Denmark’s ten must – see concerts in March

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will land in Copenhagen on March 17th. Photo: Lawrence Watson

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here:

Ahh, is there anything more anticipated than the coming of spring? While March is finally here, we’ve still got a long way to go until Denmark’s strong summer music season begins – which this year is looking better than ever.
But fear not, there are plenty of great (and, thankfully, indoor) concerts to enjoy this month. While March is lacking a bit when it comes to big-name international acts, it offers everything from a world-class breakdance battle to a St Patrick’s rock extravanganza.

Denmark’s ten must – see concerts in February

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Ah, February. The shortest month of the year, or just as easily the longest if you consider how long its drab grey skies tend to linger around.

But don’t let the weather keep you holed up at home. There’s always something going on in the Copenhagen area and this month is no exception.

In fact, when I began putting together these listings I was a tad worried about having to scrape the platter for events deserving of a mention. Thankfully, I was positively surprised to find a plethora of great concerts on the horizon, from hip-hop revolutionary extraordinaire Immortal Technique to the endearing Jessie Ware, whose music stands tall amongst the shrubs of modern pop. Here are my picks for the month of February – a smörgåsbord of reggae, industrial grime, alternative rock, folk, hip-hop, Balkan and more.

Click here for The Local’s concert picks in February

Above & Beyond, Store Vega Jan 2015

Original article published for Mediazink, available here :

Store Vega, 22nd January 2015

5 0ut of 6 stars

Trance trio Above & Beyond brightened an otherwise dull and insipid Thursday evening with a furore of a party that attested to why they are as highly ranked an outfit as they are.

Playing to a capacity – packed Store Vega, Jono Grant, and Tony McGuinness put the loyal crowd into hysteria with wave upon wave of cathartic anthems, punctuated by epic, beat – free pauses that have come to demarcate the trance genre. And whilst the third member of the project, Paavo Siljamäki was absent from the festivities, if he was missed on stage, it certainly did not show.

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Above & Beyond: Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki . Photo – Dj Mag California

Above & Beyond’s latest album, We Are Are All We Need provided some of the evening’s fodder and went down well with the jubilant crowd. This is a work that has been well marketed, in keeping with the strong marketing backing that the trio are flanked by in all that they do. And whilst there are certainly several gems on the album, such as the eponymous ‘We Are All We Need” track featuring the talented Zoe Johnston, I personally find myself more inclined to some of their older material such as Tri – state, from as far back as 2006.

The electronic music world finds itself increasingly dominated by the EDM sub-genre and the nefarious showbiz fascination that it pulls in its wake and much to many’s dismay, it is clear that no genre, trance included, can escape its clutches- as much of the material on the latest album demonstrates. This notwithstanding, the music of Above & Beyond has consistently stood out for its sentimentality and thoughtfulness; two elements that are are in abundance on We Are Are All We Need, as they were at Thursday’s show.

Amping the experience, a beautifully -strung light show and massive background imagery turned Store Vega into an amphitheater of dreams; propelled by the pulse of life and the tick of the soul. A monumental confetti burst towards the end summed up the feeling of ethereal nonchalance that the concert created; a sheer elation of being in a very, very comfortable place and a wistful longing for more of the same. . Above & Beyond exited as they’d come; playing softer material that left space for contemplation and unobscured imagination.

Denmark’s Ten Must – See Concerts for January

Original artilcle written for The Local, available here

Denmark's ten must-see concerts in January

Cold Specks. Photo: Steve Gullick/Arts & Crafts

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in January

Published: 29 Dec 2014 19:51 GMT+01:00

With the Yuletide frenzy now having come and gone and two gruelling months (at least!) of winter to go before we can well and truly venture out of our wintry Hobbit holes, music and entertainment prospects are somewhat bleak for the month ahead. We have, however, managed to scour different venues for the best of what January has to offer. Whilst larger venues like Forum go into snooze mode, there are plenty of intimate concerts to look forward to at the likes of Vega and Rust – shows that ought to capture the cosy connotations of that ever-so-widely used term hygge. Metal fans, electronic aficionados, rock boys and girls and the hip-hoppers amongst you are in for a good start to your musical year. Click here for our ten must-see concerts in January Happy holidays from The Local’s entertainment team and see you in 2015!

Denmark’s First University TEDx Inspires & Educates

Original Article for The Local Denmark, available here

 

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Technology, Entertainment, Design; TED – an acronym that many readers are no doubt familiar with. Founded in 1984, the TED brand operates on the maxim “ideas worth sharing” and usually consists of elaborate, well -prepared talks that are often filmed and unleashed to an eager online public. A powerful communication platform, it has branched off into numerous worldwide franchises operating under the TEDx banner, with the “X” denoting events that fit under the TED umbrella but are independently organized.
Paradigm shifts
TEDx KEA, Scandinavia’s first ever university TEDx franchise, brought a wave of inspiration and knowledge to the city on Thursday at the Nørrebro campus of the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA).
Featuring a main event at the adjacent Empire cinema and a live stream inside the campus (and to a worldwide audience) TEDx KEA ‘Emerge’ aimed to unite businesses and local leaders in the fight for a better tomorrow, provoked and emboldened by the up and coming talent of our generation.
Within this frame, speakers ranging from industry heavyweights such as author and serial entrepreneur Lars Tvede to Syrian refugee and women’s rights activist Noura Bittar Søborg gave TED talks that touched on a broad spectrum of topics. The latter received a standing ovation at the end of a compelling talk that told the epic tale of a struggle against violence in a war-torn nation, proposing a change to the status quo with verve and indefatigable emotion.
Others took a less serious, albeit compelling form – as was the case with sports marketing guru Stefan Pflug, who decried the short attention spans of internet-based information consumption. From fashion psychology (Manou Messman) to the need for a better understanding of social entrepreneurship (Lars Hulgård), each of the ten talks given during the course of the day told a personal story that merged with a call to arms within various subject material, asking questions of the manner in which we as a society operate.
More to come
For franchise holder Doug Costello and a massive crew involved in everything from speaker scouting to live stream recording and rhetorical training, the day represented the culmination of many months of hard work and a learning experience for future events of the same kind under the TEDx KEA banner.
The ten talks from the day will be edited and put online at some point, in itself a demanding task, but one that prolongs its longevity as a source of knowledge and inspiration for years to come.

December Concert picks

It might be easy to overlook the music options here and now given the fact that summer festivals Roskilde, NorthSide and Tinderbox are already doing their best to get us thinking about the warmer and brighter months ahead.

But there’s no need to hibernate until summer rolls around. Despite December being one of the busiest months of the year for most people, there are still plenty of opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays by taking in a concert. Indeed, this month is filled with opportunities for the catharsis and enjoyment that live music brings.

For those of you who’d like a break from the madness of the festive season, there are sedate acts like Iceland’s Samaris that’ll calm the feistiest of winter nights.

Click here for The Local’s concert picks in December

For those in need of more of a release, the likes of Meshuggah and Mastodon tip the heavy metal scales for this month’s listings whilst impeccable electronic acts such as Gorgon City and Friction & Linguistics offer the chance to dance the night away. And who could forget Lykke Li, an act well and truly in a category of her own? See all ten of our picks here.