Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

Svenska Ögonblick at Friends Arena

October 29, 2012

It was a spectacular show. Yes, colourful and spectacular. Full-on with no breaks because it was being broadcast live on television. And that’s what it was made for. Television.

Being there in the arena was nice and of course it felt really special. Actually honourable. It was the inauguration of the new national arena in Sweden. The biggest arena in Sweden. The Friends Arena with a capacity of up to 67 500 spectators depending on the event. And I was there for the first event ever being held.

Swedish Moments is what Svenska Ögonblick means. Everything Swedish. But they failed to inform the audience in the arena about that. Man next to me asked who Icona Pop were and if they were Swedish. I only knew, because I recognised the song from listening to the radio, which I wouldn’t if it wasn’t for the job I have at the moment spending hours driving around the country. Still, I wasn’t a hundred percent sure if Icona Pop were Swedish but said they should be due to the occasion.

So seeing pretty much all of Sweden in the last four weeks, it was great timing for me to see the show. But it would have been nice to have gotten a presentation of each act. Or if there had been a program handed out. Or if the performers themselves could have said a few words.

And the seats were quite uncomfortable but the view was great. Seems like it’s the kind of arena where it doesn’t matter where you sit you will have a good view.

It was a good show and I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life. Roxette performed songs from when I was a little kid going to school dances. Slow dancing to the last song It Must Have Been Love and the sing along song The Look.

Ooh… and I saw our beautiful crown princess Victoria!

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D’Angelo, is he back?

February 13, 2012

D’Angelo is coming to Europe I heard. Oh that’s nice but I saw him in 2000 and he was great. It won’t be the same thing. He’s older, probably won’t have the same energy. I didn’t want to ruin the memories. So I didn’t get any tickets.

Then I heard of the extra concert and oh well, why not. He started the tour in Stockholm and closed it in Stockholm at the Filadelfia church. A funny venue but it was all right.

So there I was Friday night. The supporting act, Swedish soul singer Aleks sang a few tracks. Not bad at all but there was something missing. Back-up singers. Then there was a long wait. So long I started wondering if D’Angelo would really show up. More than an hour later and after lots of cheering, soundcheck. Playa Playa and he was there. Feels Like Makin’ Love. And then Devil’s Pie and Chicken Grease. Definitely, he still got the energy. The six-pack may be gone but he’s still hot. To die for.

Yes, I’ve seen the pictures of him not looking so good, so hopefully he won’t get back to that. I really hope he’s back now because the world need some good music. It was nice hearing some of the new songs and I’m looking forward to the album.

But hearing his old songs was like reliving one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to in 2000. And when he lighted the cigarette, everybody knew, Brown Sugar. And playing one single note to the beautiful Untitled (How Does It Feel), which the whole audience was waiting for. After that one note he stopped, took a breath and continued playing the piano to the part just before he’s supposed to start singing and he stops again. Teasing. He stands up, leans against the piano, puts his face in his hands. Emotions. Yes, he did go back and finished the song.

He might have been a little late but it was absolutely worth it. So worth it. I’m happy I saw him again and if I get the chance I’ll do it again. Because after listening to Brown Sugar and Voodoo, the only two albums released, the tracks sound so much better live.

H&M – Fashion Against Aids

April 27, 2011

Isn’t it great when you can buy things for yourself and still help others? H&M are collaborating with a bunch of celebs in this campaign and 25% is donated to charity.

To be specific, the money goes to HIV/Aids education and prevention projects as it says on the tag.

It makes shopping so much more worthwhile. Look at what I picked up today – a really nice vest, perfect for these nice hot sunny days that we’ve had in Stockholm recently.

I will wear it with pride. And honestly there were some really nice stuff in the “Fashion Against Aids” collection. Thank you H&M!

See the collection and learn more at www.hm.com or click on the image below.

Fenomen with Uri Geller

March 29, 2011

The concept has been repeated in other countries like the US, Germany and Netherlands and now it’s come to Sweden. Unfortunately.

Uri Geller wants to find the next Swedish mentalist in Fenomen which is broadcast on Kanal 5. It’s absolute NONSENSE. It’s fake and I hope people can see it.

I happened to be sitting in the audience for the first live show, making sure I was clapping when supposed to, looking happy and skeptic.

The reliability of the tricks, magic or whatever it was can really be questioned. One of the contestants had been injured earlier in the rehearsal. So it’s all rehearsed. It doesn’t fall in to them naturally.

They use celebrities to help with the tricks, which all seemed to be following instuctions and playing into the act. If they had just picked random people from the audience, that would’ve been something.

I had never heard about this Uri Geller before but he’s a sucker for attention, saying he was going to walk up and down the bleachers to sign his autograph or if anyone wanted to take a picture with him. Didn’t see many who gave him much importance when he actually did it.

He does seem to be a cuckoo head claiming he’s got supernatural powers. He asked if people had brought their broken watches and appliances with them and a few had. With his and everybody’s mental power these broken items were going to be fixed and work again. Even people at home were asked to get their stuff to the TV set.

My friend had a watch with her and guess what? It didn’t start to work. It simply needs a battery change, I’m sure. And the people in front of us, their watch didn’t start working either.

All right, this might sound contradictory, but I do believe supernatural powers are possible. Telepathy between twins. Female intiution.

I just don’t believe in Uri Geller and this show. I might have to watch the other episodes to have a good laugh or who knows, I might change my mind.

Adele @ Debaser Medis

March 28, 2011

Expectations. Something I try to keep to a minimum but it all depends on the occasion. It can often result in disappointment. But I knew, Adele with her great voice, would be so much better live. Listening to her at home, I told my mum “Just imagine her singing live.”

So, yeah this time I had high expectations, and only realised it when my friend told me she didn’t expect her to be that good. We all got goosebumps and I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

She’s got a remarkable talent and I love her Cockney accent.  When she talks, she’s just like any other London girl. I was wondering how it would be in between songs, remembering her youngish street yet mature style from being a commentator for X Factor’s Xtra Factor. She was very down-to-earth, cussing, joking and speaking her mind.

The night before the show she’d been to a bar, Vassa Eggen, telling she got very drunk and was the only one dancing to Beyoncé.  And later she said that she still can’t work out what to do with her body when singing her more uptempo songs. She was very funny getting the audience laughing several times and it was fun to know about her personal experiences, the reasons why she had written some of the songs and who and what they were about.

Daydreamer, about her first love. Take It All, about someone she hates. My Same, about a friend she fell out with, which she’s friends with again now and that she normally doesn’t perform it but was fun to do it now. I actually had it as my ring signal a while back so I was very happy to hear it.

It was Adele’s first time in Stockholm and I actually don’t know how famous she’s in Sweden. Hearing the people around, I heard some German, French, English and English with foreign accents. And maybe that’s why she was in such a small venue. Still, it was sold out.

I absolutely loved it. It could have been a bit longer. One hour wasn’t enough for me and she could at least have come back out for one or two extra songs.

Still, I can’t wait for the next album and the next tour. At only 21, greater things will come for the amazing Adele and I’m keeping my expectations high.

Adele performing one of my favourites, Hometown Glory. Such a perfect song to start with.

BLACKstreet

February 28, 2011

So, I went to visit a friend and coincidentally Blackstreet happened to be in town for a concert. And why not? Very exciting.

Haven’t cared much about the recent reunions and comebacks but it’s been going on for a while now so it’s almost weird for a band/group/artist not to make a re-appearance.

But I was very positive about seeing Blackstreet even though I wasn’t really into them back in the day. They were the cool guys.

Obviously, I remember the big hits No Diggity, Fix and then there was Joy and Don’t Leave Me.

And on the day of the show they delivered. There were abs, roses and a girl on the stage. It was fun. A bit short. But then, there were only three of them? Wonder what happened to the fourth one.

Once an it-girl, now an artist

November 22, 2010

Carolina Gynning. From it-girl, Big Brother-winner and glamour model to respected artist and TV-presenter. She surely knew how to use her ’15-minutes-of-fame’ right.

2004 was the year I moved from Sweden and the same year Carolina Gynning was on Swedish Big Brother with her platinum blonde hair and fake boobs. Six years later I move back. I turn on the television and the only thing I recognise  is her voice but I wouldn’t have known it was her if it wasn’t for the caption.

Gone was the long blonde locks and the silicon implants. And she was skinnier too.

On Friday, I was in central Stockholm with a dear friend, who also happens to be a Carolina fan who instantly recognised her work. For me it was, ‘oh, so this it-girl is painting now, don’t these celebrities try to do everything’.

But there was something interesting about those paintings, very colourful and they looked like self-portraits expressing different emotions. Even I could understand that.

Walking around the exhibition I got a good update and background information about Carolina so my attitude changed. I was a bit more positive toward this celebrity’s credibility.

As we were getting to the end my friend told me Carolina was sitting there. No, I didn’t recognise her. Next to her was her mother, also a famous artist, whose sculpture were displayed at the exhibition.

We walked around again so I could have another look at her. There was especially one painting that we paid extra attention to. One of a naked women with her legs spread out and a pig’s head covering her crotch. Carolina was happy to stand up and talk to us about her inspiration. Swine flu.

She was also having a hard time with men, male pigs, and as it was at the same time the swine flu broke hence the pig’s head.

She talked to us for about ten minutes, walking from one painting to another. I was very impressed and I could get through with my misconceptions of the bimbo image that had stuck to my mind. People change. I guess celebrities do too.

Kebab Pizza

September 16, 2010

Kebab pizza

Mouth-watering. Delicious. Tasty. Filling. Lush. Outstanding. Great. Divine. Flavourful.

This kebab pizza is from Valsta Vedugn o Kolgrill, a local restaurant and a very good one. Obviously, the pizza I ate was as close to perfect as it can be. The staff was very attentive. Nice, simple and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh bread and cabbage salad. Everything you expect from a Swedish Pizzeria. I will definitely go back and try other dishes.

The Swedish pizza is different from others. It is more succulent and have more filling than the Italian. It is thinner and not as fatty as the American. And the Dutch one I had was awful with a weird mix of different tastes that shouldn’t be combined.

Yes, the Swedish pizza is special. But they vary from place to place, of course. For me, the dough is very important. Soft, fluffy and slightly crispy. The ingredients have to be fresh and the right amount of filling. Too little, it may be dry. Too much, it may be saggy and break.

So, I was very lucky today. A bit pricey maybe compared to other places but probably worth it.

Lisa Nilsson @ Kulturfestivalen

August 11, 2010

Lisa Nilsson 10 Aug 2010

At the beginning of summer I was desperate to go to a festival and with no money to buy tickets I signed up for a bunch of draws and competitions. I didn’t win any.

But luck has come my way anyway. Summer is full of festivals and some of them are actually free. Stockholm’s Kulturfestival started yesterday and it ends on Sunday.

The names of the acts may not be the most famous in the world but it gives life to the city. People can come and go as they want. Last night, I saw Lisa Nilsson. One of my favourite Swedish singers. Yeah, it’s her and Robyn, see previous post.

It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Very soulful, very mature, very professional. The 39-year-old singer chose to dress her age (or older) in a knee-covering long-sleeve floaty dress. Quite impressive considering there are so many leggings and pants on stage these days.

And the singing? Great. Music is always better live. Actually, not always but this time it was. Credit to the band too. The trumpet player, especially, he just went on and on and on.

It started a bit slow, with slower songs to end on a more upbeat tone and more well-known songs. A bit of nostalgia for me who grew up in Sweden in the 90s to hear songs like Himlen Runt Hörnet, Vad Du Ser Är Vad Du Får and Varje Gång Jag Ser Dig.

It was also funny to hear about her escape to Rio de Janeiro to avoid the cold February blues in Sweden. How her bikini gradually minimised to the famous dental floss bottoms and where the men don’t care about tits and it’s all about bums.

Yes, it’s true. I could really relate to it having spent February in Brazil this year. And March, and April.

See Lisa Nilsson perform Varje Gång Jag Ser Dig at Swedish morning news show earlier this year: