As the summer mania ebbs gently back into the backdrop of routines and obligations that the rest of the year concerns itself with, so too the festivals and festivities of the month of August gradually recline away from the excessiveness of the early summer. Meet Strøm Festival, Distortion’s younger, better-behaved sibling. Where Distortion is loud, proud and rowdy, Strøm, now in its 6th year in Copenhagen aims to add other dimensions to the festival experience whilst catering for a broader audience.
This year’s event runs from the 12th to the 18th and features the standard impressive raft of workshops, avant-garde musical experiences and quality parties that make it Scandinavia’s foremost festival of electronic music . Here’s the best of what to look forward to:
Panorama (In conjunction with the Red Bull Music Academy): The official opening party at Strøm this year is a gig unlike any other. Located at the architectural marvel of Tietgen Kollegiet, a building that looks like a modern day miniature colosseum, the event features the artistic Mike Sheridan and British pioneer Martyn Ware, whose combination of lo-fi sounds and synthesizer mastery will leave Amager reverberating in the wake of their performance.
Tietgenkollegiet, Rued Langgaards Vej 10-18, 2300 Copenhagen S, 15:00–16:00,Free
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/587306634652717/?fref=ts
Trans Metro express masterclass: Now a hallmark of the festival, this immersive experience features performances by several artists in the crammed confines of the metro, creating one of the most unique commuting experiences known to man. To be honest, it’s all a bit too cramped and the atmosphere is somewhat nervy so it’s not one for the claustrophobic at heart but on the other hand, it’s a one-off experience that doesn’t happen in many other cities and should not be missed.
– A poorly made video but you get the gist of it- the idea behind this concept is pretty cool.
Vestamager Station, Øresunds Boulevard 99, 2300 Copenhagen S
Vinly love: Whoever said that vinly was dead ? Label and club owner Kenneth Christensen will play a special “vintage” set for vinyl bods and the like at his shop Sound Station 66 in Frederiksberg. In an age of digitalized playback, this will surely be a much-needed stroll down memory lane. Watch out for two other vinyl love events during the festival.
Place: Sound Station, Gammel Kongevej 94, 1850 Frederiksberg C
Jah Tubby’s world system: The infamous soundsystem Jah Tubby’s from the UK will be hosting a street party in the heart of Nørrebro that’ll surely rival Distortion’s opening day bash in the same area of town earlier this year. And with the Danish dancehall revolution showing little signs of subsiding (Raske Penge, Top Gunn and Klumben will be performing later on in the evening) this could well be one of the best parties of the summer.
Place: Outside Rust, Guldbergsgade 8, 2200 Copenhagen N , 16:00–22:00,Free
Buraka Som Sistema: Fusing Angolan Kuduro percussion with modern electronic music is no mean feat. Buraka Som Sistema popularised an entire genre of music almost singlehandedly a few years ago with their daring exploits. The Portuguese / Angolan group will be leading the charge at a mouth-watering lineup at Pumpehuset, where the likes of Copia Doble Sistema will also perform.
Pumpehuset, Studiestræde 52, 1554 Copenhagen V, 21:00-04:00, 130 DKK + fee
From Luanda, Angola to Portugal- fusion music at its best. Buraka Som Sistema may have had their heyday but they’re a damn good act all the same.
Boiler Room presents Strøm live from Copenhagen : One of the world’s most credible online music shows, Boiler room, will be hosting an event at a secret location in the city. The only thing that is known at the moment is that the likes of Kasper Bjørke, Kenton Slash Demon and the legendary Trentemøller will be performing.
Location: TBA, 15:00-19:00,
Kenton Slash Demon happens to be none other than Jonas Kenton, the lead singer of Danish Indie / electronic band, When Saints Go Machine. His efforts on his solo project coupled with his prowess as the frontman of WSGM makes him one of Denmark’s musicians du jour.