February is not generally the ideal month to visit Copenhagen; cold and grey at this time of year, people tend to hide themselves away, leaving the streets a little lifeless. This was the reasoning behind a new initiative in the Danish capital, WonderCool: A composition of five different festivals and cultural entities all rolled into one warming experience designed to bring some life to an otherwise frosty February.
The five WonderCool partners are Copenhagen Fashion Week, which strutted along the city’s catwalks last week; a somewhat smaller edition of the successful culinary festival Copenhagen Cooking that takes place every August; WonderCool Jazz Festival, a condensed mix of July’s international Jazz Festival; the Danish Design Centre; and Frost, a brand-new music festival that hopes to bring a little light to the long, dark Scandinavian winter with a mixture of international names and smaller, more up-and-coming local talent.
Frost opened on February 3rd and runs throughout the entire month. Many concerts are free while others, like the chance to see Norwegian indie-rockers 120 Days at Vega on Thursday February 24, cost around DKK 120. Tickets can be bought through local ticket agency Billetlugen.
The high point of the festival for those with an eye for Danish rock music is the release party for Veto’s new album ‘Everything is Amplified’ that takes place on Friday February 25th in Stærekassen, the old stage of the Royal Danish Theatre, with an audience capacity of just 250. This five-piece from Aarhus formed in 2004, and just three years later were awarded the title of ‘best new Danish band’ at the Danish Music Awards. Everything is Amplified is the band’s third album.
Chicago-born singer-songwriter Sarah Hepburn has found a niche for herself in the Danish music scene. She plays with Christian Hjelm and Michael Møller in a kind of Danish ‘supergroup’ at Koncertkirken on Blågårds Plads, Nørrebro this Saturday February 12th.
Other venues for Frost Festival are scattered across the city, ranging from the Hawaiian vibe of Vesterbro’s new tiki bar Brass Monkey to organic soup bar Soupanatural, while the larger concerts take place on the Hippodrome stage of Folketeatret and Vesterbro nightclub Vega. Other concerts take place in cultural center Huset Magstræde, a long-standing supporter of young Danish rock hopefuls.
Top image of Sarah Hepburn courtesy of the artiste.