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 Wannadies this summer. Festival general Gunnar Karlsson at Artistkontoret is very pleased with the booking - With a pretty solid history together with the band, I feel both joy and pride to be responsible for the first festival stop that the band makes at an incredibly long-awaited reunion, says Gunnar.
- It's a booking that both ties the sack together and opens up for something completely new, together with both the band and Skellefteå Summertime Music And Life Festival. Feels fantastic fun!
"It's been 32 years since our very first gig; Nicaragua gala at Norrhammarskolan in Skellefteå - We felt it was time again! / Pär Wiksten The Wannadies
“Can't Kill the Musikk”
Rarely has a pop song had such a fitting title as when The Wannadies released their first single in 18 years — in the midst of a pandemic that laid a wet blanket over the music world. Never has the Skellefteå band's uplifting, upbeat music been so much needed.
In their hometown of Skellefteå, the band will have the honor of doing 2 gigs in 2022 not only the new festival Summertime Music And Life Festival but also Sara Kulturhus on Saturday, April 9. No one has doubted that the hometown means a lot after hearing the super hit "My Hometown".
The Wannadies broke through in the 90s as one of the foremost names in the Swedish indie wave. With songs such as "My Hometown", "You and Me Song", "Shorty" and "Hit", the band reached far beyond the borders of their home country and enjoyed great success in the UK and Japan, among other things.
"You and Me Song" has appeared on both 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 Säker's translation via child star Oscar Stembridge to the young Skelleftå artist's Mika Johansdotter's fresh version.
In 2002, The Wannadies' sixth and to date last album "Before & After" was released. It is also in connection with the reissue of that album that the new single has been released. A release that also prompted the band to make the decision to reconnect but it's not really a reunion this. The Wannadies have always been as much a family as a band.
For the past 18 years, the most have been the former. Now it's also a band again.
During 2020-2021, they have prepared in the rehearsal room and felt both old and new material. So who knows, the new single might soon be followed up 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!