By Alex Browne
A guide to your Scandinavian summer
- Buy tickets early – all festivals have early bird options and some have incremental price increases each month.
- Plan travel and accommodation – places to stay will get booked up pretty quick and prices are hiked up during popular periods. Camping is rare.
- On a tight budget? Be a volunteer – every event has volunteer opportunities to help out with security, entrance and bars. Most are rewarded with free festival passes.
- Schedule which artists you want to watch – multiple stages and band clashes are the worst. Look up timings and locations to avoid disappointment.
- Food and drink prices at festivals are usually extortionate. Refuel and rehydrate before arrival on-site.
30 June-2 July, Norrköping | bravallafestival.se
This is the festival for you if rock, indie and rap get your eardrums going. Set up on the outskirts of Norrköping, Bråvalla is one of the few camping festivals and biggest in Sweden. The line-up this year is impressive. International artists include: Mumford & Sons, Rammstein, The 1975, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and not to mention rappers Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Ferg.
7-10 July, Dalarna |skankaloss.com
Around 250km north-west of Stockholm, this tiny festival is the hipster homeland for 3 days in July. A mixture of music, art, spoken-word, longboarding and eko-food is the theme for the weekend. No big names music wise, but quality will be high as artists are selected based on intimacy and originality. Spend most of the time listening to a band you’ve never heard of, meet interesting people and eat oysters by the lakeside. So chill.
Into the Valley
29-30 July, Dalarna | intothevalley.se
New onto the festival scene in 2015, this will be the second year of Into the Valley. Centred inside an abandoned stone quarry the location is spectacular (photo). With only one year passed, the organisers are already attracting big names across the electro world. Announced so far DJs include: Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dixon, Joy Orbison, Nina Kraviz and Axel Boman. Bring your dancing shoes and a tent.
Way Out West
11-13 August, Gothenburg | wayoutwest.se
Gothenburg’s premier music festival covers a range of genres. 2016 brings over Australia’s queen singer-songwriter Sia for her first performance on Swedish soil. She’s also joined by the incredible Seinabo Sey who is an absolute must-see of the weekend – “Younger” made famous by the Kygo remix. Others include: M83, Jamie XX and Chvrches. It’s a party in the Slottsskogen park!
26-27 August, Stockholm | popaganda.se
As always, the closing of the Scandinavian festival season is Popaganda. Located in Södermalm’s Eriksdalsbadet, feel free to have a swim whilst listening to your favourite tunes. Line-up to be announced. Pool party confirmed.