I believe most people, if they had a house in the country, would wish for a swimming pool, a fully equipped gym or a home cinema room, but for Sebastian Broberg and his wife, Frida Anthin Broberg, their wish was to have a full size stage in their garden for a soul festival and two years later, here I am, dancing to funky horns in the cool night air!
It sounds like something I would dream of too, but dreaming and making it a reality are two different things.
'We are Sthlm' is a yearly event held in the center of Stockholm (Kungsträdgården), aimed at Sweden's under-18s.
It explains why, when the rain descended, the people who held umbrellas were noticeably older - clearly those who decide what to wear, and what to bring depending on the weather forecast rather than the carefree abandonment of chance young people have.
It is one of those pre-summer nights in Copenhagen, full of happy Copenhageners, buzzing from the excitement of the upcoming long, summer nights. After a long winter where we all crawl up inside and stick to ourselves, we break out as soon as the sun shows the tip of its nose.
Somehow I feel out of place as I pass by diners enjoying high quality Swedish cuisine, dressed in ties, Agnes B dresses, and jackets with neatly folded handkerchiefs, however, the only way to enter Obaren (which sits at the back of Sturehof in the heart of Stureplan, Stockholm’s affluent social area) is through the restaurant.
“I also thought they'd made a mistake when I read the event start time was 24:00,” says vivacious, 5’11” singer Alex from Okapii. We are strolling along the busy streets of Copenhagen together on her way to do a sound check at the venue KB18, in Copenhagen's own meatpacking district.