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Sun and mud at Arvika festival

You know it’s summer when you arrive at Arvikafestivalen, the premier choice for great music. The tropical heat and sun scorched my pale skin while making the black clothes quite hot, and just like last year there were moments of thunder rain inferno.

Last year I wore a NIN t-shirt at the festival. A pretty girl came up to me and said she would love to see NIN at Arvika, but we both admitted that it was just a dream.

Now that dream has become reality. Trent Reznor Almighty descended to the deep forests of Värmland and I’m sure that girl was somewhere in the large audience. Even though I think the Stockholm gig in 2007 was better, there is something special about an outdoor experience.

I also enjoyed Depeche Mode, DAF, Röyksopp, Thåström and many more. Since it’s a festival there are lots of artists on the grounds which provides for unexpected guest appearances. I liked that Robyn, Karin Dreijer and Anneli Drecker showed up at the Röyksopp gig, and the Thåström song where Anna Ternheim surprisingly appeared on stage.

Arvikafestivalen camping area Empire of dirt.

All in all, Arvika was great as usual. I met a lot of friends and all the usual suspects were there, including the beer-snatching pig of last years fame. Scorching heat combined with a few scattered thunder showers. I even found a place which sold decent macchiatos!

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