TB | AutoLounge event with Panetoz

 
I've gone back into my archive of photos and realized that I have so many photos that I yet have to share. One of the reasons the past couple of years, why I haven't published a lot of my photos has been technical issues and no equipment to work on. Now, I have better equipment for me to be able to work on my photography. Some people might think it's a bit late to post photographs from my archive but in my opinion the photos have their own charm and it would be a shame not to share. 
 
To begin my throwbacks from the past couple years, I will share my pictures from an event last year with Panetoz.
To make a long story short, I had met Panetoz during Melfest 2016 when I was doing press and two times after the contest. Earlier that week, I had seen them at Lotta på Liseberg and they told me that they were coming back later that same week. We kept in contact and I they invited me to see their set at a private event in Gothenburg. 
 
I didn't knew anything about the event except for where I was suppose to go. I was looking forward to meet the guys again and to see their show. 
Back then, I didn't really knew how to use my flash and was still struggling with my old camera which was having some technical issues. I did my best at photographing and made sure that I had enough pictures to be able to have at least some photos to use. 
 
Photographing Panetoz can be a bit tricky since they are very energetic, they are numerous people and are moving around all the time. But I love photographing them and the challenge that comes with it. The members of Panetoz are very charismatic and makes something different in your photos. 
The kid in the photo above and his siblings were so cute! They were loving the show and couldn't stay still or stop smiling during Panetoz's whole set. It was so much fun to see!
When doing some research to see what kinds of pictures there are of Panetoz, I realized that there are barely none of Conteh. Which I kept in mind when I was photographing because I wanted to try to get some photos of him as well. For those who are not familiar with Conteh, he is the DJ of Panetoz and are like the six member of the band. When Panetoz is out on tour, Conteh is most of the times with them being their DJ but also perfoming in their show.  
It's always a pleasure to see Panetoz perform, no matter how small or big the show is. They spread so much positivity, energy and happiness through their music and personalities that you can't get anything than happy by watching them. 
 
In their set, they were performing their song "Limbo". What would the perfomance be without an actual limbo dance? I don't think anyone was really prepared for this but it was so much fun seeing! The guys had been a bit unsure about doing it before since the crowd was a bit older but it turned out to be a hit! They made basically everyone dance limbo!
 
It was very tricky for me to photograph the festivities but Njol (I think) told me to go up on stage to get a better angle. It made me so happy seeing all the happy faces in the crowd and people clapping along. 
After the show, I hang out with the guys for a bit. It was nice getting to talk to them more since the previous times I had met them, we only had time to talk briefly. 
 
At one point they were being silly and wanted me to take some photos of them. Haha. I still don't understand this thing about Nebeyu doing some kind of deep pose/ watching into the lamp since it seems like a thing appears repeatly. xD
Njol was being all silly as he tend to be. He was making jokes at one point and did some "artistic poses". Haha
I know I've already said this to the guys before but I still want to end this post with saying thank you to Panetoz for having me, it's always a pleasure meeting you and seeing you perform. 
 
To you reading this, I hope you enjoyed this post despite being a very late upload and brief post.
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel

Backstage with De Vet Du

Quite a while ago, De Vet Du performed at Trädgårn in Gothenburg and I was there to photograph them. The reason why it took such a long time for me to publish this post, is because it took me so long time to edit these photos. Also because it has happened a lot since then, I haven't had the time to finish it earlier. Anyway, during Melfest I had already talked with them about their tour and had let them know that I was thinking about attending the show when they came to Gothenburg
 
It's always a struggle for me to get in to shows whether it's me having access or just tickets, it's always something that comes up. I was a bit worried about getting in the venue because of miscommunications which could have result in me getting kicked out. I made sure to be on set early if any complications appeared. I did had small issues to varify that I was allowed inside, but the guys helped me out and everything went well in the end. 
I was invited backstage and it was nice meeting the guys again. I hung out with them before the set and photographed some candid shots of them since I know they like those kind of photos. 
 
I didn't know what to really expect from the show or anything. I kinda knew that they would have a couple of friends backstage, but not as many as it was during the night. First it was just Rickard Engfors (who worked with them during Melfest) and I, but through out the night it came more and more people. There was no room for everyone to sit basically. And let me tell you this, I was the only girl there. Not the most comfortable situation, but I managed and they didn't made me feel like I didn't belong there. 
Right before the show, I decided to take a group photo of De Vet Du and Rickard since I knew things would be more hectic afterwards.
 
De Vet Du prepared the last things for their show while Rickard and I walked outside to get where we was suppose to be. This was my first time shooting at a clubgig and I have to admit, I was very nervous for it. I was really concerned about the lack of lighting inside the venue and the smoke that I knew was coming. I had to use my ISO at a very high number, which I think was at 3200 as the most which I hated. I couldn't do much about it since I wanted to make sure I had a high shutter speed to be able freeze their movements. 
The major issues I had was the lack of lighting and the colours. Since I don't have a lens cap the light hitted right in the lens several times which made lens flares in my pictures. My settings in the picture style that I usually use didn't work in this kind of enviroment which I only realized what to change after half of the show. 
 
Despite having technical issues, I did managed to capture some of the highlights during their performance. Even if the editing process took a long time, I could fortunate save some of the photos in the editing. 
Beforehand I had made research to see how De Vet Du's show are set up, to get a feeling of what I could expect and to be more prepared of what I could capture. Unfortunately, I didn't found a lot of videos of their shows which is a shame. There were not even a lot of photos, which is really bad. I don't see why not more photographers take photos of them since they are a lot of fun. And if you are going to be one of those photographers that only take photos of people to get you clicks, De Vet Du's fans are dedicated. If I could I would have photographed them at more times before, not for clicks but because you can get funny and good pictures of them. Also because I enjoyed seeing their show.
 
At one point during the show, Dj-Hunk stops the music and doesn't seems satisfied. In response, Johan says something like: "Oh, Dj-Hunk is not happy because we forgot to introduce him". Dj-Hunk gets intoduced to the audience and he walks from the Dj booth to recieve the audience cheer and flex his muscles in response. 
 
I think it's a great idea to give Dj-Hunk his own moment, to get him more into the light and give the audience a chance to see him more since he's always in the back, almost invisible. Also, it was great for me since it gave me another opportunity to get photos of Hunk which was something more than just him standing by the Dj booth. 
It was my first time to get to see De Vet Du perform outside of the Melfest bubble. The only time I've seen them before was at a day gig in one of the malls nearby, which honestly doesn't count. I loved seeing the show and to get a feeling how things are when they are out touring. It was nice to get to see what the actual response is from the crowd. I enjoyed getting to hear them perform all those well known songs such as "Fy Fan Va Stek", "Dansa Som Kungen" and "Fucka Ur".
 
I think there's small things in their show they could work on, to get it even better. Like having something more in between some of the songs, coordinate their movements on stage better so they are not so spread out on stage all the time and maybe have some kind of ending to it? It could be a small thing like just having all the members together at one spot and do some kind of thank you? Overall the show was great and funny. You get to see De Vet Du make jokes with each other, being all silly and you get a feeling of their different personalities. 
After the show, we went backstage a bit to get ready to go out in the club for the guys to meet their fans. We got escourted to a rope off space in the venue beside the bar. The square we had to move in, was super small. It was basically De Vet Du, the guys that were backstage and I in that small area which got even more crowed of people getting in. It got too much at one point and the security had to make the square bigger and bring some fences so people wouldn't get in as easy. It felt like the guys in De Vet Du kept an eye on me to make sure I was okay and didn't got pushed, which I really appreciated. Even some of the guys that were backstage earlier, was keeping an eye on me, helped me and made a way for me to get my photos. 
Despite the pushing it was fun seeing all the fans coming up to De Vet Du to get their photo taken. Some would think that one or two members would get more approached but I think it was equal between them.
 
When I'm at shows or signings, I'm used to see small fangirls approaching the artists and be fangirling a lot. But this time, I got to see people in my age or even older, fangirling over De Vet Du which was fun to see. A lot of the people tried to act cool and talk like if it wasn't a big deal for them, but as soon as one of the members in De Vet Du turned around to the next person, they would fangirl so hard! xD
 
It was one fan in particular which had "dressed up" as Dj-Hunk and wanted a picture with Hunk, he acted all cool and Johan even made a Snapchat video of him with Hunk. He didn't made a fuss, but as soon as they have walked away, he fangirled SO HARD. He basically disappeared behind the fence, crouch down and kind of couldn't believed what happened. Haha. It was so funny, loved it!
On the internet, I've seen a lot of people trying to figure out the mystery behind Dj-Hunk and it was so funny to see it in real life as well. I can't even remember how many times people tried to make Dj-Hunk talk to them, make him take off his glasses and just try to make him react. Haha. 
 
(Unfortunately, I didn't get any good pictures of Dj-Hunk while meeting fans since he was most of the times next to me so it was too close for me to get a decent angle.)
I had a lot of fun attending De Vet Du's show, to meet and to photograph them. I enjoyed seeing the chaos, the love and support they recieve from their fans. It was nice getting to see more of who they are. 
 
Here's a clip of snippets from the night if you want to see more of it. 
 
I want to end this post with saying thank you to Johan, Chris, Tor and Dj-Hunk for letting me to come. It was nice meeting you again and I hope you liked the pictures. I'm sure we will see each other soon enough. 
 
To everyone reading this: until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel

West Pride | Gothenburg

 
Every Pride week in Gothenburg, for a couple of years I've always missed out on the opportunity to attend West Pride. It's always something that comes up during that week, such as family matters, work, events or something else which had made me not been avalible that day. 
 
This year, was my first time to attend West Pride to photograph the festivity and I'm so happy that I was able to go. Carol joined me to attend the event and we had a blast! First thing that happened that day was the West Pride Parade. 
I didn't knew what to expect from the Parade. The only Pride parade I've experienced before was the one in London, which is much bigger than the ones in Sweden. Luckily, it was very nice weather during the most of the day. The only problem we had as photographers was that the light from the sun, which was very harsh. Harsh light is not the perfect light to photograph in. 
 
We tried to see where on the route in town which would be the best spot for us to photograph at. It was hard to pick which spot since there was no shadow and the sun was shining right on the people walking the parade. We managed to get a decent spot for us to take photos. 
It was so much fun seeing all the people that was there to see the parade and support the LGTB community in different ways. No matter what colour, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, economics, everyone deserves equal rights.  
When we first decided to attend West Pride, I had in mind that we only would take photographs of the parade since we have so much content already and need to not get too much content that only gets forgotten on the hard drive. But we didn't felt satisfied with the photos we had got of the parade so we decided to go to the event village to take part of the festivities there. 
 
There were different sponsors, help organizations and other brands that were there to inform of different important LGBTQ topics. There were also tents where you could make buttons, bracelets and other things in the rainbows colours. 
The main stage of the event where nearby as well and as we were walking around photographing there were different artists performing that evening. I wasn't thinking about photographing any concert photos but I couldn't help myself. I mean, I was on set so why not?
One of the performing acts were Oscar Zia. I have seen Oscar perform numerous times and this time I didn't do much effort in taking photos of him. It was tricky to shoot since there were so much smoke and I couldn't really get a good angle to get photos, so I just skipped it and only took some shots of him. 
I was not aware of who was going to perform but suddenly a guy entered the stage with lots of energy and charisma. You could tell that he was not a Swede through that. His name was Johnathan Celestine and he got our attention. I had never heard of Johnathan before but I was liking what I heard from stage and I had to capture his performance. 
 
The vibe on stage changed a lot compared to the other artists that were performing which was a positive thing. 
Johnathan came down to greet the people who was there to support him. I took the opportunity to say hi and let him know how much I liked his performance and his energy on stage. I didn't had in mind to take selfies with him since there was so much people everywhere. But as nice as Johnathan was, he asked me if I wanted a picture and I felt rude to say no so here's a picture of us with my phone. :P 
After Johnathan's performance, Carol and I decided to stick around to photograph a bit more around the audience and to capture the festivities. 
I had so much fun photographing West Pride and I loved seeing all the fun and happy people everywhere. I'm definitely going to try to attend the event next year. It seems like next year, Europride will be hosted in Sweden which I'm very curious to see how big the festivity will be. 
 
Big thank you to Carol for joining me to go to this event. It's always much more fun when you are with me!
I have more posts on it's way of other event's so stay tuned for more updates.
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel

Meeting Carol & Viktor Frisk @ Frölunda Torg

Meeting two people that I haven't met in a long time was so much fun! 
The plan for the day was to purchase a new camera bag in the photostore in Mölndal. Since I was nearby Frölunda I thought I could pay Carol a visit since it had been a while since we last met. Only a day or two before I was heading into town, I got to know that Viktor Frisk was going to have a signing in Frölunda Torg for his new book that got released in April.
 
The timing for everything was great, three birds with one stone!
Carol and I talk a lot on messages and call one another on the phone once in a while, but it was nice catching up with Carol in person. It's always a lot of fun with Carol, we always come up with things to talk about, things to photograph and just hang out. And of course we had to go for a fika and get some Boba to drink.
 
I don't think there's a time that Carol and I have met where we haven't photographed something. xD
After have been hanging out with Carol for a while, we decided to pop-in to Viktor's signing. 
 
To be honest, I didn't knew what to expect of the the signing at all. People are more used to see Samir & Viktor, being energetic and performing their fun songs. This time around there was no Samir around, it was only a signing with Viktor. 
Viktor's book is named "Min superkraft: så har jag lärt mig älska min struliga ADHD" (which means "My superpower: this is how I've learn to love my bothersome ADHD"). Which is about his experiences with his ADHD and how he suceed to turn the diagnos to his personal super power. 
 
The first thing that happened after taking a couple of pictures of the signing was that the security told me not to photograph the event, which made me very confused and shocked. Most because that he told that someone had said to him that people were not allowed to take pictures?
 
I was not happy about what I heard so I decided to ask the person working with Viktor about the rule to not take photos. She said that it had been a misunderstanding, that the rule was that fans were not allowed to get a video message for a friend since the limited of time Viktor had. She said I was more than happy to take photos, it was only a good thing for promotion and to have actual photos of his signing. 
 
The woman working with Viktor, her name was Sara and it was lovely to see how proud she was over Viktor. You could see her smiling and laughing when he interacted with his fans. She genuinely was happy for him which I was glad to see. x
It made me so happy to see all the people that came to see Viktor. Everyone was very excited to getting their photos taken with him, and the smallest kids were adorable! A lot of the kids were very shy to be meeting Viktor but he handle the situation very good.
 
I've been at many signings by now, I have seen many different artists and how they are like during them. The signings usually are very quick, the fans get their autograph, merch and sometimes a picture. Usually it's basically all the same, but during this signing it was a bit different. Viktor made everyone's moment with him something special. He was so sweet to everyone and really made everyone's moments with him something of their own. He made conversations, gave people compliments and even if the kids were shy, he made them lose up a bit, talked to them and try to get them to smile. 
I waited to approach him since I wanted the fans to get to meet him first and to not feel that I'm rushed when there's people in line after me. Once I came up to Viktor, it was all good.
(Backstory: Most of the times I've met Viktor has been with Jenevia, so I've most of the times talked to him in English.) He made sure I was the one that knew Swedish since he was a bit worried that he had to talk in English, since he was not prepare for that. I made sure to tell him that he has nothing to worry about and that his english is good. 
 
It was very nice to get the chance to talk more with Viktor when things are more calm and not having loads of people around us wanting his attention. We had a very nice chat talking about various things such as Melfest, his book, Samir & Viktor's latest single "Kung".
Meeting artists during Melfest together with Jenevia is one thing, but meeting them afterwards is different since I need to be talking more and make me visible for people to see me. It was great meeting Viktor again, to get a better view on things and feel that I've made a good impact for him to remember. I think it's a great thing that Viktor does, writing his book about his experiences in life with ADHD and to show people it's okay to have ADHD. To give tips and just talk openly about it. 
- I haven't had the time to read the whole book yet, but the things I've read so far has been very good. I recommend you to read it!
 
Hope to be able to see one of Samir & Viktor's shows during the summer, it's always such fun seeing them on stage doing their things and it's a pleasure meeting them, they are such sweethearts
 
Thank you Carol & Viktor for everything that day, it was great of fun to be meeting you again! x
To everyone else, thank you for tuning in and for being patient while waiting for new posts. More updates to come!
 
/Until next time, ingat!
Lizel

REDBULL PRESENTS: "NÄSTA NIVÅ"!

 
"Nästa Nivå" is a project where people from the Swedish hiphop industry search for new talents, which they coach and help to get to the next level. Some of the artists that have got together to find and help new talents are, Adam Tensta, Timbuktu, Medina, Silvana Imam and Ison & Fille. 
 
The project had a big concert during the festivity at "Göteborgs kulturkalas" where the new talents got the opportunity to show the audience what they have been working on through out their time at "Nästa Nivå". 
 
The host of the show was the famous rapper Adam Tensta. I have to admit, I enjoy listen to hiphop once in a while but it's not really the kind of music I usually would go to see a live show of.
Adam Tensta
Chapee 
KHAN-JI
Patrik Jean
The main reason why we decided to stick around was because of the fact that Sabina Ddumba was one of the coaches and was there to perform some of her own songs. I love Sabina's voice and her songs so it's always a pleasure to see her perform. As I've probably have said before, I'm really looking forward to hear more of her music soon!
For a while now, I have heard the artist name "Elliphant" a lot but I've never looked it up to know who it is or what kind of music she does. At "Nästa Nivå" for the first time, I got to see who Elliphant is. Right before she hitted the stage, it was all quite and once she appeared, it was like an energy boost! 
Her stage presence was different from the others and it was such a fun time to photograph her on stage! The music Elliphant does might not be my cup of tea but I loved seeing her live. She was moving a lot side from side, making eye contact and just put her all into the performance which I loved! 
Linda Pira, one of the most famous rapper in Sweden at the moment where there to perform as well. The sun had started to set and it got a bit harder to shoot the pictures because of less light. 
The time flied passed fast and we actually forgot to go to one of the other events we had planned to go, but we actually didn't mind much. Hiphop music might not be the music I usually listen to but I enjoyed seeing the show and Carol and I had so much fun to photograph it!
 
 

Sommartorsdagarna | Albin & Mattias featuring Niello

Every year since 27 years back, Borås city has organized the event "Sommartorsdagarna" at the town's square which is held every summer during seven weeks every Thursday. It's an event that invites the citizens of Borås and visitors to one of Sweden's biggest free event. During the event there is different kinds of entertainment. They have set up three stages: one for kids, one for those who like "Dansband" and the main stage.
 
In simply words, the set up is that the event begins around 5pm. Kids can get face painting, play around and then the first performance starts at 7pm which is the opening act. Later on, the music competition "Svensktoppen nästa" is held where the finale takes place in Gothenburg in September. One of the awards in the finale is a spot in Melodifestivalen next year. The headline starts at 9pm and almost the whole city gets together to see the show. 
This time around, Carol and I went to Borås to see Albin & Mattias. I have seen the duo before when I did press for Melodifestivalen but also at RIXFM Festival where they only peformed three songs. So I was very excited to finally see Albin and Mattias do a full show with their own live band!
 
Since I was working during the day, we went to Borås later on in the evening. We arrived to the town's square around 6-7pm. We decided to walk around to photograph some of the things that were going on. 
We found this adorable dog that we just had to photograh!
We sure got some weird looks while photographing in different angles. But what to do? We had to get our shots. ;)
When it was about an hour left, we decided to take our spots infront of the stage. We saw some of the contestants of "Svensktoppen Nästa" perform. From what I saw, there was no act that got me interested to hear more of. 
 
At 9pm, it was time for Albin & Mattias to hit the stage!
- They started off with the song "En Sista Gång"! 
 
Their set list contained songs from Albin's album "Dyra Tårar" which Mattias has been working on as well but also from their latest EP "Insomnia" where Mattias has co-written and are featuring on. 
 
Between the uptempo songs, they slowed down the tempo and sang "Frank", which is one of my favorite song by them. 
Albin & Mattias had a guest performer named Niello. The three lads sang their song "Backa" and Albin & Mattias backed Niello up when he sang his song "Legenden".  
 
As the old E.M.D. fan I am, I love seeing how much Mattias has grown since the band decided to split up.
 
I love how much more confident Mattias looks in what he does now and he seems to have found his element in his music. Despite how much I loved E.M.D. back in the days, I enjoy seeing Mattias and the other guys going solo more since the music they do now, feels more true to who they are now. 
One of the best things with the show and Albin & Mattias as a duo is their chemistry! You can tell how much fun they are having and how good of friends they are by seeing them on stage! 
I loved the show and I knew a lot more songs than I thought I would, which was a pleasent suprise! Carol was amazed over Mattias's vocals and enjoyed the show a lot!
As a lot of the times, after the concert, Albin & Mattias had a signing where they get to meet the fans who came to see their show.
 
The signing was not as organized as you wish it would have been. There were too many people in line to get to meet the guys before we had to go to the bus. So, we decided to stand by the side to photograph from there.
It was a bit funny how some of the smaller children came up to Niello and asked him: "Who are you? Are you famous?". xD
Niello didn't really mind and he played it off by making jokes about it, which was fun to see!
 
Before we took the bus home, I made sure to say hi to the guys before we left. I'm happy that it seems like I made a good impact during Melfest for them to remember me on a positive note. Unfortunately, I didn't got to talk with Mattias as much but at least I got to talk to Albin and say how much I enjoyed their show. 
If you want to see more pictures from the show and things around it, make sure to check out Carol's blog as well. As some of you know, Carol is a photographer as well and these days, she comes along with me too various events and some times we walk around the city to capture photographs together.
 
We might be photographing the same objects and people sometimes, but we see things differently and we have our own style in editing, so the result turns out different. I higly recommend you to keep beeing posted for other updates on Carol's blog, she also does some amazing illustrations and designs. We will continue to work together in the future and it won't be the last you see of her here on my blog and elsewhere!
To see Carol's photographs of "Sommartorsdagarna" click on this link: HERE! <--
OR click on the picture above! 
 
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Until next time, take care!

Sabina Ddumba | Liseberg 17/6

 
The concert summer in Sweden has already begun. The season usually starts in May and ends around late August or the beginning of September. This summer, the swedish popsoul artist Sabin Ddumba is on tour together with her live band around Sweden. Sabina is most known for her singles "Effortless" and "Not Too Young". 2015 she won a "Grammis" in the category "New coming artist of the Year". 
 
A couple weeks ago, Carol and I attended Sabin Ddumba's concert at Liseberg. It was our first concert for this summer and we were very excited to see the show and to photograph it. We came to the stage around one hour before it begun since I was working during the day. Despite being there much later than I'm used to, we ended up front row. 
The show started but three songs in, we were not happy about our spots because we felt were too close to the stage to be able to capture the photographs we wanted. So, we ended up leaving our spots to walk around the first part of the audience since there were space for us to move around to get different angles. 
Sabina Ddumba haven't yet released an album, only a few singles. I feel that doing a tour with only two songs that people know about can be a bit risky. In this case, it worked out well. Sabina played some of her new songs and despite that the audience hadn't heard them before they took it in and could feel the vibe. 
In the set list, Sabina had a medley which included a N'Sync's song and another one I can't remember the name of but it was really good! 
One of the things I liked about how the show was organized was the fact that the live band got their minute of shine where they got to show what they got. For example, the drummer did a drum-solo, the one playing the guitarr did a solo riff and each one of the background singers got to sing solo. 
After the show, I waited around to say hi to Sabina and tell her how much I liked the show, her story of her protective brother and that I'm looking forward to hear more of her songs. It was fun to see how she was joking around with the fans and made funny faces in her photos with fans.
Have you heard about Sabina Ddumba before? If so, what do you think of her songs? But if not, make sure to check out the music video I included on the top of this post! 
 

Meet & Greet - Marcus and Martinus at Hard Rock Café

 
Last week, I got invited to the meet and greet of Marcus and Martinus that took place at Hard Rock Café in Gothenburg last Sunday. Marcus and Martinus are a twin duo from Norway that release pop music. They are known for their participation in the norwegian music competition: "Melodi Grand Prix Junior" 2012 with their song "To dråper vann". Recently Marcus's and Martinus's fan base in Sweden has grown a lot and their single "Elektrisk" has become very popular in Norway but also among the young kids here in Sweden. 
 
Sony Music organised two meet and greets last week, one in Stockholm and one in Gothenburg. I got the opportunity to attend the event in Gothenburg and photograph everything that was going on during it. If I'm not mistaken, I think there were about 40 fans that won a contest to get tickets to attend the event. The audience were mostly kids from the age 5-15 years old with their parents or older siblings. I'm not used to attending a show with young fans like that, but it was fun being in a different enviroment for a change. 
After the preparations and the soundcheck it was time to let the winners of the meet and greet inside. You could feel the excitment in the air. While the fans were waiting for the event to start, they were singing along to the songs that were playing and some parents stood in line to buy some merchandise for their children. 
The event started off with Nina from Sony Music who welcomed everyone to the meet and greet. Marcus and Martinus hit the stage with their two backup dancers. They performed three or four songs (can't really remember how many), but the closing number was of course their single "Elektrisk".
Some times, I forget how tall Swedes actually are, despite that the fans were much younger than I am, a lot of them were taller than me. I had some problems taking pictures during the performance but I did the best of the situation and got some pretty decent pictures anyway.
After the performance it was time for a small Q&A with the boys before it was time for the fans to meet their idols. Everything was planned in a great way to make sure everyone got their time with Marcus and Martinus, to take a professional picture together, get their autograph and also a selfie if they wanted one.
 
I must say, Marcus and Martinus did a great job and they were very professional in their way to perform but also in the way they interacted with their fans. They were very sweet and made sure everyone got their photo taken and their merchandise signed. Also how they interacted were very genuine and they made jokes, hugged their fans tight and even carried some of the smallest children in their arms. It was very cute to see. 
 
The little girl in the photo below, was very cute. She had stood in line for a while to meet the boys. Once she got up on stage, one of the boys greeted her with such energy together with a hug, which I think took her by surprised. It made her start crying and wanted to be let go to walk over to her mum. She was a bit afraid and couldn't stop crying, so they had to walk off the stage without getting their photo taken. Poor girl. Hopefully they got their photo taken later on. 
These kind of events are one of the things I love to photograph and hopefully I will be able to do more of this kind of stuff in the future! To end this blog post I just want to say a big thank you to Nina from Sony Music for inviting me to the event, for having such positive energy and for believing in me as a photographer. I had so much fun attending the event and photographing during it! You all did a great job for organizing the event and as a fan of a lot of music, I know how much the fans appreciated being able to attend it! 
I'm sure we will hear a lot more from these boys, and I'm looking forward to see how far they will get since I can see there are some potential in them! 

Årets Göteborgare | Nordstan

 
Two weeks ago, "The Gothenburger of the year" got crowned.
It's a hounourble title you can get if you have done something special and praiseworth during the year that many have enjoyed and can feel proudness over. 
 
This year's, "The Gothenburger of The Year" is Miriam Bryant for her impact as a person and her music. I've been listening to her a bit on and off since her third single "Push Play" that got released in 2013, so it's cool to see that she's finally starting to get more credit for the artist she is!
 
 

6th July | Lotta på Liseberg: JTR & Kristin Amparo

 
During the day of Lotta på Liseberg, I didn't felt well at all. I tried to keep the spirit up, since I didn't wanted to disappoint Frida and leave her by her own. We got to see both the dress rehearsal, and the show at set. Even if I was not feeling it that day, we had a lot of fun! It had been a while since we had hang out. 
 
After a while in to the show, I had to leave our seats since I wasn't feeling well at all. I just had to go out of there to breath and get water. I've never left a show before it ends, and it felt so weird doing so! 
We enjoyed the last of the show from a distance. Couldn't get that good pictures, but I really liked Madcon which was there performing their hit "Don't worry". 
 
After the show, we went to meet our boys in JTR just to say hi since we didn't really got to talk with them when we met them briefly during the day. It's always such fun meeting them! I also got to meet Ninath for the first time, which was a very happy surprise! 
Kristin Amparo, was one of the acts this year I really wanted to meet and say hi to. She was as happy as you think she would be, such a nice person! Loved talking to her, and actually bring up diversity in the conversation. Kristin is such a talented person, and I look forward to see more of her in the future!
 

Lotta på Liseberg | Andreas Moe, Mariette and more!

"Lotta på Liseberg” has been and still is a tradition for my friends and I to attend during every summer. For those who don’t know, it’s a sing-along program, which is shown on television with different kind of artists as guests. 

The first program for this year started already in late June. The artists for the show were Mariette, Jon-Henrik Fjällgren, Brolle & Nanne Grönvall, Mia Skäringer and Andreas Moe. 

I attended the show with my friend Felicia that was mostly there for Mariette, while I was there to support Andreas Moe.

It was nice being back on set and be in the well-known atmosphere of Liseberg.
It’s so much fun to see how Andreas is growing as an artist in Sweden and finally getting to show his talent for the Swedish audience.
The show was cosy despite all the rain that day. We got to meet Mariette briefly together with our friends Felicia & Erica. They also took the opportunity to take a photo with Jon-Henrik when he came over, which was the most hilarious thing ever. Haha
We also got to meet Andreas for a chat. It was nice seeing him again. Felicia hadn’t met him before, so she thought it was fun meeting him as well. He told that he might get back to do another show this fall, which I hope I can attend!
 

JTR | Norlie & KKV | BLACK & WHITE

During the second day of the "Potatisfestivalen, Carol decided to come with me to see the guys in JTR. It was Carol's first time to take the train, and be in Alingsås that day, so she was quite excited to be there! 
 
For this blog post, my pictures are in black & white because I didn't really liked the colour of the stage lighting that day. Also because I wanted to try out something different.
 
This time the show with John, Tom and Robin was a full-set show during their summer tour, so it was a lot more than just the 3 songs they usually perform. Their set list contained basically all their songs from their album "Touchdown" following with their latest single "Center of Everywhere". I would lie, if I didn't told you that I basically knew all the lyrics to most of their songs. But what can I say? I like their kind of music!
I had a hard time capturing the guys on stage since it was raining a lot that day, but I think I managed to take some decent pictures after all. The black & white affect really made a huge different and made the pictures more eye catching, which I'm proud over to have learned during the process of the editing. 
During this concert, I tried to put down the camera more to enjoy the show fully since it's not often Swedish artists do these full-set shows. 
 
After the show, they held the regular signing which we of course attended to say hi to the guys. 
I must say, this picture of us four is the best one we have together! Thank you Carol for capturing it!
 
~ Behold! A picture of Carol! I absolutely love this photo, and the fact that she looks so happy in it!
 
When the signing was over, John, Tom & Robin was doing this slowmotion hug with Angelique which was very funny. Robin really went all in for it. Haha
 
Carol & I decided to stick around to see Norlie & KKV since we already were in Alingsås. But the rain was absolutely pouring down, and none of us had an umbrella or a cover for our cameras so there was almost no point at all to stay and try to take pictures. I did capture these two photos before we left, and you can literally see the rain drops in the second photo. 
 

"Potatisfestivalen": Andreas Weise

Every year, Alingsås is holding this city festival called "Potatisfestival" which contains a market, activities for children and concerts during a weekend. 
 
One of the days of the festival I went there to see Andreas Weise. I've seen Andreas a couple of times during the years since he was in Swedish Idol. This time it was a bit different, and more people have gotten into him since his participation in "Melodifestivalen" this year with his song "Bring Out The Fire". 
There was some technical problems during the gig, but as goofy as Andreas is, of course he took the opportunity to make some funny jokes for the audience. 
I love the energy Weise shows on stage! During the gig Andreas had an exclusive premier of his song "More" which I personally really like. It had never been played for an audience before, so it was cool being one of the first people hearing his new song. You should definitely check it out on Spotify, which you can do on this link:
Andreas was in a hurry to catch his train, but as nice as he is, he came out to the people for a quick picture and to say hi. :)

Måns Zelmerlöw: HeroesTour at Liseberg

Eurovision was held a couple of months ago, and I think no one has missed that Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden won the whole compitition. Soon after his victory in Eurovision, he went on tour not only in Sweden but around Europe.
 
I got the opportunity to see Måns at Liseberg earlier this summer during his tour.
I was very excited about seeing Måns since I had heard that his setlist didn't only contained his latest songs but also his older ones, such as "Cara Mia", "Brother oh Brother" and "Hope & Glory". Which I was very glad to hear!
 
But the song I was most excited to hear was "Hold On", which is my all time favorite song by Måns! 
I really enjoyed the concert, to singing along to the well known songs and just being able to see Måns performing a whole show since I've been waiting for a while to do so. 
 
It was interesting to see how some people acted like they were bigger fans of Måns than they were, since they clearly only knew the lyrics to "Heroes". 
Other than that, it's very nice to see that Måns is finally getting the recognition that he deservs!
 

Andreas Moe @ Pustervik!

Andreas Moe is a singer/songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden. You might have heard him singing on Avicii's song "Fade Into Darkness" or John De Sohn's song "Long Time". Or maybe you have heard Andreas's own songs "Collecting Sunlight", "This Year" or his more recent single "Ocean".
 
I discovered Andreas Moe back in 2011 when he was a guitarist for Ulrik Munther during his summertour that year. After been listening to Andreas's own songs and covers on Youtube, I've been around supporting him since then. I had been waiting for almost 4 years for the chance to see him live, so when I heard that he was coming to Pustervik I got very excited to finally be able to see him!
As I have written before, I love the small acoustic sets at concerts. It has a more personal vibe and you kinda get closer to the artist than these big shows with background dancers, lights and special affects. Don't get me wrong, I love the big shows as well!  
 
Hearing all of Andreas's songs, both new and old ones that I've been listening to during the years, live for the first time was so much fun! The songs kind of gets a bit more real that way. 
After the show, I got to meet Andreas for a chat and he was such a nice guy. He actually recognize me from social medias, and was happy to see me there. I'm glad that I finally got to see him perform live and being able to meet him properly. 
 
So I guess I just want to end this blog post with saying thank you to Andreas for such a great show, and for being such a nice guy! 
 

Ulrik Munther: Sockerbruket

 
Recently Ulrik Munther released his new album "All jag ville säga", which is made together with Jonas Gardell. In May, he did a free gig here in Gothenburg to promote his new album and give his fans an exclusive pre-hearing of it. Felicia, Frida, Carol and I decided to come around to hear his new stuff. 
Personally, I'm not a very big fan of songs with lyrics in Swedish. Some can be an exception depending on the artist and the music style she or he is playing. The only songs I can remember liking that Ulrik performed was "Jag vet inte hur man gör" and "Nån gång". 
 
I might take Felicia's advice to relisten to the rest of the album one day. 
One thing I noticed, was how well Ulrik took the audience in. To have these small talks between the songs, and just be more forward. I've seen him live a couple of times during the past years, and he has become much more confident than before which is very nice to see!
Other than that, the event was nice and calm. I really like the acoustic vibe. I think that the ones who organized the whole event didn't really expected it would be that much people that actually came, since the venue was a bit too small for the amount of people that showed up. The air was just so bad and you could hardly breath in there. Except for that, I just enjoyed hanging out with my friends again!
 

"Löparfestival"

 
"Löparfestivalen" was an event in Gothenburg during the marathon that took place at the same time. Carol and I decided to go to the city to see everything that was going on, and to take some photos.
 
 
"Löparfestival" was this smaller show with seven acts performing and entertaining the people who were at the set supporting the runners. First up was "Smith and Thell", which is a popduo containing Marie Jane Smith and Victor Thell. 
 
Next up, was Charlie Marshall. 
 
Then it was time for my boys in JTR to perform, which I was very happy to see again since it has been a while since last time I met them. They were as happy as always, making jokes and just being the nice people they are. 
- Also, it was fun to hear their new single "Centre of Everywhere" live for the first time. :)
 
After meeting JTR, I stood by and waited for Carol to arrive since she got a bit late because of problems with the traffic. As soon as Carol came, we got to see Alexie Divello ft Daniela perform. I've no idea who they were, but it was nice to see them and to take a couple of pictures. 
 
The main reason why we stayed by the stage was because I wanted to see Dinah Nah. She competed in Melodifestivalen earlier this year, and her song "Make Me (La La La)" was one of the songs I liked more compared to the others. Dinah Nah was absolutely fabulous with her pink hair. The audience was a bit boring, but I loved that Dinah just kept going, trying to make people pumped up and just giving her best.
 
Some of you might remember Mange Makers from their big hit "Fest hos Mange", which got released in 2011. I have not heard much about them lately, but apparently they released a new single called "Mange kommer hem till dig" recently. Personally, I'm not a very big fan of them. Their kind of music is not my cup of tea. 
 
The performances just kept going and since we already were around taking pictures, we decided to stay to see the popduo "Vita Bandet". I have never heard about them before, but I really liked their performance. Music with Swedish lyrics is not really my thing, but some times if they have a good vibe to it with a catchy melody it can be good. 
 
The day just turned out great, and I had fun. I really enjoy having Carol with me at shows like this. It's nice to have someone else photographing with me, who I can talk to and just have fun with. Also it had been a while since I last had someone going to a show with me, so I really appreciate this day. 
- Thank you Carol for going with me! x
 
P.S. If you want to see Carol's pictures from the day, you can go to her blog at: http://carolgabriel.blogg.se 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Cody Simpson

I have a confession to make. I've always had a soft spot for the australian artist Cody Simpson, so when I heard he was coming to Gothenburg for his European tour; I had to go!
 
The tour was a promotion for his upcoming album "FREE", which is his first independet album. "FREE" has a more acoustic sound to it than his previous songs he has released. I'm very excited to hear the full studio versions once they get released!
At almost every concerts, there's supporting acts. For Cody's show there was two supporting acts; Jackson Harris and
Ryan Beatty. I really enjoyed their set, specially Jackson's because of his feel good energy he had!
Once Cody came out on stage, everyone was just buzzing!
I don't get to see an acoustic set that often, so I really enjoyed it! It has such a different vibe than a fullband show, with dancers and everything. The smaller set is more tense, and upclose that you kinda get closer to the artist in a way. 
I loved hearing "New problems", "Flower" and "Home to Mama" which is some of his latest songs. Just too bad he didn't sang "Surfboard" since almost everyone was waiting to hear it. 
After the show I got to meet Jackson Harris, for just a bref minute or two. Since I still was very jetlagged from my trip to the Philippines, I wasn't able to stay longer to wait for Cody. Such a shame!
 

JTR twice in one week? Why?

 
So in one week, I got to see JTR two times. I wasn't planning to see them that second time but since Frida asked me, I couldn't say no cause she really wanted to go.
 
This time it was in Allum, and I REALLY dislike the lightning there. The pictures did not turn out well at all. I tried to edit the pictures in a more natural colour than the red light and to make them brighter. I kinda made the pictures decent in the end, and I learned a lot in the process. 
I don't really know what else to say about the gig, so I will just treat you with this cute picture of Tom. ^_^
 
 
 

JTR at Vimpeln!

 
A while ago, I met up Felicia in Alingsås to hang out for a bit and catch up with everything that is going on. The guys in JTR were going to perform at Vimpeln the same day so I thought I could introduce Felicia to the guys, since she hadn't met them before.
JTR was about to release their debut album that week, so this was kinda a promotion thing for the album. They were also recording an episode for a tv-show at set, which was fun to see. 
Other than that, the gig was as good as always! Felicia got very impressed of their harmony and one of their songs which I thought was very funny cause she can be a bit picky when it comes to artists. :P
Oh and as you can see, I took quite many pictures in different angles but that was cause I was testing my other lens which I usually doesn't use at concerts, just to see how it worked out. 
(In my defense why I didn't made a better "funny face", I WAS NOT PREPARED. Haha)