Photo by Thøger Dixgaard
Summer’s hit us like a truckload of hot tarmac, and it’s brought along a new mini-festival to kick things off with Aarhus Volume, a literal bloc-party that will be taking place at the creative/alternative powerstation of Godsbanen from Saturday to Sunday, 11th-12th of June. That is, from midday Saturday to midnight Sunday.
The daytime-part of it all is completely free (there goes your last excuse!) and the line-up is almost as diverse as the Canadian government, although a bit short on women. Spanning from the straight up danish rap by Artige Ardit, the comedy trip-hop by Yung Coke and the oddball lyrics from two hazy old-boys Jonny Hefty & Jøden, over the smooth soothing electro-soul of Thøger Dixgaard who has launched a solid solo career after his long run with Flødeklinikken, to Debre Damo Dining Orchestra’s etnojazz. It looks like chillin’ out while bobbing your head will be more obligatory than optional. For a more rock-loving audience that long for the heyday of The Doors, but still like the Blue Van of today, Aarhus-quartet Nava might just hit the spot. Check them out via Steffen’s introductory article – here.
Here’s a bit of Thøger Dixgaard to ease the day:
For those that decide to spend the extra 50DKK on a festival pass to get in on the afterparty at A-Huset, Radar, and Double Rainbow, there will be plenty more music to dig into. A personal recommendation that alone will make it worth the extra buck is the Gothenburg Gadjos; A brass-wielding, hardboiled Turkish-Swedish quintet. They sound a bit like I imagine it would if you rubbed Goran Bregovic and Questlove rhythmically against each other, and deliver their own joyous mix of swinging beats and Phrygian scales. Guaranteed to make you dance ’till you drop.
Check them out here:
The Aarhus-based group Junglelyd, who mix the rhythm of the deep jungle with haunting reverb, and who probably could have pulled off a great “inception-style” soundtrack for the new Disney-adaptation of Tarzan, will also be shaking it up after midnight. A lot like a jungle proper, their soundscapes are easy to get lost in. We encourage you to enjoy the expedition, but be careful which frogs you lick while in there!