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What’s On in Sweden: April 30th – May 6th

What’s on in Sweden: Flexible phalluses flaunted in Stockholm, Rockabilly rhythms in Gothenburg and clubbing for kids in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: April 30th - May 6th

STOCKHOLM

MC GI (BRAZIL)

Celebrate Valborg with the cutting edge Brazilian MC GI at Debaser

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 30th April

More information: Debaser

Large Professor

Hip Hop collective Yes! present NYC’s Large Professor live on stage

Price: 150 kronor

Location: Mosebacke

Date: 1st May

Time: 9pm

More information: Mosebacke

Angus and Julia Stone (AUS)

The brother and sister duo from Sydney bring beautiful sounds to Stockholm

Price: 140kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 2nd May

Time: 7pm

More information: Debaser

Puppetry of the Penis

Deeply profound theatrical exploration of the human condition in which two Australians get their tackle out.

Price: 325 kronor

Location: Göta Lejon

Date: 5th May

Time: 9pm

More information: Raw Comedy

UK Election Night at the Tudor Arms

Stockholm’s famous British pub will be staying open late to allow Brits and others with an interest in UK politics to follow the results of the most closely contested election in decades.

Location: Tudor Arms, Grevgatan 31, Stockholm.

Date: 6th May

Time: Coverage will start at about 9pm, and continue until 1am. English sandwiches served at midnight.

More information: Tudor Arms and here

GOTHENBURG

Valborg in the Botanical Gardens

Celebrate Valborg in the Gothenburg’s Trädgårdsföreningen. Choirs and musicians entertain, interrupted sporadically by city dignitaries

Price: 20 kronor

Location: Trädgårdsföreningen

Date: 30th April

Time: 2pm

More information: Goteborg.com

Magic Slim

The Bluesman croons the night away in Gothenburg

Price: 300 kronor

Location:Musikens Hus

Date: 1st May

Time: 8pm

More information: Musikens Hus

Showdown

It’s an English old man invasion, guaranteed to make you click your fingers and move your dancing feet: On stage: Hip Bone Slim and The Knee Tremblers, The Kneejerk Reactions PLUS Louie and the Louies!

Price: Free entry before 9pm

Location: Henriksberg

Date: 1st May

Time: from 8pm

More information: Henriksberg

MALMÖ

Valborg Celebrations

Join the official Malmö spring welcome at Pildammsparken

Price: free

Location: Pildammsparken

Date: 30th April

Time: from 4pm

More information: Malmö Town

Sir Bald Diddley

Hip shakin’, bone breakin’, leg jerkin’ music from Sir Bald Diddley, Hip Bone Slim, The Kneejerk Reactions and Louie and the Louies.

Price: 40 kronor

Location: Bodoni

Date: 30th April

Time: from 8pm

More information: Bodoni

Club For Kids

Time for the 0-6 clubbing generation to eat cake, juice and party. Guest appearance by members of The Ark

Price: 40 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 2nd May

Time: 2pm to 5pm

More information: Inkonst

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SPORT

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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