What’s On in Sweden: July 2nd – July 8th

What’s on in Sweden: John Fogerty in Stockholm, Beach Volleyball in Gothenburg and a Cuban concert in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: July 2nd - July 8th
Photo: Chris Barber; Mark Pohl


John Fogerty

The man behind some of the rock and roll’s greatest tunes plays Gröna Lund

Price: 150 kronor

Location: Gröna Lund

Date: 2nd July

Time: 8pm

More information: Gröna Lund

Viking Tours in Gamla Stan

The Vikings are back! Gallivant productions lead the daily pillaging in Gamla Stan

Price: see website

Location: Gamla Stan

Date: Daily over summer

Time: 4pm

More information: Gallivant Productions

Wild Beasts (UK)

Wild Beasts are the biggest thing to come out of Kendal, England since the mintcake.

Price: Free

Location: Debaser

Date: 3rd July

Time: 11pm

More information: Debaser

Stand Up Comedy

O’Connells in Gamla Stan invites you to a night of Stand Up in English

Price: Free

Location: O’Connells

Date: 4th July

Time: 8pm

More information: O’Connells


Swedish Beach Tour

Beach Volley Ball in the inner city.

Price: Free

Location: Kanaltorget

Date: 2nd – 4th July

Time: See website for details

More information: Swedish Beach Tour

Gothenburg Blues Party

Three days of the Blues with international and Swedish musicians

Price: See website

Location: Slottskogen

Date: 1st – 3rd July

Time: See website

More information: GBG Blues

Below The Bassline

A tribute to the Jamaican Jazz and Reggae Guitarist Ernest Ranglin

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 3rd July

Time: 8pm

More information: Nefertiti



Irrepressible Cuban musician who mixes rock, hip hop and reggae with nods to Bob Marley, Che Guevara and John Lennon

Price: Free

Location: Folkets Park

Date: 2nd July

More information: Folkets Park

Wild Beasts (UK)

Kendal’s second greatest export bring UK indierock to Malmö

Price: 90 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 2nd July

Time: 11pm

More information: Debaser

Everlast (US)

House of Pain’s frontman jumps around in Malmö

Price: 215 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 5th July

Time: 8pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

Martha Wainwright sings Piaf

Martha Wainwright pays homage to The Little Sparrow

Price: 315 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 8th July

Time: 8pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

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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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