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Nalen (a nickname for "National Palace") is a classic concert venue that had its heyday from 1935 to the late 1960s. After being mothballed for 30 years, it was brought back to life in 1998 to great acclaim. Today's Nalen has too much competition and too less-than-perfect a location to be as influential as it was back in the day, but it still draws in quality acts. It is owned by the Swedish Artists' and Musicians' Interest Organization, which naturally has connections for prime concerts. The eclectic mix of programming attracts a broader and more mature audience than Stureplan, but the joint has no trouble whipping a crowd into frenzy if that's what's called for.