You’ve seen her face plastered on every corner, but now you get to see her in the flesh. Lana Del Rey is coming to sing her sultry and soulful songs to you, and you won’t want to miss it. The New Yorker has won over many with her rich vocals and simultaneously playful and heart-breaking lyrics about love lost. Since mid-2011, her name has become synonymous with her big lips and big hair, but she delivers much more. Singles off her first album Born To Die, such as the smooth and smoky ‘National Anthem’ and the emotive ‘Summertime Sadness’, have given her a reputation for her distinctively sensuous melodies. Del Rey’s newest album, The Paradise Edition, came out earlier this month and featured eight new songs that have been given great credit for clever lyrics and candid commentary. Her show in Copenhagen is sure to keep you hypnotised, so go and get seduced by her unique voice at Falconer Salen on April 12. Tickets are 300-370kr at www.billetlugen.dk.
Millions have already been seduced by his charm and now he’s gracing Copenhagen with his high-energy stage presence and faint-inducing music. Thanks to the support of his ‘Beliebers’, Justin Bieber has inexplicably risen to idol status, with millions upon millions of fans following his career since his debut in 2009. The 19-year-old Canadian sensation has just released his fourth album, Believe. His documentary film Never Say Never is the highest grossing concert film in US history. Become part of this legendary madness at Parken on April 20 for 349-599kr. Buy tickets at www.billetlugen.dk.
These guys have been on the scene for far longer, but Denmark is still crazy about them. Love Shop, the Danish pop and rock group, are coming back for another show after their last one sold out. With a comeback in 2010, the band gave the world Love Shop’s eighth album, Salvation Army, and it was named the year’s best album by Politiken. With their ninth album released last month, Love Shop is on a roll, and loyal fans are lapping up the opportunities to see their beloved band back on the stage where they should be. See this piece of Danish musical history at Store Vega this weekend on December 2. Tickets are going for 240kr at www.billetlugen.dk.
Denmark also appears to be wild for Marina and the Diamonds – when her December concert sold out so quickly, Vega had to move the concert into a larger venue. Good news for you! This young Brit has the perkiness and personality of bubblegum … with ink inside. Her pop-infused electro-synth sound first emerged in 2010 with her EP The Crown Jewels, but she gained confidence in her sound and image with the recently-released album Electra Heart. It gets darker but stronger, and it’s difficult to get tired of her tenacious voice. Get swept up in the sensation at Store Vega on April 22. Tickets are 200kr at www.billetlugen.dk.
Looking for something grittier? Wax Tailor might be what you’re looking for. The Frenchman has become notorious for a multifaceted sound that has become notorious in the post-hip-hop scene. His sound is as varied as is his inspiration, and he has moved from utilising samples to making his own music and now, in his latest album Dusty Rainbow from the Dark, Tailor returns to stylised sampling. The album is a concept production inspired by “the enchanted world of children”, and it plays with musical aesthetics by featuring a varied cast of artists. It’s an exciting sound, so get to this show on December 15. It’s at KB18, one of Copenhagen’s true underground, local spots. Tickets are 112kr at www.billetnet.dk.
Or try one of the most famed spots in Denmark – Jazz House is hosting a concert to ring in the new year with Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra. Their music is an eclectic mixture of jazz, Asian, African and European music, and it is something you won’t want to miss. The group utilises a plethora of instruments and rudimentary objects like seashells and kids’ music boxes, but the result is a sound that is musical art. Dørge’s jazz is often likened to Duke Ellington’s, so celebrate New Year’s Eve with one of the wildest nights of jazz around. Tickets are 230kr at www.billetlugen.dk.
After the New Year, try another festive classic: the pantomime. This time, get swept away on a magic carpet in the Copenhagen Theatre Circle’s Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. The panto takes the story from One Thousand and One Nights, but this version predates the more popularised version by almost 200 years. Set in China, the pantomime tells the story of Aladdin, the son of a poor widow who finds a genie to help him along the road to magic. An international cast is sure to mesmerise you, so be sure to catch this fantastically historic and traditional show at Krudttønden. It runs on various days in January, and tickets are 160kr for adults and 120kr for under-12s. For more information, go to www.ctcircle.dk