Summer in Sweden is full of cherished summer traditions: dancing around the Maypole at Midsummer, weekend getaways to those idyllic red summer cottages, not to mention lazy boat trips through the archipelagos outside Stockholm or the west coast.
And for many, no summer in Sweden is complete without at least a couple of days of moving with the enthralled masses in a mud-soaked mosh pit at one of the country’s many summer music festivals.
Of course, spending Sweden’s white summer nights in a rain-soaked tent, covered in mud and searching high and low for a suitable toilet may not suit everyone, but for increasing numbers of Swedish music fans as well as foreign visitors looking for an unforgettable summer experience in Sweden, a music festival is as much of a summer tradition as pickled herring and drinking songs.
Fans of genres ranging from jazz to thrash metal are likely find a Swedish summer music festival that suits their musical tastes.
With 2013’s festivals attracting a number of major international acts to events both large and small, this summer music season in Sweden is shaping up to be one not be missed.
To help first-time festival goers, as well as those with more than a few music festival experiences under their belt, The Local has put together a list of ten must-see music Swedish festivals for 2013.
Get ready to rock!
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