Guide To Music On In Copenhagen
Copenhagen is probably most famous for its jazz houses and clubs. The hip and trendy crowd can be found in cool venues like La Fontaine and Charlie Scott’s who are there to hear some sweet sounds. But this beautiful old city has much more to offer than just jazz so here is our guide to the music of Copenhagen.
Hottest Night Clubs
The club scene in Copenhagen is one of the best in Europe with all musical tastes catered for. They even have a whole festival dedicated to clubbing that happens this month, Distortion. Crowds of happy dancers take to the streets with DJs and decks and turn the city into one huge club.
But if you just fancy a good night out then there are loads of good places like Cavi, an R’n’B night on a Thursday, and if you get there before 12am the drinks are cheaper. Expect to find a young and more energetic crowd here. You will need to be in smart casual clothes to get in and trainers are a no no. Also check out Rust for some good tunes and wicked vibes.
A very special pop music event this month is the Eurovision Song Contest just across the water in Malmo, Sweden. Love it or hate it, you cannot help but get caught up in the festive atmosphere.
Rock Hard Venues
VEGA is probably the most famous venue in Copenhagen with huge international names on the books as well as local talent. If you are looking for a big venue with a rock atmosphere then this is the place for you.
For something a bit more alternative and indie try Pumpehuset instead. Set in a huge industrial building (literally the old pump house), the place has the feel of an illegal rave but the sound quality is awesome.
The Tivoli Gardens host rock concerts throughout the summer months but in May they are devoting a whole day to the Friday Rock Festival. Six stages, 30 bands and 12 hours of totally top rock music – what more could you ask for?
Classiest Classic Gigs
Tivoli also houses the Tivoli Concert Hall which is a much more refined affair with classical concerts all year round and their own symphony orchestra.
Other classical venues include the Concert Hall on Amager Boulevard, the stunning Royal Opera House on the harbour and the Queen’s Hall in the iconic Black Diamond.
Centralhjoernet is Copenhagen’s oldest gay bar and it’s still going strong. Although it is a bit of an institution it is still well worth a visit just for the glitz and glam. Can Can is a friendly gay bar in the centre of the city, it’s a more relaxed scene where you can have a chat to the bar tender.
Jumping Jazz Spots
OK so we had to put in a few jazz bars or it wouldn’t be fair. For lovers of jazz the Jazz House is a must, they have something on nearly every night of the week and cover the whole spectrum from classic jazz to freeform and improv. Another solid is the Montmartre jazz house, it’s one of the oldest clubs in the city, you can have dinner there and it has more of a relaxed atmosphere.
Whatever you are into there is something in Copenhagen to suit. We’ll see you there!