Do you hear the distant sound of schlager? We do and we are super excited. That’s because today some of Sweden’s most beloved Eurovision and Melodifestivalen stars begin their two-month tour across more than 20 cities in Sweden as part of this year’s Diggiloo tour. Staged since 2003, it’s an outdoor summertime show where fab Swedish artists perform songs with a live band. This year’s edition includes superstars like Helena Paparizou, Charlotte Perrelli, Jessica Andersson, Martin Stenmarck, Magnus Carlsson and Andreas Johnson. It all comes to an end on August 15 in Stockholm.
Expect mind-blowing collaborations that take you from Europe to America, and from the 1970s to today. ABBA, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars — your Melfest stars are gonna cover it all. At times it comes off as a little dated and hokey — but that’s part of the fun!
Diggiloo tour 2015: FULL LINE-UP
HELENA SHOWS THE GIRLS ATHENS
The show has been a long time coming. During the Easter holidays Charlotte Perrelli, Martin Stenmarck, Mollie Linden and Hanna Hedlund paid a visit to Helena Paparizou in Athens. There, the Eurovision 2005 winner guided the Swedish artists through the busy streets of Monastiraki, Thissio, Plaka and Pireaus. They had also some Greek wine, and learned about traditional music. Naturally we are now dreaming of an all-star collaboration — and with a bouzouki!
The stars have been having a lot of fun. Here’s Charlotte with Jessica (and a lot of flowers):
And here’s Magnus giving us a bit of stretch…
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