What’s On in Sweden: February 26th – March 4th

What’s on in Sweden: Spiders in Stockholm, Horse Show in Gothenburg and The Rumble hits Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: February 26th - March 4th
In Gothenburg: Champion showjumper and H&M model Malin Baryard


The World’s Biggest Spiders

This week saw the opening of Skansen’s spider exhibition. Two legs good. Eight legs better!

Location: Skansen Aquarium

Date: Until June 6th

More information: Skansen Aquarium

Markus Birdman plays RAW

Acclaimed British comedian Markus Birdman headlines at RAW Comedy club (support acts in Swedish)

Price: 245 kronor

Location: Göta Lejon

Date: 26th/27th February

Time: 10pm

More information: RAW Comedy

Peter Hook at Bangers and Mash

To the delight of all New Order and Joy Division fans, Peter Hook is guesting at Stockholm’s Anglophile club

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Marie Laveau

Date: 26th February

Time: 10pm

More information: Marie Laveau


Mosebacke’s ever popular Sunday jazz brunch. It’s brunch with jazz on a Sunday.

Price: 175 kronor

Location: Mosebackes Etablissement

Date: 27th February

Time: 10.30am

More information: Mosebacke


The Göteborg Horse Show

Seven different sport and entertainment shows full of inspiration, joy and excitement. Horses for courses.

Location: Scandinavium Arena

Date: 25th – 28th February

More information: Göteborg Horse Show

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

The Swedish leg of the ongoing European tour

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Trädgår’n

Date: 26th February

Time: 7pm

More information: PK Musik

Mad Sin

High quiffed Psychobilly legends Mad Sin get the Storan crowd jumping. With support from Million Daggers

Price: 280 kronor

Location: Storan

Date: 27th February

Time: 11pm

More information:

Argentinean Tango

Carlos Quilici y Los Tauras Quintet perform traditional to avant garde tango. Not to be missed.

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 27th February

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Nefertiti


Pour les Pédés

Malmö’s new gay club opens this Friday. Hosted by Carina de Soleil and Marta.

Price: Free

Location: Café Rasoir au Savoy

Date: 26th February

Time: from 9pm

More information: Pour Les Pédés

Fear Factory

Industrial influenced death metal from the US…. get your dancing shoes on!

Price: 250 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 27th February

Time: 7pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

The Rumble

International line up of DJ’s guaranteed to make you shake it like a polaroid.

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 27th February

Time: 11pm

More information: Inkonst

Wisemen Sound System

Reggae, Roots and Culture… Malmö stylee

Price: 30 kronor

Location: Bodoni

Date: 4th March

More information: Bodoni

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Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

Josh Liew

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