Finding ‘the Orange Feeling’ in Roskilde’s campgrounds

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here.

Finding 'the Orange Feeling' in Roskilde's campgrounds

The camping grounds provide a good mix of planned as well and spontaneous parties. Photo: Bobby Anwar
In Denmark, Roskilde Festival is seen as both a rite of passage and an annual monumental occasion that attracts young and old in great numbers year after year. But it’s far from just music that draws the crowds.
Camping at Roskilde is one the festival’s central elements – revered, loved, hated and embraced by countless festival-goers. By Monday, Roskilde had already drawn over 50,000 eager campers to its grounds, with a further 70,000 attendees expected over the remaining days, as things kicks into full gear from Wednesday and onwards.
Some of the hardcore campers waited in line for the gates to open since as early as last Tuesday, armed to the teeth with stockpiles of alcohol, camping gear and festival paraphernalia. For early birds of this sort, getting a good camping spot is every bit as important as the overall concert experience. In fact, some of Roskilde’s most memorial parties take place during the warm-up days, which provide a good mix of planned as well and spontaneous parties.
The camp grounds are truly a cocktail of differing emotions. One can experience everything from rowdy teen neighbours with thunderous sound systems that belch out music all night long, to the well-known whiff of portable festival toilets. Yet camps are also a base for all of the festivals guests – sites of endless revelry, a few hours of sleep, masses of mackerel cans and unforgettable experiences.
What is it like to camp at Roskilde?
The Local caught up with some of the festival guests and took a walk around the camping areas to see what it is like to camp at Roskilde festival 2016.
British Artist Daniel Van Der Noon and Kenyan-born musician Kevin Gichuhi Jensen.
Photo: Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk
British Artist Daniel Van Der Noon and Kenyan-born musician Kevin Gichuhi Jensen. 
Daniel, Roskilde West: “We’re obviously loving this. Brexit sucks, but we’re here to party.”
Harry Simpson
Photo: Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk
British/Kenyan student, Harry Simpson, Roskilde West,
“This is my fourth Roskilde Festival and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m camping in the workers’ area for a change and it’s very chilled there!”
Robin Houselstein
Photo: Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk
French rapper and student, Robin Houselstein, Roskilde East.
“It’s my first time here and the scale of it all is mind-blowing. I’m camping with a bunch of friends from Roskilde University in camping area P and we’re having a blast!”

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Popular camping areas at Roskilde
Camping areas at Roskilde differ in size, scale and nature, depending on where on the map one camps. Some of the most popular areas include:
Roskilde West: Camping Areas C and E
Home to the skate park, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts and beach soccer pitches, West contains some of the largest portable sound systems at the festival. It also contains the warm up music scenes Rising and Street City so one’s eardrums are on a 24-hour shift.
In an effort to shine West up this year, Roskilde Festival has created the Clean Out Loud initiative, which gave residents the chance to book an early camping spot in return for a commitment to leaving the area clean at the end of the festival. The goal this year, according to Roskilde Festival is “to leave the entire section E area clean.”
Mid-Roskilde: Camping Areas G, H and L
Located close to the entrance of the main festival area, this camping section tends to be rather uninspiring and is usually occupied by some of the festival’s younger contingent. Camping areas here are a stone-throw away from the ‘Countdown City’ stage.
Roskilde East:  Camping Areas J, K and P
Roskilde East is also popular amongst younger festival-goers and on sunny days, it is the place to be if one fancies a dip in the swimming lake or a relaxing nap along its beach. Located around a small lake where one can fish, J is a silent area where sound systems are prohibited and an emphasis is placed on keeping things clean.

 

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8 key questions ahead of this year’s Roskilde Festival

Original article written for The Local, available here.

As some 130,000 fans prepare to descend on the festival grounds for eight days of music and merry mayhem, we take a look at some of the things we’ll be keep a close eye on during this year’s festival.
1. What will the weather be like?
Look at those blue skies! Will we get them this year as well? Photo: Per Lange
Look at those blue skies! Will we get them this year as well? Photo: Per Lange
Let’s start with the obvious: the perennial weather question that everyone asks themselves ahead of the festival. Festival-goers are particularly keen to hear the forecast for this year’s festival, given as Roskilde comes after a week that has provided both glorious sunshine and ravaging thunderstorms. Which of those will continue through next week? Well, at the time of writing the Danish Meteorology Institute (DMI) was predicting a cloudy albeit mostly dry week ahead, with the exception of Wednesday. However, as always, the unpredictable Danish weather will be certainly a force to be reckoned with.
2. Will the music lineup please or disappoint?
Wiz Khalifa is one of several big hip-hop names at this year's festival. PR photo
Wiz Khalifa is one of several big hip-hop names at this year’s festival. PR photo
Roskilde sold out in good time this year, indicating early signs of impending success. Its music lineup this year features quite a few major hip-hop acts, such as Wiz Khalifa, Action Bronson, House of Pain and Vince Staples. This is a lineup that is inclined more towards an urban sensibility than it is anchored in the rock and metal heritage that has come to define Roskilde over the years.
Still though, there is also plenty on offer for the headbangers, from heavyweights Slayer to Nordic upstarts Kvelertak, and there are acts like Neil Young that should be able to assemble the diverse masses in front of Orange Stage. Will this year’s lineup pay dividends for the organisers?
3. Will the Red Hot Chili Peppers redeem themselves?
RHCP need to redeem themselves in the eyes of Roskilde fans. PR photo
RHCP need to redeem themselves in the eyes of Roskilde fans. PR photo
The last time the Peppers graced the Orange Stage, they bombed abysmally. Their 2007 performance was so roundly slammed by audience members and critics alike, that it was all anyone talked about when they were added to this year’s bill. Will they be able to silence their critics?
4. How will the political message behind the Orange Stage’s opening act go down?
The Syrian National Orchestra and Damon Albarn. Photo: Mark Allen
The Syrian National Orchestra and Damon Albarn. Photo: Mark Allen
The festival’s legendary Orange Stage will be opened this year by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, a clear political statement by the organizers given the hot-button issue of how Denmark has reacted to the Syrian refugee crisis. The musicians were scattered across the world as the Syrian Civil War erupted in 2011, but now the 90-strong orchestra will be reuniting for one of their first ever concerts together since fleeing the country. The orchestra, conducted by Issam Rafea, will be joined by none other than Damon Albarn of the Gorillaz and Blur fame, along with other special guests. The show could be one of the most breath taking performances of the entire festival (especially considering that Albarn had to literally carried off the stage the last time he visited Roskilde).
5. How will Roskilde fair against growing competition?
NorthSide, Tinderbox and Copenhell have all crowded in on Roskilde's territory. Photo: Michael Barrettt
NorthSide, Tinderbox and Copenhell have all crowded in on Roskilde’s territory. Photo: Michael Barrettt
Denmark’s music festival scene has really come alive in the last few years, and it seems like more and more huge international stars are gracing stages across the country. This year has already seen the one and only Iggy Pop headline Aarhus’ NorthSide, the multi-award-winning spectacle that is Rammstein come to Funen’s Tinderbox and the British music legends Black Sabbath including Copenhell on their farewell tour.
Roskilde has, of course, still brought some huge names to Denmark once again this year, but will the growing reputations of NorthSide, Tinderbox and Copenhell challenge the dominance of Roskilde as Denmark’s biggest and best music festival? Or will the increase in competition see Roskilde raise the bar to an unprecedented level this year? We are waiting with bated breathes, but only time will tell!
6. Will our Roskilde virgin survive? 
The Local's former intern Chris Manion will be attending his first music festival ever.
The Local’s former intern Chris Manion will be attending his first music festival ever. 
The Local has been covering the festival since we launched in Denmark in 2014, and some of our team have been coming since long before that. But this year, we will also have a ‘Roskilde virgin’ with us. Former intern Chris Manion has not only never been to Roskilde before, he’s never been to a music festival.
“Since coming to Denmark two years ago, my 24-year-old festival virginity seems to be a thing of sheer unbelief,” he said. “Upon informing the inquisitive Dane of my disinterest in music festivals I summarily receive a noise akin to  a dying sea otter, followed by a fantastically enthusiastic ‘ROSKILDE IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE!’. So this year I’m going to do it, take the plunge, get down and dirty, and see if this Roskilde festival is all it’s cracked up to be.
Don’t worry, us veterans will look out for him.
7. How much of a mess will be left behind?
Another perennial Roskilde query. Once the maddening crowds have left and the camping grounds resemble an apocalyptic dystopia, the question of who will clean up the mess always arises. Roskilde Festival incurs significant expenses each year in mopping up after its hedonistic guests, who leave behind everything from fully functional tents to rich stocks of tinned food. Much of what is abandoned is donated to worthy causes.
8. Will Roskilde fix its ‘collector problem’?
Continuing on the same tangent, Roskilde’s guests drink over one million litres of beer every year, resulting in millions of beer cans spread around the festival grounds. Denmark’s can remuneration system ensures that many of these cans are recycled, thanks to an influx of hundreds of can collectors primarily from Africa and the Roma community at events such as Roskilde. Those collectors help recycle cans and bottles while earning some money for themselves, but their interaction with festival guests isn’t always as happy as in the video above.
The collectors become an underclass that works in poor conditions, often marred by racist overtones and abusive reactions from merrymakers. They have also faced notoriously long lines in recent years to collect their deposits but organizers have worked hard to improve conditions for those who clean up after the rest of us.
The Roskilde Festival begins on Saturday, June 25th and runs through Saturday, July 2nd. The first four days serve as “warm-up” and feature a number of up-and-coming Nordic acts and scores of activities on the campgrounds. The main music line-up begins on Wednesday, June 29th.

 

New Danish festival makes solid first impression

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here.

Friday, 12pm, Odense Station
The regional train bound for Svendborg was crammed with festival-goers and merrymakers keen on making Heartland’s first show of the day. This was no ordinary festival crowd though. By contrast to Roskilde’s young pilgrims and their heavily-laden beer wagons, this was a group of slightly older culture patrons. Casually clad, sporting smart rucksacks and minor camping gear, Heartland’s festival contingent made their way through the scenic fields of Funen, docking at the outpost of Kværndrup, from which frequent shuttle buses helped them complete the rest of the journey.
Photo: Allan Kortbæk

Arrival

The grounds around Egeskov Castle are something out of a mediaeval fairytale. I follow the masses through long, wooded passages, a sea of green around me. Entry to the festival is smooth and on my right, a few metres from the gate, friendly volunteers are on hand to help me store my baggage. The castle greets you with verve as one saunters through the Renaissance garden, its shimmering moat a tribute to a bygone age.

Photo: Allan Kortbæk
A festival of a different sort
Keen on getting to know my surroundings, I explore the grounds armed with my festival app map, a subtle, effective replacement to the thick stacks of pamphlets, brochures and paperwork that usually accompany the festival experience.  It is clear from the start that the festival organisers have taken the time to really think things through.
The grounds are clean and kept, albeit inviting and conducive to interaction. Stimulating this, Bang and Olufsen has wired an old tree by the castle moat with a series of hanging headphones broadcasting their popular #soundmatters podcast. And where better to bring the element of sound into focus? Heartland’s acoustics were some of the best I have experienced at any festival.
Further down from the tree, on the grassy shore by the moat, yoga sessions create a relaxed atmosphere that breathes tranquillity into the fresh countryside air.

Photo: Allan Kortbæk
Music 
My weekend schedule limited my Heartland experience to a mere day. Folk aficionados the Pierce Brothers kick things into action at one of the two music stages, Highland. Their laid-back, country-infused musicality injects a homely, Mumford and Sons-esque sensibility straight from Melbourne into the Heartland universe.  Kudos to the twin brothers for their experimentation with a didgeridoo during their performance.

Photo: Allan Kortbæk
An hour later, at the Lowland Scene, Denmark’s equivalent of Lana Del Rey, Kwamie Liv, seduces an inquisitive, sitting audience, with a coaxing voice that eases the afternoon into gear. Other highlights of the day include, England’s singer-songwriter guru, Michael Kiwanuka, American folk sensation Sun Kill Moon and record producer Mark Ronson, who provided an evening party of epic proportions.
Photo: Allan Kortbæk
Art 
The artistic element was incorporated into virtually every aspect of Heartland Festival. From elaborately decorated trees to Brian Eno’s latest work, ‘The Ship’ installation, art is very much a driver at the throbbing heart of this festival. Lying on a bean bag in a dimly-lit castle room amidst knight armour suits, mediaeval paintings and musky tapestry with the dreamy, evanescent soundscape of Eno’s work reverberating off the thick walls, there were moments of elation, peace and contemplation that were well and truly unique.
Photo: Allan Kortbæk
Talks
Heartland is an experience with far more depth and breadth than the usual modern festival experience.  The beacon of performance art, Marina Abramovic and Danish artist Tal R, provided the best of the Heartland Talks, with an epic one-hour performance that saw them switch roles with moderator Tine Colstrup, who looked dumbstruck for the better part of the show. Any experience that gets the audience to stand up and scream at the top of their lungs for several minutes is surely something special. Other talks of the day included an exploration of evil by Norwegian journalist and writer Åsne Seierstad (known for her chilling book on Anders Breivik, ‘One of us’) and documentary filmmaker Janus Metz (director of the war documentary, Armadillo).
Food
Complementing the music, art and talk experiences, food was another central element of the Heartland Experience. On the downside, all external food and beverage was prohibited and the prices at the various food stalls were definitely on the pricey side. However, the culturally-astute target group that the festival targeted seemed prepared to pay more for the variety and quality of the culinary experience at Heartland, which included a wide range of organic products.

Photo: Allan Kortbæk
Overall verdict 
There is no doubt that Heartland Festival was a success at its very first attempt. A small-scale festival with focus on other elements in addition to a diverse, international music lineup, Heartland was both well managed and well thought-through.
With that said, the target group was definitely not your average festival crowd. The smash and grab, cathartic aspects of typical Danish summer festivals were replaced by contemplative experiences that created depth and room for inner reflections. To this end, the clean and kept nature of this festival made it accessible for all age groups, a stark contrast to the post-Roskilde camp site apocalypse that decorates Zealand’s countryside long after the merrymaking and mosh pits have been banished to mere memory.
Equally, Heartland provided concerts not too indifferent to the likes of Stella Polaris, somewhat void of dancing at times but replete with opportunities to relax. Some would say this is boring – my verdict is that it is in keeping with the qualities of the tranquil location. Can we expect more from Heartland Festival next year? Absolutely.

 

Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk (allanm46@gmail.com)

 

 

New Danish festival: Music, art and talks in castle setting

The Heartland Festival is hoping to carve out a niche in the busy festival month of June by combining a short but unique music line-up with world-renowned artists, high-level talks and a focus on Danish cuisine.
And the whole thing will be done in the fairytale setting of the well-known tourist beacon Egeskov Castle.
“Our ambition with Heartland is to challenge exciting perception of what a festival experience can be by offering playful formats, multiple art scenes, instant fun and long-lasting substance. With a strong line-up of artists, a beautiful renaissance castle and new ways of experiencing music, arts, literature and food, I cannot wait to present the new Heartland Festival to the world,” festival director Ulrik Ørum-Petersen said.
Immersive experiences 
Unlike the majority of festivals on the calendar, Heartland guns for a more holistic festival experience that involves immersion in the central elements of music, art, food and conversations.
To this end, some of the names on the music billing include Mark Ronson, The Flaming Lips, Michael Kiwanuka, Mikael Simpson, Kvamie Liv and Sun Kil Moon.
Talks from Brian Eno, performance artist Marina Abramovic and Danish ‘starchitect’ Bjarke Ingels will also take place during the two-day event.
On the food front, Heartland have planned a culinary programme that is designed to stand out from other festivals, featuring, amongst others, top chefs such as Per Hallundbaek.
Danish focus with international roots
With a predicted attendance of 6,000, Heartland is not an event targeting the average festival-goer, aiming instead for a more culturally aware audience.
“Heartland Festival is an entirely new festival approach, that does not resemble any of the other festivals that we know in Denmark, but that has had success in other countries such as England and Holland,” Ørum Petersen said.
Practicalities
When: Friday, June 10th – Saturday, June 11th
Where: Egeskov Castle, Kværndrup, Southern Funen
Price: 955 kroner for both days, 655 kroner for one
Accommodation: Guests can camp in their own tent or choose a pre-pitched option. Local hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday homes are also available (at a separate cost).
Key Names: Mark Ronson, Michael Kiwanuka, Blaue Blume, The Flaming Lips, Mikael Simpson, Anne Linnet, Whomadewho, Brian Eno, Bjarke Ingels, Marina Abramovic.
Transport: Trains to Kværndrup Station run from Odense’s central station. Free shuttle buses to and from Kværndrup.
More information is available on the festival’s website.

Få det bedste ud af din sommer: 10 måder at have det sjovt og samtidig optimere din faglige profil

Original article written for Talentguiden, available here.

Det er snart sommer og vi kan hurtig blive enige om, at den skal bare nydes. Der er selvfølgelig mange måder at nyde den på, men det kan godt betale sig at vide, hvad man vil have ud af den på forhånd. For nogle er sommeren en afslappende pause og ikke mindst hyggelig årstid med sol, strand, havearbejde, gode bøger, familie og venner. For andre er sommeren en periode, hvor man finder ud af hvilken retning man skal gå sit liv og karriere. Man behøver ikke vælge den ene frem for den anden. Her er ti måder at skabe værdi for dig selv denne sommer på, og også have det sjovt.

1. Tag på sprogkursus

Den oplagte klassiker. Når du lærer et nyt sprog, får du indblik i en ny kultur og måde at tænke på. Det stimulerer din kreativitet og dine evner til at tænke ud af boksen. Du kan enten ”go all in” og tage på sprogkursus i et andet land eller finde nogle kurser herhjemme, som passer. Vælger du den sidste mulighed, er det en god idé af forsøge at omgås folk, der taler det sprog du lærer og engagere dig i kulturen. Ellers lærer du kun sproget på teoretisk niveau, men mangler kontekst og sammenhæng.

2. Tag på Surfkursus

Til dig, der leder efter eventyr og udfordringer er et surfkursus en oplagt mulighed. Portugal og Marokko er blot 2 forslag, hvis det ikke skal være for langt væk. Kan du allerede surfe, er det bare om at finde brættet frem og på tage på eventyr. Hvis du ikke har mulighed for den store rejse, kan du sågar starte helt lokalt og køb et Longboard, som du kan lære de grundlæggende bevægelser på og cruise rundt i byen med.

3. Meld dig til i et sommerkursus på dit uddannelsessted

Hvis surfkurser ikke lige er dig, så er sommerkurser en god mulighed for at få tiden til at gå. På CBS og andre uddannelsessteder kan man tage forskellige moduler om sommeren både inden- og udenfor sit felt. Det er en god mulighed for at møde nye mennesker og få en bredere faglig profil. Det er også en mulighed, hvis du har travlt med at blive færdig med at læse, ligesom serieiværksætter Mads Faurholt Jensen gjorde det i sin tid.

4. Vær turist i din egen by

Nogle gange skal du ikke længere end din egne baghave for at opleve og nyde livet. Lav en liste over de udendørsarrangementer, der interesser dig inden sommeren går i gang og tag så på madmarkeder, til kendte attraktioner, på kunstmuseer, på landet, til nabobyen, til Jylland – eller til København og gør alt det, du ellers ikke har tid til i midt en travlt hverdag.

5. Lav ingenting

Hæng hængekøjen op, læg dig ud i haven med en god bog og ”watch the hours go by.” Giv din krop og hjerne en pause og lad helt op.

6. Road trip, ja tak!

Det er simpelthen et must at tage på road trip på et eller andet tidspunkt mens du læser, og helst før kone og børn kommer ind i billedet. Spanien, Portugal, Italien og Grækenland er alle steder, som er oplagt til en god sommertur. Her finder du alt fra lækre strande til dejlige storbyer med liv, fester og pulserende kultur.

7. Bliv frivillig

Et frivilligt projekt giver altid et godt indspark til dit liv, og der er mange muligheder indenfor diverse felter som du kan beskæftige dig med. Udvid din horisont, bliv klogere og lær mere om verden gennem frivilligt arbejde. Det kan både være i den lokale genbrugsbutik, for en nødhjælpsorganisation, eller som frivillig på en festival. Mulighederne er uendelige og udbyttet ligeså.

8. Skru op for sporten

Sommeren er et godt tidspunkt at få bugt med den begyndende ølvom på. Tag på løbeture, cykelture og lange gåture ved stranden for at får kroppen i topform igen.

9. Nyd tiden med familien

Sommeren er en dejlig årstid, der skal udnyttes i godt selskab. Besøg familiemedlemmer, som du ikke har set i lang tid eller tag på ferie med hele banden.

10. Opdater dit CV og Linkedin

Sommerens rolige tempo giver mulighed for at træde et skridt tilbage og tænke over hvad man vil i livet og hvor man ville hen. Opdater din Linkedin og dit CV med dine nye tanker. Og når det er gjort, log af dine sociale medier og nyd tilværelsen!

God sommer!

Vejen til drømmejobbet: Ting du bør gøre mens du læser

Original article written for Talentguiden, available here

Der er mange, der sidder og tænker, at de først skal blive færdige med studiet og finde ud af, hvordan de får drømmejobbet. Studiet er en vigtig del af voksenlivet og det er vigtigt at få styr på det fagligt uanset hvilken industri du kommer til at arbejde i, men det er ligeså vigtigt at se det større billede i dit studie.

Dit uddannelsessted er guld værd for dine muligheder for at kende mennesker, der kan hjælpe dig med at komme ind de rigtige steder. Jeg siger ikke, at du ikke skal gå efter gode karakterer, men det kan være vigtigere at være social og åben overfor at snakke med folk, der kan hjælp dig med dine ambitioner, mens du læser. Her er et par ting du kan gøre for at få en skarpere jobprofil, mens du er i gang med at læse:

1. Netværk netværk og mere netværk

Vi har sagt det mange gange før. Det er vigtigt at bruge dit netværk til at skabe muligheder for din karriere. Brug din status som studerende til at tage ud til firmaer for at lære lidt om den måde de arbejder på. Kan du komme med en akademisk vinkel på hvordan man kan forbedre en virksomhed? Et godt studieprojekt kan give dig god indsigt i, hvordan drømmefirmaet opererer og adgang til samtaler med relevante mennesker. Hvis dit arbejde kan forbedre noget i firmaet, er døren til en fremtid i organisationen skubbet åben.

At netværke indebærer også at kunne bruge dine lærere og deres viden og kontakter. Se dem i højere grad som folk du kan tage en hyggelig kop kaffe med, end som stride akademikere med høje krav til dit arbejde. Hvis de arbejder indenfor industrier, der interesserer dig, er det bare om at danne gode relationer og spørge efter kontakter, der kan hjælpe dig med at få en fod inden for døren.

Sidst men ikke mindst er det vigtig at deltage i events indenfor og udenfor dit studie, som giver mulighed for vidensdeling og skaber kontakter. Synes du en foredragsholder havde noget spændende at sige, er det bare om at tage en snak med ham eller hende bagefter.

2. Få styr på dine kompetencer

Dit studie giver dig nogle konkrete kompetencer, men i et arbejdsmarked fyldt med kompetente nyuddannede skal du kunne komme med noget, som andre ikke har. Meld dig til kurser og workshops indenfor områder, der er relevante for det job, du gerne vil have, når du er færdiguddannet. Er du i tvivl om hvilke kompetencer der kræves, kan du med fordel kigge på Linkedin-profiler af folk, der arbejder indenfor det, du interesser dig for. Mange kurser udbydes gratis, hvis man leder de rigtige steder. Jeg kan anbefale kurser som Google Analytics, WordPress, Kampagnestyring, SEO optimering og andre gode muligheder som tilbydes gratis af ivækst.dk. Kurser af den slags er endnu en mulighed for at netværke og skabe gode kontakter.

Udover at have diverse kompetencer er det vigtigt, at du vinkler alt hvad du laver på en måde, som er relevant for din fremtid. Selvom mange studiejobs er begrænsede indenfor visse områder, kan du altid vise interesse indenfor andre områder af de firmaer, som du arbejder for. Det er ofte billigere og nemmere for arbejdsgivere at rekrutterer internt. Har du kompetencer, der kan bruges i en stilling hvor du ved, at der er mangel på viden og erfaring, skal du gøre dig selv synlig og gribe bolden.

3. Husk at have det sjovt

At læse bør være en sjov oplevelse, selvom det nogle gange kan være stressende. Fredagsbaren er ligeså vigtig en del af det hele som undervisning på en kold mandag morgen. Balancen mellem at have det sjovt og at klare sig godt fagligt er dog ikke nem at finde, men du kan komme rigtig langt med lidt nysgerrighed og åbenhed.

The best Danish bands you’ve (maybe) never heard of

Lukas Graham’s steady climb up the international music charts (‘7 Years’ as at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week running) may be putting Denmark on the global music map but the country is still arguably not known as a hotbed of fantastic musical acts.

Asked about Danish music, most people outside of the country might only be able to offer up ‘Barbie Girl’ or one-fourth of Metallica as examples, but there is in fact an exceptional feast of incredible Danish sounds that has seemingly evaded many people’s musical radar.

Here, in no particular order, is a little sample of some fantastic talent coming out of the crooks and crannies of Denmark.

1. Iceage

The Copenhagen band, formed in 2008, has captured that energetic youthful abandon with their unique punk-rock/noise-rock/post-hard-core sound. Iceage’s first album ‘New Brigade’, released in 2011, was a ragged hack and slash punk album that encapsulated that adolescent ‘screw it’ attitude. But, like many seminal 90s post-punk/shoe-gaze bands like Sonic Youth and Pavement, Iceage honed in on a unique well-constructed sound on their 2014 album ‘Plowing into a Field of Love’. If Iceage’s albums leave you lusting after more of singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s whisky and Marlboro infused vocals, check out his side project ‘Marching Church‘. Fans of Nirvana, Joy Division and Sonic Youth will certainly be in for a Danish treat with this Copenhagen band.

2. Under Byen

One of the things Denmark is widely known for are the ‘Scandinavian Noir’ crime dramas such as ‘Broen’ (The Bridge) and ‘Forbrydelsen’ (The Killing). The dark, melancholic undercurrents that have become so synonymous with Danish drama are gloriously exuded by the Aarhus-band Under Byen (Below the City). Aarhus locals Katrine Stochholm and Henriette Sennenvaldt formed the experimental post-rock band back in 1995 and by 2003 former senior editor of Rolling Stone David Fricke had called them the best band in the world. Though the statement is contestable, Under Byen certainly have a unique atmospheric, sleek and intelligent sound that encapsulates those long Scandinavian winters succinctly.

3) Manus Nigra

The trio from Aarhus effortlessly blend a variety of musical genres to create a multi-layered soundscape. The band released their first self-titled album in 2015 and the hip-hop/trip hop/soul trio have slowly been making waves in the Danish music scene. Manus Nigra’s unique sound comes from the combination of lead vocalist Fönix’s classical training, melded seamlessly with freestyle veteran Ham Den Lange and producer DJ Swab bringing plethora of knowledge from more than 15 years’ experience in the music industry.

4. Felix De Luca
Depending on who you ask, Felix Da Luca is one of the most on-form rappers in Denmark at the moment.  De Luca raps in English with a style that would be at home on the mammoth American hip-hop market. His latest release ‘Valentine’ encapsulates all the elements of Felix De Luca, with its spooky, teasing groove and rapid-fire lyrics.
5. Myrkur
Myrkur (Icelandic for darkness) is an atmospheric black metal project that sounds like a chariot ride to hell on a carriage drawn by swans. A love-her-or-loathe-her polarizing figure within the metal scene, Myrkur is the handiwork of Amalie Bruun (known for her modelling work in productions like Martin Scorsese’s Bleu De Chanel ad), Myrkur is dark, ethereal and compelling all at once.
6. Communions

Combining the fast paced energy of 70s punk with modern indie to create a sound that will resonate with fans of the post punk revival, Communions; first studio release ‘Cobblestones’ came out in 2014 and began the ball rolling for the Danish band who are now gaining recognition from the likes of music media giants Pitchfork and NME. The momentum has yet to subside as their new EP ‘Out Of My World’, released June 2015, received universal praise for the merging of indie-pop sensibilities with a sprinkling of punk rawness. Communions is most certainly a band to keep an eye and an ear on so you can be that person at a dinner party saying “I heard them before they were famous”, you little hipster.

7. Piss Vortex

With a name like that what is not to love about this Copenhagen grindcore band?! The name may create a mental image of a bottomless abyss of urine, but the four-piece have incorporated furious sounds with a subtle undercurrent of jazz composition to create a remarkably unique sound. Admittedly Piss Vortex’s visceral and aggressive sound may not be every single person’s cup of chai, but they were able to grab the attention of influential metal site Metal Sucks after releasing just two songs. If you are partial to fast-paced and aggressive music, don’t flush these guys away without a listen.

8. Suspekt
This hip-hop trio from Albertslund, just west of Copenhagen, have been making waves in the Danish music scene since their beginnings in 1999, culminating with a festival-closing performance on Roskilde’s Orange stage last summer. Suspekt’s explicit raps have sometimes earned them the ‘horrorcore’ label and their Danish-language rhymes aren’t your mainstream ‘hey mum you’ll love this song’ kind of music, but the group puts a unique take on a somewhat tired genre.
9. LSD on CIA
The humoursly-named LSA on CIA provide hedonistic thrash rock that is quickly gaining widespread European popularity. Their sophomore album, ‘Celestial Bodies’ has only just hit the shelves and is a work to behold. Watch out for the melodic mind-blowing efforts of Piotr Fronek, Troels Dankert and Mikkel Konyhe.
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10. Mont Oliver
A rarity amongst rarities, Mont Oliver’s music has shrewdly dodged appearing on Spotify so you’ll have to comb the net a bit more profoundly if you fancy a quick listen. The trio has a sound that borrows bits and pieces from pop, hip-hop, soul and indie and they’ve quickly built a name for themselves in Denmark and piqued interest from abroad.
This list of the best Denmark has to offer musically was compiled by Christopher Manion and Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk.

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump To Withdraw From Presidential Race

In a shocking twist of events, presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced that he would be withdrawing from the race for the republican candidacy. Trump made the announcement just days after withdrawing remarks related to his views on abortion. He had previously stated that “women who have abortions should be punished.”

Clearly overcome by emotion as he addressed a partisan crowd of onlookers, the repenting Trump said that he could no longer keep his bid to become the next U.S president going as his moral conscience had finally caught up with him. Trump proceeded to state that he was sorry that he’d been forced to take his election practical joke to such levels but remains adamant that for it to work as well as it has, he had to have acted convincingly.

“I totally misunderstood the meaning of April fool’s day and though that it would be fun (and great for my corporate empire and viagra bills) to play a practical joke on the American public over these last years.” “What started as an April fool’s idea quickly got out of hand and I got carried away.” “I owe the American public an apology.”

The billionaire entrepreneur went on to thank Timothy Leary and the beat generation for inspiring Steve Jobs to take copious amounts of LSD, a feat he himself repeated in the hope of “finding redemption.”Despite this, Trump advised against doing drugs and stated that he will now shift his efforts towards discouraging Americans from buying illicit substances, in a bid to end drug-related crime in Mexico.

Trump’s announcement comes in the wake of the launch of GunTV, America’s first firearms shopping network on April 1.  The launch of GunTV is not an April fool’s day joke.

Above: Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film, ‘Jackie Brown’ features a gun tv scene that is either very amusing or very tragic. Samuel L Jackson was great in that flick.

  • Sidenote: Gun crimes are responsible for thousands of deaths every year. Since 9/11, less than 100 people have died in terror-related incidents in the U.S. #priorities
  • Despite this, gun legislation continues to be loose and justified via a rhetoric of self defence hinged on second ammendment constitutional rights. There have also been calls to prevent Muslim or Mexican immigration to The U.S, as expressed by the practical joke prince himself, Donald Trump.
  • The media continues to report mass shootings in a “one lone wolf” narrative if the shooter is white and American. By comparison, incidents that involve Muslim shooters, be as it may that they are far less of them, are more often than not framed in a rhetoric that centers around “terrorism”

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Hvordan finder du dit første rigtige job efter, du er blevet færdig på studiet? Vi viser dig nogle gode tricks, der kan hjælpe dig med at finde dit første job, og forklarer hvordan du ikke nødvendigvis altid skal lytte til, hvad A-kassen og jobcentret fortæller dig.

Original article published for Talentguiden, available here

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Af Allan Kortbæk

Du har siddet på skolebænken i flere år og har endelige forladt SU-universet. Tillykke med det! Livet som dagpengemodtager starter ud som noget der er ”nemt” – du skal blot udfylde 2 ansøgninger om ugen, og sidst på måneden ryger der penge ind på kontoen. Det er slut med at stresse over eksamensafleveringer, og at stå op til undervisning kl. tidligt efter en vild aften i byen natten inden. Nu kan du sove, lige så længe det passer dig, og du styrer din tid på en helt anden måde. Det tegner godt.

MEN det er ikke så lige til, som man nu tror. Efterhånden bliver du træt af den bureaukratiske ansøgningsproces, og de mange afslag fra, hvad der ellers kunne være blevet drømmejobbet, begynder at irritere dig.

Hos din A-kasse får du en masse tips, ris og ros. Du får yderligere konkret sparring og rådgivning igennem dagpengeforløbet fra en anden aktør, oftest et vikarbureau som er tilknyttet din A-kasse og varetager det der tidligere var jobcenterets funktion.

Vent, vent! Hvad er en anden aktør for noget?

En anden aktør kan f.eks. være et vikarbureau, hvis formål er at få dig i job. Vejen til det, ifølge de fleste anden aktører, er via virksomhedspraktik, som man bliver rådet til at tage. Det giver også god mening for dem at sige det, da de får penge fra staten for hver eneste der tager i praktik eller får job efter et obligatoriske forløb hos dem. Virksomheder er glade, anden aktører får en masse penge fra statskassen som mellemled i processen og du som nyuddannet får mulighed for noget konkret erfaring, der kan åbne døren til et fultidsjob. Alle parter er glade, or so it seems.

Efter mange års gratis arbejde i form af praktik og ulønnet arbejde ved siden af mit studie syntes jeg, at det var frækt af den anden aktør, som jeg fik tildelt, at bruge en masse kræfter på at overbevise mig om, at vejen fremme til mit drømmejob var via en ulønnet praktik. Jeg valgte at fokusere på at få et job i stedet for at gå efter en ulønnet praktikplads, hvor garantien for et rigtig job bagefter ikke var sikker. Her er et par forslag baserede på mit forløb til dig, der lige er blevet færdiguddannet og skal finde dit første job:

  • Altid gå efter at få et job. Mangler du erfaring, så kan en praktikplads være en god mulighed, men hvis du har, som de fleste studerende, lavet en del gratis arbejde ved siden af studiet, er det bedste at gå direkte efter målet. Dine mange år på skolebænken skulle gerne give nogle fordele til sidst.
  • Brug dine ressourcer med omtanke. Din A-kasse og anden aktører er der for at hjælp dig i vejen til jobbet. Brug de muligheder de giver dig, men tænk altid godt over hvad for nogle af dem, der giver mest mening for dig.
  • Netværk, netværk og mere netværk. Din stærkeste ressource i dit forløb, men en som for mange er bange for at bruge. Har du f.eks. forbindelser på Linkedin, så er det bare om at bruge dem.
  • Får styr på dine papirer: Ganske enkelt, sørg for at dit CV ser godt ud, sælger dig og ikke mindst er unikt. Hvis du vil profilere dig bredt og har interesse i at arbejde i udlandet eller i et internationalt miljø, så skriv den gerne på engelsk også. Vær opmærksom på, at du ikke bare oversætter dit danske CV, men at du tager hensyn til, at et internationalt CV har en helt anden stil og format.
  • Tro altid på dig selv: Sidst men ikke mindste er det vigtigt, at du ikke tager dagpengeforløbet personligt. Alle har det svært med at komme godt ind på et jobmarkedet, hvor der er så mange om buddet. Afslag er ikke altid et ”nej tak, du er ikke godt nok” og det er vigtigt at man husker på, at der skal mange forsøg til, før man rammer plet.

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