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  • GOTHENBURG MUSIC CITY


    Foto: Mathias Nordgren

    Summer is a lovely time – not only because the sun is shining and you get some time off work or school. It’s also the peak season for festivals and concerts. Check out the guide to some of the music highlights in the city, archipelago, amusement park and clubs this summer.


    Festival in the archipelago

    The summer starts off with the pop festival Knarrholmen, taking place on an island with the same name, on May 24–25. During the weekend you can for example see Swedish bands and musicians like El Perro del Mar, Hästpojken, Jens Lekman and Lilla Namo.


    City festivals maximise the music experience

    How about a classic festival concert during day, a late night club gig, followed by a good night’s sleep in your comfortable hotel room? A festival in the middle of the city makes the festival experience complete. On June 7–8, it’s time for Summerburst – the perfect choice for anyone who loves electronic music and celebrity DJ:s. This year with DJ:s like Axwell, Alesso, David Guetta and La Fleur. The club festival WWDIS Summer fest on July 9–10 has a rock focus with bands like the Canadian Death from Above 1979 and Swedish I Break Horses. The first day of the festival is held at Pustervik, while the second is at Trädgår’n. August 8–10 is the date to keep in mind for the city festival numero uno – Way Out West. The music festival is the perfect mix of outdoor concerts in the park Slottsskogen, intimate club gigs and even films. The line-up for 2013 includes The Knife, Cat Power, Neil Young and many more.


    Ten years of metal

    Metaltown, on July 4–6, is celebrating 10 years by adding a third day. Slipknot, Korn, Motörhead and Danko Jones are some of the artists on stage. On July 27, it’s time for a new hard rock festival – Holmens Rock at Frihamnen. It will be a day filled with music from bands like D-A-D, Crucified Barbara and Sator.


    Plenty of concerts

    The concert summer kick-starts with a gig by the popular Gothenburg-musician Håkan Hellström on June 8. The following week the British folk-rock band Noah and the Whale play at Pustervik and the guitar guru Mark Knopfler plays at the Garden Society (Trädgårdsföreningen). The club Sommar-Yaki has an exciting line-up for the summer with Sibille Attar on May 31, The Embassy on June 5 and Miriam Bryant on June 28, just to mention a few. Also, don’t miss the chance to see Robbie Williams when he’s back in Gothenburg to play at Ullevi arena on July 20. The amusement park Liseberg has many gigs during summer – like The Hives on June 19, Iggy & The Stooges on June 26, Sting on July 3 and Ane Brun on August 23. The concerts at Liseberg are free, although you need to pay admission to the amusement park. Completely free however, are the gigs around town on August 13–18 at the Gothenburg Culture Festival. As opening act for this week of culture you’ll enjoy the Ça Ira opera, written by the Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, at Götaplatsen.

    Later that week, on August 17, Roger Waters enter the Ullevi Stadium with the stunning arena show, The Wall.

    Go to goteborg.com/events for more information about concerts and other events.