The sun shined down on the second day of the festival but since the summer in Sweden has been very unreliable this year, I brought a jacket to the festival. The area opened at 5 and on this day of the festival Swedish acts like the ESC winner Måns Zelmerlöw were performing, as well as the local acts Joddla Med Siv, Danne Stråhed and the headline act Stiftelsen, which is a Swedish semi-rock band fronted by the lead singer from the hard rock act Takida. When I arrived to the festival it felt like there were much more people there compared to previous night and I couldn’t but be impressed by the hard work executed by the volunteers at the festival.
I came to the festival a bit before Joddla Med Siv was about to start their show and since the band is highly loved in Svedala and in the southern parts of Sweden a lot of people had already gathered in front of the stage waiting for the guys. I went over to the Young Cancer tent to check out their merchandise and activities. I think it’s a really good thing that the festival and the organization works together, every help in order to promote a cure for cancer is well needed.
Something that strikes me every year is how clean the area is. I saw volunteers that cleaned the area at every hour of the day which is admirable. I have never visited a festival that is so clean like Summer Rock. After Joddla Med Siv it was time for a cover act to play in the tent and people walked over there to hear and dance along with them.
I was there to see Stiftelsen which was founded back in 2011 by Takida’s lead singer Robert Pettersson and his childhood friend Micke Eriksson. The band sings in Swedish and the best way to describe their music would be alternative rock n’ roll. Their highly acclaimed debut album titled LJUNGAVERK came out in 2012 and in 2017 they released their fourth album, ALLTING LÅTER SOM SLIPKNOT (EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE SLIPKNOT). Nothing but the band’s gear and mic was on stage when I came near and when it was about 15 minutes left for the band to begin their show people started to arrive. And at 10.50 was it time for one of the most popular rock bands in Sweden to take on Svedala.
As the night before, those of us in the photo pit could hear when the band came on but couldn’t see them until they got to the edge of the stage. “Opsovati” and “Du Är Ju Allting” kicked off the show and the fans sang along from the start which made the band smile. And just like the day before the stage filled with smoke but nothing of the smoke disappeared which made it hard to see the band. Band members are;
Robert Pettersson – vocals, guitar
Micke Eriksson – guitar
Arne Johansson – bass
Martin Källström – drums
Singer Pettersson thanked the fans and announced “Ur Balans” as the next track, he said the band thought the festival was really nice and congratulated the 30th birthday. “It feels like coming home when you are here”, he continued “but I see that people at the front of the stage are starting to get a bit rowdy and drunk, please take care of each other and please don’t start to fight, we are here to have a good time everyone.” “Min Egen Ängel” continued the show and the band were backed up by a guy on saxophone and a woman on back up vocals which made the music a bit fuller. “Vildhjärta” and “Darling continued and the crowd seemed to be loving the music and the band.
The band drew a lot more people than Europe did the night before; Stiftelsen is one of the most wanted bands ever during the festival’s history. Pettersson said once again it was nice to be playing in Svedala and wanted the fans to sing with him in “En Annan Värld”. The band seemed to have a really dedicated fan base in Svedala. Pettersson wanted to see everyone’s hands in the air and wanted the fans to jump up and down with him in one of the bands biggest hits, “Vart Du Än Går”.
Nothing much but music was happening on stage and none of the members moved around much. The music however sounded a bit different live compared to on album and that was because of the saxophone and the backing vocals. I thought it sounded better live to be honest. The band’s lyrics are in Swedish and are a lot about darkness, lost love and anxiety. The singer has a history of depression and I guess he writes about his own personal demons. “Giftet” and “UB2” ended the show however the band returned almost right away in order to fire off encores.
The clock was 11.40 when the band returned and they had until 12 o clock to finish off their show. Pettersson asked if the fans wanted to hear more music and fired off “Härifrån” taken from the debut album. Then followed “Eftersläckarens Sång” and “Rotlös” and those two ended the entire show and by then the clock had turned midnight.
Even though this band isn’t my cup of tea, I understand why they were so longed for. Their music is solid and their dark lyrics appeal to me. The guys did a good job and I think the fans were happy with the show. But again, the organizers must adjust the smoke machine and the lights, it was so hard to take pictures with members standing in the dark almost covered in smoke.
Set list (not in order, I maybe missed one or two songs)
Du Är Ju Allting
Min Egen Ängel
En Annan Värld
Vart Jag Än Går
This band closed the Summer Rock festival 2017 for me, as always the festival offered music for all ages and music tastes. I had wished for more harder music and maybe a little bit of metal this year and it would have been great if the festival could have booked a foreign band in order to celebrate 30 years. Besides that the festival delivered as always and I salute all of the volunteers that make it possible to throw this festival each year.
If I could wish for something next year I would like the organizers to take a look at the stage, the large stage is way too high up for photographers to take pictures. The festivals own photographer has a ladder to stand on, well, what about the rest of us? And please look into the lights that could have worked better as well as the smoke machine, it’s nice with a smoke machine but the smoke need to disappear somewhere as well.
I haven’t got any numbers on how many visitors the festival had all together but according to the major tabloids in Sweden there were about 6000 visitors per day which made the final numbers 18 000. Great job Svedala!! I really hope that the festival is going to continue for another 30 years. A big thank you to all the volunteers, the security, the police, medicals and staff for making the festival happen.
Thanks to Markus Lindberg head of the festival/press for help with press/photo pass.
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