Top five winter festivals in Sweden

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Top five winter festivals in Sweden
Speak Percussion will perform at Connect in Malmö in November. Photo: Connect

Autumn has swept into the country and chilly days lie ahead. But there are plenty of winter festivals where you can warm up in the coming months. With tickets already selling fast, here are The Local's top tips.


1. Sónar
Based in balmy Barcelona, the Sónar team brought their hot concept to Sweden for the first time in February 2014, with leading artists from the Nordic electronic music scene joining forces with international DJs including Bonobo, James Holden and Iberia. The festival returns to Stockholm's Waterfront Congress Centre in the New Year. The line-up has yet to be announced, but events will take place on three stages for 3,600 party goers. 
13th - 14th February 2015

Sonar 2015 takes place at Stockholm's Waterfront Congress Centre. Photo: TT
2. Vinterfest
Celebrating ten years as one of Sweden's biggest classical music festivals in 2015, Vinterfest takes place in Dalarna in the heart of the Swedish countryside and promises sparking performances as the town glistens in the winter snow. Previous ice cool performers include Sweden's opera queen Anna Larson and acclaimed French pianist Julien Quentin.
5th - 8th February 2015

Vinterfest takes place in Darlana in rural central Sweden. Photo: TT
3. Connect, Malmö
Fusing contemporary and classical music, November's Connect festival will see Alice in Wonderland set to a soundtrack of Philip Glass. Elena Casoli is among those also taking to the stage, blending classic and electric guitar performances, while Speak Percussion will take ticket holders into a surreal world where musical instruments meet vintage cassette recorders and 80's keyboards. Festival favourites, Kreutzer Quartet, will be returning too.
19th - 22nd November 2014

Kreutzer Quartet will perform in Malmö. Photo: TT
4. Stockholm Jazz Festival, Stockholm
One of Sweden’s oldest festivals, this annual event takes place over ten days with more than 100 concerts in 30 different venues. Internationally renowned jazz artists including Wayne Shorter, José James, Jamie Cullum and Django! are among the names on the bill.
10th - 19th October 2014

Angie Stone has previously performed at the Stockholm Jazz Festival. Photo: TT
5. Stockholm Rocks, Gröna Lund, Stockholm
Scandinavian hard rock and heavy metal bands will thrash their way into Sweden's most famous amusement park Gröna Lund this winter. Pretty Maids, Eclipse, and Outloud are the main names announced so far.
7th November 2014

Rock fans at a previous gig at Gröna Lund. Photo: TT
Additional research by Mimmi Nilsson


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