September 10, 2012 - 14:31
Between coming out publicly, bickering with band Oasis and uttering his dislike of being interviewed, Kele Okereke has managed to front a very successful band called Bloc Party. After the band released its first – and well-received – album, Silent Alarm in 2005, and two years later their second record, A Weekend in the City, Oasis took aim. Noel Gallagher called Bloc Party “indie shit” and Liam likened them to a band from a television quiz show. But despite Okereke’s shyness, the frontman lashed back, calling Oasis “the most overrated and pernicious band of all time”. Take that! Let Okereke and his band walk the talk on November 18 when they play Store Vega. Tickets are 300kr from billetlugen.dk.
From the UK to the US, she may be 65-years-old, but Patti Smith can still put her foot through an amplifier. The New York rocker, nicknamed the ‘Godmother of Punk’, is famous for the way she stiches poetry and rock together. When Smith lost her factory job in New Jersey, she went to the big smoke – New York – in search of work. She found a job in a bookshop and had barely enough money to feed herself. Swept up in the poetry-reading scene, and attracted to Arthur Rimbaud for his words and his beautiful face, Smith began writing poetry. And a few years on, she released the acclaimed album Horses in 1975 – if you don’t already have it, go and get it. You’ll need the education if you’re to see Smith at Vega on September 20. Tickets are 350kr, but you will have to go on the waiting list at billeto.dk.
Of the same breed – rather remotely – is former White Stripe, Jack White. White’s ex-wife is married to the son of, you guessed it, Patti. White’s packing them for Copenhagen tonight at Falkoner Salen. Tickets are sold out but an online forum search might produce a pleasant surprise.
Now for an unpleasant one: Bieber Fever is coming! Yes, that’s right, snot-nosed Justin Bieber is coming to Parken on April 20. Please don’t faint all of you ‘Beliebers’ out there! Tickets start from 349kr at billetlugen.dk, so get your daughters/nieces on the waiting list – it will score you BFF status.
If Justin Bieber makes you angry, you’ll probably be into L.O.C. With lyrics such as “Undskyld ho”, the Danish rapper may not have manners but he certainly has attitude. He’s playing Falconer Salen on November 22. Get yo’ tickets here bitches: www.billetlugen.dk.
Speaking of offensive language, mentioning Keane here seemed an appropriate way to peeve my Guide editor. He has a special relationship with the band that involves bruised knackers. Keane are playing at Den Grå Halon on November 14. Tickets are 415kr from billetnet.dk.
From man bits to lady parts – if you are more in the mood for theatre, Copenhagen Theatre Circle’s upcoming production, Calendar Girls, is sure to be a winner. The play is based on a true story of a bunch of Yorkshire women who get their kit off to raise money for Leukaemia research. It’s both sentimental and hilarious at the same time. The show is playing at Krudttøndenfrom October 3-13, with tickets priced at 130kr – see ctcircle.dk for more details.
Another striking lady, Pam Ann, has a plane fetish. The Melbourne-born comedienne, also known as Caroline Reid, takes her audience through check-in, take off, and hopefully landing. This sexy air hostess is probably a member of the mile-high club. Only one way to find out – check into Bremen theatre on November 17. Your ticket to ride starts from 270kr at www.billetlugen.dk.
Can’t take time off work for a London getaway? Let the classical music come to you. Copenhagen is hosting the Music Around London festival from October 3-14. This ode to England’s impressive music scene will cover everything from the compositions of Benjamin Britten to a classical interpretation of ‘London Calling’. Go to www.musicaround.nu for ticket information and programme details.