Rock, jazz, classical, pop, world music, choirs, reggae. Whatever your taste in music, you’ll find that Uppsala has something for you. Easy to reach from Stockholm (only 38 minutes by train), the city no longer plays second fiddle to the capital. There is a vibrant music and cultural life. Lots of opportunities to enjoy concerts featuring both Swedish stars and international artists, not to mention stand-up comedy, theatre and dance.
What makes Uppsala so special? The secret of its success is two unique venues and a whole range of outdoor events during those long, Swedish summer nights.
Centrally located, near the station, the legendary jazz club, Katalin, has an almost mythical status among both artists and gig-goers, and specialises in blues, jazz and soul. An old style club, it can compete with the best in London, Paris or New York. Five minutes walk away is the new Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, a state-of-the-art modern cultural centre. Several concert halls, and a broad-ranging, cutting edge program features top international names in classical music, jazz, rock, world music and much else besides. Don’t miss the panoramic views of the city in all directions from the bar on the sixth floor. They are sensational.
Music festivals close to Stockholm and Arlanda Airport
In the summertime, there are also outdoor concerts at The Botanical Garden, Vaksala Square or Parksnäckan. Here you can enjoy fantastic artists such as Elton John and Mark Knopfler or the latest Swedish pop exports like Uppsala singer and songwriter, Veronica Maggio. Many festivals are also held throughout the year, such as the prestigious Uppsala International Guitar Festival. The world’s best guitarists gather here for concerts and workshops and the entire city comes alive with the sounds of guitar music floating in the air. The popular Uppsala Reggae Festival came back last year and it will be back even for summer 2018. Hot off the press! The brand new one day festival Queens of Pop will be premiere this summer. Dance in a park filled with roses to tones off artists like Zara Larsson, Molly Zandén, Icona Pop etc.
No question about it. If you are a music lover, you are in for a treat in Uppsala. Can’t get tickets for your favorite artists in Berlin, Los Angeles or Manchester etc? Why not come and see them here? Perfect for a weekend break or a stop off on your European vacation. You can plan your vacation and book tickets on line before you even leave home.
And it’s so easy to get to. It’s only 18 minutes by train from Arlanda Airport.