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

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

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

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. 

Reffen

The new food market at Reffen opened up in the weekend. I was there at Saturday, and I am surprised to see the amount of people there. It was a bit late, and more than half of the diners was sold out. Thats good going for a first weekend.

The food I got was not worth the price of 80 kr. It was a vegan asian noodle, and shouldn´t cost more than 30 kr. on Nørrebro, Vesterbro or Christiania. And the beer was 55 Kr., for an okay but not very good IPA. Too Much. My friends had some italian Spaghetti with meat sauce, and that was expensive as well. A Corn roll roasted with Creame cheese is 70 Kr.!
I dont know if the rents are too high, or the food sellers are to greedy, but it is too much money for that quality of food and drinks. You have to eat it outside on a bench at a dirty tabel, and for these prices you need better facilities.

I have to try out some more places, and see if they have better food for the price. It got cold, and we left again, but so far I am not impressed. The setting is nice with the sundown over the harbour, and the old industrial shipyard. Check it out yourself and send me your recommendations.
But going back I met David, who will soon be opening up a small bar out on one of the docks. I will tell you more about it later.

 

Picture: Long lines for food at Reffen

Pentecost weekend

This is Pentecost weekend, so shops and schools are closed on monday. Another three day weeekend!!!

More food at Reffen
The new outdoor foodmarket opens up at the old shipyard at Refshaleøen (Say that again 😉 ) It is a bit out from the city center, so I think it will take some time before people really start flocking like at the old one at Paper Island.  But with concerts, events good eating and drinking I believe it will succeed. It opens here on friday may 18th .

Live music

Loppen is the oldest, and one of the best live music venues in Copenhagen. And now they are 45 years old, which is celebrated with a free concert. It is Folk, Hip Hop and old school rock on the program, and it is free entrance, so it will be packed. And even if you cant enter, there is a party outside.
And on saturday, here are a couple of one man bands at one my old favorite bars: Mærkbar at Vesterbrogade.

Prepare for next week, with design festival, and Distortion street party.

Picture: Gogol Bordello at Grey Hall, Christiania Last weekend. Fantastic concert 🙂