Seven hot Swedish songs for December

The Local's resident music guru Paul Connolly is back with a selection of his favourite new Swedish tracks to see you through December and into 2016.

Seven hot Swedish songs for December
Marcus Sennewald, AKA Mavrick, one of our choices this month. Photo: Facebook

1. Mavrick – Remedy

Though his voice isn’t as remarkable as The Local favourite, Elias, things look good for this twenty-something from Stockholm – his occasionally hyperactive but always soulful pop is being tipped for big things in 2016.

2. The Glorias – Better Off This Way

We like an underdog at The Local. The Glorias come from way up north in Boden and mislabel their YouTube videos so badly that we were the first viewer of this slightly wayward nugget of metallic dance pop. And it's really very good. 

3. Tula – River

This lovely song (imagine Massive Attack covering Suzanne Vega’s Luka) crept out unobserved in April but its use in a French perfume commercial has reignited interest. And rightly so.

4. Erik Hassle – Smaller

Hassle was tipped for big things a few years ago but he’s not really broken through, not even in his native Sweden. This unfortunate state of affairs doesn’t detract from the fact that he makes rather brilliant, hand-clappy soul-pop.

5. Francis – Follow Me Home

Lush country-rock, the like of which Swedes do surprisingly well. Francis hail from Dalarna and vocalist Petra Mases has a hint of the Maria McKees about her.

6. Dolores Haze – Touch Me

The original version of this titanic electro-pop remix was a tedious gothy dirge. This is a truly remarkable transformation.

7. Little Jinder – Hångellåten

Josefin Jinder’s melancholic pop has taken off this year and this warm, sad cloud of a song is the perfect way to end our selection for the last month of 2015.

Listen to the Spotify playlist here or watch the YouTube playlist here.



The most stunning Swedish festival spots this week

How about a party on an island, in an old quarry or a former mining camp? That's all on offer in Sweden this week, alongside our regular interactive calendar.

The most stunning Swedish festival spots this week
The Norberg Festival at an old ore mine. Photo: Peo Bengtsson

1. Into the Valley

Into the Valley takes place in a former limestone quarry located in picturesque Dalhalla near Rättvik in central Sweden. The festival only plays electro music, but even if you're not a fan, the venue itself is well worth the visit. This year it hosts famous international DJs such as Damien Lazarus, Nina Kraviz and Ben Klock.

When: July 28th-30th

Where: Dalhalla, seven kilometres from the train station in Rättvik

Tickets: 350-1590 kronor ($40-180)

2. Stockholm Music & Arts

This festival takes place in one of the most gorgeous locations in the Swedish capital: on the Skeppsholmen island, with clear blue Lake Mälaren and the Stockholm skyline as its backdrop. It has only been running since 2012, but has already attracted some of the more discerning fans. As its name suggests, it mixes music with different arts, for example theatre monologues or abstract paintings. What about the line-up? Oh, Lauryn Hill, Rufus Wainwright, Sigur Rós and Patti Smith, to name but a few.

When: July 29th-31st

Where: Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Tickets: 750-1650 kronor

Stockholm Music & Arts last summer. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

3. Fryksdalsdansen

Deep in the Värmland region in western Sweden, in the Fryk Valley (Fryksdalen), lies Sunne, a small, sleepy town of around 5000 people. Except for these three days in July when 16,000 visitors descend on the area to attend this dance and music festival. Although you're unlikely to find Lauryn Hill and Sigur Rós here, some of Sweden's top homegrown artists will take the stage to show off their own brands of both the nation's traditional 'dansband' music and modern hits.

When: July 28th-30th

Where: Sunne, Värmland

Tickets: 400-800 kronor

4. The Norberg Festival

The Norberg Festival takes place in a rather spectacular location: an abandoned mining area called Mimerlaven in the town of Norberg, in the woods some 160 kilometres north-west of Stockholm. The former industrial buildings are turned into a technicolour show of light and sound installations and electronic music for three days – who knew concrete could be beautiful?

When: July 28th-30th

Where: Gamla Banan 6, Norberg, Västmanland

Tickets: 1290-1390 kronor (cheaper options are already sold out)

Check out the interactive calendar below for more events in Sweden:



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