What’s on in Sweden: April 11 – 17

What's on this week in Sweden: Art celebration in Stockholm, Year Long Disaster in Gothenburg, top Abba cover band in Malmö.



This band from Ånge that is more popular than ever with their hit song, Curly Sue, will be performing in Stockholm this weekend. They play cool rock music with a North-American feeling.

Location: Cirkus, Djurgårdslätten.

Time: Sunday, April 13th, 7pm

Phone: 08- 660 10 20

50 Years of Rock ‘n Roll

Rock ‘n Roll made its breakthrough in Sweden 50 years ago. Youth clubs around Sweden held rock galas and selected their own rock kings. To celebrate 50 years of rock ‘n roll, Hans Edler, the man behind all of the rock galas, is hosting a rock gala this weekend. Performing are some of the pioneer bands along with many surprises.

Price: 545-845 kronor (including meal)

Location: Solnahallen, Solna

Time: Saturday, April 12th, 6pm

Tickets: Ticnet

Ata Demirer Show

The successful Turkish stand-up comedian, Ata Demirer, is finally coming to Sweden. He does perfect impressions of Turkish celebrities, makes jokes about himself, and performs his own songs with hysterical lyrics.

Price: 245 kronor

Location: Cirkus, Djurgårdslätten.

Time: Wednesday, April 16th, 7pm

Phone: 08- 660 10 20

Place in Mind – an International Celebration of the Arts

A three day celebration of the arts where a group of international artists struggling to be recognized by Stockholm’s art galleries display their work. It combines “sound and art installations, dance and visual art” from around the world.

Location: Kungsträdgården

Time: Friday April 11th 5pm-9pm (Vernissage),

Saturday 6pm-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm

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Gothenburg’s International Science Festival

With experiments, shows, and seminars in the theme of Gamble, gamble and play, Gothenburg’s International Science Festival is Sweden’s most intelligent festival.

Location: Stadsmuseet, Norra Hamngatan 12 (Main arena).

Time: Monday April 14th

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Phone: 031- 615 200

More information: [email protected]

New York, Paris, Gothenburg – Unique Dance

Molissa Fenley is one of the biggest choreographers from the 80s in New York where she created her own style in the post modern melting pot. Fabrice Dugied from Le Regard du Cygne in Paris is known for his humour, warmth and dramatic speech. They will both be in Gothenburg to perform together for four days.

Price: 120 kronor

Location: 24 Kvadrat

Time: Wednesday, April 16th-Saturday, April 19th, 7.30pm

Phone and Tickets: 0702-721771

Year Long Disaster

As the son of Davie Davies from The Kinks, the singer and guitarist Daniel Davies from Year Long Disaster spent most of his childhood on tour. In 2004 he created the band Year Long Disasters with Rich Mullins and Brad Hargreaves. This weekend they come to Sweden to perform.

Price: 180 kronor

Age: 18

Location: Konsert Top Floor

Time: Thursday, April 10th, 8pm

Sport Fishing Fair

The sport fishing fair has become an huge event for those who are interested in sport fishing. The fair is a complete experience for all as an active and educational meeting spot for beginners to professionals.

Location: Svenska Mässan

Time: Saturday, April 11th-Sunday, April 13th

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One of the world’s best ABBA tribute bands, Waterloo, come to Stockholm this weekend The success for this ten man band has been continuous with sold out concerts all over the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to finally see them live in Sweden.

Price: 595 kronor

Location: Amiralen

Time: Friday, April 11th, 7pm

Phone: 0480- 370 89

Tickets: 040- 12 02 40

Out of the Mould: The Age of Reason

This new exhibition features works by nine female Malaysian artists. It is a visual response to the changes in the social, political, economic, and cultural landscape done through a combination of paintings, sculptures, and the media. Featured artists: Bibi Chew Chon Bee, Hayati Mokhtar, and Yee I-Lann, among others.

Price: 40 kronor (Children- 10 kronor)

Location: Malmö Konstmuseum, Slottsholmen.

Time: Sunday, April 13th, 12pm-4pm.

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Phone: 040- 344437

Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead have been indie music icons since the 90s. Since their last performance in Sweden last year, they have shifted in style, language and band members. After they perform, Swim Fast Club take over and transform Debaser into a dance palace full of hit pop, bubbles, magical projections, and the widest smiles you will see in a club this year.

Price: 250 kronor

Age: 20

Location: Debaser, Norra Parkgatan 2.

Time: Friday, April 11th, 7pm

Phone: 040- 23 98 80


Meet the Spanish rapper bringing flamenco and bossa nova into hip-hop

Spanish rapper C. Tangana was taking a big risk when he started mixing old-fashioned influences like flamenco and bossa nova into his hip-hop -- but it's this eclectic sound that has turned him into a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic.

Meet the Spanish rapper bringing flamenco and bossa nova into hip-hop
Spanish rapper Anton Alvarez known as 'C. Tangana' poses in Madrid on April 29, 2021. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

The 30-year-old has emerged as one of the world’s biggest Spanish-language stars since his third album “El Madrileno” — the Madrilenian — came out in February. That ranks him alongside his superstar ex-girlfriend Rosalia, the Grammy-winning Catalan singer with whom he has co-written several hits.

C. Tangana, whose real name is Anton Alvarez Alfaro, has come a long way since a decade ago when he became known as a voice of disillusioned Spanish youth in the wake of the financial crisis.These days his rap is infused with everything from reggaeton and rumba to deeply traditional styles from Spain and Latin America, with a voice often digitised by autotune.

“It’s incredible that just when my music is at its most popular is exactly when I’m doing something a bit more complex, more experimental and less
trendy,” he told AFP in an interview.

And he is unashamed to be appealing to a wider audience than previously: his dream is now to make music “that a young person can enjoy in a club or someone older can enjoy at home while cooking”.

‘People are tired’

The rapper, who sports a severe semi-shaved haircut and a pencil moustache, has worked with Spanish flamenco greats including Nino De Elche, Antonio Carmona, Kiko Veneno, La Hungara and the Gipsy Kings.

In April he brought some of them together for a performance on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk Concert” series, which has already drawn nearly six million
views on YouTube.

Shifting away from trap, one of rap’s most popular sub-genres, and venturing into a more traditional repertoire was a dangerous move — especially for someone with a young fanbase to whom rumba, bossa nova and bolero sound old-fashioned.

“I think people are tired. They’ve had enough of the predominant aesthetic values that have previously defined pop and urban music,” he said.

Parts of his latest album were recorded in Latin America with Cuban guitarist Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, Uruguayan
singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, Mexican folk artist Ed Maverick and Brazil’s Toquinho, one of the bossa nova greats.

“What struck me most everywhere I went was the sense of tradition and the way people experienced the most popular music, and I don’t mean pop,” he said.

A new direction

C. Tangana started out in 2006 rapping under the name Crema. When the global economic crisis swept Spain a few years later, hard-hitting trap was
the perfect way to voice the angst of his generation. But after more than a decade of rapping, things changed.

“When I was heading for my 30s, I hit this crisis, I was a bit fed up with what I was doing… and decided to give voice to all these influences that I
never dared express as a rapper,” he said.

The shift began in 2018 with “Un veneno” (“A poison”) which came out a year after his big hit “Mala mujer” (“Bad woman”).

And there was a return to the sounds of his childhood when he used to listen to Spanish folk songs at home, raised by a mother who worked in
education and a journalist father who liked to play the guitar. The Latin American influences came later.

“It started when I was a teenager with reggaeton and with bachata which were played in the first clubs I went to, which were mostly Latin,” he said.

Studying philosophy at the time, he wrote his first raps between stints working in call centres or fast-food restaurants.

As to what comes next, he doesn’t know. But one thing he hopes to do is collaborate with Natalia Lafourcade, a Mexican singer who dabbles in folk, rock and pop — another jack of all musical trades.