By popular demand and because it’s impossible to resist – BeatboxLive is back on October 7th! Bigger, better and a little different! This year’s event will once again celebrate the sound, songs and love of the 80’s – from the heart!

The story

In October 2016 a new festival was born. We called it BeatboxLive, for the simple reason that we wanted to take the soul and heart of this blog/site to the stage. A mixture of well-known and ”independent”, of old and new – but always with the sound of the 80’s in the veins.

The debut festival was presented with the byline ”Synthpop vs italo”, because we recognized that it was uncommon, at least in Sweden, to focus on the followers of both genres at the same time. Headlined by Canadian synthpop pioneers Rational Youth and first-time-on-stage-in-30-years Paul Rein, completed by ItaLove, Richard Flow/Vision Talk, Modiga Agenter and Electric City Cowboys, it became a memorable night and the concept was well reviewed by attending audience, media and other enthusiasts.

This year’s lineup

There are a couple of ways to follow up an event like the premiere of BeatboxLive. We have chosen the most awesome – the full-speed-ahead-way! This year we will be headlined by one of Sweden’s most iconic groups of the 80’s and completed by an Italian legend who will attend a Swedish stage for the first time ever! Down below you can read more about all of this year’s artists, including media links to extend your experience even more!

Secret Service feat Mikael Erlandsson

”Everybody” knows Oh Susie, almost everybody is familiar with Flash In The Night and 10 O’Clock Postman and if you ask me, I’d say t’s impossible not to dance to songs like Night City and LA Goodbye. During the 1980’s Secret Service were very popular in France, Japan and the Soviet Union. In these days, they are frequently touring Russia, but we made them come home for at least one night ;-) Read more.

Ryan Paris

Speaking of familiar songs. ”Dolce Vita” is perhaps the anthem of the early italo disco days. It was released in 1983 and sold over 5 million singles. 34 years later it’s time for Ryan Paris to promote it in Sweden, completed by more classics and some very new stuff. Read more.


After a very well-recieved appearance last year, Blix and his guys will be back for another BeatboxLive vaganza. Since last they’ve been to Mexico, Poland and more, and they have a couple of new tracks in the suitcase for us. Read more.


In the late 90’s they made their break through with songs like ”Superstjärna” and ”Underbar”. Two albums later they were no more, but suddenly re-appeared a couple of years ago. Classic electropop in Swedish with killer refrains, that’s Saft! Read more.


Octolab: Read more. / Carino Cat: Read more.


The music