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Little Dragon, Icona Pop Headline An All-Swedish Music Fest This Weekend

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There’s so much more to Sweden than the Skarsgårds, Volvos, Ikea, meatballs and those little chewy fish candies. To prove it, a new music and culture festival takes over the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds in DTLA on Saturday. Organizers say that Stockholm, CA promises to be the largest Swedish cultural event ever outside of the Scandinavian country.

The inaugural festival brings an impressive lineup of all-Swedish music on Saturday on two outdoor stages. Headlining Stockholm, CA are Little Dragon and Icona Pop, who are joined by supporting acts Veronica Maggio, Otto Knows, Rebecca & Fiona, Elliphant, Mapei, AronChupa, Salvatore Ganacci and Nause.

One of the more recent additions to the lineup is a pop-up performance by Swedish producer and Atlantic recording artist Ledinsky, who recently released his High Society EP with the single, "DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack," earning 5 million streams on Spotify (which is also a Swedish company, btw).

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In addition to its music side, Stockholm, CA also features Swedish arts, including an art exhibition by oil painter Olof Kronvall; and installations by street artists and siblings Ossian and Isabel Theselius and Grammy- and Emmy-nominated director and photographer Kristian Schmidt.

For food and snacks, the Swedish brand Pripps will serve their beer in America for the first time. And to honor the Swedes’ dedication to the environment and environmental causes, the Stockholm, CA is an entirely vegetarian festival. Confirmed food trucks include: Hang 10 Tacos, Streetkitchenla, WholeSam and WAFL. The vegan brand Oatly is partnering up with Intelligentsia to serve coffee with oat milk. To make the Swedish fika (coffee break) complete, Swedish baked good will also be for sale including mazarines (almond-flavored cupcakes with a crispy shell), chocolate balls and a traditional Swedish cinnamon roll.

Stockholm, CA at the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds (665 W Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles) on Oct. 15. The festival is all ages. Doors at 1 pm, and the music begins at 2 pm. Tickets: $40-$150.

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