What's on in Sweden

Five unusual musical events in Sweden this week

Five unusual musical events in Sweden this week
Photo: Rodrigo Rivas Ruiz/imagebank.sweden.se
Summer in Sweden brings plenty of concerts and festivals of all varieties. Here are some of the quirkiest ways to have a musical week, whatever your taste.

1. Take a musical boat trip
What could be more idyllic than food, drink and music out on the water? The Sjöbris in Umeå is a 100-year-old converted boat where you can enjoy all those things to the soundtrack of cover bands on Tuesdays, jazz on Wednesdays and blues bands on Thursdays – as well as free entry every day. Alternatively, those in the capital can cruise Stockholm's archipelago, taking in the beautiful scenery with a delicious meal and live entertainment. The line-up changes for every cruise, so check the website and select the event you want to attend. Tickets start at 225 kronor ($27).

Photo: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se

2. See a royal opera, June 16th-19th

Drottningholm Palace, situated on the island of Lovön, is well worth a trip just to see the royal family's residence and the magnificent gardens. But this weekend there's an extra reason to visit: a spectacular new opera, titled The Rococo Machine, specially created to celebrate the Drottningholm Theatre's 250-year anniversary. It tells the story of “the right to happiness and the right to rebel”, and is designed to show off the theatre's impressive staging machinery. Tickets start from 225 kronor ($27) or 125 ($15) for those under 26. English subtitles will be provided.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

3. Go to an ecological festival, June 17th-19th

The Mossagårdsfestivalen in Lund describes itself as an “ecological music and experience festival” for the whole family to enjoy, and claims to be “Sweden’s most ‘mysig’ (cosy) festival”. As well as music from live bands, there will be plenty of other activities including theatrical performances, pony rides and yoga, and all food and drinks will be ecologically friendly. Tickets are 250 kronor ($30) for adults, with discounts available for families and larger groups.

4. Party on a 100-year-old railway embankment, June 18th

Pick up the Steam focuses on the roots underground music movement, and the festival is in its 2nd year. Taking place at Skanstull, Stockholm, the unique venue has been used for industrial transport, as a war hospital, and today is a sustainable urban garden. The line-up includes acts from Sweden and further afield, such as Hellbound Glory, James Leg, Svartannat, and Los Wrangos. Tickets for the day are 520 kronor ($62).

Photo: Stefan Malmesjö/Flickr

5. Get a taste of Bollywood, June 18th

Starting at 2pm, this open air celebration – the first of its kind in Sweden – is part-concert, part-food festival with a Bollywood theme. You'll be given colour packets to decorate yourself and others with, similar to the Holi festival of colours, but there will also be a colour-free zone for those who just want to listen to the music. Entry is free, but you can register on Billetto.

Photo: Steven Gerner/Flickr



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