The Year in Review: The top 10 gigs of 2013 in Denmark
1) Sigur Ros, Roskilde Festival, July 6
I didn’t see Sigur Ros, I experienced Sigur Ros. The Icelander’s music is some of the purest, soul-searching music you will find for miles around; a trance-like journey that rekindles deep-hidden fond memories with an edifying caress that no other band can muster. Sigur Ros were shamanic at their show at Roskilde.
2) Charles Bradley & his extraordinaires, Lille Vega, June 17
The Screaming Eagle of Soul rocked Denmark to its core on his encore at Lille Vega this year. For a man in his sixties who only just rocketed to fame, Bradley’s teary, nervy, sweaty, emotional soul trip is the story of a man who made it in America, after decades of bad luck and strife. James Brown would be proud.
3) Crystal Castles, Store Vega, March 2
Crystal Castles pulled off a seismic show at Store Vega towards the end of the winter, a chaotic, cathartic experience that saw lead singer Alice Glass crowd surf her way to what looked like the middle of the audience at Store Vega. I have never seen anything like it before or since
4) Modeselektor, Store Vega, Feb 14
Berlin’s Modeselektor have been making music since the wall came down a good while ago. As driven today as they were back then, the electronic duo are a symbol of the German capital and frontrunners in the world of electronic music. Props for their party-starting credentials and props to Vega for a very well organised show (which included an ‘artist chat’ session in ideal bar).
Chinese Man, Roskilde Festival, July 4
French turntablists Chinese man were on cue at their show at Roskilde Festival, taking the audience on a journey through dubstep, drum & bass, hip hop and everything in between with a prowess that made it seem as if the genre of turntablism has been around since the dawn of time. Witty, daring and exceedingly cool.
BEST OF THE REST
Shantel & The Bucovina Orchestra, Lille Vega, Nov 28
Reptile Youth, Lille Vega, March 8,
Of Monsters and Men, Roskilde Festival, July 5
Tame Impala, Store Vega, Aug 9
Animal Collective, Roskilde Festival, July 4