Backyard Sessions Festival promoters compile their Malmö city guide

Backyard Sessions is a two-day gathering that will take place on a Saturday and a Sunday on the 1-2nd September in Folkets Park, a park located in the very heart of Malmö. The festival brings people together from all over the world in a celebration of culture with electronic music, live bands, art, great food, and sunshine! Last year Backyard Sessions evolved from hosting one-off Sunday events into being a full-fledged festival. The festival is back this year, now aiming at gathering more than 2000 people from all walks of life to dance to electronic beats together, in the sun.

During the two days, the park gets completely transformed into having: two stages with top of the line sound systems, art installations, couches, pop-up street kitchens, tents and a children’s village to complete the daytime open air vibe. As the sun sets on Saturday the festival is seamlessly transferred into a multiroom event in the Moriskan Pavilion, a 1901 Malmö signature music palace, in the very center of the park. The festival continues on Sunday at noon starting of with a brunch, and is followed up by nine more hours of music and activities. Children have free admission to the festival as long as they are accompanied by parents.

Presenting the top names in electronic music from all other the world and taking pride in local Malmö talent, Backyard Sessions is not just a place for both die-hard house and techno heads, but also for people who haven’t experienced electronic music and might be joining for the other elements of entertainment that Backyard Sessions has to offer.

Ahead of the second edition of Backyard Sessions the festival organisers and promoters share their personal favourite hot spots in their Malmö city guide exclusively for Decoded Magazine.

Malmö Saluhall

In a rebuilt old warehouse, the historic and modern Malmö meet. If you want to experience the local cuisine, a visit to Malmö saluhall is a must. The foodhall lies in a lively neighbourhood and is a place for both those who want a snack on the way home and those who want to end the work day with a glass of wine. Here you will find everything from locally produced salami and fresh fish to handmade pralines and freshly baked bread. You can eat amazing pizzas, filling sandwiches and — of course — the classic falafel. If you want, you can take your food to go and enjoy it by the sea, just a stone’s throw away.

Folkets Park

Folkets park translates to ‘the people’s park’ and this is really what it is. For the kids there are lots of activities including playgrounds and ice-skating in the winter and for the more mature crowd the restaurant and bar Far i Hatten and one of the most popular clubs, Moriska Paviljongen, are two great options.

Västra Hamnen (The Western Harbour)

Västra Hamnen, or ‘The Western Harbour’ in English, is a sustainable neighbourhood with it’s famous Turning Torso building for stunning views of the city beach and Öresund bridge. A great place for exploring modern architecture.

Ribersborgs Kallbadhus

For over a century, the Malmö residents have come to Ribersborgs kallbadhus for a swim in the sea and to relax. When you go to “Kallis”, as the locals call it, the main purpose is of course to enjoy the sea, but it is also a social experience. In the sauna or along the benches on the deck outside, there is a mix of people of all ages. If you end up beside one of the talkative regulars who have visited Kallis for many years, you will probably walk away with some great tips about what to do during your Malmö visit.


Möllevången (or Möllan, as the locals say) is the city’s popular multicultural area. Here you’ll find the square called Möllevångstorget that has a lively and very popular fruit and vegetable market and around Möllan there are plenty of restaurants, bars and various types of international shops.

Moderna museet

One of Europe´s leading museums of contemporary art. Moderna Museet Malmö is a high-quality museum with an independent exhibition program. Here you can see art from the most important contemporary artists form the 20th century onwards.


Pildammsparken is the oldest park in the city and a popular get-away for locals. During the summer there’s many different activities to take part in, for example concerts, movie nights and sing-alongs by the amphitheatre inside the park.

Explore the canals

A great way to see Malmö is on the canal that runs through the city. Enjoy the views from a quiet and environmentally-friendly electric canal boat. Comes with complete freedom and flexibility to go whenever and wherever you want. Bring something to eat and drink on board, and treat yourselves with a trip through the city centre. This is an opportunity not to miss out on during a visit!


During the evening, the atmosphere at Drottningtorget is reminiscent of a square in the south of France with its high pulse and people playing the game of pétanque. At Boulebar, guests come to eat French bistro food and play pétanque. Beginners and veterans, best friends and new friends — they all meet up to play. A lost game creates the need for a return game while a victory makes the dinner taste even better. Go to Drottningtorget to play pétanque or just hang out and take in the atmosphere.

Backyard Sessions event info:


Dominik Eulberg
Flava D
Gidge (live)
Helga Keller
Lur (Live)
Miss Melera
Patrick Siech b2b Sandra Mosh
Per Hammar
Rey & Kjavik
Tim Andresen (Culture Box)

“A cozy and laid back Sunday happening, always a pleasure to bring my family and kids. We all loved it!” – ​Sebastian Mullaert (Artist, Sweden)

About the Author

UK based former DJ and promoter, co-owner, director, writer & creative at Decoded Magazine. Studied at the University of Wolverhampton graduating in Graphic Communication & Typography (BA Hons). In house video editor and avid MMA follower with a keen ear for dark, twisted, hypnotic, tribal progressive house and techno.