The glamorous VIP-party at SAS City Lounge/No 18 Photo: Annika Berglund
The glamorous VIP-party at SAS City Lounge/No 18 Photo: Annika Berglund


Behind the scenes: Mixing with Polar Music Prize celebrities

The day before the Polar Music Prize award ceremony, there's a meet and greet party with the winners, other acts and the creme de la creme of Swedish culture – now a near 10-year tradition. This year, the event was held in the SAS City Lounge on Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm.

The Polar Music Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious awards, whose previous winners include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith. The winners this year are Sting and jazz legend Wayne Shorter. 

On the eve of the gala ceremony, a far more informal gathering is always organized at the home of Marie Ledin of the Polar Music Prize, but this year, SAS City Lounge in cooperation with No 18, hosted the event. Scandinavian Traveler took the opportunity to glean some fascinating travel tips from celebrities there.

SAS City Lounge /No 18 have locations both at Stureplan and at the central station in Stockholm. Photo: Annika Berglund

Photo: Annika Berglund

Anders Glenmark, artist:

“Rome’s my favorite city. Everything in Rome is great  - the history, the culture, the fashion, the food and the language. The same applies to the whole of Italy, of course, but the mix of classical and modern makes Rome the place for me. I don’t have any special place to recommend as I try somewhere new every time I go there.”

Niklas Strömstedt, artist:

“I love Rome, I love walking there, the food is so good and it's not that far away. My advice when visiting Rome is to go on a guided food tour in the Trastevere district – it takes a whole day and you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and discover great places. That's good advice.”


Photo: Annika Berglund

Jennie Abrahamsson, artist:

 “One of my favorite cities is Zurich, actually. Even though it’s an almost obscenely rich and clean city, it feels like stepping into a futuristic movie, like the city in Hunger Games although the local people in Zurich don’t wear strange outfits. Where I would recommend in Zurich is down on the lakeside where there’s an amazingly beautiful sauna. It has glazed walls so you can see the forest in one direction and the lake in the other direction, and after taking a sauna, you can relax on the sun deck. I was there in November when the weather was cold, crisp and sunny and we swam naked in the lake and drank delicious ginger drinks.”

Sauna am See
Mythenquai 9, 8002 Zürich, Schweiz

Foto: Annika Berglund

Alfons Karabuda, Swedish composer and EU cultural politics personality:

“I travel to Brussels often for my work, and maybe not many people would choose it as their favorite travel destination. But Brussels is fine for me and what are very important for me, my watering holes. ONE restaurant that is important to me is L’Idiot du Village, or The Village Idiot. About 10-12 people work in the kitchen there and the only person working out in the restaurant is the owner. He takes care of all us guests, everyone else works in the kitchen and after an evening there, you feel like a new and slightly better person.”

L’Idiot du Village
19, Rue Notre Seigneur

Foto: Annika Berglund

Efva Attling, Swedish jewellery designer:

“I like going to New York best of all, where I work. I’ve flown across the Atlantic countless times in the last few years and I love flying with SAS, the personnel always greet me by name. Sometimes when I've just made it at the last minute, they save my life with a sandwich before we take off, fantastic. New York’s the world's coolest city - if you're looking for ideas, you'll find some there.”

Jenny Strömstedt, Swedish television host:

“Right now, I’m planning a trip to Tokyo with my teenagers. My daughters do a lot of drawing and are obsessed with the animator Miyazaki, so Studio Ghibli is the number one destination on the trip. I also think it's important to show them another culture, we have become so Americanized."

1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi,Tokyo 181-0013

“Closer to home, I love going to Berlin, I’ve been there many times as my sister lived there for a few years. In Berlin, you can always eat a good, long breakfast at one of the cafes by the Water Tower at Prenzlauer Berg. While you're in Berlin, I think it's a good idea to be reminded of its history and visit the Topographi des Terrors museum or the Wall Museum. Also check out the galleries in Kreuzberg!”

Topographi des Terrors
Niederkirchnerstraße 8 

The wall museum
Mühlenstr. 78-80

Foto: Annika Berglund

Tomas Ledin, artist:

“I love going to Miami and have been there many times. In particular, I loved Ocean Drive before it became a tourist trap, it was even better then than it is now. There are some very good bars and restaurants in Miami, plus fantastic art and wonderful beaches. The last time I was there in the beginning of November, the weather was fantastic.”

Foto: Annika Berglund

Hans Ek, Swedish conductor and arranger:

“I travel a great deal for work but if I travel for other reasons, I want peace and quiet, sun and water. In the last few years, we’ve made an annual trip to Mallorca. It's very beautiful there, Palma is fantastic and there are plenty of other places to discover, as well. I always fly SAS, my brother was a SAS pilot for over 20 years and so I'm a loyal customer.”

Foto: Annika Berglund

Jojje Wadenius, Swedish guitarist:

“My wife and I have an apartment in Nice, we absolutely love it there. We enjoy the good food, drinks, the beaches. I can recommend many good places there, such as Bistrot d´Antoine, where you need to book a table a couple of days in advance and Vacchiardo that’s a great place for classic French food, a good piece of meat and French fries. We live close to Chez Palmyre where you probably need to book a table a couple of weeks ahead, but where you can enjoy a 3-course evening meal for €20.

Bistrot d´Antoine
27 rue de la Préfecture

38 rue Droite

Chez Palmyre
5 Rue Droite, 06300 Nice


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