In less than two months I will move to Amsterdam to continue my education. Yet my Aarhusian experience it’s still not to an end. Everything started the day of my future departure: 18th August, with the Sommer.Chill.Out event, spent with my old roomie, as actually the Aarhus experience started way ages ago (as I lived in Aarhus as well 2 years ago, for 6 months).
As I was looking at the next events in the Dutch capital I got amazed by two performances that will be on the same day, July 2nd . One from one of my 2012-2013 music discovery, Frank Ocean, and one from one of my old favorite singer Cat Power. That’s what I call a life-dilemma: what could you do in this situation, when two artists you think would be awesome to see live, would perform on the same day and you had to choose between them? Fortunately the pain in choosing has been take away as I still won’t move to Amsterdam, but, it made me think a lot of what did not happen in Aarhus.
This life-dilemma, between two, or more live acts or events have never came into play, here in Aarhus.
Of course, Aarhus is not a 1 million population city, but still it comprehends 40.000 students who all want to have fun, and have choices.
I found the variety of events and music acts quite inconsistent, and therefore it is my personal opinion, I got many other international students saying the same. Not all the genres of music are represented in Aarhus, and it is really…eventfull to find an event which suits some specific music styles.
I don’t know whether the question should be: is there space for everything in Aarhus? Or is there enough space for everything in Aarhus? , but in any of the two cases, the problem remains.
So Aarhus is missing variety, but as well, I think, constancy. I think most of the events have been concentrated in specific period of the year. There has been periods in which the most fun has been dancing Medina’s songs at Friday Bars. Imagine what a basin –or maybe, you don’t have to imagine because you were part of that process of dejection as well.
The day after Mejlgade For Mangfoldighed, one of my close friends said it had been “the best party/music day in Aarhus”. Aarhus pregnancy : after 9 months stay in Denmark, the city gave born on the 11th May, to something interesting in the eyes of international students.
Although it is not that fun to go around the city while a snow storm is on in February, personally I would have preferred a constant open music scene. SPOT and Northside festival at the end of my year, seems to me a bit of a sop, for the boring days (or months!) spent home, not knowing where to turn.
However, I think that the problems of constancy and variety go hand in hand: as there are only some genres dominating the scene, the performers of predominant music styles cannot always be on stage. As well, the venues want to be identified with specific genres, and so, instead of giving space to new acts, re-book and re-present the same old rigmarole, or do not book anyone. And the vicious cycle starts all over again.
Anyhow, I must say that one of my favorite music genres is highly represented by the venue’s choices, and therefore I’ve attended some really high quality concerts. From Efterklang, WhomadeWho to more local and still not that famous bands. But I am one of those, who wants to see everybody satisfied and therefore I call for a more diverse music scene.
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Writer: Daniela T. De Lorenzo