Copenhagen Ambiance

This post was written for the international people on the IAESTE Weekly mailing list to tell about Mikael Simpson and Trentemøllers concert at Ungdomshuset December 5th. I figured I might as well post it here so I could include pictures and videos.

As winter sneaks up on us and the sun becomes the friend we see too seldom and too short, the Danes get into a darker, melancholic state of mind for a couple of months until spring finally greets us again. Here is my suggestion of how to embrace yourself for the gloomy winter with some cool Danish music in the middle of Copenhagen history in the making.

Ungdomshuset – Home of the rebels
Ungdomshuset (transl. The Youth House) has been a vibrant institution in Copenhagen for 20-something years but it might be over within the next couple of weeks.
Photo by emo.ware

The history of Ungdomshuset goes back to when it was build by the labour movement in 1897 as a cultural house for the workers of the community. It has been the base of several demonstrations and other events organized by the labour movement in the first half of the 20th century. The place was more or less abandoned in the 1950ies until BZere (transl. squatters) moved in in early 1980.
In 2000 a Christian sect bought the house from the municipality with the use of a front company and since then there has been a legal struggle to evict the young people using the house. It might all end December 14th (or some day close to that) were the authorities will probably use force to get people evicted.

Read more at Wikipedia, about the house or about the trials (More extensive sources in Danish: 1 2 3 4 5)

So take this opportunity to get inside Ungdomshuset December 5th where a couple of the most hip Danish artists are showing their support for the house. See what Copenhagen is also like and meet some interesting people with Mohawks and piercings all over their face – and dont worry they wont eat you, most of them are vegetarians.

Mikael Simpson – The One and Lonely
Mikael Simpson
Photo by Stig Nygaard

Mikael Simpson is a Copenhagen-based artists that catches the restless night spirit of Copenhagen. He makes all his music in his apartment on Nørrebro and here is his latest video that shows you what goes on in his apartment:

He just won the P3 Guld award which is Danish National Radios finest award (backed with a 100,000 kr cheque).

Electric Wonderboy
Trentmøller is a Copenhagen musician/DJ with remixes for Pet Shop Boys, Moby and Röeyksopp to his name. Trentmøller recently released the laid back solo album The Last Resort that has been getting a lot of praise. Here is a performance from last weekend:

Hope to see you there – Mikael Simpson and Trentemøller

Lets Go Blue!


Tonight is the night of The Game – the biggest game of college football – University of Michigan against Ohio State. This is the last game of the season and both teams are undefeated so the loser will head to the Rose Bowl while the winner plays for the National Championship.

Oh, I wish I could be in Columbus or Ann Arbor today to follow the game and fell the vibe. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this game, tickets are sold for this game at an average of $835 which is more than tickets for Super Bowl or the World Series in Baseball.

It is quite difficult to follow college football from Europe – first off games are played Saturday evening so there is usually something else going on at the time and unlike NFL, college football isnt getting any airtime over here. In Denmark NFL is getting shown on Danish channels but after having lived for one year in a college town I prefer college football over NFL. Sports Illustrated has a piece about some of the differences between NFL and college football.

Here is a couple of interesting links if you want to know more about this game and the rivalry.

And if you like American football let me recommend Friday Night Lights (the movie) and Friday Night Lights (the TV Series).

Update: And michigan lost :(