Unfortunately for many people when they think about Danish music the first bands that come to mind are cheesy pop bands, such as Aqua and Alphabeat. It’s true that Aqua’s Barbie Girl defined The Vikings team’s childhood, and we could probably sing every lyric without little persuasion.
But Danish music isn’t just about catchy 90s pop tunes. In fact Danish music has strong roots in classical and jazz, with the Copenhagen Jazz Festival an annual highlight of the music calendar. But even more excitingly there are a whole range of new bands, artists and musicians from Denmark who are adding a new layer to genres such as pop, jazz and dance – and changing the perception of Danish music.
And of course many of these artists are coming to London over the Summer to spoil us with the joys of Danish music. We selected our top tips for the best Danish musicians to see in the city:
1. MØ – 14th May Cargo, London
MØ has been hotly tipped as the next big Scandinavian pop singer since she released her first EP at the end of 2012. But unlike some of the pop singers we have in the UK (we’re mainly thinking of The Saturdays, Little Mix etc.) there is a credibility and intelligence to MØ’s pop songs about love and relationships. It looks like MØ will be following in the footsteps of her Scandinavian pop sisters Robyn and Lykke Li and we at Vikings in London are pretty excited to hear more.
MØ’s gig in London is at Cargo on the 14th May. Tickets are priced at £9 and for availability see http://www.seetickets.com/event/mo/cargo/691179
The music promoters Ja Ja Ja put on their own Scandinavian music extravaganza every month at The Lexington in Islington. This month sees the Danish band Rangleklods giving Londoners a taste of Danish music. But don’t be fooled by their name, which suggests a hard rock band. Rangleklods make simple but innovative dance music, which makes a refreshing change to the repetitive dance music in the UK charts.
Rangleklods will play at The Lexington on the 30th May. Tickets are priced at £5 in advance and for availability see http://www.wegottickets.com/event/221075
Denmark is renowned for its eclectic and strong jazz music scene and Chris Minh Doky is one of the most successful Jazz Bassists from the Danish Jazz scene. The Vietnamese-Danish artist will be playing with his band ‘The Nomads’ at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho. So this summer you can experience the best in Danish jazz in London. If you like the sound of Chris Minh Doky check out our interview with fellow Danish jazz singer Malene Mortensen.
Chris Minh Doky will play at Ronnie Scott’s on the 22nd July. For ticket availability see http://www.bandsintown.com/event/6446192-chris-minh-doky-london-united-kingdom-live-at-ronnie-scotts-on-july-22-2013
If you know of any other Danish musicians playing in London over the next few months then let us know in the comments below or tweet us @vikingsinlondon!