Another great time at probably the greatest of it’s kind in the world, Sweden Rock Festival 2016 has drawn to a close. Quite a bit has changed for Decibel Geek‘s Rich “The Meister” Dillon and his excursions to here, totally alone and a bit scared his first year. Consequently, Sweden Rock Festival 2016, Meister‘s fourth time, saw many friends from around the World (Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., Brasil, Canada) attending the event. In addition were fellow Decibel Geeks Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and Shawn “Animalize” Irwin in his first foray to the event. As a result, with three hard rock and heavy metal lovers on the scene, Decibel Geek‘s coverage of Sweden Rock Festival 2016 could well be our most extensive to date.
25th ANNIVERSARY OF SWEDEN ROCK
Furthermore, this 2016 edition of the event marked it’s 25 Anniversary. Expanding over the years from a single day to the massive four-day extravaganza that we experience currently. Consequently, the festival has changed names and moved locations throughout its tenure. Inside the Rockklassiker tent this year, along one wall featured the poster banners of each and every year’s lineup. It was definitely interesting looking at the different bands that have been a part of this throughout the years. Not too bad considering the organiser was told that “it won’t work. The bands and the fans are too old” before the inaugural year! That was a little tidbit of information gleaned from watching a short video after Twisted Sister‘s headline set on Friday, June 10.
THE DECIBEL GEEK COVERAGE
In addition to our written articles, Shawn was equipped with his camera and will be releasing photo galleries (after he returns from his Scandinavian cruise that left the day following Sweden Rock). Be sure to keep an eye on the Decibel Geek YouTube channel for live concert videos and interviews with bands such as symphonic metal act Eleine, melodic rockers 220 Volt and the mighty Sabaton. In addition, some of the forthcoming Spotlight reviews will concern festival headliners Sabaton and Twisted Sister along with Dirkschneider, Avantasia, King Kobra, Demon and lesser known acts Niterain and Eleine. Check back to this page weekly as we continue to add coverage over the next little while.
Overall, jam-packed with memorable lifetime experiences, Sweden Rock Festival delivered a successful event in 2016. Aside from the live acts, there was quality time with friends new and old. Advance listening to the forthcoming Sabaton album The Last Stand. But most of all, meeting some awesome musicians like members of Eleine, Niterain, 220 Volt and Sabaton!
Thank you, Sweden Rock Festival for making dreams come true! See you next year, if you’ll have me back ;)!
PHOTO GALLERIES BY: SHAWN “Animalize” IRWIN