The Wannadies return to the stage and Skellefteå x 2. The gig at Skellefteå Summertime on Friday 5 August will be the only festival gig in Skellefteå with the Wannadies this summer. The festival general Gunnar Karlsson at the Artist Office is very happy with the booking - With a fairly solid history together with the band, I feel both joy and pride to be responsible for the first festival stop the band makes at an incredibly long-awaited reunion, says Gunnar.
- It's a booking that both ties the bag together and opens up for something completely new, together with both the band and the Skellefteå Summertime Music And Life Festival. Feels great fun!
- It's been 32 years since our very first gig; The Nicaragua gala at Norrhammarskolan in Skellefteå - We felt it was time again! / Pär Wiksten The Wannadies
Rarely has a pop song had such a fitting title as when The Wannadies released their first single in 18 years - in the middle of a pandemic that has laid a wet blanket over the music world. Never has the Skellefteå band's uplifting, optimistic music been so badly needed.
In the hometown of Skellefteå, the band will have the honor of doing 2 gigs in 2022, not only the new Summertime Music And Life Festival but also Sara Kulturhus on Saturday 9 April. After hearing the super hit, no one has doubted that the hometown means a lot "My Hometown".
The Wannadies broke through in the 90s as one of the main names in the Swedish indie wave. With songs like "My Hometown", "You and Me Song", "Shorty" and "Here" the band reached far beyond the borders of their home country and enjoyed great success in Great Britain and Japan, among others.
"You and Me Song" has appeared on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet as well as in a long series of commercials and the hometown anthem "My Hometown" interpreted by artists from Annika Norlin in Säkert's translation via child star Oscar Stembridge to the young Skelleftå artist Mika Johansdotter's fresh version.
In 2002, The Wannadies' sixth and to date final album was released "Before & After". It is also in connection with the new edition of that album that the new single was released. A release that also led to the band making the decision to come together again, but it's not really a reunion here. The Wannadies have always been as much a family as a band.
For the past 18 years, they have mostly been the former. Now it's also a band again.
During 2020-2021, they have prepared in the rehearsal room and experienced both old and new material. So who knows, the new single might soon be followed by more from The Wannadies. Because after all; "You can't kill the music, pop the rock, can't make a good thing stop".
So welcome home The Wannadies!