Happy Xmas (War is over)

The John Lennon / Yoko Ono christmas song is iconic. But war is not over, even if you want it.  The war goes on all platforms, and you are in the center of it. The war for your time, the war for your money, the war for your freedom, The war for your _____________________ (please fill in).
So keep on fighting, to the be the one you want to be. 

Tuesday
Bauhaus is an iconic band from the 1980´s with post punk scene. I never really considered them Goth, but they have received a lot of attention from the Goth community. Peter Murphy, the lead singer and composer, are performing the classic Bauhaus songs at Vega. I saw the same show about 5 years back, and its really good. And suits the depressing weather. 

For those who are searching for a bit of heavy on a tuesday, the road will lead you to Amager Bio and Lucifer. They are from the forests of Sweden. Supported by Local Skinny Violet, who have left the garage,to play some rock.

Wendesday
The Blue Van at Hotel Cecil. Its really good positive pop rock, which you might need in these hard times.

Babylove & the Van Dangos are a local band: Jazzy, soul and Funk, at one of the many small Jazz bars in the center of town. Charlie Scotts have room for 150 people.

Thursday
The Christiania Jazzclub and Børneteatret have many differet shows. Today theres a English spoken Hip Hop arrangement, with Jethro Alonestar Sheeran and the guy who is always everywhere: Al Agami. They call it Hip Hop, but i will bet my old cap, that it will be more like Rap with jazzy notes.

Friday
The oldest NYC Ska band are still going strong, and are on a worldtour. The Toasters are visiting Loppen, and I would be there, if it wasn´t  for the julefrokost I am attending.  Polish you Dr. Martens and get going.

Another really good way to spend your friday is at Pumpehuset. Career Suicide, The war goes on and Night Fever are some of the best Punk/Metal bands. This must be the best concert of the week. Its loud and fast. 

For the Brazillian lovers, head for Operaen, Christinia, and Trypical Cumbia. Its a Big Band, who are performing, to make your feed move. You cant stand still. Theres a support band as well. It will be sold out, so come early, and bring cash, for the entrance and the bar. 

Saturday
This years Xmas show at Alicecph: The Kutimangoes are playing Hot Hot Hot Afrobeat. Enjoy and dance.  They are the best Afrobeat act in town right now. 

I first saw Danko Jones many years back in Stengade. Now he has made it big, with many tours, and last time he was at Roskilde Festival 2017. Pure Rock´n Roll at Pumpehuset

To warm up your heart in this cold weather go for Seven Inch Orange at Operaen. They are playing good old soul music, from the 1960´s and 70´s No doubt where the inspirations are coming from, and its really good, with a lot of horns.

Sunday
Enter Shikari is a British fast Rock band, thou describe themselves as being Hardcore. But they are fast and are going over the hills like a rocket. Its also at Pumpehuset.

And the Chritsmas market in the Grey Hall, Christiania are still on for the coming week. There are local bands playing and its really hygge. When I think about Xmas Hygge – I think about the Grey Hall Julemarked. 

Another christmas tradition is the Santa Lucia parade with kayaks in the harbour channels. Its on thursday december 13th and the kayaks are all lighted up. Its really beautifull. Sails of from the Kajak hotel at Kalvebod Bølge 4.30 PM.

Buy a Bloody Mary at the bar and go to the Christmasblood in Ungeren with Muay Thai. Its really exiting, and the audience goes wild. Best view is from the balcony. Doors open at 5 PM, and first match 6. Bring your cash. 

Credits to Mark from Monsun for photo

BO IS BACK

Sorry, for not posting anything the last two weeks. But I was down with a serious batch of man-flu. Now Im back at the blog, sitting at the screen, with my fingers dancing at the keyboard. Meanwhile we have gone into december, the christmas month, with all the partys, christmas beer, gifts, Christmas markets, and ending it all with the biggest one night party of the year: New year.

Tuesday
The Nightmare before christmas,   The Tim Buton movie, is perfect for sing-a-long, so head for Cinemateket, where they are showing the movie. And you dont have to sit quietly in your seat. Jump up, and sing a long with the rest of the audience. Only for nerds. 😉

Wendesday
Viagra Boys  from Sweden are one of the best band names I know of. I saw them from the moshpit this summer at Roskilde Festival, and now they are back, playing at Lille Vega . Its post punk and rock´n roll right in your chest.

Thursday
Do you remember Rodriques who just came out of nowhere, with an album from the end of the 1960´s and just blew everybody away? Its the same story with the UK Singersongwriter Washti Bunyan  who is playing in a concert arranged by Alicecph, but taking place Nørrebro Teater in Ravnsborggade.

Cockpit Music is a legenday Copenhagen band dating back to the 1980´s. Jazz, Post Punk, World and Avantgarde finds its way out of the Guitar, drums and sax of the three guys. They are performing one of their rare concerts at Jazzcup in Gothersgade. Its early, starts at 4 PM.

Friday
Brazilian Cumbria at Alice Copenhagen. Its local bands and DJ´s, for this christmas show.  Grease your hips and dance your trouble away. 

For some good old psych go for the hippie place at Operaen Christiania,  where The Sonic Dawn are playing, and then Beat meremaids are Dj´ing with there amazing collection of 1960´s psych . Cash Only

Underwerket in Valby have visitors from Italy in Storm{o} who are playing hard core punk. They are supported by two Copenhagen Bands: Hypocrite and Flayed .

Its not many Cathedrals, that opens up for concerts in the evening. But in Vor Frue Kirke in Nørregade, its God Goes Deep,  with DJ Mashti, and a lot of guest. The church room gets illuminated, and you can sit there and meditate over the Chill out ambient sounds. Its world Class and of course its free.

Saturday
More brazillian at Alicecph when DJ Mam, from Rio are dropping by. For many years one of the best DJ´sin Rio, he has now joined with local Copenhagener Pharfar one a new album. So this is a release album Concert.  

Nikoline is the new superpower Feminist rapper on the danish scene. With ”Sut min klit” she is brilliant in getting her message out. I bet she will be doing the summer festivals around the country, so go to Loppen and see her before everybody else. 

One of this weeks best ROCK concerts are Deville at Stengade – Nørrebro They play loud and with good guitars. Bringing two supprt bands with them.

In Ungeren Nordvest There is a punk rock party, with Ond Tro (DK) & Svart Magi (Sweden). They are both some of the very good new wave in Scandinavia, and playing at one of there favorite venues, this is turning out to be a very good concert. And then theres a lot of DJ´s. Cash only. 

Turquise Sun are from Aarhus and are playing surf / psych, and they also have vocal hamonies. In Underwerket  you can also hear Fyr, who is Oscar from Orcas, with a guitar, and Bünni is warming up with some Lo-fi experimental.

Jul på Vesterbro is a legendary Christmas TV comedy by Anders Mathesen. The closes you are coming to the real thing is Märkbars Christmas paper cuts. There will be bands playing and you can drink the DødsGløgg  (Death gløgg) . You will be talking slurred and feeling it is not possible to walk straight. But funny as hell. 😀 

Sunday
No real good live music, but then go to AFUK on Enghavevej and see the Freak XMAS show, with a lot of international performers. Very talented body artists, so it will be a great show, for you.  

Monday
Two reasons for going out, on this monday.  Go to Vega, and listen to 1990´s Brit rock Ash (from Northern Island) who are still going strong.  They are supported by Indoor pets also from the UK

Supersuckers with Eddie Spaghetti in front are one of the best Garage rock bands, you can find on the the planet right now. They are playing at Hotel Cecil.
And suddenly your monday is not so boring after all. 

There are to kinds of people: Those who sell, and makes money, and those who buys and uses money. So you can find Christmas Markets all over town, that will gladly take your money and covert it to some crap. Some of the best crap is to be found at Christiania Julemarked. It opens up saturday december 8th, and goes on for the next two weeks. Choose a normal weekday in the afternoon, and NOT  in the weekend. 

Credits to Mark from Monsun for photo  

November, November, November November…

The Year has 16 months: 
November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, November, November, November.
For danes it is one of the most remembered poems, by Danish poet Henrik Nordbrandt. In fact I think january is worse – but its still a good poem. ;-D

Friday November 9th its 80 years since the Crystal night 1938 in Nazi Germany, where the Nazis smashed jewish shops and it was another step towards the Holocaust. And now its more important than ever, that you show yourself as an anti-racist and meet up. Never agin a Crystal Night is at Gammeltorv and starts at 5 PM.

Sunday november 10th  you can renew your music collection at the record faire in Nørrebro Hallen, find the best records. Traders are coming from Germany, Sweden Holland, and the locals off course. Runs from 10 AM – 3 PM

Live Music

Sorte Firkant Musicfestival
This week Stengade in Nørrebro has there own music festival in, with a program of four days – Thursday to Sunday – and a lot of excellent music. Check it out.
The big thing is Lee Ranaldo – former Sonic Youth – playing on sunday. Check the program, it is really impressive, and its a good deal to buy the 425 kr full ticket.

Tuesday
Tuesday there is a pretty good concert at Hotel Cecil in the center of town. Dream Vife from the UK, is a three girl band, and as I can hear it, the inspiration comes from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the indie sound of the 00´s. Support is local Velvet Volume .

Wendesday
Jpegmafia Is a new act from NYC, and its a sort of Industrial Rapping, if it exist? Very political, sometimes rough, sometimes poetic. But always interesting, always on the alert. Its at Loppen, Christiania.

In Amagerbio you can meet Dan Baird and the Homemade Sin Former Georgia Satellites guitar hero, so its south state rock, n´roll. First concert is sold out, but lucky you! Theres a new concert the day before. 😀

Thursday
Dirtmusic sounds like its a mix up of everything. If you can imagine a mix of Australian postpunk, desertblues from Western Sahara and Turkish psych, then you are getting near. Its at Alicecph and it will be GOOD.

Tim Andresen is the co-owner of Culture Box, the number one venue for electronic music. And he is also a really cool DJ, so find your dance shoes and get moving, to one of the best Danish Acts right now.

Friday
Hank von Hell is former lead singer of legenday norwegian Turbonegro. He is an excelent performer with a great show, all dressed in white. Its at Pumpehuset, and surprisingly not sold out. Stadionrock with sing a long and too many people taking pictures during concert.

Sometimes I wonder what a big name is doing on a small stage in a small venue. That is the case with Talib Kweli. He is Political, cool, simple, and a much respected veteran in the hip hop business. Its in little Vega

But then in Big Vega you can find Av Av Av. Who are now moving into a bigger scene. Its electronic local DJ´s and they are throwing a big party. Lots of dancing in da club.

Saturday
At Alicecph, Nørrebro they are ending the G((o))ng Tomorrow experimental festival with a three piece concert Astrid Sonne (DK) Ying- Hsueh Chen (Taiwan), and Cucina Povera (Fin) are performing with all sorts of instruments and visuals. Interesting…

Then Pumpehuset has something completly different when swedish rockers Graveyard are visiting. Its sold out, but try your luck with people who want to sell tickets at the original price.

Operaen in Christiania are again welcoming Brazilian La Banda: Its a big band and dance show with samba and alls sorts of related styles.
And they dress up like its a carnival, so you will have swinging skirts all over the place. DJ Quasiliero keeps the dancefloor Hot with Salsa, funk, Samba, Reggae, Hip Hop…

Sunday
The dark sunday is back. And it is taking place at Pumpehuset. Where Kataklysm are performing.  Its Heavy metal with a voice, fast and efficient. And they take no enemys. Supported by Hypocrisy swedish guitar rock: fast and nervy.

Photo: REflections in Christianshavn Canal 

Dancing in September

There are still a lot of outdoor activities even though we are in the middle of september and its getting colder.

Dancing
Detour is a dance festival taking place mostly at Frederiksberg at the Edison Theater. Its a lot of new urban dancing – Hip Hop – Only Female – and much more. Most of it in the coming weekend and with a different program every day.

Dont fear the weird
We all now this about weirdness. It is somehow repulsive, but yet, you cant help to be a little attracted to it. Letting yourself lose control. And it is theme in many movies, like Scorseses Taxi Driver. I have some friends that I call weird, whatever they are suffering from. Weirdness is the theme for the four day film festival that is presented in Cinemateket,  and arranged together with different psychiatric organisations. Runs from Tuesday September 11th to Friday 14th .

Folkets Hus in Nørrebro, has just reopened after being closed for almost a year, because of trouble with the local gangs. Wendesday they are making a birthday party. With vegan food, music, films, quiz and storytelling.
If you like a more loud evening, go to Raahuset, Vesterbro  for some italian Ska / punk band, with two danish warm up bands.

Thursday in Mayhem, the electronic scene in Østerbro, near the Candy Factory. The perfect spot for a industrial evening with bands from Australia and Germany. Arranged by  Bragagild.

Also very experimental is Embryo, that is legendary Jazz / Kraut Rock band formed in Germany 1969. Also very Frank Zappa like, but non of the original members are left in the band. They are playing thursday at Alice in Nørrebro.

In one of my favorite bars – Lygtens Kro, Nørrebro – they are having a visit from France when The Baked Beans (What a name for a french band) is dropping by, playing there 1960´s psychedelic garage rock, and supported by Danish FYR. Thats on thursday 14th .

More french is at the Opera in Christiania, when they have rappers dropping by. Could be a fun evening with Hip Hop in french. Its on friday

More friday evening is the small cafe of Kimia, in Blågårdsgade, Nørrebro, where they are having Reggae icon Princess T giving a DJ set. Its often very nice with these evenings in Kimia. Hygge and so so.

Loppen has Fastpoholmen playing. The are danish/ swedish and are a local band. (Like in very very local). Folk and a bit of ethnic. Expect a big party.

This weeks Death Metal is out at Ungdomshuset, with bands playing Saturday and Sunday. It is part of the big birthday party that takes place in all September. Remember ear plugs!!!

Street party at The Red Square

In The Red Square at Nørrebro there is a big street party celebrating the etnical divercity of the neighbourhood. It continues on Sunday, when the main street – Nørrebrogade is closed, so there is chalk drawing at the street, a flea market and shops are selling for cheap prices. A nice day. This is because the annual Half Marathon are closing the street anyway. So why not make it into a party.

Mexico is far away, but on Saturday it comes a bit closer when the Mexican Embassy is celebrating the Mexican independence day. It with bands, food and I except som tequila as well. And not cheap stuff they sell in the supermarkets, but the real thing. At Blågårds plads. Nørrebro.

 

Photo: Feridah Rose performing at the World Music Festival last week

World music, Kil Town and Tech are the festivals of the week

So now we are into september, and the weather is still nice and comfy.

World music festival
Again this year, there is the World Music festival. Starting with a opening concert at the Town Hall Square, and going on until sunday. There are concerts and workshops taking place alle over the city. A lot of music from all over the world, and many of the musicians are residents in Denmark or the neighbouring countries. So it is not the big international names, but more local stars. Full program
On wendesday you should go and hear Rambo Banjo and the Slickpickers, playing blues grass at Bobuska in Linnesgade.

Kil Town
Kill- Town Death Fest, is in Pumpehuset, and also in Byhaven. A hole lot of metal a bands are ready to grease your ears with the sweet sound of metal. In byhaven it is free of charge, and indoor it is sold out.

Tech
If you understand the lingo, you will be a lot wiser. The Tech festival is taking place at the Meat Packing District in Vesterbro. A lot of talks, seminars and workshops. So a lot of nerds will be around. It is 200 DKK for a writsband and it is from Wendesday to Saturday. On friday You can go to Underwerket in Valby where there are a couple og young punk bands playing in ”punks undead vol 77”.

Loppen has an all girl surf band, off course from LA California. La Luz is playng with a swedish support band ironically called The Boys. Its saturday.

Also on saturday at  Alice you can find the Danish /Turkish Takaf playing. In the 1960´s and 70´s there was a psych wave in Turkey from Ankara and Istanbul, and this is what Tukaf is about. Could be a absolutely faboulous concert.

More world music – but not part of the festival – at Operaen Christiania, when Balkan vs Swing are inviting the German band The Goodnight Circus for a concert. A lot of dancing in there, and with late night Djs you are in for a party all night. Bring cash!!!

Climate March
We are all concerned over the Climate, but who is actually doing something? Saturday September 8th is World Climate Day,  with demonstratins all over the world. In Copenhagen it is at Thorvaldsens Plads at 1 PM. There are also a lot of other events. So this is your chance to raise your voice.

Flea markets
We are still in the Flea market season, so here are the streets and areas, where you have the chance of finding good cheap stuff in the weekend:
Saturday: Willemoesgade, Østerbro.

Sunday: Onkel Dannys Plads at Halmtorvet, Vesterbro – Islands Brygge – Studenterhuset, opposite the Round Tower at Købmagergade – At Reffen, the local handicraft artist are selling there unic stuff,

And then at Folkets Hus, Nørrebro there is a cake competion. So if you love cake like I do, it is 5 kroners a piece.

 

Photo: Origami dance performance at Ofelia Square, opposite the Opera House

Autumn has hit the country, and we will turn more towards indoor activities. The live music venues are opening up again, and we are reaching the last outdoor performances.

If you wonder about the high security level in the center of Copenhagen, it is because President Macron of France is on a official visit. It is tuesday and wendesday.

Freedom Music Festival  is a 6 day indoor thing starting Tuesday. Taking place at Koncertkirken in Blågårds Plads and at Cinemateket at Gothersgade. It is mostly something like improvisasions from all over the world and just a couple of concerts at day. Organised by Troels from Insula Music record shop.

Another small festival is Copenhagen Song Writers Festival , lasting for five days and starting on wendesday. A lot of hopefull local talents with a guitar are turning up. Might be here we are finding the next Leonard Cohen 🙂
It is at Raahuset – Onkel Danny Plads at Vesterbro.

Nordic fado

On friday you can find this Little concert at the Cafe Globen where the Fado of Portugal will meet the folk music of Scandinavia. It is nothing big, but it sure will bring you in a good mood. My good friend Anne is playing the Violin, and I can say without lying, that she is the best in Denmark with a fiddle

Slap stick – tight rope
With something inbetween a clown and a super tightrope walker this is something special to watch. Miettes from France are performing, and there are free tickets here in the weekend. Its at three different venues, and I think it will an experience of a lifetime. I have booked tickets to Thursday August 30th . Arranged by Metropolis. 

More bodies moving
Origami is the japanese art of paper folding. I dont know how it is possible to combine Origami with shipping containers and dancing. But this is what is happening at Ofelia Plads at the harbour and Skuespilhuset (The Playhouse). It is Saturday and Sunday september 1st and 2nd .

More Live music
Three of the best live music venues are opening up after the summer break. Loppen with Local Indie band Two Trick Pony playing on friday Augsut 31st . The day before GZA from Wu Tang clan is performing, but it is sold out. And there is something for you Black metal hearts when danish Solbrud is playing Sunday sepetember 2nd. This could turn out to be a very good concert.

At Alice you can find the new program with world and jazz music. And here I will mention the Thurday concert with ghanesian King Ayisoba, and especially the friday concert with Saharan desert blues Bombino. Its sold out, so you have to try your luck at the door, or check facebook for tickets in excess.

And Ungdomshuset in Nordwest are making a 10 years birthday month with all sort of concerts and other events. Remember the Folkekøkken every thursday at 6 o´clock with vegan food. Friday 31st there is a really super line up, speareheaded by Lucy Love playing grime, but you can also find Copenhagen punk legends President Fetch and War Of Destruction.

Back to the future
What to do on a sunday with a hangover? For the nerds you can go to Cinemateket and the Back to the future film triology. 6 hours of film starting in the afternoon, and going well into the evening. Its in english with danish subtitles.

Summer is almost gone

Did you have a good weekend? With pride and the 400th birthday of Christianshavn? Well now it is back to everyday life, summer is almost over, schools have started, everybody are working again.

Put the party keeps on going!!

For example at Underwerket where Crywank is playing punkrock supported by two local bands. Its at tuesday 21st in Valby.

Even thou the pride is over, there are still related events in LGBTQ fora, with free films in Ravnsborggade with Mix Copenhagen.

Stengade:
Is also opening up after summer holidays, with a great evening for dancing when ”The night flight Orchestra” (like if Meat Loaf and Toto had a love child) are playing at friday 24th. There from the homeland of Abba: Sweden

Two festivals:
And there are two festivals in the weekend. The first is Kultur havn – ”Culture harbour”, is a lot of arrangements from local sport, art, culture, dancing and guided architecture tours in Nordhavn. Part of it is the Cliff Diving Contest from the Opera House (27 meters). You can watch it from the Ofelia Square. Its sponsered by a energy drink company. And yet another sport is the Swim around Christiansborg – The Parlament. Also on the 25th

The second festival is Uhørt – ”unheard off” with new and upcoming bands that are given a chance for a larger audience. It is in the halls at Vesterbro / sydvest, so close to the city.

Flea markeds

Two special flee markets: Bike Flea market at Bolchefabrikken / Buddha bikes.
Music instrument flea markets by 4sound  at Aabenraa just by Kongens Have and the Roundtower.
And there are a couple af street partys at Vesterbro for you: This time it is Skydebanegade that are making a 30 years celebration af the renewal of the street.
Not so far away at Carlsberg Byen there´s another street party.

Photo: Jim Jones and the Righteous Minds at Gutter Island Garage Rock Festival