Whether she looks to you like a Parisian prostitute or a transvestite sans pants, Lady Gaga will very soon be strutting her way to Copenhagen. Since the success of her debut album, The Fame in 2008, the quirky pop star has kept climbing in popularity (despite the odd stumble with animal activists over the meat dress debacle). Now she has a few tours under her belt (can you have a belt if you don’t wear trousers?), and three near-naked Rolling Stone magazine covers – near-naked thanks to some strategically placed bubbles and heavy artillery. Fans of near-nudity, glitter and fishnets might like to take their pretty-selves to Parken for Lady Gaga’s Born this Way on September 2. Tickets are selling from 684kr at viagogo.dk.
Another act partial to leotards – Madonna – is also converging on a city near us. Though she is currently diverting her career away from music and trying her luck as a film director, the 53-year-old is playing several shows in northern Europe, making a stopover in Copenhagen on July 2. Tickets are still available from 445kr at viagogo.dk. The single name superstar, who still rocks a unitard like a newborn IT girl, has made eleven albums of which she has sold more than 300 million copies. With a long string of number one songs – ‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, ‘Like a Prayer’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Music’, ‘Hung Up’, ‘4 Minutes’ – the singer has repeatedly reinvented herself and her hairstyle to stay in vogue and make music with a cross-generational appeal. The woman who once considered herself a Material Girl, nowadays has an adopted kid from Malawi and an orphanage in Kenya– now that’s reinvention.
A second singer who has stood the test of time is Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, musician, and novelist Leonard Cohen
. The guy was born in 1934, but his fan base certainly isn’t of the old and crusty variety. Cohen has moved along with the times swimmingly, drawing a long trail of motley converts in his wake. Cohen’s recording career started in the 1960s while floating in the same circles as Andy Warhol, Joni Mitchell and the like. Originally turning to music because he was dissatisfied with his pay check as a writer, Cohen has since been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Yeah, he’s a high achiever. Go and find out why at Rosenborg Slot on August 25. Tickets are a bit pricey – available from 1,024kr at viagogo.dk
– but you don’t get the chance to see Cohen everyday.
Of a similar vintage but with a younger wife is Sir Paul McCartney
. This still floppy-haired former Beatle needs no introduction. It’s a long and winding road to Jutland, but it’s definitely worth a magical mystery tour. McCartney still has well-oiled pipes, unlike some of the other more gravelly names of his time (cough: Bob Dylan). Get a ticket to ride to CASA Arena Horsens on June 30 or July 1 from 865kr at viagogo.dk
Also flying the British flag, the song ‘Yellow’ propelled Coldplay to international acclaim back at the turn of the millennium and the band are so big now they play to stadium crowds – Parken is the next on the list on August 28. The show is sold out, but it’s still possible to get tickets at viagogo.dk from 737kr - a bit more than the original price. The band’s latest video, ‘Paradise’, features Chris Martin, dressed as an elephant, escaping from a London zoo and flying to Africa to find like-minded friends. Luckily he meets three musical-instrument playing elephants and the herd makes a successful career of it.
Elephants aside, other musicians poised to stampede Denmark include include Paul Simon
at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning on July 20. You can pick up tickets to see this half of Simon and Garfunkel for 515-670kr. If you prefer tracks about bitches and bling, Jay Z
and Kanye West
are also headed for Jyske Bank Boxen on May 26, with tickets priced from 415-670kr at billetnet.dk
. Soul and R&B legend Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
are playing Vega on June 23. Tickets are 295kr at billetlugen.dk, but you will get more than your money’s worth of booty shaking from this frenetic, feel-good show.
New Zealand band Fat Freddy’s Drop is also set to perform at Vega on August 18, with tickets priced at 265kr on billetlugen.dk. This energetic seven-piece combines reggae, funk, soul and ska in a delicious live concoction. If you’ve seen them once, it’s guaranteed you’ll come running back for more.
Or if rock is more your thing, try the catchy rock nostalgia of My Morning Jacket
at Store Vega on June 26 for 240kr on billetlugen.dk