Concerts with Tindersticks, Avey Tare (Animal Collective), Lindstrøm, Shiny Darkly, Awesome Tapes from Africa, and films about Major Lazer, Sleaford Mods and cassette tapes are only some of the highlights from CPH:DOX’s diverse music programme.
For the full list of concerts and films, scroll to the bottom of the page.
19 concerts, 20 music films, 11 days.
This year again, CPH:DOX offers strong and varied music programme, presenting moving and stunning audiovisual performances and unique concert experiences in, among other locations, the festival’s new centre Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
This year’s AUDIO:VISUALS programme counts a total of 19 concerts that combine music with visuals arts and film at various venues, cinemas, and alternative locations in Copenhagen. The SOUND & VISION programme consists of 20 strong and powerful music stories brought to the big screen.
Psychedelic live show and Sunday melancholy on the sofa
CPH:DOX’s concert programme kicks off with a neo-psychedelic live-show at Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s designer sofa cinema with siblings Avey Tare and Abbey Portner, who will give a state-of-the-arts audiovisual performance. This performance was created especially for the occasion and will be an incomparable experience.
Another one of the many highlights from this year’s music programme is the Sunday concert of the British melancholics Tindersticks, which will also take place in the sofa cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. In the comfortable and beautifully furnished room, the Nottingham band will present their audiovisual work ‘Minute Bodies’, which consist of beautiful microcosm footage of the early 1900s recorded with then revolutionary time-lapse technology. Subsequently, the band will perform a 45-minute concert of their repertoire.
Plenty of danceable concerts to choose from
Party lovers should not miss out the disco night at Bremen Teater featuring Lindstrøm. To get warmed up for the party, the evening will start with the international premiere of the film ‘Northern Disco Lights’, which tells the story of a group of Norwegian teenagers (Todd Terje, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas) in Tromsø who have created their own spacey and electronic version of disco music. Afterwards, Bremen will be transformed into a big disco dream for a concert with the Norwegian DJ and producer Lindstrøm and an after-party at Natbar.
It will certainly also be festive when the almost forgotten cassette tape will be celebrated with a screening, an exchange market and mixes from Africa at Absalon. The small plastic object used to listen to music back in the day will be the main focus of the evening. Nostalgic souls will be able to dig up some old classics at a cassette market and listen to the story of the LP’s edgy little brother in the documentary ‘Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape’. The night will continue to the sounds of West African beats when Awesome Tapes From Africa will roll out their impressive collections of cassette tapes.
If you’re looking for a more spacey and visually mind blowing experience, the Canadian DJ and producer Jacques Greene will together with Machinedrum deliver an electronic experience that will immerse the audience in a sea of light and sound at their performance in Vega.
Danish artists on the programme
The sound architect Ash Zidore will debute his new material under the name AN GELLA during a unique live scoring perfromance to the dystopian film ‘Homo Sapiens’ by the Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The evening will take place at the sofa cinema, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
Another atmospheric evening not to miss is when Danish band IRAH and the American Itasca will wrap the audience in a soft velvety blanket with their voices and melodies. The British visual artist Max Moris Doherty has created visuals to accompany IRAH’s music while Itasca is behind both the music and the video backdrop herself.
A very special audiovisual cocktail will take place when graphic novels and live instruments mix: the cartoonist Halfdan Pisket will read from his work ‘Dansker’ accompanied by a music performance by Lars Greve and Why Be at Absalon.
Expect a darker and rougher atmosphere during the punk night at Pumpehuset, featuring the Danish hardcore band Halshug after the screening of Danish director Sami Saif’s film ‘The Allins’ about the deceased punk hero GG Allin at Grand Teater.
Cuban party and a post-punk punch in the face
CPH:DOX’s music film programme will screen some of this year’s most quirky, interesting and captivating films, inviting the audience to discover Japanese Teen Pop Idol culture, to follow the Slovenian industrial group Laibach on a trip to North Korea and to witness an upbeat show with David Byrne accompanied by cheerleaders and special appearances by musical guests.
Come join the wild Cuban party in the documentary ‘Give Me Future’ at its international premiere under CPH:DOX. The film alternates between concert footage and genuine portrayal of youth life in Cuba, culminating with a gigantic chaotic party with Major Lazer where half a million Cubans will show the right way to party.
Raw realism is served with the film ‘Bunch of Kunst’, which will have its world premiere at CPH:DOX. The story of the charming and reckless British duo Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn, better known as Sleaford Mods, is a story of how raw and unfiltered poetry from the British underclass suddenly changes the two friends’ lives and replaces a job at the local chicken factory with record contracts and world tours.
Steaming raves and a spring final party
In collaboration with Culturebox, CPH:DOX will hold two after parties at the venue with tech house and German techno. On March 18, the documentary film ‘Rage’, where techno-culture and anarchism come out as social movements during a philosophical rave party, will have its world premiere at Cinemateket. The film is accompanied by a special after party at Culturebox with one of the pioneers of the electronic music genre, Darren Emerson (formerly from Underworld). On March 25, CPH:DOX will screen the film ‘I Think Of Germany At Night’, which depicts how the lives of five electronic artists are characterised by their love of music. Culturebox invites all electronic lovers to join for a party with Iranian artist Ahu. For both events, holders of a cinema ticket for the film screening will get an entry for half price to the subsequent parties.
It will end with a big shebang when CPH:DOX and Vice will hold their banging ‘Final Party’ at Bremen with this year’s most absurd and entertaining film, DRIB, and a free party in the Bremen foyer with a DJ set from the synth-pop duo Smerz and the debut concert of the British duo Powell. The evening will continue with a lineup of Natbar’s resident DJs and a pop-up concert with Danish TAN, who will spread a vernal atmosphere with euro-wave music sounding like straight out of Miami Vice, as we set our clocks to summertime.
Ticket sales for the concerts have started on cphdox.dk, while ticket sales for films will open March 1.
CPH:DOX’s concert series AUDIO:VISUALS and the music programme Sound & Vision are part of the documentary film festival’s general programme, which every years offer a variety of parties, events, debates, talks, Q&A’s and concerts.
The final programme will be announced March 1. CPH:DOX’s opening gala will take place at DR Koncerthuset on March 15 with a screening of the award winning documentary ‘Last Men in Aleppo’, after which musicians from The National Syrian orchestra, who last year opened the Orange stage at Roskilde Festival, will perform a concert.
16/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
AVEY TARE (ANIMAL COLLECTIVE) VS. ABBY PORTNER
16/03 Grand Teatret og Pumpehuset
HALSHUG VS. ’THE ALLINS’
AUTOPSIA X CPH:DOX – LAST LIZARD & SVIN & HAJ300
18/03 Bremen Teater
LINDSTRØM VS. ’NORTHERN DISCO LIGHTS’
18/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
NIELS LYHNE LØKKEGAARD VS. ‘SOUND X SOUND’
IRAH & ITASCA
19/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
TINDERSTICKS VS. ’MINUTE BODIES’
19/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg + Nyhavn
SONICA SEQUENCE BOAT TRIP
20/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg + 21/03 Litteraturhaus
VINCENT MOON & PRISCILLA TELMON VS. ’HIBRIDOS’
21/03 Lille Vega
CHEMIKAL UNDERGROUND REVISITED VS. ’LOST IN FRANCE’
22/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
KRISTIAN EIDNES ANDERSEN VS. ’SCORE’
HALFDAN PISKET VS. LARS GREVE & WHY BE
AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA VS. ’CASSETTE: A DOCUMENTARY MIXTAPE’
23/03 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
AN GELLA VS. ‘HOMO SAPIENS’
25/03 Bremen Teater
CPH:DOX FINAL PARTY FEAT. POWELL (LIVE), SMERZ (DJ), TAN (LIVE) MM.
SOUND & VISION – ticket sales start March 1 on cphdox.dk
A cult 70s film directed by Frank Zappa.
BUNCH OF KUNST
Post-punk beats about lower class life. Sleaford fookin’ Mods!
CASSETTE: A DOCUMENTARY MIXTAPE
An nostalgic ode to mix tapes and cassette.
David Byrne, whirling with cheerleaders and your favourite indie bands.
GIVE ME FUTURE
Half a million Cubans at a Major Lazer concert – are you ready for the party of your life?
I CALLED HIM MORGAN
Murder mystery an jealousy in a jazz fueled 60s New York City.
Laibach plays a concert in Korea.
Traveling to Cuba and Japan with the music’s joy as a vivid phrase book.
LOST IN FRANCE
Tag along with Mogwai and Franz Ferdinand back to where it all started.
SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
A history of film music, told through the world’s biggest composers.
NORTHERN DISCO LIGHTS
Dance the disco revolution together wtih Todd Terje and Lindstrøm.
SPECTATOR RECORDS – OP I RØG
The story of Denmark’s best kept music secret finally revealed.
THE INERTIA VARIATIONS
The man behind The The is starting his own revolutionary radio station.
An inside look into the Japanese phenomenon of teenage idols.
WE WROTE THIS YESTERDAY
Mumford & Sons take us on a tour in South Africa.
WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE
A tour de force of Scottish musical history.
Fast tempo and wonderful cacophony for The Standard’s opening.
FRANK ZAPPA: EAT THAT QUESTION
Frank Zappa on Frank Zappa.
JOE COCKER: MAD DOG WITH SOUL
From a gas installation guy to England’s soul star.
SHOT! THE PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL MANTRA OF ROCK
Mick Rock has shot David Bowie and Lou Reed – with his camera.