Come and bang with Miley Cyrus! The 21-year-old pop star topped the charts in 2013 with her album Bangerz, which spawned such singles as ’We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’. The provocative, much talked-about and parodied video for the latter, which showed Miley riding a wrecking ball wearing nothing but a pair of boots, will be long engraved into the memory of everyone who saw it – and it also currently holds the YouTube Vevo record for the most views in the first 24 hours following a release. Bangerz had a “grittier, hip-hop-inspired vibe”, according to the LA Times, that saw Cyrus complete her transformation from Hannah Montana into an “A-list pop star” (AllMusic.com). Cyrus’s international Bangerz Tour is due to begin on February 14, and as a part of this tour she will be performing in Copenhagen at Forum on June 4. The tickets are 595-795kr and are already available through livenation.dk.
For those of you whose teeth are set on edge by Hollywood glitz, there is a perfect drug: the widely acclaimed American industrial rock gods Nine Inch Nails are coming to Copenhagen on May 13 to perform at Forum. After the release of their latest effort, Hesitation Marks, in 2013 to a highly positive reception, NIN are back on the road as a four-piece, delivering a stripped-down sound, full of “brutal intensity”, according to Billboard. Hesitation Marks is the first full Nine Inch Nails album to be released in half a decade, and supported by shocking visual imagery prepared for the band by their fan and old friend, director David Lynch, the Nails secured themselves top positions in the charts worldwide in 2013. Pick up a ticket for 495kr at livenation.dk while they’re still available.
Home-grown rockers Volbeat, whose music is an organic mix of heavy metal, schlager and psychobilly, rose to international acclaim with the album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil in 2007. Since then, Volbeat have generated a massive following worldwide, and are now going on a world tour in support of their latest album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. They only playing two home dates – one of which is going to be held in Copenhagen at Refshaleøen on August 1. The tickets are available for 420kr through billetnet.dk.
Perhaps the biggest music event in 2014 in Denmark is also going to be international. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Copenhagen, with semi-finals on May 6 and 8, and the final on May 10. In addition to these dates, there is also an opportunity to be present at the jury shows (dress rehearsals) on May 5, 7 and 9, as well as special family shows. Prices vary, of course, and can range from a humble sum of 130kr for the family semi-final, to an astronomical 1,830kr for the final. Whatever your choice may be, you’ve got to be fast as the first batch sold out quickly. Be ready on billetlugen.dk on January 31 at 10am when the new tickets go on sale.
Another three-day affair on most music fans’ wish list is the NorthSide Festival in Aarhus from June 13-15. In 2013, the festival sold out two weeks prior to the event, and in 2014 – with such names as Arcade Fire, Pixies, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mew and Franz Ferdinand – it could sell out even faster. The tickets are 1,320kr, but there are also one-day tickets available for 820kr. Snatch them up on billetlugen.dk.
This year is going to be a prolific one in terms of music events, but for those of you who seek something different, we suggest checking a show by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the most famous riding school in the world. The shows are going to be held in Malmö, Sweden, on April 26 and 27, and the tickets are available through livenation.se for 425-740 SEK.
Elsewhere, among the other performers heading to these shores in 2014 are Brian McKnight & Eric Benet (Feb 8, Koncerthuset, billetlugen.dk), Teitur (Feb 22, Store Vega, billetnet.dk), Michael Buble (Feb 26, Forum, live-koncerter.dk), Danny Brown (Mar 6, Pumpehuset, livenation.dk), Motörhead (Mar 10, Forum, Horsens, livenation.dk), Gavin Degraw (Mar 11, Store Vega, live-koncerter.dk) and Katie Melua (Mar 30, DR Koncerthuset, live-koncerter.dk).