What’s On in Sweden: October 28 – November 4

What’s on in Sweden: Al Pitcher tickles Stockholm, Snowboarding in Gothenburg and Joan Armatrading comes to Malmö.

What's On in Sweden: October 28 - November 4
Joan Armatrading performs at Edinburgh's Queens Hall in April


Jessie and The Orbits (UK)

Jessie might look like a kitten, but she roars like a lion. Plus support from The Tag-A-Longs (UK)

Price: 120 kronor

Location: Debaser

Date: 29th October

Time: 11pm

More information: Debaser

The Shield Around The K

Screening of the Rockumentary about K records. Plus live music from Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (US)

Price: 100 kronor

Location: Fritz’s Corner

Date: 30th October

Time: 8pm

More information: Fritz’s Corner

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Sweden’s largest 8-bit and chiptunes club night. Run by geeks for geeks.

Price: 80 kronor (free entry if you are in costume)

Location: H62

Date: 30th October

Time: 9pm

More information: Syntax Error

Al Pitcher (NZ)

The funniest Kiwi in the universe performs his solo show in Stockholm

Price: 150 kronor

Location: Boulevard Teater

Date: 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th November

Time: 8pm

More information: Ticnet

Elliott Murphy (US)

Thirty years on the road, Murphy has worked with the likes of Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Price: 310 kronor

Location: Södrateatern

Date: 30th October

Time: 8pm

More information: Södrateatern


Gothenburg Rail Battle

Train enthusiasts will be disappointed as this is one of Europe’s biggest snowboard events.

Price: Free

Location: Kanaltorget

Date: 30th October

Time: from 2pm

More information: GBG Rail Battle

The Gaslight Anthem (US)

Described as Joe Strummer meets Tom Waits. With support from Chuck Ragan and Sharks

Price: 215 kronor

Location: Brewhouse

Date: 29th October

Time: 8pm

More information: Brewhouse


UFO have been going since 1969 and their line up has included the likes of Jason Bonham. Best known for ‘Doctor Doctor’

Price: 280 kronor

Location: Sticky Fingers

Date: 31st October

Time: 7pm

More information: Sticky Fingers

Ozric Tentacles (UK)

Legendary British underground band comes to Gothenburg

Price: 200 kronor

Location: Sticky Fingers

Date: 3rd November

Time: 8pm

More information: Sticky Fingers


Joan Armatrading (UK)

A singer who needs no introduction, Joan Armatrading tours her latest album ‘This Charming Life’

Price: 380 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 2nd November

Time: 8pm

More information: Kulturbolaget

Teenage Riot

Belgian performance artists Ontroerend Goed explore the travails of being a teenager. Performance in English

Price: 160 kronor

Location: Inkonst

Date: 3rd and 4th November

Time: 7pm

More information: Inkonst

Ed Harcourt (UK)

Harcourt is barely 30 but has been on the scene for 10 years. Don’t miss him while he is in Sweden

Price: 250 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget

Date: 4th November

Time: 9pm

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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