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What’s On in Sweden: July 23rd – July 29th

What’s on in Sweden: Pride steps out in Stockholm, PINK plays Gothenburg and Bad Religion comes to Malmö.

STOCKHOLM

All Out Dubstep

Youngsta (UK) and Toast (UK) supply the beats at Fabriken

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Fabriken

Date: 23rd July

Time: 10pm

More information: All Out Dubstep

Good Charlotte (US)

Maryland powerpop stadium-fillers play Debaser

Price: 240 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 24th July

Time: 6pm

More information: Debaser

Opera on a Summer’s Eve

Some of the most beautiful arias, duets and ensembles from the works of Bizet, Wagner, Verdi, Mozart and more

Price: 290 kronor

Location: The grounds of Hallwylska Palatset

Date: From 24th July

Time: see website

More information: Hallwylska Palatset

Stockholm Pride

Bigger, better, prouder than ever. A week’s celebration where it’s in to be out.

Price: See website

Location: Pride Park, Pride House and Pride in the City (see website)

Date: 26th July to 1st August

More information: Stockholm Pride

Skinny Puppy (CAN)

Vancouver band formed in 1982. Widely considered to be th founders of the electro-industrial sound

Price: 320 kronor

Location: Södra Teatern

Date: 27th July

Time: 9pm

More information: Södra Teatern

GOTHENBURG

PINK

Gothenburg’s in the pink with PINK’s Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour

Price: 485 – 670 kronor

Location: Ullevi

Date: 23rd July

Time: 6.30pm

More information: Ullevi

Jose Gonzalez

Maestro of the guitar plays his home town

Price: 250 kronor

Location: Slussens Pensionat

Date: 26th/27th July

Time: 7pm

More information: Slussens Pensionat

Melody Gardot (US)

US singer whose albums go gold in Sweden. A highpoint in Trädgår’n’s summer programme

Location: Trädgår’n

Date: 27th July

Time: 7pm

More information: Trädgår’n

MALMÖ

Bad Religion

Punk’s not dead….and if proof were needed, Bad Religion come to Malmö on their 30th Anniversary Tour

Price: 380 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 23rd July

Time: 8pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

Stockholm Lisbon Project

Collaboration between Swedish and Portuguese folk musicians with beautiful results.

Price: Free

Location: Hedmanska Gården

Date: 23rd July

Time: 7pm

More information: Sommar Scen

Music Is The Weapon

Twelve Piece Swedish/Nigerian Funk band play in tribute to Fela Kuti

Price: Free

Location: Enskifteshagen

Date: 25th July

Time: 7pm

More information: Sommar Scen

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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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