Their occult but highly accessible hard rock and strong image have quickly made Ghost one of the biggest bands in Sweden at the moment. At the time of their last Sweden Rock Festival visit, their career was in its infancy. Now they return to perform at a substantially bigger stage – and at night, naturally!
Funk rockers Extreme were among the biggest bands in the world in the early 90’s. The group disbanded in 1996 after having sold more than 10 million albums, but since a few years, ace guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, singer Gary Cherone (ex-Van Halen) and bassist Pat Badger are back together and now they are coming to the Sweden Rock Festival for the first time ever!
Speaking of extreme: if you are into the more brutal side of metal, you may be pleased to learn of the addition of the Polish death-/black metallers Behemoth, the American metalcore veterans Hatebreed and All That Remains and Swedish black metal legends Marduk to the line-up.
Former Marillion frontman Fish is returning to Sweden Rock to perform the “Misplaced Childhood” album in its entirety. Others making return visits are party rock’n’roll master Michael Monroe, melodic metal act Alestorm, the 4Sound promoted guitar competition Playalong Guitar Battle and the star-spangled Rockklassiker All-Stars. In contrast, the following acts are making their first ever appearances at the Sweden Rock Festival this summer: the classic, Swedish hard rock act Jerusalem, the goth vocalist trio The Sirens and cult heavy metal band Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper.
With that, all 90 acts for this year’s festival have been announced! More thorough presentations of all artists can be found at www.swedenrock.com.
We expect to also be able to announce the running order shortly.