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What's on in Sweden: November 7 - 13

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 6 Nov 2008, 15:09

Published: 06 Nov 2008 15:09 GMT+01:00

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Al Green (US)

Al Green - The last of the great soul innovators is coming to Stockholm. A while ago Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Al Green as the 65th greatest artist of all time on their top hundred list. Amongst the hundred many have vanished, died or turned blasé. But Al Green is not one of them and has a price tag to match his enduringly exuberant enthusiasm.

Price: 795 kronor

Location: Berns, Berzelli park

Time: Saturday November 8th, 8pm

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: http://www.berns.se

The Levellers (UK)

Brighton band The Levellers are known in the music business as one of the hardest working tour bands and they deliver...

“A Weapon Called the Word” was the name given to their debut album which launched their arrival in 1990. Since then the band has figured at the top of best seller lists on numerous occasions.

The Levellers offer a blend of punk and Celtic rock that is as true to its roots as it is attractive to the legions of new converts.

Price: 230 kronor

Location: Debaser Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8

Time: Saturday November 8th, 7pm

Tickets: www.tickster.com

More Information: Debaser

Selam African Festival 2008

The 9th edition of the Selam African Festival opens on November 7th at multiculti hotbed Södra Teatern.

Expect some of Africa's biggest artists – including “The King of Abyssinian Swing” - Mahmoud Ahmed, Ivorian Tiken Jah Fakoly, all reaching a marvellous climax with Mali's “blind couple” Amadou & Mariam (at Konserthuset).

So grab yourself some Sénégal fast food, take a Taxi Bamako to Södermalm's Fête au Village and have yourself a Beau dimanche.

In addition to live music the festival will offer a seminar and lecture programme as well as a bazaar and great food.

Price: From 300-375 kronor/concert

Location: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke torg & Konserthuset, Hötorget

Time: Friday, November 7th- Monday, November 10th

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: Selam African Festival

Monster Jam truck extravaganza

Monster Jam is a crazy, American spectacle for the whole family and it comes to Globen this weekend. Four tonne, 3.4 metre high monster trucks burning gallons of fuel and bouncing 40 metres in the air at 160 kph – grab the kids and beat those climate change blues.

Hot favourites Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction will be there and are on display at pre-show pit parties where fans can admire the rippling rubber and pumping pistons of their mechanical idols.

Price: 450 kronor (plus an additional 75 kronor for a pit pass)

Location: Globen, Globentorget 2

Time: Friday November 7th, 9pm; Saturday November 8th, 1pm & Sunday November 9th, 2pm

Tickets: www.tickets.com

More Information: Monster Jam


Planeta Festival

The Planeta Festival brings together Swedish west coast folk music with world artists and comes to a climax this weekend.

The festival was launched in 2004 and offers five days of workshops, seminars and concerts with artists from the Middle East, Africa, South America and Scandinavia at locations across Gothenburg.

Highlights include: World Dance Festival at Pustervik, Iranian rappers Erfan, Reveal & Farinaz at Konserthuset, Alpha & Omega (UK) at Musikens Hus and Malian legends Amadou & Mariam at Konserthuset.

Price: From 100 kronor

Location: Locations across the city

Time: Wednesday November 5th – Sunday November 9th

Tickets: www.pusterviksbiljetter.com

More information: Planeta Festival

Kazem Al Saher

Dubbed the “Elvis of the Middle East”, Kazem Al Saher comes to Gothenburg on Friday.

Iraqi Kazem Al Saher is one of the Arab world's leading singers performing today and has sold more than 30 million albums since emerging as a musical talent in 1980.

Al Saher blends the poetic with the political and his music ranges from big romantic ballads through pop to the more classical.

Price: 530-2030 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytevägen 9

Time: Friday November 7th, 8pm

Tickets: Ticnet

More information: Liseberg

The Zone FC

Mixed Martial Arts is a spectacular martial art with few limits and endless possibilities. The third edition of The Zone FC pits the might of Sweden's best fighters against top international performers in a gala full of excitement, action and organised violence.

Price: 205-370 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen, Örgrytevägen 9

Time: Saturday November 8th, 7pm

Tickets: Ticnet

More information: The Zone FC


Hello Saferide

Hello Saferide a.k.a Annika Norlin recently released her second English language album “Modern Short Stories from Hello Saferide” to resoundingly positive reviews from the music media.

Kulturbolaget in Malmö is one of only four Sweden dates for Hello Saferide this autumn/winter.

According to Norlin the stage name “Hello Saferide” was inspired by “an intelligent bus driver in a drug-addicted small town.” Her new album addresses subjects such as losing your virginity, that every person is a song, and keeping loyal to “God only knows” people.

Price: 200 kronor

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Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: Saturday November 8th, 9pm

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More Information: www.kulturbolaget.se

Timbuktu & DAMN!

One of Sweden's biggest artists, Timbuktu is back on home turf in Lund and backed up by the super-funky dance collective DAMN!

Timbuktu is as 'Skånsk' and hip-hop as they come and bases his rapidly expanding library of music on the eternal message of peace & love with a whole lot of “funky sounds man”. Don't let the language barrier be a hinder and listen to Jason when he tells you it'll all work out, it always does (Det löser sig, det gör det alltid)

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Mejeriet, St Södergatan 64

Time: Sarueday November 8th, 7.30pm


More Information: Mejeriet

Michael Bolton (US)

The master crooner Michael Bolton turns up in Malmö for an exclusive show with his baggage full of ballads.

Bolton needs little introduction with his 17 studio albums, 35 singles and sales of more than 50 million records sold, numerous Grammy awards and his very own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Bolton was a no-show in the summer at “Allsång på Skansen” and true to his word the artist formerly equipped with long, flowing curls, will be at Malmö Konserthus on Friday by way of compensation for his legions of fans.

Price: 600 kronor

Location: Malmö Konserthuset, Föreningsgatan 35

Time: Friday November 7th, 7.30pm


More Information: Kulturbolaget/

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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