Progressive Umeå: The Music

UmeaOpen_Fotograf-AndreasNilsson_390x390They cross musical genres, are media savvy and emerged from a Do-It-Yourself culture. Join us on a fascinating journey through the artists, musical styles, venues and creativity of Umeå. Find out what drives them and what environment shaped them. How a city gains an identity and an atmosphere thanks to genre-busting artists. It’s about more than music.


Umeå is one of Sweden’s strongest musical cities, and has a wide and varied music scene. Umeå School of Music offers musical education to over 2,000 students each year, and Umeå’s schools have well-developed music courses offered as part of their regular teaching. This lays a solid foundation for musical understanding among Umeå’s young people. Together with Umeå’s pronounced do–it-yourself mentality, this explains why Umeå has become such a successful music city.

The city has delivered international greatness such as Refused and Meshuggah, with nationally recognized artists like Lisa Miskovsky, Deportees, Tove Styrke, Annika Norlin and Frida Selander. Furthermore, Sweden’s northernmost opera house is located in Umeå, and there are also many choirs, of which the most successful is the Chamber Choir Singing Force, which has received several international awards. Moreover, one of the largest companies in digital drum sounds, Toontrack, is from Umeå and has its headquarters in the city. Toontrack was very early in realizing the potential of the digital revolution, which again demonstrates the progressive nature of Umeå.

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Photo by: Andreas Nilsson