Date: 22 November 2023
Originally published in: Hallandsposten (Sweden)
Written by: Johan Hammerby
The British pop icon is the first major artist ready for Solgården in Tylösand. And more names are on the way: “We will run quite widely next summer”, says Jonas Karlén, CEO of Hotel Tylösand. “We will gradually release concerts for next summer; some before Christmas and then until February.”
Last week it became clear that Benjamin Ingrosso is making a stop on his upcoming tour to Halmstad this summer. It will then be a bigger show than the one he did at Solgården last summer, because he will now be at Brottet. But at Solgården there will also be concerts during the warm months, and now it’s ready with the first big name: The British pop icon Kim Wilde will take the stage in Tylösand, Wednesday 24 July.
Kim Wilde hit big in the 1980s, with songs like “Kids in America”, “You keep me hanging” and “Chequered love”. She has released 14 albums and toured with music legends such as David Bowie and Michael Jackson. She has been awarded several times, including at the Brit Awards, as “British Female Solo Artist”. The concert is organized together with Nöjet, and the tickets have already been released.
Jonas Karlén, CEO of Hotel Tylösand, says that there is a lot going on for next season. “It’s interesting with an old 80s artist. We want to have a breadth in what we release, and then we found a foreign artist. We will drive quite widely in the coming summer. We see the summer of 2024 as even hotter than it was. We have worked intensively all autumn to find a packed programme. Kim Wilde is the first name to be released, but more are expected shortly. For us, the width is important, because we run most Wednesdays this summer.”
So you continue with that concept of Wednesday concerts?
“Yes, above all. Then we also have some other surprises this summer. Some Sunday and some Tuesday – we will have a very solid program.”
Are there any more names about to be announced?
“We keep that a bit of a secret. We will gradually release concerts for next summer; some before Christmas and then until February. From the end of January we also release the after beach bands.
Although the names aren’t official yet, he’s happy with the lineup they’ve come up with so far.
“You always want to improve. We work according to the motto of continuous improvement and change. Of course we want to surpass the summer that was, with Benjamin and Thomas Stenström. We had a good range, but we want to surpass that. It is not only concerts that are planned. All the time we sit and file and screw and will also try to find other things. Maybe some new activity and event. But right now everything is in its infancy.”