Five retro spots to time hop in Sweden this week

As the world celebrates the 80s Back to the Future 2 movie, set in October 2015, here are five fun retro places where you can experience a blast from the past, as well as our usual interactive guide to the best events and activities across Sweden.

Five retro spots to time hop in Sweden this week
Fancy Lindy hopping back to the 1930s? Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
1. 80s: Funk Club Session, Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm
US drummer James Bradley Junior toured with R&B superstar Anita Baker in the 80s, before performing alongside the Beastie Boys and Lenny Kravitz a decade later. He's appearing in Stockholm on October 23rd with pianist Karim Nourira, with the duo promising a mash-up of funk, acid house and soul music. Entry is free.
Inside the venue for the funk night. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT
2. 70s: Abba museum, Djurgården, Stockholm
The Swedish capital's Abba museum is the best place in the country to get a slice of 1970s pop. Not only can you check out memorabilia from the iconic band's history, you can also join a virtual version of the band on stage and record your own single. It's open until 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday nights until December 14th, but closing at 6pm between October 26th – November 1st, so get your disco shoes on sharp. Adult tickets cost 195 kronor.

Stockholm's Abba museum. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT
3. 60s: Malmö on fire, Moderna Museet, Malmö
October 22nd is your last chance to take a look at some of the most powerful political art to emerge from southern Sweden, as Malmö transformed into a bustling city in the 1960s and the two decades that followed. Focusing on what the Modern Art Museum (Moderna Museet) describes as “revolt, dreams and passions”, this exhibition offers a chance to soak up some Scandinavian cultural history. Adult tickets cost 70 kronor.

Malmö's Moderna Museet. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT
4. 30s: Gentlemen and Gangsters, 2lång kvarterscen, Gothenburg
You can cross the Atlantic and experience what it was like to be in a New Orleans jazz bar in the 1930s October 29th. The Gentlemen and Gangsters group is heading to Gothenburg's 2lång kvarterscen where they will pay tribute to jazz giants from to Duke Ellington. Tickets cost 150 kronor.

The sound of trumpets and saxophones will transport you to the 1930s. Photo: Wally Santana/TT

5. 20s: Lindy Hop at Chicago, Stockholm
Rewind to the 1920s with a trip to Chicago Dance Studios in hipster neighbourhood Södermalm this week to get a lesson in Lindy Hop. Every Wednesday between 6.45pm and 8pm you can take an introductory class before relaxing with a drink and watching the city's experts swirl around the vintage dance hall in the free social session that follows. Lessons cost 100 kronor.

Chicago Dance Studio. Photo: Henrik Montgommery/TT
 Looking for more things to do in Sweden? Check out our interactive guide below.



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ABBA’s first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts

ABBA's first studio album in nearly 40 years has made it to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.

ABBA's first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts
ABBA's new album, 'Voyage' for sale in Stockholm at the start of this month. Photo: Jonatan Nackstrand/AFP

“Voyage” by the Swedish quartet of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid racked up 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since it was launched last Friday.

Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and fastest-selling album by a group in eight years.

The last fastest-seller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.

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ABBA, propelled to global fame by their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo”, split in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors”.

“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other acts — The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie — have had more.

The group said in a statement: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it.

“We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again.”

The 204,000 sales comprise 90 percent physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the 21st century.

The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.