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

Do you Remember? The 21st night of September?

Earth, Wind & Fire. Still cool 😀

Here we go for another splendid week in the city. Strugling to keep up the summer spirit, while the winter is creeping in on us.

Walk and listen

Metropolis is presenting another event when you can be part of a Audio walk, that will take you around Copenhagen. You will be presented with different sight specific stories and atmopheres on the tour. It takes two hours. Sounds very new and interesting.

I cant find any good partys for tuesday and Wendesday, so we jump straigt to Thursday:

Thursday is cool rock
Skambankt is a Norweigian band playing good old Rock´n roll. The meaning is ”Beaten to Pulp”, and they are playing at Hotel Cecil in the center of town near Strøget.

And another good Rock band is performing at Stengade, when Demon Head are entering the stage, and is taking over the room, with there guitar / Psych / Stoner Rock. Sings in Danish which is kind of cool. September 20th

If you are more of the etnich kind, then head for Alice and the Moroccan / Basque band Gabacho Maroc – September 20th . Playing music inspired by the Berbian Gnawa music, it is a long night with trance like music, that makes you dance for hours.

I havn´t really found any good music on Friday, but why not go skating with Friday night skaters. I think it is the last one for the season. A sure sign of the coming winter.

Christiania Punks and reggae legends
Saturday you can join me when the old Punks of Copenhagen meet together for the annual ”We are almost still alive” event. The grey hairs – If there are any hair left – is dominating when local legends are playing at the last dance. It is at Rockmaskinen Christiania. You wil find me at the bar.

Also at Christiania you can meet other and bigger legends when Toots and the Maytals are performing at The Grey Hall. They are from the Bob Marley time and are of course from Jamaica. The chance of a lifetime!!! September 22nd Afterparty at Loppen

Ungdomshuset – In Nordvest – are still celebrating there ten years anniversary month, with a ”Night of curiosities side show”. Suspension, fakires, sword swallowers and much more. Its in the big concert Hall, and there are live bands in Dødsmaskinen. Among those are Vagina Dentata, if you dare to come.

Photo: Hola Ghost at the mexican party on Blågårds Plads

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

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

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

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.