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

Mikaels, Jens og Jokerens København

Ja, jeg er tilbage i Danmark og er ved at have etableret mig igen, og nu fik jeg så også taget mig sammen til at skrive et indlæg her.

Min postnummer er 2000 og det har indtil videre været en god oplevelse at flytte til hovedstaden. Jeg har meldt mig ledig og skulle gerne få dagpenge fra fra slutningen af denne måned.

Imens jeg har været her i København har musikken især stået på Mikael Simpson, Love Shop og Jokeren – og det passer meget godt til byens stemning, sådan en sær blanding af det afslappede, poetiske og det fanden-i-voldske.

Axl Rose and friends at Orange stage
Roskilde var sjovt, men jeg tror jeg er ved at være blive for gammel til at holde festival en hel uge – eller også var det bare fordi jeg var ved at mættet for oplevelser. I hvert fald droppede jeg det meste af søndagens program, for at tage hjem for at sove.

Et par dage efter jeg var flyttet ind kom Alberto og Luiz fra Puerto Rico forbi, så jeg tog dem med rundt i byen og var rigtig turist. Her er lige en samling turistbilleder fra vores tur, I kender nok de fleste steder.
The two elephantsNyhavnTour boat reflection in the black diamondThe naval fort and the old craneAll of us in front of AmalienborgRoyal theaterThe Parliament - ChristiansborgChristiania streetTivoli

Copenhagen dreaming, Copenhagen time, Copenhagen mine