Sweden Rock Festival

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Sweden Rock Festival
Sweden Rock Festival 2008.jpg
Final evening of Sweden Rock 2008.
Genre Heavy metal/Hard rock/Blues-rock
Dates June
Location(s) Norje (Sölvesborg), Sweden
Years active 1992 – present
Website
www.swedenrock.com

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.

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, 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 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.

2014 line-up[edit]

4–7 June, Norje Havsbad

2013 line-up[edit]

5–8 June, Norje Havsbad

2012 line-up[edit]

8–11 June, Norje Havsbad

2011 line-up[edit]

8–11 June, Norje Havsbad

2010 line-up[edit]

9–12 June, Norje Havsbad

2009 line-up[edit]

3–6 June, Norje Havsbad

2008 line-up[edit]

4–7 June, Norje Havsbad

2007 line-up[edit]

2006 line-up[edit]

2005 line-up[edit]

2004 line-up[edit]

2003 line-up[edit]

2002 line-up[edit]

2001 line-up[edit]

2000 line-up[edit]

1999 line-up[edit]

1998 line-up[edit]

1997 line-up[edit]

1996 line-up[edit]

1995 line-up[edit]

1994 line-up[edit]

1993 line-up[edit]

1992 line-up[edit]

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