What’s On in Sweden: October 22nd – 21st

What’s on in Sweden: Roger Federer makes his debut at the Stockholm Open, ZZ Top top the bill in Gothenburg and The Divine Comedy plays in Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: October 22nd - 21st


If Stockholm Open

New balls please. Watch the quarters, semis and final matches this weekend

Price: see website

Location: Kungliga Tennishallen

Date: 16th – 24th October

More information: Stockholm Open

Spectrum (UK)

The latest incarnation of Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember from Spacemen 3. Support from Tokyo instrumentalists Nisennemondai

Price: 150 kronor

Location: Hornstull Strand

Date: 22nd October

Time: 7pm

More information: Hornstull Strand

The Raghu Dixit Project (IND)

Indie music from India. The sub continent’s best selling non-Bollywood act

Price: 230 kronor

Location: Södra Teatern

Date: 22nd October

Time: 9.30pm

More information: Södra Teatern

Mr. Paul Foot entertains Stockholm

The weird and wonderful cult British comedian entertains in Skanstull.

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Kafé Klavér

Date: 23rd and 24th October

Time: Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 4pm

More information: Paul Foot entertains…

Tremor (ARG)

The Buenos Aires Trio bring latin American rhythms mixed with digital sounds

Price: 60 kronor

Location: Södra Teatern

Date: 23rd October

Time: 9pm

More information: Södra Teatern


Chocolate Festival

It’s Gothenburg’s turn to celebrate the cocoa bean. This year’s theme is ‘The Garden of Eden’. Would you Adam and Eve it?

Price: 100 kronor (one day), 200 kronor (three days)

Location: Göteborgs Stadsmuseum

Date: 22nd – 24th October

Time: from 10am

More information: Göteborgs Choklad & Delikatesskalas

ZZ Top (US)

The bearded maestros are back! Is this what they call skägg, drugs and Rock n’ Roll? Support from The Doobie Brothers

Price: 565 kronor

Location: Scandinavium

Date: 22nd October

Time: 7.30pm

More information: Scandinavium

Michael Landau Group (US)

The Los Angeles guitar virtuoso, who is often compared with Hendrix, plays Nefertiti

Price: 220 kronor

Location: Nefertiti

Date: 23rd October

Time: 7pm

More information: Nefertiti

Larry Carlton Trio (US)

18 times Grammy nominated and a winner 3 times. Larry Carlton is an all time great.

Price: 350 kronor

Location: Sticky Fingers

Date: 27th October

Time: 8pm

More information: Sticky Fingers


The Divine Comedy

Probably one of his generation’s best songwriters, Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy come to Skåne

Price: 250 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 22nd October

Time: 8pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

Talib Kweli (US)

King of Brooklyn’s underground Hip Hop scene plays Inkonst

Price: 320 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 23rd October

Time: 10pm

More information: Inkonst

John Cleese

The man from The Ministry of Silly Walks continues his tour of Sweden to pay off his ex-wife

Price: 1025 kronor

Location: Malmö Konserthus

Date: 23rd October

Time: 7.30pm

More information: MSO

Gyptian (JAM)

The hottest name in Jamaican Dancehall comes to Babel for an unforgettable night.

Price: 300 kronor

Location: Babel

Date: 26th October

Time: 9pm

More information: Babel

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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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