Mid-February music: Chilling out to the Frost Festival

Frost Festival
Feb 5-26; various locations; frostfestival.dk

Enjoy 22 days of chilling out at the annual Frost festival. As always, the acts have been picked out with an eye on non-mainstream musical talent and the locations for the concerts are set in unexpected places.

Previous years have seen shows in empty swimming pools and abandoned aquariums. This year the Planetarium, the Workers’ Museums, Glyptotek Museum and Nikolaj Kunsthal are some of the unlikely venues.

Bands and shows this year include psych folk harpist Joanna Newsom, the acclaimed Danish folk orchestra Choir of Young Believers and the intoxicating Lila trance music of Moroccan Maalem Omar Hayat. (PS)

Wed 10 Feb; Pumpehuset; 220kr, billetnet.dk

Beggin, beggin you … to their concert is something Madcon won’t have to do. If you aren’t put off by that terrible pun, then get yourself down for some urban hip-hop vibes that’ll have your toes tapping.(JM)

Erik Hassle
Fri 12 Feb; Pumpehuset; 200kr, billetnet.dk

Copenhagen welcomes fellow Scandinavian and singer-songwriter Erik Hassle to its shores. Having not performed here for over four years (how has he coped!?), his tardy return will no doubt be hugely anticipated.(JM)

Sat 13 Feb; Amager Bio; 225kr, billetnet.dk

This underrated Irish band are known for their calm but memorable performances. Keen to interact with the audience, they seem genuinely thankful for the support. Expect a crowd quietly in awe – it’s safe to say no-one will be disappointed. (JM)

Lanterns on the Lake
Sun 14 Feb; Ideal Bar Vega; 95kr, billetnet.dk

Geordies are known to be loud, friendly and energetic individuals, and these guys are no different. The Newcastle indie rock four-piece aren’t new to touring Europe and have gained status in the short time they have been active. (JM)

Wolf Alice
Tue 16 Feb; Vega; 240kr, billetnet.dk

Described by Clash magazine as “the lovechild of folk and grunge”, London-based four-piece Wolf Alice, who are fronted by Ellie Roswell, really are the next big thing. Catch them up close playing intimate gigs while you can. (JM)

Cancer Bats
Thu 18 Feb; Beta; 200kr, billetnet.dk

Compared to early Converge, Hatebreed and Refused, this metalcore four-piece maintain high energy levels throughout their performances, giving the fans an admirable display of carnage whilst showing no signs of tiredness. (JM)

Half Moon Run
Fri 19 Feb; Lille Vega; 160kr, billetlugen.dk

Their reputation has exploded in the last couple of years. Their live show is totally revered as each of the four musicians play various instruments in order to recreate the heavily textured multi-percussion elements of their debut album Dark Eyes. (JM)

Fri 26 Feb; Vega; 285kr, billetnet.dk

Think precious electronica, with elements of Japanese gamer girl incorporated into her sound. Grimes’ unique sound of atypical vocals has propelled her to release her fourth studio album in just four short years. (JM)