Sweden Rock Festival

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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
Websiteswedenrock.com

The 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, from southern rock bands such as Molly Hatchet to death metal legends like Obituary.

The first version of the festival, known as Sommarfestivalen i Olofström, was held in Olofström in 1992. In 1993 the festival moved to Karlshamn, and changed its name to Karlshamn Rock Festival. In 1998, the festival moved to Norje, although the name Karlshamn Rock Festival was kept. In 1999 the name was changed to the Sweden Rock Festival.

When the festival 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, Slayer 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.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the festival to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

2023 lineup[edit]

7–10 June, Norje Havsbad

2022 lineup[edit]

8–11 June, Norje Havsbad
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Was not confirmed for SRF 2021

2021 lineup[edit]

9–12 June, Norje Havsbad (Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Was not confirmed for SRF 2020
  2. ^ a b c d e f Was not re-confirmed for SRF 2022

2020 lineup[edit]

3–6 June, Norje Havsbad (Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  1. ^ a b c d e Was not re-confirmed for SRF 2021

2019 lineup[edit]

5–8 June, Norje Havsbad [1]

2018 lineup[edit]

6–9 June, Norje Havsbad

2017 lineup[edit]

7–10 June, Norje Havsbad

2016 lineup[edit]

8–11 June, Norje Havsbad

2015 line-up[edit]

3–6 June, Norje Havsbad

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]

6–9 June, Norje Havsbad

2006 line-up[edit]

8–10 June, Norje Havsbad

2005 line-up[edit]

9–11 June, Norje Havsbad

2004 line-up[edit]

10–12 June, Norje Havsbad

2003 line-up[edit]

6–8 June, Norje Havsbad

2002 line-up[edit]

7–8 June, Norje Havsbad

2001 line-up[edit]

8–9 June, Norje Havsbad

2000 line-up[edit]

9–11 June, Norje Havsbad

1999 line-up[edit]

11–12 June, Norje Havsbad

1998 line-up[edit]

5–6 June, Norje Havsbad

1997 line-up[edit]

13–14 June, Karlshamn

1996 line-up[edit]

14–15 June, Karlshamn

1995 line-up[edit]

16–17 June, Karlshamn

1994 line-up[edit]

10–11 June, Karlshamn

1993 line-up[edit]

11–12 June, Karlshamn

1992 line-up[edit]

6 June, Olofström

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artister 2019" Sweden Rock, Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Annihilator ställer in, Unleashed ersätter!" Sweden Rock, 27 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Behemoth ställer in – fast på flygplats", SVT Nyheter, 8 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Myrath spelar igen", Sweden Rock, 8 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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