Swapping benches for beaches
Distortion kicks off with a bang in Nørrebro this year. The first day of the shenanigans is usually one of the most chaotic, so expect to hit the floor running. As is the case with the rest of the festival, the afternoon street parties are free, though the evening gigs at specific locations require payment. There is a so-called ‘god stil’ armband on sale for 100kr per street party as well − the proceeds of which are used in the clean-up activities after the night’s festivities have run their course. The first day’s evening hosts include Copenhagen’s electronic music mecca, Culture Box, where veteran legend Jeff Mills will be playing. Local club Rust and the legendary Stengade will also be staging decent-looking programmes, with Søpavillion completing the picture, albeit with a more commercial line-up.
Vesterbro’s wide streets and grunge aesthetics provide the ideal location for Thursday’s tomfoolery, as the festival swings into full gear. There are only two night hosts, however, which is surprising. Langebro will be hosting the much revered Erol Alkan, who makes yet another visit to Copenhagen with his heavy take on electronic music, whilst Pumpehuset plays host to a less-well known line-up that may well turn out to be refreshingly surprising.
A seemingly apt antidote to the chaotic street parties of the first two days, Friday’s beach party ought to set the stage for the rest of the weekend. Night hosts include Halvandet, who’ll be hosted by Parisian label Ed Banger and feature one of the most jaw-dropping musical line-ups of the entire festival.
Fri May 31
Those who missed the street parties can get a final taste of the Distortion feeling at the closing party on the somewhat isolated Refshaleøen island. The set-up will resemble that of a standard music festival, with different tents (and trucks) hosting varying artists. The Red Bull Music Academy and Eloq are but two tent hosts to look forward to. Unlike the street parties, participating in the final party does require payment.
Day 5: Chill
The organisers of Distortion have been amicable enough to dedicate an entire day to chilling out and recuperating in the wake of the stormy days of the first few days of partying. No specific locations have been announced yet, but the final day usually consists of little else other than lolling around in the sun (or rain).
Reggae to Distortion presents Mad Professor
Why wait until Sunday to chill out when you can start as you mean to go on with the legendary dub music producer and engineer, Mad Professor. The British artist, who is often credited with bringing reggae and dub into the electronic age, is headlining a six-hour concert that will feature a host of big names from the Danish hip-hop, reggae and electronic scenes. So chill out and sink a couple of jars of Flying Couch Reggae Dude that Jah Jah himself would enjoy.
Blågårds Plads, Cph N; Wed 16:00-22:00