One of the highlights of Gröna Lund’s summer programme, Bunny Wailer aka Livingston, plays on Friday.
Livingston was one of the original members of legendary Jamaican reggae group The Wailers – alongside Pete Tosh and Bob Marley – and is now the only living survivor. He is widely regarded as a musical legend and is considered one of the longtime standard bearers of reggae music.
Price: Park entry (extra charge from 6pm-8.30pm)
Time: Friday June 26th
Tickets: Park entrance
Location: Gröna Lund, Djurgården
More information: Bunny Wailer
The Pet Shop Boys
The British pop duo takes the stage on Sunday at one of Stockholm’s most charismatic venues, Cirkus, on the royal island of Djurgården.
With hits such as “West End Girls”, “It’s A Sin”, “Suburbia” and “Always On My Mind” Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Due to the high demand for tickets a second concert has been scheduled for Gothenburg’s Eriksbergshallen on Tuesday.
Price: 510 kronor
Time: Sunday June 28th, 7.30pm
Location: Cirkus, Djurgården
More information: Pet Shop Boys at Cirkus
Snow/Sand – A Swedish/West Saharan exchange
The Network for a free Western Sahara is behind this exhibition of photographic images depicting the daily lives of young people in Sweden and the Algerian desert.
Many of the young people that today live in the refugee camp outside of Tindouf in Algeria were born and raised in a perpetual state of limbo, waiting to get home to the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Hope, as the saying goes, is the last to die.
The Swedish youngsters were born in the wake of the 1990s crisis of cut backs and record levels of unemployment – what former Green party MP Gustav Fridolin may call the ‘cheated generation’.
They each have a story to tell and they were each given a disposable camera to help tell it.
Price: Free entry
Time: Until June 28th, 12pm – 5pm/4pm
Location: Galleri KG52, Kammakargatan 52
More information: Snow/Sand
Exhibition – Enchanting Taiwan
The Taipei Mission in Sweden invites you to come to see exclusive Taiwanese porcelain from Franz Porcelain, pictures of Taiwan’s enchanting nature and culture, and get your name written in Chinese calligraphy.
Price: Free of charge
Time: Saturday June 27th – Wednesday July 1st, 10am – 5pm
Location: Fjärilshuset in Hagaparken
More information: Enchanting Taiwan
For the fifth consecutive year Gothenburg will be invaded by head-bangers from across Scandinavia for Metaltown 2009 – a two day heavy metal music festival in Frihamnen.
Slipknot (US), Marilyn Manson (US), Disturbed (US) and Dir En Grey (JAP) are among the headline acts.
Price: 1295 kronor for the festival pass
Time: Friday June 26th & Saturday June 27th
Tickets: Metaltown Tickets
More information: Metalltown
A Camp at Liseberg
Nina Persson (of the Cardigans) heads A Camp, a Swedish pop trio. On Friday they can be found on Liseberg’s main stage.
Price: 80 kronor
Time: Friday June 26th
Tickets: Park entry
Location: Stora Scen, Liseberg,
More information: A Camp at Liseberg
UEFA European U-21 Championship
Sweden is buzzing with excitement as its “golden generation” faces a tough semi-final against an impressive England on Friday to claim a place in the Euro 2009 U-21 final.
European heavyweights Italy and Germany face off in the second semi-final in Helsingborg on Friday evening.
The respective winners will meet in the final to be held on Monday June 29th in Malmö.
Price: From 21 kronor
Time: Until June 29th
Tickets: Euro 2009 U-21 Tickets
Location: Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg; Olympia, Helsingborg; Swedbank Stadium, Malmö.
More information: Uefa
“Give me snuff, whiskey and Swedes, and I will build a railroad to hell.” This citation from railwayman James J.Hill says something about emigrant Swedes parlance for their snus.
The love of the moist tobacco has not diminished, neither here in Sweden nor in the USA, where the emigrants settled. Chicago’s main street was once dubbed ‘Snus Boulevard’ after the all the snus spat on it.
This exhibition takes a look at the history of the habit.
Price: 30 kronor
Time: Until September 30th, 10am – 4pm
Location: Emigranternas Hus, Packhusplatsen 7
More information: The Emigrant House
Maia Hirasawa & Laleh
Stockholm-born Maia Hirasawa has made a recent breakthrough as a solo artist after gaining attention as a backing singer with Hello Saferide.
Hirasawa’s debut album “Though, I’m just me” went gold in 2008.
Laleh is one of the most eclectic and enigmatic performers in Sweden today. With a mix of languages, styles and instruments she retains that open joie-de-vivre on stage that characterized her breakthrough self-titled album released in 2005.
Price: 195 kronor
Time: Friday June 26th, 7pm
Tickets: Maia Hirasawa & Laleh tickets
Location: Folkets Park, Amiralsgatan 35
More information: Malmö Folkets Park
Slug and Ant make up Atmosphere, an MC/producer duo from Minnesota, USA.
They released the critically-acclaimed “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” in 2008 and and stop by Sweden on a world festival tour to promote it.
Price: 200 kronor
Time: Wednesday July 1st, 9pm
Tickets: Atmosphere Tickets
Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18
More information: Atmosphere