Alright fans, it is official! Europe’s first official tour date of 2013 has been released. Friday, June 7, 2013 Europe will be the headlining act at the Sweden Rock Festival. View the Official Press Release here. Europe will be celebrating 30 years since their first album release and would there be any place more appropriate than the Sweden Rock Festival? I think not! This show is being dangled in front of Europe’s fans to be the one show they should not miss. Having seen them numerous times now, I am betting this will be a show to remember. Europe’s set list is rumored to span their entire career and they will perform hits from every released album.
Having never been to the Sweden Rock Festival or even Sweden, though it’s been on my bucket list for years now, this is going to be an insane trip! The Sweden Rock Festival is 4 days full of rock music with thousands of music fans there for one purpose, to rock their brains out to some of the best rock bands around. This years line up is sure to please all fans attending!
I am most excited to see Europe, but am also excited to see all the other bands they have in the line up, with the exception of Rush. I must shamefully admit, I do not like their music at all and change the station whenever they come on. To each their own, eh? The bands in the 2013 lineup come from all over the globe, so it’s not exclusively Swedish or Scandinavian bands. Check out the batshit crazy list of bands that will be performing for the 2013 festival below:
So how do you get your tickets for the Sweden Rock Festival? Easy, just click on the link to be taken to the Sweden Rock Festival website. They are currently selling 3 and 4 day tickets, but will be releasing a very limited number of 1 day tickets in mid January 2013 for anyone that just wants to go to 1 day of the festival, but like I said it will be very limited so they won’t last long. The 3 day pass will set you back 2290.00 Swedish krona (SEK) or for American readers, that’s about $351.00 USD. The 4 day pass will set you back 2490.00 SEK or $381.65 USD. Limited passes are already sold out so if you want to be sure you will be able to get a ticket, get your ticket sooner rather than later. If you are going to hold out for the 1 day tickets, you are taking your chances. So commit now and buy or you may miss out all together. Parking passes are also now on sale, they will set you back 200 or 400 SEK ($32 or $62 USD) depending on how close you want to park to the venue.
From everything I have found so far, there are not many hotels near this venue, just camping. Most people drive or take a bus then camp, take a bus to the site then back to their hotel or if they are staying much further away they rent a car and drive from their hotel to the festival. Here is the link telling you how to get to the festival site. Northeast of the festival site is Karlshamn 20km, southwest of the festival site is Sölvesborg 12km and then Malmö 140km. At the time of my blog posting the closest city I could find with hotel accommodations that were not completely sold out for the festival dates was Kristianstad which is 30km west of Sölvesborg. Camping may be the best option if you can swing it, otherwise you may end up only finding accommodations closer to Malmö, depending on when you start planning your trip.
Now, for flying to Sweden, it’s a bit tricky finding the right airport from what I have found so far. Here is what the Sweden Rock website recommends, “From Ronneby airport you take the shuttle bus to Karlskrona and there is a changeover for the train “Öresundståget” to Sölvesborg. From Sölvesborg you can take the festivalbus straight to the festival. From Kristianstad airport you take the bus to Kristianstad centralstation. From the central station by train to Sölvesborg and finally the shuttle bus to Norje. From each airport to the festival it’s 45 km to the festival area (one hour).” For those of us coming from international locations, the best bet is flying into Copenhagen, Malmö, Gothenburg or Stockholm and then get a flight into one of the smaller airports or rent a car and drive to the festival or catch one of the festival buses. If you opt for flying into a smaller airport, here is the contact information for Ronneby Airport: Blekingeflyg AB, Ronneby flygstation, Pl 2000, 372 92 Ronneby http://www.blekingeflyg.se E-post: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +46 457-62 99 99 or just follow this link Ronneby Airport. Here is the contact information for Kristianstad Airport AB, 297 92 Everöd, Tel: +46 (0)44 238800, Fax +46 (0)44 238871, email@example.com or just follow this link Kristianstad Airport. You can catch a flight on SAS to many locations in Sweden.
You can get easily fly from the USA to London Heathrow (LHR). London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (GTW) both have flights to Stockholm (ARN) and Gothenburg (GOT) via many airline carriers. If you are flying from Gatwick make sure your flight into London is to Gatwick airport, otherwise you will need to take the subway called the Underground or Tube from Heathrow Terminal via the Piccadilly line heading east then get off at the Green Park station and catch the Victoria Line southbound to Victoria Station and catch the Gatwick Express on to Gatwick Airport. It will cost you about £34 (that is British pounds) or $55 USD for a roundtrip fare and it takes roughly 45 minutes from Victoria Station to Gatwick airport. You can get snacks & beverages on the express and there are also toilets on the train. You can get from London Stansted (STN) to Malmo (MMX) via Ryanair. For those traveling from the USA your best bet is to fly into London (LHR) then on to Sweden (if desperate to get to the southern Sweden mostly by plane you can get a flight from London Heathrow with a connection from Gothenburg down to Copenhagen, DE (CPH) then drive east on the E20 into southern Sweden as Copenhagen is just a short distance to Malmö). Many international carriers fly into London (LHR) then make their connections onto Sweden so you can easily find a flight. It can be tricky to get to London Stansted, but it can be done, Ryanair always flies out of offbeat airports, this is how they keep their fares really low, they also limit baggage so verify if you decide to use them. If you fly from London Stansted you will want to catch the Stansted Express from the Liverpool Street station. It will set you back about £20 (British pounds) for a roundtrip ticket to and from the airport which is roughly $33 USD.
I do alot of travel so I am very comfortable figuring out my travel plans and never worry about finding a place to stay if I don’t have it locked in before my flight date. I usually just grab a map or my gps and hit the road, but that’s just me. Many people are not as travel fluent as I am or good with a map or talking with locals. If you are someone that does not travel often or is uncomfortable just winging it, definitely work with a travel agent to secure your flight, hotel, and ground travel. That way you won’t have to deal with any unexpected surprises.
If you still need more information you should speak to someone in a local tourist office. You can find a great list on the Sweden Rock website here Tourist Offices.
So then what’s next you ask? As always, check Europe’s website for future tour dates, news, new music and merchandise. As for other live music? Download Festival June 14-16, 2013 in the UK…. more to come on that in another post. If you can’t wait for that post look here for more information on Download Festival UK 2013.