Stockholm: Melodifestivalen & Schlager

I went to Stockholm this weekend to watch the Melodifestivalen final, Sweden’s biggest TV show and a dream-come-true for any Eurovision fan. I know people think it’s a bit sad, but I’ve been looking forward to the trip since last October when I brought the tickets. It was also a good excuse to check out Sweden. Stockholm was way bigger than I imagined it to be, and even though I only managed to cover a tiny bit of the city, it’s the most kooky place I’ve ever visited- just take a look at the place we stayed in!

Melodifestivalen was at the Ericsson Globe Arena (known for hosting Eurovision in 2000), which is a giant ball shaped venue that is absolutely huge on the inside. The winner of the show goes on to represent Sweden in Eurovision- this year it was this song by Eric Saade:

Pretty spectacular, albeit the lyrics are a bit on the weak side… But judging by the bars and clubs around town, it seemed that this song by Danny Saucedo (which came runner up) was the favourite amongst Swedes:

After the show we went to a Melodifestival party at a gay club tucked away in a really dodgy part of the city. One of my favourite songs from this year (which didn’t get through to the final) was this tune by Jenny Silver:

It was heaven. Now back to the real world and new music! More pics on Flickr.

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I’m going to Melodifestivalen Final!

The final of Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s biggest TV show, always airs live on my birthday weekend. And for years, I’ve wanted to go and see the show- the aim is to find year’s Swedish Eurovision entry. But the scale of events is just enormous. Some reckon it’s bigger than Eurovision itself. Unlike other Eurovision countries, Sweden’s selection is a big deal: if you’re not already a huge pop star in Sverige then you’ve got no chance of competing. Regional heats are broadcast from January to March in cities across Sweden (all held in arena’s naturally), until the final in mid March at the Stockholm Globe (home to Eurovision 2000). And I’m gonna be there! Woo!