Looking at the list of recent predecessors to Spears in playing the town, his point makes sense.
First there was an unlikely marriage between US rap and rural Sweden when 50 Cent played a show in 2011 (though the Aftonbladet reviewer of the show, who wrote that ' Fiddy feels about as relevant as Status Quo', was not too impressed), then German giants Scorpions followed suit the next year, declaring Sandviken "heavy metal's home city" in a great PR boost for the town.
READ ALSO: Wyclef Jean wants to move to Sweden Likely encouraged by her fellow former Fugee's happy experience, the next year Lauryn Hill played (and filled) the Göransson Arena, while 80s shock rockers Twisted Sister also chose to play there before the year was out – though they too felt the wrath of harsh reviews from the local press.
Undeterred, Canadian king of sap Bryan Adams then hit the Göransson Arena in 2015, and his performance was much more to the tastes of Sandviken's critics.
Those performances firmly established Sandviken in Swedish musical history, but they weren't the last by global names.