Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in May

Original article published in The Local

The air is rife with the scent of spring and cherry tree blossoms have provided newfound optimism after a winter that many would rather forget. Gone are the bleak, icicle-strewn mornings and false promises of spring being “just round the corner.”

Now that we’re in to May, outdoor concerts is underway and one of our picks for this month is the unlikely combination of Danish trip-rock outfit Spids Nøgenhat performing in the idyllic setting of Tivoli.

We’ve compiled a list of ten concerts – from Dutch violin maestro Andre Rieu to the Peruvian psychedelic electronic sounds of Dengue Dengue Dengue and acclaimed British singer-songwriter Laura Marling – that you won’t want to miss this month.


Denmark’s ten must – see concerts in February

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Ah, February. The shortest month of the year, or just as easily the longest if you consider how long its drab grey skies tend to linger around.

But don’t let the weather keep you holed up at home. There’s always something going on in the Copenhagen area and this month is no exception.

In fact, when I began putting together these listings I was a tad worried about having to scrape the platter for events deserving of a mention. Thankfully, I was positively surprised to find a plethora of great concerts on the horizon, from hip-hop revolutionary extraordinaire Immortal Technique to the endearing Jessie Ware, whose music stands tall amongst the shrubs of modern pop. Here are my picks for the month of February – a smörgåsbord of reggae, industrial grime, alternative rock, folk, hip-hop, Balkan and more.

Click here for The Local’s concert picks in February

December Concert picks

It might be easy to overlook the music options here and now given the fact that summer festivals Roskilde, NorthSide and Tinderbox are already doing their best to get us thinking about the warmer and brighter months ahead.

But there’s no need to hibernate until summer rolls around. Despite December being one of the busiest months of the year for most people, there are still plenty of opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays by taking in a concert. Indeed, this month is filled with opportunities for the catharsis and enjoyment that live music brings.

For those of you who’d like a break from the madness of the festive season, there are sedate acts like Iceland’s Samaris that’ll calm the feistiest of winter nights.

Click here for The Local’s concert picks in December

For those in need of more of a release, the likes of Meshuggah and Mastodon tip the heavy metal scales for this month’s listings whilst impeccable electronic acts such as Gorgon City and Friction & Linguistics offer the chance to dance the night away. And who could forget Lykke Li, an act well and truly in a category of her own? See all ten of our picks here.

What’s On Copenhagen April 2014 II

This lot have made the Belgrade


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April 4, 2014

by Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk

Balkan Beat Party
Global CPH; April Sat 5, 21:00; 70kr

Ushering in the spring with a brass bang, Global CPH have billed several festive Balkan beat purveyors for a night of tomfoolery and revelry.

Bjonko & Copenhagen Chalgija, Umti Orchestra and Dj Prinsen Paulista are some of the names that’ll be propelling your hands and feet into a frenzy on the evening, taking you deep into the world of Balkan music which many of us know only through films like ‘Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’. 
Brace! Brace! This one is going to be loud and uncouth.

Edged D&B nights: Wilkinson
Pumpehuset; Sat 5 April, 22:00; 100kr

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Drum & Bass is a genre that is grotesquely underrepresented in Denmark, so the few gigs that do exist are usually the stuff of legend. MC Black Daniels, CART & DJ Breakfast are amongst the big guns for this one. (AMK)

Horace Andy / Rub A Dub
Stengade; Sun 6 April, 20:00; free adm

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Rub A Dub Sunday’s F**** up your Mondays as the slogan goes. Those intent on a Sunday evening of reggae in the company of the legendary Horace Andy only have one place they can go.

What’s on Copenhagen April 2014


Electronic darling Tangerine


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April 1, 2014

by Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk

Tangerine Dream

Tivoli Concert Hall; Th 3 April, 19:30; 395kr

Tangerine Dream are heavyweight champions in the field of electronic music, having contributed monumentally to music history since they were founded back in the swinging ‘60s in Berlin.
Since then the band’s musicians have come and gone like the tide – today Edgar Froese is the only founder left. 
Capable of trading blows for krautrock supremacy with other titans such as Kraftwerk (who closed last year’s Roskilde Festival), this is Tangerine Dream’s Scandinavian debut and it should be an absolute masterclass.

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust
Rust; Thu 3 April, 21:00; 180kr

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Lee Ranaldo, who Spin magazine staff identified as the #1 guitarist of all time, used to play in the well-known rock band Sonic Youth. His solo work is even more passionate some say. You can decide for yourself.

Global CPH; Fri 4 April, 20:00; 120kr

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TamiKrest are a captivating blues band from Mali, the nation that gave us musicians like Amadou & Mariam and Tinariwen. Global CPH is the perfect venue to experience their soulful music.