Music Competitions and Talent Shows in Sweden and the Nordic Countries

As an emerging artist in Sweden and the Nordics, there are several music competitions and competition-like events that you can consider applying to. Here are some popular music competitions you should know about:

1. Melodifestivalen (Sweden)

One of Sweden’s biggest music competitions where the winning artist gets to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition usually takes place in February/March every year. Learn more

2. P4 Nästa (Sweden)

A competition organized by Swedish Radio P4 to discover and promote new Swedish artists. The winner gets the opportunity to perform at major events and have their music played on the radio. Applications usually open during spring and the final takes place later in the year. Learn more

3. Idol (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark)

A popular singing competition where young artists compete to become the next big star. The program is broadcasted in several Nordic countries and has helped many artists achieve breakthroughs. Auditions and applications are usually held during spring and the actual competition is broadcasted later in the year.

4. The Voice (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark)

A singing competition based on the concept of judging voice and singing ability rather than appearance. The winner often gets the opportunity for a record deal and exposure. Auditions and live shows typically take place during autumn.


Competitions and Talent Shows

In addition to these competitions, it’s also worth exploring smaller local competitions, talent shows, music festivals, and industry events in your region. These can offer opportunities for exposure, collaborations, and networking within the local music scene.

1. Livekarusellen

A national competition for live acts in all genres. The winners get the opportunity to perform at various music venues around Sweden. Applications usually open during spring, and the final takes place later in the year. Learn more


A project by Studiefrämjandet aimed at showcasing new talents in Swedish music. NEMIS provides opportunities for performances at festivals and events. Applications and selections typically occur during spring and summer, with performances taking place throughout the year. Learn more

3. Live at Heart

A music festival and conference that offers opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their music to industry professionals and audiences. The festival usually takes place in September every year. Learn more

4. Imagine Sweden

A music competition for young talents where finalists from different regions compete to become Sweden’s representatives at the Imagine International Music Festival. Applications usually open during spring, and the competition takes place later in the year. Learn more

5. Popkollo

A music camp for young girls and transgender youth who want to play and create music. Popkollo also organizes concerts and festivals where participants get the opportunity to perform. Applications usually open during spring, and events take place during summer. Learn more

6. Uppsala Reggae Festival Talent Stage

A talent competition within the reggae genre where young artists are given the chance to perform at the Uppsala Reggae Festival. The competition usually takes place during summer. Learn more



Remember that competitions are not the only path to success as an artist. It’s also important to build a strong presence on social media, perform live, network within the industry, and continue creating and releasing music regularly.

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