If you are just half as much a music fan as I am, you will be delighted to know about any free concert.
The old theatre in central Copenhagen has specialised themselves in serving drinks from old jamglasses. Now they also want to be your favourite warm up place for a Friday Night Clubbing – at least if you are a fan of new exciting music.
Last Friday they have signed electronic newcomers First Hate, which was my main reason to step by. But I was much surprised to have two other concerts to go with my free entry. The reason was that CPH:DOX had a showing of documentary “Songs for Alexis” by Elvira Lind before the concert. Main character Ryan Cassata turned out to be a fabulous singer/songwriter, all ready to give a performance after the movie. Even as he admitted, he did not expect that many people to show up. He had brought as little as 10 CD’s for sale and signing afterwards, which seemed a bit funny to the about 200 guests.
As I did not have a ticket for the movie, I had to miss Ryan’s story about being a transsexual teenager crazy in love with the year younger Alexis. Their romantic roadmovie-escape from her parents will have to wait for another time. Nevertheless, if Ryan acts half as good as he sings, I have a great movie-experience to look forward to.
Another great act of the night was the Danish singer Ane Trolle. She has always been a lady for experimenting, and this night was no exception. Accorded by one single musician on stage she turned up her voice and recording equipment at the same time and shared a lot of new songs with her audience. Whether it actually does end up with material for a new record, only Ane will know. The rest of us can only sit back and enjoy as long as creativity plays along.
As I did not have the ticket for “Songs for Alexis” I had to kill time in another way, while waiting for First Hate. A readable trip back to 90’s r’n’b was my rescue – all included with comments on smoothness, clothes and sponsorships in music. Bremen has made the area behind the dance floor real cosy with candlelight and a thick cover of Soundvenue (which took me back to my teens’ soundtrack for a while).
And finally; main act First Hate entered the stage. Their dark groovy beats combined with blue stagelight has become a bit of a trademark for Joakim and Anton’s performance, and this night I was not disappointed. They managed to hit the exact clubbing feeling, which is great for a late Friday Night – with hours of dancing to go.
As supertrack “Girls in the Club” filled the floor the atmosphere was complete. Once again, I was impressed by how the minimalistic set-up can create such a free party. With clear references to 90s new wave electronica and an almost shy attitude on stage First Hate is not a cruel attacker of their audience (as their name might let you think). But music sneaks into you, and before you know it, you are trapped and unable to leave the tunes behind. Almost as if First Hate has got help from their favourite animal, the snake.
Overall, a great – and free – start of the weekend. Judging from the crowd waiting to get in, when I left the party, there is a huge success going on here. If you want to join the fun at Bremen, October Dance will give a free concert tonight. Be there early as the place fills up very fast.