Lizel Strömberg

Molly Sandén | Större Tour
Molly Sandén has been around for quite a while now. Personally, I have never been a hardcore fan but I've enjoyed some of her releases and seen her live multiple times because one of my friends has been a very huge fan of Molly's music. 
In consideration that Molly has released her new album "Större". I decided that I would give Molly a new chance and attended one of her concerts at her summer tour. I also wanted to make this post and picture montage for the followers I have that likes Molly and her music. 
I don't need to do further introduction of Molly, if you follow the Swedish pop industry you know she has been participated in Melfest three times by now, she has been releasing music throughout these past few years and done a lot of charity work as well. Earlier this year, she released her most personal album "Större" which is in Swedish. 
As I wrote before, I've seen Molly multiply times over these past 8 years but this time around, was my first time seeing her in a full concert. I was very curious how her set would look like and which of her songs she would perform. I only breifly listened through her album "Större" before the concert, just to have some kind of sense of what songs she might have on her set list. In my disappointment as someone that is more known to Molly's previous songs, she didn't perform any of her older stuff. But take the consideration that the tour is more for a promotion to her new album, I think it was good that she perform most of the song from the albm to lift them up and give them a chance to be shown for the audience. 
Molly Sandén's recent releases have been playing a lot on the radio and even if her music isn't what you usually listen to, you still can know the words to it since you probably have heard it somewhere. 
As I've seen Molly multiple times before, it was very nice to see how much she has improved on her stage performance. You can tell how much more confident she is in herself and what she brings on stage. It was very nice to see that she's more relaxed, that she moves a lot more on stage, dances and joining her band behind her to have fun with them too.  
 
I've included some of the songs that I hear the most of Molly's songs in this post to those who still haven't heard them yet.  
 
I really liked the fact that Molly and her whole band went infront of the audience to give them a thank you all together. It's always nice to see everyone that is on stage that are playing behind the main artists, to get a glimpse of who they are. 
If you want to try to catch Molly during her summer tour, here's a list of some of the announced dates. You can check them out and find some information on Livenation's website. 
 
That was it for this time, I hope you enjoyed my post about seeing Molly Sandén in concert and seeing my photographs of her.
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
 

Chaos before De Vet Du's show
 
Every time I'm attending one of De Vet Du's shows there seems to always appear some kind of obstacle. This time, was not an exception. In this post I will share photographs from their show at Liseberg and my experiences by being there. 
I arrived at Liseberg right before 5pm before Joakim Lundell were supposed to had perform. As soon as I were on set, I could feel the intense vibe around the backstage area. The thing that had happened was that the light rig had broke and the staff couldn't bring it up by the roof again after have fixed a light. There were a lot of people runing around, trying to fix the problem and make sure that the show could continue. It was an unfortunate situation and I felt sorry for the Liseberg staff, they did what they could. After have been trying to fix it for almost an hour, someone told the audience that Joakim's set was cancelled. I felt so bad for the people that had been waiting for such a long time to see him. There were discussions about how De Vet Du's show would be, but the guys decided to do the best of the situation and to do their set as promised. 
When I first arrived, the security on set was very confused over seeing me backstage as a photographer since the previous nights I was accreditated as press. I guess the fact that I don't look as the usual photographer either, made them a bit more unsure. Some security were even double checking my pass two or three times to make sure I was allowed backstage. Like for real? If I already were inside, then someone obviously have let me in earlier? 🤷🏽‍♀️
I hadn't truly realized what the light rig problem would affect me until I started to photograph. There was absolutely no light from stage to give me something more to work with, there was only very harsh sunlight direct on the guys. It was a nightmare to photograph. I had to rethink how to set my camera and how to work my angles since I couldn't be doing what I usually do. 
For the first time, I was actually really glad that De Vet Du had a lot of smoke on stage because that was basically the only factor which made the photos a little bit more interesting since there was no stage light. 
At the previous gigs, I usually are alone taking footage of the show if you count out the photographers that are only there for the 3 first songs. This time it was different, there were 3 videographer on set filming De Vet Du's show. It was nice seeing other creative people work as well on set even if that made it a bit difficult for me to shoot my photographs. 
De Vet Du had something special planned for this show, Tor was going to do his first ever singing performance for a live audience. People have been requesting it for a while and it was now happening. You can think whatever you like about Tor's vocals but he's a performer for sure. I think he did a great job and it seemed like the audience enjoy his performance of "Hon Vill Inte Ha Mig". 
The guys are very into their performance and are not always aware, where I am by the stage to look into the camera since I'm always running around getting different angles. But this time I managed capture Chris.
When I heard that De Vet Du was going to have a signing, I got very excited because I think it's a lot fun seeing the fans getting to meet the artists that they like. I have been waiting for this for a while since I knew it would be a lot fun to see how people interact with De Vet Du, specially with DJ-Hunk because of the mystery about him. 
People didn't had to buy any merch to get the opportunity to meet the De Vet Du, but if they wanted the guys had their merchandise stand all set with T-shirt, hoodies, caps and other kinds of merch. I briefly got to meet one of Tor's brothers which was nice.
It was fun watching the guys meeting their fans and to see all the happy faces. There were kids who were very shy when they got up to De Vet Du, and some of them had these big eyes when they saw DJ-Hunk. One little boy had seen his dad been saying something to DJ-Hunk and when they left the signing, the little boy asked his dad with the biggest adminiration in his eyes: "CAN DJ-HUNK SPEAK?". It was so cute!
Very satisfied guys which was very happy with the food they were given after the signing. 
(Remind me to not stand in front of Johan, Chris or a black background next time I'm taking photos with them. It makes me look bald, because my hair blends in. 😅 Happens everytime! 🙄)
Before I went home, I made sure to thank the guys for letting me come and to say bye. It's always a learning experience to attend their shows, it's a lot fun and I get to really push myself when it comes to my photography. It's nice to look back on my photos from their shows and to see that I've been able to capture different kinds of photos each time. Anyway, if you get the opportunity to see one of their shows, you should definitely go!
 
It was it for this time, I hope you enjoyed my stories and photographs from another De Vet Du show!
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel
Darin's summer tour is here!
Darin has been around for about 13 years now as an artist and he's still consisted! I've been following Darin ever since he made his debut in Swedish Idol. He has done tons of work and has been always releasing quality content, year after year. He recently ended his venue tour this spring and started with his new summer tour!
I attended his show at Liseberg last week where I also was accreditated as a photographer. I was very excited to finally getting the opportunity to photograph one of his shows more professionally than I've done before. 
Something that I really liked about the show was that Darin had a live band with him which made the music feel more real. I'm such a sucker for live instruments and I really appreciate when I get to hear music played with real instruments. Believe it or not, he even had people playing the violin! 
I love the variation of both old and new songs in the setlist. Having a mix of the songs made it easier for fans from back in the days and the more newer fans get the opportunity to connect to the different music areas. 
I was SUPER excited to be hearing both "Money for nothing" and "Step Up" live as those songs are personally some of my favorite bops of all time! Those songs have grown old very well and people still know the lyrics to them. 
One memorable thing that I saw in the audience during the show was that there was a group of girls in their 20's having a great time singing along to every song. At one point, they realized there was an older woman (maybe in her 40's) dancing and singing along to all the lyrics of Darin's songs by herself. The girls decided to ask the woman to join them and continue the concert with them which she happily said yes to. It was very nice seeing how different generations could connect through music like that. 
The overall impression of Darin is that he's such a pro, he knows how to take in the audience and puts on a great show. It's a lot of fun to have followed his career from the different parts of his music, and to see how much he has grown as an artist. His image, music and personality really reach out to a bigger range of audience compared to his earlier releases. Don't get me wrong, I really love his first albums such as "Darin", Flashback" and "Exit" but his music in Swedish which has a more folksy vibe is very good as well. Sometimes when artists make this change in their music, not everyone will like it but I think majority of the people like what Darin has done which is impressive from Darin and his team. 
If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of Darin's shows, I highly recommend it. If you like his music or just the type of music he does, you won't be disappointed. 
This was it for me, I hope you liked this post and enjoyed reading my thoughts about seeing Darin in concert. Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel