Going Underground: Sept 2013

As the festival season comes to a gradual end and the summer ebbs gently away, paving the way for the arrival of autumn, you’d be pleased to know that there are still quite a few events that’ll pique your interest in the city over the next month or so. Distortion Festival is back (if only momentarily in a minuscule late summer version, Red Bull will be throwing a huge event by Christiansborg plus there are several very interesting rock-related gigs here and there. Here’s the best of the bunch :

Friday 6th September: Distortion Garden party, AmagerFælled / 50 DKK- free entrance for everyone with a street armband from this year’s Distortion festival: Little is known about Distortion’s late summer garden party, other than that there will be a festival setup complete with different tents and the well-known rave bus. The relaxing confines of AmagerFælled are as an deal a location as any and with quite a few people committed to attending, expect a bright, breezy and entertaining evening.

Saturday 7th September, 13:00 : Red Bull Copen’Waken 2013 / FREE Red Bull are the maestros of cultural event design in the modern day, venturing into everything from arranging Snowboarding championships to running a very laissez faire albeit highly successful Formula one team. Their Cliff Diving competition held earlier this year off the glitzy Opera house was a huge success. This time round, Red Bull will be assembling 16 of the nation’s most adroit Wakeboarders for a competition that will leave many a spectator gasping at the array of trickery and showmanship. It all takes place by the canals alongside the iconic Danish Parliament, Christiansborg and is, unsurprisingly, free.


Red Bull CopenWaken 2013

Saturday 7th September, 21:00 : Concrete Rockers #1 Soundsystem Release: Bolsjefabrikken Ragnhildgade / FREE between 21:00-23:00, 40 DKK afterwards: Bolsjefabrikken or “The Candy Factory” is about as close to the mirror-free grunge environment of Berlin’s revered cultural aesthetics as you can come in these parts. With the more popular Bolsjefabrikken on Lærkevej set to close soon, the good news is that the larger, more spacious of the two candy factories on Ragnildgade has got a revamped soundsystem which will be tried for the first time on the evening. “Concrete Rockers” is the first in the series of musical events at the venue focused on showcasing heavy dub- based sounds.

Thursday 19th September, 21:00 : French Films, Ideal Bar: 90 DKK: Finnish alternative rockers French Films have got a new album out and return to Denmark following a solid showing at Roskilde’s pavilion junior stage last year. French Films sound like a sprightly concoction of The Beach Boys fused with Indie influences not too different from bands like Vampire Weekend. The band will be visiting Ideal Bar as part of their European / American tour, promoting their latest album, White Orchid.




Finnish band French Films: http://www.blablablahscience.com


Thursday 26th September, 21:00 : Shannon and The Clams, Drone : FREE: Nørrebro’s Drone is one of the few clubs in the city dedicated specifically to rock music. Loud, intimate and smoky, the venue welcomes Indie garage-punk trio, Shannon and The Clams for what should be a lively night. The Oakland-based indie group sound like a mix between the cult psychedelic bands of the 60’s fused with an ecstatic modern-day touch that mimics the style and mannerisms of synthpop act Santigold and will be backed by local band Fright Eye.

Friday 27th September : Chef Records, Store Vega: 200 DKK : The Danish Dancehall mafia, Chef Records have been performing at almost every music venue in the city this year, backed by the popularity of the likes of Raske Penge, Top Gunn and Klumben, all of whom are enjoying booming success as artists. Expect a sold-out show and lots of dancing.



Chef Record’s Raske Penge: Photo/ http://www.vimeo.com

Saturday 5th October, 19:00 : Danish Beatbox Championships, Pumpehuset : 60 DKK pre-sale, 80 DKK at the door: Beatboxing is a musical discipline that has yet to attain recognition as an independent form of expression. The recently formed Danish Beatbox union (DBF) is however working on championing this cause locally and will be hosting an entertaining showcase of 16 of the nation’s slickest beat boxers, who have been selected on the basis of pre-sent video material. With rumours of a live stream of the event to a global audience rife, this is one show you’d like to say you had the pleasure of going to.


Strøm Festival Preview

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:

12th August

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


13th August

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
,13:00–14:00, Free

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 
Time: 17:00–18:00
Cost: Free

14th August

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

15th August:

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.

16th August

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.