Home / Europe ends the Anniversary Festival when Gothenburg celebrates 400 years – also The Halo Effect is now ready for the festival
28 April 2023

Swedish rock legends Europe were one of Swedens most successful music exports in the 1980s and 90s and are still highly active internationally today. Last year they were out on an arena tour together with the bands Whitesnake and Foreigner. The year ended with sold-out concerts in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. As if this wasn’t enough, their iconic hit single and world breakthrough “The Final Countdown” passed one hundred million views on Youtube. 44 years after Europe was formed, Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Levén (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums) are a more dynamic and hard-working constellation than ever. On June 5, they round off Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival.

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The metal band The Halo Effect from Gothenburg will also perform during the festival on June 5.

Earlier on the same day, The Halo Effect, a Gothenburg band whose members also experienced extensive success outside Sweden’s borders, also played. Lead guitarists Niclas Engelin and Jesper Strömblad, singer and lyricist Mikael Stanne, bassist Peter Iwers and drummer Daniel Svensson have a past in style-forming Swedish metal bands such as In Flames and Dark Tranquility. On last year’s album “Days of the Lost”, The Halo Effect goes back to its roots while bringing the pioneering metal of that time into the present.

This also happens during Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival, 2–5 June

June 2 will be a day of humour with Claes Eriksson and Per Fritzell from Galenskaparna and After Shave, Dockhumor with Björn Carlberg and Petter Lennstrand and standup with Ina Lundström, Peter Apelgren, Niklas Andersson, Petrina Solange, Henrik Schyffert and Ann Westin.

Artists such as Estraden, Bongo Riot GBG, Hooja, Sigrid, Sarah Klang, Jackie Mere and Jens Lekman & Burnstein Orchestra will perform. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra has an opening concert with Timo Räisänen, Maia Hirasawa, Stefan Andersson, Ebbot Lundberg, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Vic Vem and Katarina Hemlin as guest artists.

There will be a Gala and Party performance with the Gothenburg opera with the royal couple in attendance, and Way Out West will take over the festival area on the evening of June 4 with artists such as First Aid Kit, Amason, Alex G and more.

The festival, which has free entry and is open to all ages, takes place on a 70,000 square meter large area in the centrally located Frihamnen. Three stages, an exciting range of food, activities and experiences on an area equivalent to eleven football pitches where the largest tent stage has room for an audience as large as Scandinavium.

Take part in the entire festival program here.

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