Sweden Road Trip

Swedish music festivals

Music festivals have always been hugely popular in Sweden and whatever music, crowd, atmosphere, price or location you prefer – there’s definitely something for everyone. Over the years, many festivals have come and gone but some of the oldest ones are still going strong after almost 30 years. We’ve put together a quick guide to some of the bigger festivals, and hopefully you’ll find some inspiration if you’re looking to check out the so-called “festivalsommar” in Sweden.
Sweden Rock Festival
Sweden Rock Festival (June)
As the name suggests, Sweden Rock Festival is oriented around the rock genre and is the given festival to visit for every rock and metal fan in Sweden. But even so, the festival is targeting a very varied crowd as the performing bands may be playing everything from southern and album-oriented rock to black metal. Since the start back in 1992, the festival has hosted some notable performances, including Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy and ZZ Top. Sweden Rock Festival is held every year by the water in beautiful Blekinge in the south of Sweden. (read more)

Peace & Love
The Peace & Love festival was started in 1999 as an initiative to prevent violence and racism in the organizers local community in Borlänge, in Dalarna. The festival quickly grew and became the most visited festival in Sweden between 2009-2012. Due to financial issues, the festival was cancelled in 2013 but is said to be reborn in 2014… (read more)

Way Out West (August)
Way Out West is a very modern “urban” festival held in a park area in the city of Gothenburg, mainly featuring pop, hip-hop and electronic music. In the evenings, the festival moves from the park to the clubs inside the city – creating a perfect mix of nightlife and the classic festival feel. Some notable appearances may include Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan and Prince. (read more)
Way Out West

Bråvalla Festival (late June)
The Bråvalla Festival is a brand new festival and was first held in 2013. Bråvalla started out strong by announcing a few huge bookings prior to the 2013 event (including Avicii, Rammstein and Green Day), and it became the most visited festival ever in Sweden. Bråvalla Festival is held in the city of Norrköping on an old army airfield. (read more)

Hultsfred Festival has probably been the most renowned festival in Sweden since the start back in 1986. During the 90s, it was definitely the most visited festival and hosted artists and bands such as Van Morrison, Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath, Suede, Motörhead, Blur and The Cure. Unfortunately, Hultsfred have also had some financial problems; the festival will not be arranged in 2014 but is all set to come back in 2015. (read more)

Summerburst (May & June)
Summerburst is also a fairly new festival that started in 2011 with instant success. Summerburst is held two times each year; once in Gothenburg and once in Stockholm, and is entirely focused on house and other electronic music. (read more)


A few other festivals that’s worth mentioning:

Emmaboda Festival – A festival that started in 1988 in beautiful Småland in the south of Sweden, mainly focusing on indie music. (read more)

Getaway Rock – A rock/metal festival held in the city of Gävle. (read more)

Malmöfestivalen – An annual festival held in the city of Malmö that offers a lot more than just music. (read more)

Metaltown – A heavy rock and metal festival held in Gothenburg. (read more)

Piteå dansar och ler – A very mixed festival held in the city of Piteå. (read more)

Popaganda – A two day festival in Stockholm City with varied popular music, usually held in late August. (read more)

Åmål’s Blues Festival – As the name suggests: a blues festival held in the city of Åmål. (read more)

Storsjöyran – One of the oldest city festivals in Sweden that dates back to 1963. Held every year in the city of Östersund. (read more)

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