LGBTQ Pride Week is now

The school holidays are over, so the kids are back at the desks, and the traffic is back in the street, and the ”Normal” danish summer weather is back. Hope you enjoyed the holiday. We awakes to reality once again.

Pride week
One of the biggest partys are again hitting Copenhagen. Pride week is coming with big shows everyday at the Town Hall square. But there are also loads of other shows going on around the rainbow square with LGBTQ debates, and people from all over the world dropping by. It all culminates on saturday with the big parade, and the whole city center around the Town Hall Square will be a party zone.
I should mention that some people are talking about that the pride is being to commercial, and there is an altenative – non commercial – pride taking place in Nørrebro.

Nowtopia
I dont know quite what it is, but you can join the forces in the Grey Hall at Christiania in the coming week. Nowtopia sounds very experimental, but check it out. It might be a lot of fun, with act and music and all sorts of performances. Open your mind.

Happy 400 years

Christianshavn is now 400 years old!!! And they are celebrating with a big party in the center of this area, with a lot of bands playing, and activities for kids and grown ups. Local institutions are opening there doors to the public, there is a lot of food an drinks. This will turn out to be a very good and Hygge party.

Clock is ticking
Another Dance performance, “for the time being”, this time at Pakhus 11 in Østerbro.  It takes the concept of time and puts it upside down, to make you confused, and to try to stop it and put it into a vacuum. Metropolis is the arranger.

Solange.
First came Beyonce and Jay Z, and wendesday it is little sister. At Tivoli they are celebrating 175 years of amusement, with a concert with Solange . It is ”Free” if you pay the entrance, or if you have a Tivoli card.

A short walk from Tivoli at Pumpehuset, there is another free concert with australian metal band Northlane. And this is a quite a big metal band for such a small venue, so it is a good chance to get your ears filled. It might be the occasion for a good mosh Pit.
Visit from out of California

In Christiania at Operaen they have a concert with a sort of collective that are on a tour of Europe, with alle sorts of acts. I am not entirely sure about what´s it all about, but it sounds fun, and with a lot of entertainment.

Ether or Æter
At Ungdomshuset they are awekening after the summerbreak. Club Æter is hosting an event with a lot of international DIY bands. And they are serving Sangria, with a lot of fruit and booze.

While the pride LGBTQ is all about partying, and having a good time, there is more disciplin for the contesters in the Ironman Compepetition taking place on sunday. Big parts of the central city will be shut down, andn you can stand and cheer at the exausted contenders.

And while all this happens I am going to the Gutter Island garage Rock festival in Vordingborg, 2 hours drive south of Copenhagen.

Photo: Pride flag at Rainbow Square – Regnbue Pladsen

In the summer time.

So anothe great week lies ahead of you. It is just to pick and put on your table.

Cinema

At Huset they are shoving free outdoor films. It is old school cult films like Hair (Milos Foreman), Braindead (Peter Jackson) and Beneath The Valley of the Ultra Vixens (Russ Meyer): they show it in the court yard, which is quit small, so come in good time. 🙂

Dance

Dancing in the summer is so nice, and now you can see the Dancers at Ofelia Square at the harbour. They open the doors one hour before, and there are 150 free seats. It runs for 3 days – August 9-11th, and the setting is absolut marvelous with the Copenhagen harbour as background. Starts at 3 and 7 PM

Food

Street food, has been the new thing in Copenhagen the last years, and in the weekend you can join the Street Food Festival at Nørrebro by the lakes. So a lot of small tasties, and you wont leave hungry.

Live music

At Pumpehuset City Garden there are still free concerts om wendesdays. Check it out on the August 8th, with some indie band:

For the second time the Haven Festival  are opening there doors to the audience. With names like Arcade Fire, Kraftwerk, Einsturzende Neubauten, Den Sorte Skole, there is something for everybody. The only little But: The prices for beer and food are to high, and mainly for the wealthy hipster segment. It is at Refshaleøen.

For the latin lovers there is Trypical Cumbria for you at Operaen Christiania . It is friday evening and night, and it is cash only.

And at Lygtens Kro in Outer Nørrebro there is Balkan Bouzouki (not bazooka!! 😉 ) Music with Kalles Casino. It is free entance and alsom on friday.

Saturday in Nordhavn, there are not so many parties, but the El Paso Summerparty sounds like really fun with a Mexican / Texican them, so a lot of Tequila, moonshine, hot food and “Fiesta like there is no Mañana.”

Photo: Zink Global figure by the Toldboden harbour

Will the summer ever end?

Now the sun is beginning to go down at 9 PM, and with the beautifull weather it is perfect for outdoor film watching. The season starts with The Cinematek shoving films at Kongens Have. Tuesday its an old Wim Wenders Classic: Buena Vista Social Club.  and in the coming weeks there will be more free outdoor cinema. I tell you about it later 😉

Sunday concert at Nemoland – Christiania is electronic rapper Lucy Love, check her videos: and Rapper from Aarhus Marwan, it is off course free of charge, and mayby I meet you there. But besides that here are very few concerts in this week.

If you are looking for some slow moving ambient Chill out, head for Frederiksberg Have (Gardens) and the Stella Polaris Festival. They say it is one of the biggest Chilling festivals in the world, and it takes place every year. And with this lovely summer, it seems like a very good place to spend your saturday.

Dancing

Metropolis is presenting free dance performances around the city. It is both in late evening and early mornings. Led by Joanne Leighton, who is a choreografher / dancer, and the international dance company WLDN. Check it out.

I am not a big fan of Opera. In fact I have never seen one for real in a theater. But there is a Opera festival going on – with free concerts at The food market at Israels Plads.

Going fast

Motorsport is not a really big thing in Copenhagen but in the weekend there is a race with old historic cars like Aston Martin, Porsche and Lotus. It takes place in Nordvest, but they call it Bellahøj, because it sounds finer.

Wake Boarding is like water skiing on a board. But here it is after a cable car dragging you through the water. There is danish championships, so a lot of tricks on display there. Copenhagen Cablepark in Amager is the host to this event.

Fleas

After a break in July the flea market season starts up again, this time with two good ones. Saturday at Enghave Plads Vesterbro, and Sunday at Stefansgade Nørrebro you can catch a good thing. “A Flea market a day, keeps the bad times away”.

Photo: Flea Market season starts up again

 

In the summer time

The summer keps on being absolutely fantastic. The weather is so warm, the water in the harbour is nice to swim in, so right now you get the best that Copenhagen can offer.

Carpark Festival July 27-28th is placed at the parking lot under the Aabuen highway on the border between Frederiksberg and Nørrebro. They present upcoming bands from Copenhagen and surroundings, so you can find something that suites your music taste. It is free, and there are bars and food trucks.

And there are more upcoming bands in Huset, where the ”Summer in the City” festival is taking place. Its free entry and right in the center of the Copenhagen, so it should be easy to find.

Feel like dancing?

Blågårds plads in Nørrebro is hosting a big dance event by Metropolis. It will be quite spectacular when the 100 dancing Copenhagers perform the space specific choreography by Joanne Leighton. There are two performences at 4 and 7 o´clock PM. It sounds lie a unic experience. Read More

Son of Bob

He will never get rid of the legacy of his father: Reggae legend Ziggy Marley is on tour and he is presented in Vega on July 25th. Ziggy is both doing some of his own stuff, but it shold be possible to hear some of Bob Marley classics as well.

Remember Aqua? Barbie Girl? They are headlining concerts sponsored by Tuborg Breweries, together with Lukas Graham, Danish Rock legends DAD and a bunch of other bands. The concert is in Valby Parken on sunday 29th and starts at 1 PM. It might be a good idea to buy your ticket in advance.

Eclipse

Take a good look at the moon. On friday around 9.30 PM it turns all red, when there is a lunar eclipse during full moon. Its easy to see from the ground, and since its just after the rise of the moon in the east, it is best seen from the Amager Beach. You can bike out there, or take the Metro. And the weather should be bright and clear.

 

One more picture From Roskilde festival: Brazilian Dona Onete

Life is more than Jazz

I am back from four days at Roskilde Festival, with some fantastic people, music, moments and atmosphere. And after sleeping two days, also back at the desk.
The Jazz festival is rolling with full steam. It is easy to find the good cheap concerts. You just click at free concerts and the date, and you can find them. At Balders Plads  in Outer Nørrebro they have a very good program, with a lot of local musicians.
Also at Kongens Have in Central Copenhagen have free concerts with good bands. For late night you can head to Christiania Jazzklub at Børneteatret. It isn´t free but its cheap and with a little smoke in your lungs you can find really nice concerts.

Art

Not everything is jazz. CC – short for Copenhagen Contemporary – has opened in new rooms at Refshaleøen. It is 7000 m2 big and the opening show is the Superflex Group doing there London Tate show from last year. I haven´t check it yet, but that will come soon.

Street Partys

On friday 13th  Rust  makes a street party outside of there venue in Guldbergsgade. They Cooperate with the independant Hip Hop Label Affiliated, so you can drop by and listen to some of the sweetest Hip Hop That Copenhagen can produce right now. Starts at 4 pm and officially ends at 10, but no surprice if the party continues into the long summer night.

You can cotinue straigtht to another Street party in Nørrebro, with Bas Under Buen. Reggae, dancehall, dubstep, UK garage, dub, steppas, drum & bass, UK bass, trap. Everything with a heavy bas. Thats Saturday July 14th, with by the way is my birthday.

Underwerket

If you are tired of all the sun and positiveness and are feeling more dark and glommy go to Underwerket at Saturday 14 th. Legendary hardcore punk band MDC – Millions of Dead Cops – are playing with German Scheisse Minelli. It is a very small room, so remember your ear Plugs. But very cheap beer.
At Ungdomshuset you can also find cheap beer end Hardcore punk with Swedish band Lonely Grave.

Move your body!!!

The Move festival is all about moving your body. There is dancing, yoga, slackline, parkour, lectures and much more. The Festival takes place at Refshaleøen, and I think that you are free to join all the classes. Next year i might do some Tai Chi or Chi kung classes. 😉

I take a holiday
Next week I am taking a holiday, so no updates from me. But Loppen at Christiania have their own outdoor Loppen Festival, with local bands. It is right outside the venue at Christiania from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July, and its free, but please support and buy your beer and sodas there.

Photo: Roskilde Festival: Japanese Boris & Metzbow

Summer in the city

This week the weather is absolutely amazing…

Summerdance in Fælledparken.
The next five weeks you can go dancing for free. It is every monday – thursday in the whole month of July. So grab your dance shoes and find a partner. If you dont already have a dancing partner, you can find one here. And the best place to find a lover is on the dancefloor. Because if you can dance together – you can make love together. ❤
Check it out

Friday night skating
Find your skates and and join the pack. It starts at Solbjerg plads, Frederiksberg and there is both room for Side By Side and Inliners.

Jazz is not dead… 
The start of the week is quite dead when it comes to concerts. But this is just calmness before the storm. Because now the Jazz Festival is coming with an amazing program. In the ten days the festival goes on, there will be more han 1000 concerts in more than 100 venues. And a lot of it is for free, so you can sit outside and chill with a six pack.
I dont want to come with specific recommendations. Also a lot of the concerts are not in the official program. But dont miss the opening concerts at Kongens Have, Presenting Pierre Dørge and the New Jungle Orchestra. Some of the best jazz in Denmark.

Meanwhile You can find me in the Dust hell at Roskilde Festival. It is the best program for the last decade, and I am going for 4 days. Roskilde is the biggest cultural event in Scandinavia. Eminem, Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, Nick Cave, Massive Attack are the biggest names. But with 170 names in all musical categories, there is a lot to chose from.

 

Photo: The water in the harbour is 21 celcius. Perfect for a cooling swim. 

Drunk students

Now the students are graduating from High school. You will see them with there white caps, and either they are drunk, or have a hangover. Traditionally the students drive around in old open trucks and visit the homes of all the parents of the students. Here the students will be treated with food and drinks (Bubbles). By the end of the day, they will be drunk as hell. Please wave and cheer, when you see them.

So the summer holiday is starting now, and everything is closing down, before Roskilde Festival and Copenhagen Jazz festival is coming in the start of July.

But the city is not entirely dead, and a slow drive will reveale a lot of small unannounced events. And the next couple of weeks it will be all sun and warm summer, for hanging out at the harbour. The summer nights in Copenhagen can be magic, and you wish they never end.
Friday in Christiania, there will be Old school rock at Woodstock. Woodstock is the nearest you come to western salon. With the drugs, but witout the guns. Its free.
Also at Christiania in Operaen there is Soul, to make you dance.

Doktordoktor is soft hiphop playing at Blaagårds Apotek on Nørrebro. A bit futher away from the town center Rock n´Roll is playing for free at Lygtens Kro.

Bolsje Fabrikken have a great dance party on saturday, it is Techno and electronic music. NightCrawlers are doing a big show. It is Free and drinks are cheap, so nothing should stop you from partying until sunrise.

Have a Faboulous weekend

Photo: Bolværket at Nemoland, Christiania, sunday June 24th