Battle of the Bands Kaknästornet

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Who will come out on top?

When you get to the 30th floor of Kaknästornet you’re often greeted with a calm atmosphere, smooth jazz playing through the sound system and a variety of artwork (unless you’re there on a weekend then you have the chance of being overrun by excited kids). You wouldn’t think that in such a small space, live music would be an option – well, it has been and it will be.

In the past we’ve hosted many events, parties and even the occasional wedding ceremony. We’ve even snuck in a few bands every now and then for these parties. Last year, when we had our very own 50th birthday, we had a live band playing up stairs as well as a guitar duo playing downstairs.

For a while now we’ve been talking about trying to get live music here more regularly. We believe it’s a unique venue for musicians and their groupies to play at – which is why we’re doing our first (of hopefully many) Battle of the Bands contests.

We’ve gotten a few sponsors and set the cash prizes at 7000:- and 3000:- for first and second place respectively. There’s no specific type of act that we’re looking for so come one, come all. We’ll provide the equipment but if you’re dead-set on playing on your B.C Rich guitar then you’re more than welcome to bring it along. We’re looking to start on May 11th with the final being June 16th. The format will see a total of 16 bands total – four bands on Fridays, four bands on Saturdays with the best two from each night advancing to the next round.

The rules are pretty straight forward:

  • Free entry but you have to submit your band to be considered before April 2nd to
  • 16 bands total, four bands play each Friday and Saturday starting 8 PM. Bands advance through rounds each week. The final will be held on June 16th.
  • Any genre of music is accepted. Don’t worry if you’re a rock band, a Capella or even a singer/songwriter.
  • No need for equipment.
  • 30 minutes per band. Use this time to setup AND play.

Here is the link to the Facebook event! Watch this space for more info!

If you’re too lazy to read through all this text you can watch a quick clip where we explain what’s going on and how it’ll go down for Battle of the Bands Kaknästornet!


Battle of the Bands Kaknästornet! We've got several submissions but we want more! Send us links to whatever music you have if you want to stand a chance to win cash prizes and be crowned the champs of BoBK 2018! your submissions to

Publicerat av Kaknästornet den 9 mars 2018

Artist of the Month – Emelie Markgren

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Stockholm Landscapes  that can be seen from the Tower

After growing up in Hälsingland and working in Stockholm, Emelie Markgren is now studying Fine Arts at the Royal Institute for Art in Stockholm. She does performances, choreography, painting and sculptures. She uses her landscapes for inspiration to practice her more experimental work. Emelie’s artistic practice is about exploring contemporary, everyday rituals.

“By examining and abstracting processes, movements in space, events and human activities, I am testing to find my own artistic practice, hoping to eventually add something to the art world”

Here is the link to her blog!

Pictures by Torbjörn Ingvarsson

When did you know you wanted to become an artist?

Already when I was in kindergarten I dreamed of being an artist. Already since then it was decided that was what I wanted to do and to direct my life towards.

How did you develop your style as an artist?

My style has developed from landscapes to abstract to something completely different. Landscape art is something that has helped me discover the different world of images. My other (contemporary) work is influenced by certain social phenomena which i’m interested in. Through the years I’ve practiced and worked with different style and now my nisch is what it is today.

What is art and why is it important to you?

I believe art is important because it gets us thinking outside of the box. Art can shed light on unknown problems or philosophical ideas and can expand people’s views on their surroundings and themselves. Art goes in the mix of society and helps create new ideas which help with societal development both locally and globally. Art is the key to the future.

Are there any artists who inspire you?

I try to avoid being inspired or influenced by other artists but all artists and artistic movements I have seen through my life have ofcourse affected what I do. One specific artist who has inspired me a lot is Mika Rottenberg because she is a brave artist who does exactly as she likes and works without restrictions of the norms and ideals of today. I like the way she works and she makes really interesting productions.

Have you ever done anything political or influenced by social injustices/questions?

Yes, everything you do in art is one way or another political once you connect it to society. I usually don’t work with political issues but a while ago me and my art colleague, Nora Boestad did a performance together where we painted mascara on each other but not on the eye lashes – more our faces, the air and the floors. This was a statement against the beauty industry and the fixation for superficial beauty.


Artist of the Month – Emma Vo

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Emma Vo is painting a new path to success with her vibrant, colorful and abstract works of art. Following a long line of artists in her family Emma has replaced her camera and photography sessions with canvas and furniture paint to create “fluid paintings”. She began her creative career back in highschool where she studied photography, but after living abroad for several years in London and Spain, her life did a 180 and she found herself back in Sweden. This is when she decided being behind the lens wasn’t her thing anymore and decided to paint instead. Now, three years later, she is creating fluid art in her kitchen while working part-time at a photo and framing shop. Here are some links to her Facebook, Instagram and website.

How did you develop your style as an artist?

I wanted to be a photographer at first, so I studied photography in high school and in London. I started with landscape photography and then I moved on to a bit of fashion, a lot of music and live bands and stuff. But when I studied in London I ended up doing more abstract art photography. I began to manipulate images of the body in Photoshop and stuff like that. That was probably when the obsession for the abstract formed.


Can you tell us a little bit more about this style of art?

This is called fluid painting. It’s not a very common form of art here in Sweden, I actually haven’t met that many who do it here. I think it’s more common in Australia and America. Personally I use enamel furniture paint, it’s the easiest to get here in Sweden, but basically you just pour the paint and mix them together on the canvas. It sounds easy but it’s not!


What is art to you and how is it important to you?

It started as a sort of selfish thing for me, just releasing emotions. Now, I want to create emotion for people. I really like it when people look at my art and feel something, or when they find certain things in my work, such as faces, animals etc. It’s not me trying to send a message, or be political or anything like that. I do put a lot of emotion in to my art and I know what and how I felt when I painted the piece, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same for someone else.


Are there any artists out there who inspire you?

Yeah well with photography it was a photographer called Guy Bourdin. He takes really cool fashion-art photographs using a lot of weird angles with legs and the body. I think that’s how I really starting getting obsessed with the abstract. When it comes to my paintings I look at a few people on Instagram every now and then but I get more inspiration from myself and my emotions and also nature such as satellite images, movements in water and so on. Two of my favorite artists are Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali. I don’t take a lot of inspiration from them though, maybe some from Dali with his fluid flow.