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Confetti rains over the audience at a concert during the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg.
Music festival, Way Out West
The Swedish summer is festival season. Way Out West, or WOW, is the most popular music festival with about 30,000 visitors – more wouldn't fit into the Gothenburg park of Slottsskogen, where it takes place in August.
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Music events in Sweden 2024

Sweden will continue to shape the global soundscape in 2024. As the proud host of the Eurovision Song Contest, the nation cements its status as a musical powerhouse. Let's explore this year’s major music events, blending tradition with innovation, and melody with rhythm.

The Swedish music phenomenon is characterized by a rich mosaic of internationally acclaimed artists and a diverse range of genres, including Roxette, Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii, to name a few. At the forefront of this musical legacy is the iconic pop group ABBA, which, 50 years ago in 1974, established Sweden's impressive presence in the global music scene by winning Eurovision for the first time with "Waterloo".

Last year, Loreen's second Eurovision triumph once again showcased Sweden's excellence in the international arena. The country remains a vibrant hub for musical expression, hosting well-attended festivals that draw top-tier artists and enthusiastic audiences.

Let's dive into this year's major music events.

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Melodifestivalen 2020, Friends Arena, Stockholm

Melodifestivalen is a annual music competition where singers compete to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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The music competition Melodifestivalen at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Melodifestivalen 2020, Friends Arena, Stockholm

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Swedish singer Loreen stands on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest trophy after her win in 2023.

Eurovision Song Contest

Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett/EBU

Large audience at a rock concert at the festival Sweden Rock outside Sölvesborg.

Sweden Rock, Sölvesborg

Photo: Jens Christian / Sweden Rock

Music events in Sweden 2024

Melodifestivalen

In February, the quest begins to determine who will represent Sweden in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, hosted on home turf. The competition unfolds through five qualifying rounds held at different locations across the country:

  • 3 February: Malmö Arena, Malmö
  • 10 February: Scandinavium, Gothenburg
  • 17 February: VIDA Arena, Växjö
  • 24 February: Volvo CE Arena, Eskilstuna
  • 2 March: Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad

Culminating in the grand final on 9 March at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Eurovision Song Contest, Malmö

7-11 May

This year, Malmö is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest following Sweden's victory in Liverpool last year with Loreen's performance of "Tattoo". This marks Sweden's seventh time hosting the event.

Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour, Stockholm

17, 18, 19 May

For all the Swifties! Taylor Swift will give three concerts at Friends Arena in Stockholm as part of The Eras Tour. It will be Taylor Swift's first-ever performances in Sweden.

Drömmen Festival, Stockholm

25 May

Carola, Bonnie Tyler, and Boney M are just a few of the beloved artists performing at the brand-new one-day festival, Drömmen, at Stockholm Olympic Stadium. Dance, joy, nostalgia, and pure euphoria await!

Brännbollsyran, Umeå

31 May – 1 June

Brännbollsyran offers a unique festival experience, combining a daytime World Championship in rounders with the largest evening music festival in northern Scandinavia. This year will feature artists like rapper Lil Tjay and Alan Walker.

Sweden Rock, Sölvesborg

5-8 June

Sweden Rock is a traditional rock festival located just outside Sölvesborg in Blekinge, featuring over 90 bands across five stages and offering an optimal blend of classic rock, hard rock, metal, blues, and related genres.

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The artist Pink on tour

Pink is bringing her Summer Carnival World Tour to Stockholm this summer.

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The artist Pink on stage dressed in a pink shirt and silver boots. In the background, dancers dressed in white.

The artist Pink on tour

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The singer in Drifters on stage during Dansbandsveckan in Malung, wearing a green sequin dress and holding a microphone. In the background, band members and instruments.

Dansbandsveckan, Malung

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A large crowd at a music festival on a square in Östersund.

Storsjöyran in Östersund

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Sthlm Fields, Stockholm

28 June – 7 July

Experience a grand concert series with a festival atmosphere this summer. The lineup includes global sensations like Doja Cat and Toto, as well as Swedish stars such as The Hives and Molly Sandén.

Bayside festival, Helsingborg

12-13 July

A festival that annually attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Takes place in central Helsingborg, this year featuring international acts such as Martin Garrix and Zara Larsson.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Stockholm

15 and 18 July

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band return to Sweden for two concerts at Friends Arena this summer, promising unforgettable performances.

Dansbandsveckan, Malung

14-20 July

If you're eager to experience something authentically Swedish, make your way to Malung for Dansbandsveckan. Dansband music is commonly enjoyed in pairs, with Jitterbug and foxtrot often featured in this genre. Drawing inspiration primarily from schlager, country, rock'n'roll, and elements of swing, dansband music offers a diverse and lively soundtrack for social dancing. With over 100,000 visitors expected, Dansbandsveckan is a celebration not to be missed.

Pink, Summer Carnival, Stockholm

25 July

Expect a carnival atmosphere when Pink takes over Stockholm this summer. The singer, considered one of the world's foremost live performers, will be at Friends Arena on 25 July.

Storsjöyran, Östersund

26-28 July

Storsjöyran, or Yran as it is commonly known, is one of Sweden's oldest city festivals with roots dating back to 1963. Here, a diverse lineup features prominent Swedish and international acts alongside more niche performers.

Urkult, Näsåker

1-3 August

Urkult is a three-day festival with a focus on folk and world music, featuring courses, workshops, children's theater, poetry slam, and much more. The Night of Fire, the spectacular opening ceremony crafted by different artists each year, stands out as a highlight. Guided by principles of peace, love and inclusivity, Urkult aims to foster cross-cultural connections.

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Malmöfestivalen, Malmö

Scandinavia's largest festival, Malmöfestivalen, offers a diverse program of music, food, culture, and activities.

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A drone image over the Malmö Festival in the evening, with thousands of visitors in front of a large stage.

Malmöfestivalen, Malmö

Photo: Pierre Ekman / Malmö stad

Confetti rains over the audience at a concert during the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg.

Music festival, Way Out West

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Dalhalla

Dalhalla

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Way out West, Gothenburg

8-10 August

Way Out West is one of Sweden's most renowned festivals. Since its start in 2007, the festival in Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, has attracted world-class artists such as Prince, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Kendrick Lamar.

Malmöfestivalen, Malmö

9-16 August

As Scandinavia's largest festival, Malmöfestivalenoffers diverse music, cultural events, art, kids' activities, sports, lifestyle, food, and more. Join the festivities in Malmö during mid-August.

Dalhalla, Rättvik

Dalhalla is a unique open-air concert venue situated in a former limestone quarry near Rättvik, Sweden. Surrounded by natural rock formations, it provides a breathtaking setting for a variety of performances, drawing both local and international artists. This summer, for example, ZZ Top will take the stage, along with the musical "We Will Rock You" by Queen and Ben Elton.

Gröna Lund, Stockholm

Grönan Live at the amusement park Gröna Lund in Stockholm is Sweden's longest-running festival, featuring over 50 concerts throughout the entire summer. Don’t miss out on performances by artists such as Alice Cooper, Sam Smith, and Deep Purple, among others.

Liseberg, Gothenburg

Also in Gothenburg, the amusement park Liseberg hosts concerts and major music events during the summer. Artists like Elton John, Rolling Stones, Zara Larsson, and ABBA have all performed on Liseberg's stage.

Stockholm Jazz Festival, Stockholm

11-20 October

The year's biggest jazz event is back in October! Stockholm Jazz Festival, one of Sweden's oldest, set a record last year with over 30,000 attendees. The festival is spread across the entire city, showcasing both world-renowned jazz stars and emerging talents.