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The architecturally award-winning concert hall Berwaldhallen.
The architecturally award-winning concert hall Berwaldhallen.

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7 best music venues in Stockholm

Sweden punches far above its weight when it comes to music. No wonder Stockholm has plenty of venues where you can see established international stars and up-and-coming local talents.

Nalen

The old-school venue Nalen in Stockholm.Founded in 1888 as a “pleasure palace,” Nalen is an elegant old-school venue that resembles a large ballroom. Recent well-known acts have included Billy Bragg, Roseanne Cash, Ásgeir, Kacey Musgraves, Steve Earle and Los Lobos.

Regeringsgatan 74
nalen.com

Cirkus

Cirkus is a mid-range venue holding up to 1,800 people in an auditorium that resembles a large wooden circus big top. Events include musicals and theater shows but international and local music stars play here, too. Upcoming acts include Bon Iver, The Divine Comedy and Lisa Ekdahl.

Djurgårdslåtten 43–45
cirkus.se

Fasching

This well renowned jazz club with red brick walls and a dark cave-like vibe is Scandinavia’s largest jazz venue. The best in emerging talent and international jazz stars play here and there are concerts most nights of the week.

Kungsgatan 63
fasching.se

Berwaldhallen

Stockholm has some great classical music. This architecturally award-winning concert hall, built partially underground in the 1970s and oozing Scandinavian style, is home to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir, two of the best ensembles in the country.

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 3
sverigesradio.se

Stallet

The name means The Stables, and this barn-like venue near the Grand Hotel is Sweden’s biggest folk and world-music venue. It hosts everything from Nordic folk, flamenco, klezmer, African, Brazilian and Irish music.

Stallgatan 7
stallet.st

Debaser

There are two Debaser venues in Stockholm, both of which are in Södermalm and feature dark, mid-sized box-like venues that are mainstays for up-and-coming indie bands. Most major Swedish bands play at Debaser on their rise to the top.

Debaser Medis
Medborgarplatsen 8

Debaser Strand
Hornstulls strand 4
debaser.se

Katarina Kyrka. Photo: Shutterstock

Katarina Kyrka

For a true Swedish live music experience, check out a choir ­performance at one of the churches in Stockholm. The concerts at Katarina Church, which is perched high in Södermalm overlooking the harbor, are highly professional. Get your tickets early since the Lucia and Advent concerts often sell out in advance.  

Högbergsgatan 13
svenskakyrkan.se

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