What’s On in Sweden: May 21st – 27th

What’s on in Sweden: Flight Of The Conchords in Stockholm, a half marathon in Gothenburg and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play Malmö.


Annie Liebovitz

This week sees the opening of Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm’s new museum of photography, housed in the Old Customs House previously intended for the Abba Museum. The museum is opening in style with a retrospective of one of the world’s most influential photographers – Annie Liebovitz: A Photgrapher’s Life 1990 – 2005.

Price: see website

Location: Fotografiska Museet

Date: From 21st May

More information: Fotografiska Museet

Little Barrie (UK) at Bangers n’ Mash

Stockholm’s anglophile club night Bangers n’ Mash hosts a DJ set by Little Barrie, guitarist with, among others, Primal Scream, Morrissey, St Etienne and Paul Weller

Price: Free

Location: Marie Laveau

Date: 21st May

Time: 10pm

More information: Marie Laveau

Black Lips, King Khan and The Almighty Defenders

An almighty collaboration between two of the world’s craziest live acts

Price: 125 kronor/145 kronor

Location: Hornstull Strand

Date: 22nd May

Time: 8pm

More information: Hornstull Strand


Jeff Tweedy and the band make a welcome appearance in Stockholm. Grammy Award winning Alternative Country.

Price: from 390 kronor

Location: Cirkus

Date: 23rd May

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Eventim

Flight of the Conchords

The brilliantly funny Kiwi duo with support from Arj Barker

Location: Cirkus

Date: 25th May

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Eventim


No Hawaii

If you like your metal heavy No Hawaii’s album launch is not to be missed

Price: 80 kronor

Location: Musikens Hus

Date: 21st May

Time: 8pm

More information: Musikens Hus

Gothenburg Half Marathon

Over 58,000 runners and 200,000 spectators fill the streets of Gothenburg. Live music all along the way.

Location: Gothenburg

Date: 22nd May

Time: See website

More information: Göteborgsvarvet

Woven Hand (US)

Folk hymns and Indierockcountry, fronted by enigmatic frontman David Eugene Edwards

Location: Woody West, Storan

Date: 25th May

Time: 7pm

More information: Woody West


Scout Niblett (UK)

Outdoor gig with singer/songwriter Scout Niblett whose latest album was produced by none other than Steve Albini

Price: 90 kronor (Free until 10pm)

Location: Debaser

Date: 21st May

Time: 11.30pm

More information: Debaser

Jumble Sale For Kids

Buy and sell old toys, clothes or teddies at Folkets Park

Location: Folkets Park

Date: 22nd May

Time: 9am

More information: Folkets Park


With guest Stephen Lawrie from The Telescopes, one of the biggest shoegazer bands from the legendary Creation Records.

Price: Free

Location: Retro

Date: 22nd May

Time: 10pm

More information: Decades

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Raw energy, passion and pulsating songs burst onto the stage at Kulturbolaget

Price: 280 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 27th May

Time: 9pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

Women Of The World

Female dances from all over the Muslim world performed by acclaimed dance group Missing Voices

Price: 70 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 27th May

Time: 8pm

More information: Inkonst

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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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