What’s On in Sweden: August 20th – 26th

What’s on in Sweden: Magnificent men and their flying machines in Stockholm, midnight runners in Gothenburg, and it's festival time in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: August 20th - 26th


Potato Potato

You say potato… I say… well, potato. Oxford based alternative folk quartet bring their cheery selves to Stockholm. They play a range of instruments, although surprisingly there’s no tuber.

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Musik Valvet

Date: 19th – 21st August

Time: 8pm

More information: Musik Valvet

Stockholm Airshow

The Stockholm airshow celebrates its 100th anniversary. See planes, helicopters and other airborne machines in the air and on the ground.

Price: Free

Location: Gärdet

Date: 21st and 22nd August

Time: 11am to 4pm

More information: Stockholm Air Show

Battle of Britain – A brew for the few

Commemoration service for the anniversary of The Battle of Britain at the English Church followed by a proper English garden party – ‘Guess the weight of the cake’, raffle, tea and coffee. Plus a Spitfire fly-past (weather permitting).

Price: 50 kronor

Location: The English Church

Date: 22nd August

Time: Midday to 3pm

More information: Association of British and Commonwealth Servicemen and Women in Sweden

Being Joe Cool

Charles M. Schultz’s most famous creation is 60 this year. To celebrate, the Nordic Light Hotel have dedicated an exhibition to Snoopy’s alter-ego, Joe Cool.

Price: Free

Location: The Nordic Light Hotel

Date: until October 31st

More information: Nordic Light Hotel

James Yuill

Melancholic Englishman, James Yuill plays a low key warm up for the following days’ Popaganda festival

Price: Free

Location: Södra Teatern

Date: 26th August

Time: 5pm

More information: Södra Teatern


Göteborg City Criterium

Professional cycle racing in the heart of Gothenburg

Price: free

Location: Start at Gustav Adolfs Torg

Date: 20th August

Time: From 4pm

More information: Race Weekend


Gothenburg’s midnight race. Runners, joggers and other masochists pound 10km of tarmac round the city.

Location: The moonlit streets of Gotenburg

Date: 21st August

Time: Midnight

More information: Midnattsloppet

La Jugada

Cuban music that is intense and elegant. The sound and rhythm of the Caribbean where anything is possible.

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 21st August

Time: 8pm

More information: Nefertiti

Ferry Corsten (NL)

One of the world’s top DJs (As confirmed by his high ranking in DJ magazine’s Top 100 DJs) comes to Gothenburg.

Price: 380 – 550 kronor

Location: Trädgår’n

Date: 26th August

More information: Trägår’n


Malmö Festival

A week of music, art, sport, design, food and drink. A programme that includes many international artists

Location: Malmö

Date: 20th – 27th August

More information: Malmö Festivalen

The Depreciation Guild (US)

After party after the Malmö Festival at På Besök.

Price: 30 kronor

Location: På Besök

Date: 21st August

Time: 10pm

More information: På Besök

Wisemen Sound System

Reggae, Roots and Culture at Bodoni.

Location: Bodoni

Date: 26th August

Time: 10pm

More information: Bodoni

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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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