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Sweden Rock Festival is an annual rock/metal festival held in Sweden since 6 June 1992. While having a clear rock/metal focus, the festival is noted for its diversity across these genres, having featured southern rock bands such as Molly Hatchet to death metal legends like Obituary.

Sweden Rock Festival
Sweden Rock Festival 2008.jpg
Final evening of Sweden Rock 2008.
GenreHeavy metal/Hard rock/Blues-rock
DatesJune
Location(s)Norje (Sölvesborg), Sweden
Years active1992 – present
Websitewww.swedenrock.com

The first version of the festival was held in Olofström, with nine bands performing. The next five years, the festival was held in Karlshamn, but this was changed in 1998. Since then the festival has been held in Norje, outside Sölvesborg.

When the festival first began in 1992, it featured nine relatively unknown bands and it only lasted one day. The next year the festival was expanded to two days and more bands were added to the line-up. From 1993 to 2002 the festival would last two days; over those years it would also begin to feature bigger name acts. In 2000 the festival was expanded to three days but it returned to two days the following year.

From 2003 to 2006 the festival lasted three days and had by then featured some of the biggest acts in metal and rock. From 2007 the festival has been expanded to four days and will feature approximately 120 different bands/artists.

Some notable appearances in the past have been Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Uriah Heep, Europe, Deep Purple, Accept, Motörhead, Saxon, Nazareth, Poison, Status Quo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Scorpions, Porcupine Tree, Kamelot, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Testament, W.A.S.P, ZZ Top, The Orchestra, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, and Guns N' Roses.

The festival has also worked as a comeback scene for bands like Triumph and Thundersteel line-up Riot.

Bachman & Turner started their world reunion tour here in June 2010. In 2013 both Rush and Kiss together with Europe were headliners for the festival.

2020 lineupEdit

3-6 June, Norje Havsbad

2019 lineupEdit

5–8 June, Norje Havsbad [1]

2018 lineupEdit

2017 lineupEdit

2016 lineupEdit

8–11 June, Norje Havsbad

2015 line-upEdit

2014 line-upEdit

2013 line-upEdit

2012 line-upEdit

2011 line-upEdit

2010 line-upEdit

2009 line-upEdit

2008 line-upEdit

2007 line-upEdit

2006 line-upEdit

2005 line-upEdit

2004 line-upEdit

2003 line-upEdit

2002 line-upEdit

7–8 June, Norje Havsbad

2001 line-upEdit

2000 line-upEdit

1999 line-upEdit

1998 line-upEdit

1997 line-upEdit

13–14 June, Karlshamn

1996 line-upEdit

14–15 June, Karlshamn

1995 line-upEdit

16–17 June, Karlshamn

1994 line-upEdit

10–11 June, Karlshamn

1993 line-upEdit

11–12 June, Karlshamn

1992 line-upEdit

6 June, Olofström

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Artister 2019" Sweden Rock, Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  2. ^ "Annihilator ställer in, Unleashed ersätter!" Sweden Rock, May 27, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  3. ^ "Behemoth ställer in – fast på flygplats", SVT Nyheter, June 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  4. ^ "Myrath spelar igen", Sweden Rock, June 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-09.

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