Padjelanta Saiva – Or how to run a festival just north of Polar Circle

Sweden is one long country. Driving from Malmö to the Northerst tip takes at least 24 hours and is about the same distance as to Madrid if you head south instead.

On august 18th – 21th a bunch of very creative people including myself organized what might be the first ever festival North of the Polar Circle. At least in Europe. To be more precise, we headed for the last utouched mountain outbacks of Northern Europe – about 120 km north of the city of Arjeplog.

The last 10km had to be covered by foot, climbing over a mountain pass, surrounded by giant bolders, shrubbery and rouge reindeers. A soundsystem as well as a coffeeshop was flewn in by a helicopter. We made a few mistakes but all in all created one very  lovely and exotic mini-festival. From a DJ point, the most important thing was to be first to introduce house music (or any kind of music at all) to the majestic mountains of  Laplandia.. After all no one has ever done it before us, ever.

What to bring:

JVC Sound system:

  • 4 bass boxes
  • 2 top speakers
  • Amplifier
  • CDj1000 X 2
  • DJM800
  • Technics1210 X 3
  • Tables and flashlights
  • Total weight 400 kg
  • 1 strobe
  • 2 black ligts
  • 2 moving heads
  • Total weight 100 kg
  • Vegetarian mince
  • Risotto rice
  • Noodles
  • Cashew nits
  • Weat
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Spices
  • Huge frying pan
  • Mini reggae soundsystem
  • High-hat X 1
  • Arctic Air SE-HKK X 1
  • Lifting Capacity = 500 kg
  • Firewood – It gets cold by night, 400 kg
  • Mats and pillows for the chillout
  • Lots of tarp and rain cover

by Dj Skyjacker of House Music With Love

About Alex Esser:

DJ, surfer and entrepreneur residing in Malmö, Sweden. HMWL label daddy. My music network is always open. Holler at