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What's on: 10 Swedish festivals you shouldn't miss this summer

Adam Rosenfeld
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What's on: 10 Swedish festivals you shouldn't miss this summer
Summerburst festival takes over two weekends this summer. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Wondering what to do in Sweden this summer? Here's our selection of ten great festivals across the country.


1. Lollapalooza Stockholm

Lollapalooza is finally making its Swedish debut this summer in Stockholm. Founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1991, the festival has become a worldwide phenomenon with shows spanning six countries outside of the United States.

The inaugural Swedish event will be headlined by the Foo Fighters, Travis Scott and Chance the Rapper with appearances from artists including Lil Uzi Vert, Lana Del Ray, the 1975, and Billie Eilish. Lollapalooza Stockholm will take place at the park Gärdet between June 28th-30th and a three day festival pass costs 2,695 kronor.


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2. Malmö Festivalen

This free festival in Sweden's third city enters its 34th year in 2019, and typically attracts around 1.4 million visitors. This year Swedish singer-songwriter Albin Lee Meldau will take to the stage alongside artists like Amanda Ginsburg, Fricky and Joy. The festival will take place for one week, starting on August 9th.


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Way Out West is one of the largest and best known music festivals in Sweden. Five stages take over the Slottskogen Park in Gothenburg as concert-goers gather at this environmentally friendly festival featuring everything from electronic dance music to 70’s rock.

Known to many as WOW, the event will run from August 8th-10th and welcomes huge global names such as Cardi B, Solange, The Cure, Stormzy, James Blake as well as up-and-coming artists including Rex Orange County. A festival pass costs 1,995 kronor for three days. You'll also need to plan accommodation if you don't live locally because there is no camping site attached to the festival.

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From its humble beginnings in 1999 as a reaction to ongoing violence in the world, the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Dalarna, has evolved into a platform that advocates for international humanitarian issues. This year it is taking place on July 4th-6th, featuring Bob Hund, Two Door Cinema Club, The Nomads and jazz artist Amanda Ginsburg. A three-day pass costs 1,195 kronor.

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5. Urkult

Urkult is a folk festival like no other, which aims to mix local and international perspectives with the idea of solidarity at its core. The goal is to unite people through music and culture with events ranging from music to theater to poetry. Located in the northern village of Näsåker and taking place from August 1st-3rd, tickets are 840 kronor.

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6. Summerburst

Summerburst is an annual electronic music dance festival held across two weekends: one in Gothenburg and one in Stockholm. Tiësto, Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris are among the superstars gracing the stage this year. The show will take place in Gothenburg from June 5th-7th and in Stockholm from August 30th-31st, with tickets costing 1,295 kronor.


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7. Sweden Rock Festival

The Sweden Rock Festival, located outside Sölvesborg in southern Sweden, takes place between June 5th-8th. With over 80 bands covering all genres of rock music, the festival is great for fans of all ages. Tickets are 1,398 kronor.

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8. Storsjöyran

The oldest music festival in Sweden, Storsjöyran in Östersund has been putting on a show since the early 60s. From humble beginnings, its following has grown, with around 40,000 attendees each year. 
For 2019, Albin Lee Meldau, Veronica Maggio and the Rival Sons are among some of the biggest names performing over the weekend of August 2nd-3rd. Early bird tickets have been released and will cost 1,295 kronor.

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9. We Are Sthlm

We Are Sthlm is a free summer concert specifically for teenagers. Since it started 19 years ago it has grown in popularity, and over 100,000 people between the ages of 13-19 attend each year. Located in Kungsträdgården in central Stockholm, this year the festival will take place from the 13th-17th of August.

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Situated on the sea in Varberg, wester Sweden, Hallifornia is a festival created to celebrate Sweden’s coastal culture. Street, water and action sports are in the spotlight with music playing a supporting role. 40,000 visitors come to the west coast of Sweden each summer for three days of fun in the sun. This year’s celebration will take place between July 18th-20th and tickets are only 440 kronor.

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