and concert guide: August 7 – 9

Stockholm club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information).

Commercial anarchy

A beer brand joins forces with the ever hip Vice magazine to create a night that will live long in the memory for the residents of Södermalm. The hill on Götgatan will be filled with music, dancing and people when the city’s best clubs, stores and record shops take over.

Late opening

Since some crazy athletes have decided to run all round Stockholm, Morfar Ginko will stay open late on Saturday night. Axel Boman and Dandy Digital will blast some tip-top house from the balcony while Above All will keep things messy in the cellar. Why run when you can dance?


Viva! Thomas Gylling and his entourage are pulling out their three biggest carnival trucks and driving to Gustav Adolfs Torg. There they will be met by tons of people in the mood for dancing. A huge stage with live bands and DJs will ensure that town will be dancing to the samba beat.

Tiger rhythms

The group Tristes Tigres celebrate the release of their album Tropical Deression in memory of deceased band member Pato. A bunch of celebrated hip hop and reggae artists will join the party. Invited DJs will get things moving at Bar Brasil XL from 11pm onwards. Legendary.


It’s time once again for the Trädgården Festival. Beer on the grass, live music and food. And it doesn’t cost anything to get in.

The Swedish Model

Time for a revolution. Tired of the dull file-sharing debate, seven Swedish record labels and have decided to generate some action in the music world. Gentle Touch, The Kid, Motoboy and many more will be playing live at Debaser on Saturday.

Indie indie

Indie pop non stop. Sunday sees a gathering of the most promising Swedish indie bands at the cosy El Mundo to show that pop is back for good.


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.