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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:
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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.
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.
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 in January
Published: 29 Dec 2014 19:51 GMT+01:00
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Original Article for The Local Denmark, available here
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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.
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.