Sauna and Hygge time. Blues Festival, LGBTQ Movie Festival, and more…

It seems like autumn is finally arriving with colder nights, the leaves are falling of the trees, and we can dig the indoor Hygge atmophere with a piano man and candle lights.

And it is still possible to take a dip in the cold water in the harbour. You can rent a Sauna, and sit there and get really hot and sweatty, go outside, and jump in cold water, and up again and back to the sauna. Here are som suggestions, and then you can check out the one that fits you best. :
https://copenhot.com/services/
http://butchersheat.dk
http://www.inipi.dk
Also the Art Hall at Charlottenborg have a sauna installation in the court yard. And it is really beautifull with the Golden egg, but I dont see any cold bath near by, so mayby you just have to stay sweatty.

Its also time to go to the movies, and here you can for example go to Husets biograf in Rådhusstræde. They have all sort of weird – Bad Taste – B Films – Cult Movies – that you have never heard off. Check out there program here.
In the Cinemateque at Gothersgade there is a LGBTQ film Festival going on in the next week, starting friday October 26 and continuing the next 10 days.

And Lonely Planet Books have anoounced that Copenhagen is the best city to visit in 2019!!! That is both good and bad. It means that I will have more to do as a tourist guide, but also that prices will be rising, and for the locals, it can be difficult to find places to go, where there are no tourist. I am surprised how mainstream they are. There are a lot of other stuff than Nyhavn and Tivoli.

Live Music

Blues festival
Autumn is the right time for a Blues Festival, where you can sit and get a bit glommy, and feel sorry for yourself. Most bands are local, but there are also US and European bands playing. Its from wendesday to sunday and Mojo is one of the places to go.

Wendesday
Kakkmaddafakka is a fantastic band name, and I heard them at this years Roskilde Festival. They are from Norway and play a sort of indie dance-friendly simpel pop music.
Pumpehuset are hosting Kakkmaddafakka.

 

Thursday
Going for some fast guitar / Punk rock on a Thursday? Head for Stengade and The Coathangers which is an all girl band from Atlanta, US. I will most propaply be there for some thursday action.

If you are more into electronic trance, Go to the Grey Hall at Christiania (Den Grå Hal) where you can find “Above and Beyond” from UK. The Hall is quite small for a band of this size, so I dont know if they are bringing there whole visuals. It will be a cool event.

Weird Friday

We stay with Stengade in Nørrebro for another cool concert. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. !!! :-0 are from Japan, and for this concert you are really in for some weird improvised stuff. But mayby it will open up your mind to another level. Who knows?

Another weird place is Woodstock and Ben Gillespie. I dont really know what it is, but concerts at Woodstock, Pusher Street, Christiania are always worth going for. So you get a chance to take in the scene with the local hangouts.

And for some more weird and also electronic is Robin Fox from down under performing at Alicecph in Nørrebro. Its very electronic. Prepare yourself for being blasted out.

Saturday
I am not a big fan of Halloween. Thinks it a big phony, and I dont get the concept. Mayby for kids, put in this respect I am not a kid. But at Ungeren in Nordvest they have a Halloween Party with a Misfits cover band and cheap scary cocktails.

One of my favorite Vesterbro bars is Mærkbar at Vesterbrogade. Its a small room, so when a band is performing its very packed. Saturday ”Vi er fædre” are giving a concert and its a good idea to remember your earplugs. Loud and fast.

Sunday
Did you get tickets for The Vaccines? The British band is performing in a place like Lille Vega and in a small place like this it can be a fantastic concert. Playing all there hits, it is great 10.000 people festival band. But here they are. I am looking out for a ticket. 🙂

Last concert of the week is at Islands Brygge Culture House, with some big band performing all the classics from the 1950´s With a great crooner in front, and a lot of horns. Hay Burner is the name.

Photo: Street art at Christiania. Broken heart Blues

Look up in the sky – And see Kim Larsen

If you wonder what the Copenhagernes are talking about these days, then here is the answer: One of the greatest danish Sing and song writers – Kim Larsen – just passed away at he age of 72. He was living a big part of his young life at Christianshavn, so you will see flowers and candles in the streets, and Vor Frelsers Kirke in the center of Christianshavn has been playing some of his tunes on the bells.
On friday it is celebrated with af parade going from Christianhavn to the Town Hall square, with loads of beer drinking – Cigaret smoking and danish mucisians are playing live cover versions.

Are you sometimes walking around and looking up in the sky and wondering what is up there? Well you can find the answer at: Science and cocktails.  It´s a concept where you get something to drink and then listen to some really long haired talks. This time it is about Black Holes, and here are some of the Questions: Does time come to an end inside black holes? Do black holes exist forever? Did the universe have a beginning? Or was there something before the big bang? Is there only one universe or are there many? Can we hop from one universe to another? Why does the universe bother to exist at all? ? What was Stephen Hawking’s quantum theory of the origin of the universe? (Copy paste from webside)
At all places this is taking place at Byens Lys, the Cinema of Christiania. Be square and be there 😉 Its on saturday and free entrance, and the cocktail are cheap. Cash Only!

And while we are up there in the sky, I will mention that the Louisiana Art Museum in Humlebæk, north of Copenhagen, has an exibtion about the moon. It has received a lot of good reviews in the papers, and should be worth seeing.

The Copenhagen PIX Festival is still on, for the next week and there are loads of fantastic films to be seen. I wish I had more time.

Live music
This week Lygtens Kro is celebrating the Oktober Festival, with loads of german beer and Bratwurst, Jodle battles!!! and good concerts. I am at the Banditos (US) on wendesday, and might also pop by at Saturday with Rambo Banjo and the Slickpickers. But also on thursday and friday there are concerts.

On wendesday you should go for Alice where you can find and absolute incredible concerts when 1990’s etno/techno Transglobal Underground meets the Albanian wedding orchestra Fanfara Tirana. I have seen both bands at Roskilde Festival, and the mix /of these to sounds like it could be the concert of the month!!! Truly World music. ❤

Friday Culture Box  is hosting one of the best DJ´s of our time when Sasha gives a unique concert, that you will remember for a long time. Buy your ticket in advance, sinsce it is almost sold out.

For your weekly doze of Psych and Stoner go to Loppen and get a full dosis with tree bands playing, and combining Kraut it into

Saturday go for Islands Brygge Culturehouse and the KutiMangoes, with there incredible etno pop sound. And remember your dance shoes.

For some mone shine lickering outlaw country go for KB 18  and be prepared for Bob Wayne and his cover versions of everything from Rihanna to the Offspring.

Faster!! Louder!!
In Ungdomshuset there is a weekend of Grind core with a big festival with mostly scandinavien bands. It is with two stages, cheap warm beers and bonfires in the courtyard. Cash Only!

Photo: Pacific Swell performing at Islands Brygge Culture House. 

Christiania Birthday Party and PIX

It is the end of the month, and money is running out. And there are no more free outdoor events left. So here are a few tips.

Art
There are two exibitions you can go and see: At Politikens Hus, you can see ”World Press Photo” with pictures of the best news photos from the past year. Be prepared for some heavy shit. Some of them are not very nice.

At Charlottenborg – The Art School – in Nyhavn You can right now find the BigArt thing with danish architecture company Bjarke Ingels Group. They have been cooperating with different artist, such as Ai Weiwei and Lars Von Trier.

Movies and Films
Another big thing in Copenhagen right now is the Copenhagen Film Festival Pix, starting on Thursday September 27th and for the nex two weeks. A lot of premiers and new films, in cinemas all over Town. Also there are a festival for Kids ”Buster”, and there are all sorts of different subjects, such as Film with and about musicians. And there is workshops for kids and adults and much more…

One of the films is 2001: A Space Odessey by Stanley Kubrick in an Imax version. Sounds like a fantastic experience.

Sports
The Copenhagen Roller Derby Team are having visitors from Jutland on saturday afternoon. It is a fast going contact sport, with women in tattoos and stockings. Very entertaining and starts at 2 PM at DGI byen. FB event

Christiania 47th birthday
The only place to be at Wendesday September 26th is at Christiania. 47 years after the hippies turned over the fence, a lot has changed at Christiania. But there are free concerts at Månefiskeren, Woodstock, Nemoland and Loppen along with other places. It is a great party!!!
I say congratulasions to all the good people of Christiania – and fuck all the violent, money addicted, drug dealers, standing and selling there shit dope.

Live Music

Tuesday 25th at Mojo – the Blues Bar at the center there is this little concert, that I think will be very good. The new thing about Mojo is that they have dropped the indoor smoking, which I think is nice. So you are not leaving the bar with stinking Nicotine clothes. Elias Bendix is playing Jazz / soul.

For a great Metal party head to Lygtens Kro on Friday 28th with metal DJ´s paying. It is free, and the Beer is not to expensive.

Another cheap place, at the end of the month is Ungdomshuset, it is coming to an end of the 10 years birthday month. And on friday it is with a electronic music party, with some of the best underground DJ in the city.

Also at KB 18 in the meat packing District there is electronic DJ´s performing at a not to expensive price.

Saturday you can head for Christianshavn Bådudlejning, which is a restaurant and bar in the Canal. There is Dale Smith Blues Band playing, for the end of summer party. Normally a lot of boats comes and join the party, so the canal is filled up with boats, and all sorts of nice people. A really good party.

Free concert Is also possible at Mærkbar, Vesterbrogade. When ”The Elephant Suit” is entering the room. It is a very small, and there is no stage as such. But always a cosy atmophere. Its at Saturday.

At the other end of town, head for Operaen in Christiania for some Brazilian dancing with funk and samba. It is normally cheap to get in, and the drinking is cheaper than most other places.

But the week is not over until sunday: At Islands Brygge Beboerhus you can hear the amazing Pierre Dørge and the New Jungle Orchestra, Playing there super fantastic music. Prepare to be dancing, until your feet hurts.

Photo: Christiania Birthday Party on wendesday

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

Photo festival, Photos from above

Photo festival is taken place with 57 different excibitions, spread out over the city. It is the next 10 days, and there is both history and art. As a dedicated photographer I sure will check out some of the things there. It is not only in Copenhagen, but also in Malmø. The main place is at ”Photo City” In Copenhagen Østerbro.

A night at the Opera

Operaen at Cristiania have a evening with Showmen, Jugglers, sword swallowers and much more. There is bands playing, and a night disco. It is FridayJune 8th

Instrumental reggae sound interesting and more like a jam, than actual numbers. Stengade on Nørrebro has it, and it will be hot and crowded, and it is almost sold out. Local Reggae performers are doing what they are best at.

Stop torture are making a concert at Kongens Have Saturday June 9th . It is with Teitur from Faroe islands and Danish X factor winners Place on Earth and Noah as a headline. Also entertainment for the kids. If you join this concert, please contribute with some money or a buy the beer or give a signature. They are doing a great job and need some support.

Get a ride

Hitchhiking has never been a big thing i Denmark. It has always been difficult to get a ride out of Copenhagen. But now there is opening official places to hitchhike out of Copenhagen. It is at 4 different places going north, west and south. We still need a place for going East towards Sweden. It is celebrated with an event on saturday June 9th from 9 morning to 6 evening.

Pictures from above

The French Photographer Yann Arthus-bertrand is making an event where he wants to have pictures and films of poeple with Bikes. It is on Israel Square Sunday June 10th at 5 PM. Check the event here.
It will be used in a new book, So be there at the square and be part of the event.

Sleep, swim and art

Hope you had a good long weekend. The coming days  also have something good for you.

Art week

Today, tuesday May 22nd, the Copenhagen Art Week is opening up. There are a lot of events, exibitions, performances, talks, films, debates and much more. Full program.
It opens up at The Charlottenborg, Royal Academy of art, at Nyhavn 6 pm. It is free, and you can have the change of catching a glass or two of Rosé wine, and have a a small canapee.

Sleep

Wendesday 23rd I will mayby go to Sleep at The Grey Hal Christiania. It is stoner rock, and good. I saw them some years back at Roskilde Festival, and I will go again. Afterparty at Loppen, with more stoner. And also at Loppen tuesday 22nd you can find the Bell Rays  . It is grovvy rock soul funk.

Swim

The water in the harbour is gettting warmer and warmer, and has now reached 18 degress. Officially you can only swim at the designated areas, but I have never heard about anybody being fined for swimming, where ever they wanted. So bring your towel and take a dip. Its nice.

 

Picture. I found the spider at a cafe by the habour. It is not open yet (The cafe), tell you more later. 

Weekend April 13-15th

Concrete Jungle

At Bolsje Fabrikken (Candy Factory), there is a big show with the newest in Jungle, Dubstep and Deep Bass. A great line up with UK, Dutch and local bands and DJ´s. Shouldnt be to difficult to find something to smoke either. So there´s a great dance party for you. https://www.dukop.dk/events/3861?locale=da

Becoming Animal.

Is a exhibition that friends of mine har recommended. It tells the story of how animals are metaphors in our daily life. Go and see it and get a provocative, thougtfull, sometimes brutal experience. http://denfrie.dk/en/exhibition/becoming-animal/

Waving the flags

Monday April 16th is the Queen of Denmarks (Margrethe II) 78th Birthday, and at 12
o´clock noon, she will appear at the balcony at Amalienborg Palace and all the kids, will be standing with flags, the Royal Guards will be there in red Galla Uniforms, and the band will be playing, and if you have this idea that Denmark is such a nice ”hyggeligt”, country, this is where it will be confirmed.

Picture is the Grey Hall in Christiania. Not so grey any more 😉