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

 

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

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

Midsummer, burning the witch, slutwalk and #metoo

It is a tradition since mediavel times, to make a big bonfire on June 23rd Saint Johns (Sankt Hans) evening. It is all over the country and also in Copenhagen. It has for many years been controversial to burn witches (or the symbol of witches) and even more in these #metoo times.
This year the fires are cancelled because of the long drought. So even it has been raining the last week, The Fire Brigade is still making a ban. Instead there are all sort of creative things, like LED lights and other fake fires.
Along the harbour there are many events, so its easy to take a bike ride and find some.

At Reffen in Refshaleøen, they are celebrating Sankt Hans, and Fastpoholmen are playing, and they are a really good Swedish / Danish band.

Slutwalk
is an event to mark that a woman should be free to dress and act, in any way she likes, without being harashed and assulted by men (or other women). You can participate at Rådhuspladsen at 12 midday, and the next couple of hours. (No dress Code ;-))

Saturday is time for Nørrebro Festival at Blågårds Plads. There is the Nørrebro Løb, where kids and grown ups are running around in Nørrebro, and a Flea Market, and bands playing, Barbecue, Circus, entertainment for the kids and other stuff. It all ends in the evening with the fire without fire or witch. Because Nørrebro is NOT celebrating the burning of witches.

And if you are not that much into outdoor fake bonfires and then go inside to Ungdomshuset an find some Hard core Punk

Natasja on friday
Now ten years have passed since danish reggae legend Natasja died in a traffic accident in Jamaica. She is celebrated in a concert at Pumpehuset friday, with the best reggae artists that Copenhagen can find. It should have been at Grey Hall Christianina, but is moved to a smaller location. Tickets at the door.

Friday Night Skate is starting at Solbjerg Plads 8 PM. So grap your rollers and get moving.

Beyonce and Copenhell
Many of my friends  are headbanging at Copenhell. You can find a spot to hear it from the stages. Or climpe the fences… It is more difficult to climp the fences at Parken . Beyonce and Jay-z are playing, but you can hear it from the park next door.

Nemoland Christiania has free concerts every sunday. You can hear really good rock June 24th  when Sandmen from the 1980´s are playing with my favorite  Rock band Bolværket as support. It should have been the other way round. Sandmen supporting Bolværket.

On your way to Christiania you can drop by the Fleamarket in Islands Brygge. Always something good to find, and the opportunity to take a swim in the harbour.
Have a fantastic weekend

Photo: The outdoor Concert saturday at emaljehaven. 

National day of Greenland

Is on June 21st. So that is why you see the Greenlandic flags everywhere. It is also summer solstice, and among other places its celebrated at Christiania, where the Sunshine Bakery is hosting an event with live music and DJ´s , and food of course. It is Freetown aid, supporting an orphanage project in Nepal.
And then in Vesterbro, there is something I dont really know what is. But it sounds like a wired experience. But the sentence keeps on coming back in my head: ”CALLING ALL VAMPIRE FEMMES TO FEAST ON FASCIST BLOOD (Yerbamala) ”. 

The smaller Live music venues are closing down for the summer, leaving it to the festivals, to take over. Loppen, Alice, Stengade, Amager Bio are all closed, except for some concerts during the Jazz Festival in the second week of july.

But Underwerket is not going down. Wendesday June 20th there is Hardcore with US bans Fury , and two danish support bands.
Ant then Heavy Metal Festival Copenhell starts at thursday at Refshaleøen. 4 days of metal, with a warm up on wendesday. Ozzy, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Nightwish are among the bands playing.

Photo: Sundays Bikewars with Tallbike Knights tournament