Just outside Aarhus lies the mostly unforgettable village of Hjortshøj. The Grenaa rail takes you through, and if you don’t press the ‘stop’ button on the wall by the toilets, the platform will whiz by and you will be in deepest darkest Djursland before you can say “davs”. However by luck, fate, or just plain cosmic alignment, we finally have a reason for you to press the button, exit the carriage, and step into what could possibly be the funnest, wackiest town fest you’ll ever know: Hjortshøj festival.
Their website looks like my biology project from 1997, however this only means it’s gonna be good home-grown fun for all. Quickly scrolling down the list of performers and workshops, it is very evident that whoever (or whatever) is behind this is quite simply a genius of having “something for everyone”. Beside the normal country by-fest stalwart of Dissing Dissing lars and Dissing, are musical acts ranging from Klezmer bands, Electro goth video games (Ras Bolding), and Dream folk (Agata and Me), as well as Monkey puppet shows, clowns, literary readings, Burlesque workshops, and amateur theatre. All this, and it appears to be free of charge AND, being held in good ol’ Denmark, I’m sure they have beer and hot dogs to keep the party going .
The three day event starts in earnest Saturday morning, but on Friday for the adventurous they are offering an open mic stage all day for “performers from 8 – to 99 years old”. I guess if you are 100+, you are just shit out of luck.
Our picks for Saturday are I like this wind (12.00) – A womanly indie act remiscient of PJ Harvey, Agata And Me (15.30) – Brilliant ‘dream folk’ for fans of the XX and Innocence mission, Burlesque Workshop –(18.00) Presumably a workshop in sexy dancing for husky broads, Sing Vogel – (18.30 as well, decisions…!) Bizarre, farmer psycho punk that I can’t describe, and Ras Bolding (21.30) A truly frightening act of goth clowns that play old computers and do electro covers of video game songs – even though they are ‘clowns’, I’m betting this is not for the kids.
Sunday also has a smattering of children’s activities like Soeren Brynjoff – (10.30) who is bringing a few of his monkey puppets along for a wee sing along, and literary workshops all day. Sunday also has some very choice music to check out – Foyn Trio (11.00) – pop/electro/jazz with quirky vocals ala Bjork, etc, Rakkerpak (14.15) – one of Aarhus’ favorite busking gypsy jazz outfits, as well as healthy doses of Klezmer jams, old guys with tubas and beards, Rap workshops (maybe you’d finally like to drop some rhymes), and some proper clowning designed I hope not to scare most kids, but me, I’m staying well away from them.
So If you are deciding which of your Facebook confirmed events to show up to, cancel it, and head on out to the un-bridled fun of Hjortshøj festival, where there is guaranteed entertainment and glee for everyone from age 1-99. Tell ‘em we sent ya!