7 best music venues 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Published: December 16, 2016