What’s On in Sweden: June 25th – July 1st

What’s on in Sweden: Women's American Football in Stockholm, Mountain Man in Gothenburg and Japandroids come to Malmö.


Midsummer at Skansen

It’s not the only place to celebrate Midsummer in Stockholm – but it’s probably the biggest. Dance like a small frog, after all there’s only 182 days to Christmas.

Price: Free

Location: Skansen

Date: 25th/26th June

Time: 10am to 11pm

More information: Skansen

Women’s World American Football

The other World Cup for the other kind of football played by the other sex.

Price: 120 kronor per day

Location: Zinkensdamms IP

Date: 27th June to 3rd July

Time: See website

More information: Women’s World Championship

Crazy Nights

It doesn’t get crazier than spandex pants and a good head of hair. City Rocks hosts a night for those who were born to rock!

Location: Harry B James

Date: 25th June

Time: 7pm

More information: CITY ROCK

Silent Shout

Deaf rapper Signmark takes the stage and lets his hands do the talking

Price: Free

Location: Södrateatern

Date: 29th June

Time: 3.30pm

More information: Södrateatern



Celebrate midsummer in Gothenburg’s botanical gardens (trädgårdsföreningen). This is the most central of many places to dance like a small frog on Friday.

Price: 50 kronor

Location: Trädgårdsföreningen

Date: 25th June

Time: from 11am

More information: Trädgårdsföreningen

Talawa Reggae Festival

Majah Tunder and more bring roots and culture to Röda Sten

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Röda Sten

Date: 25th June

Time: from 9pm

More information: Talawa

Colors with Neil Armstrong (NYC)

Premier of the Colors club night with special guest Neil Armstrong from New York

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 30th June

Time: 9pm

More information: Nefertiti

Mountain Man (US)

Female trio from the US sing minimalist a capella and simple folk songs. One of the noted live bands from this year’s SXSW

Location: Pusterviks bar

Date: 30th June

Time: 9pm

More information: Pusterviks



The place to be is Folkets Park in Malmö for garlanded children and adults hopping around like small frogs

Price: Free

Location: Folkets Park

Date: 25th June

Time: from 10am

More information: Malmö Folkets Park

Mahala Rai Banda

Irrepressible mix of Baltic beats, reggae, Catalan Rhumba and oriental pop

Price: Free

Location: Pildammstaeatern

Date: 27th June

Time: 7pm

More information: Sommarscen

Japandroids (CA)

‘Awesome’ Vancouver based Indie Rock band

Price: 40 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 1st July

Time: 10pm

More information: Debaser

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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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