The Danish line-up for the Popkomn in late September is truly impressive. Saybia, Under Byen, Blue Foundation, Powersolo, Tiger Tunes, and Figurines make up an immensely varied and punch-packing programme for the all-Danish Thursday night at the venue Silver Wings on September 30th.
Organized by the Music Export Denmark initiative, this night is to be seen as a direct continuation of the new export collaboration, which first manifested itself in January 2004 with a Danish thrust at the Eurosonic Festival in Dutch city Groningen, later on at Midem in Cannes, South By Southwest in Texas in March, and finally on home soil at the SPOT Festival and Roskilde in June and July respectively.
The Danish campaign coincides with the great German Music fair’s rebirth, which includes moving from Cologne to cultural metropolis Berlin. Silver Wings – the venue for the Danish showcase/concerts – holds an audience of 700 people and can boast of two stages. The latter guarantees a tight and effective schedule for both the audience and the international industry people that we are hoping to attract.
The night before – September 29th – there is also going to be Danish music at Silver Wings, when no less than seven metal bands line up under the headline “Nordic Threat”: Melted, Mercenary, Mnemic, Stomped, Blindfault, Raunchy and Hatesphere are on the wall probably together with a Swedish act. The very same night, Magic Bullet Theory is part of Floez Bar’s so-called Bertus Party.
The 30. of september has more Danish music to offer than the six-band line-up at Silver Wings: Broken Beats play as part of a showcase for the bands German label, Hazelwood, at the Lovelite club. Finally, on Friday October 1st, The Defectors will be playing in MuddClub as part of a Nordic/German programme organized in part by Danish record company Bad Afro.
All 15 bands receive financial support for transportation to Popkomn from Music Export Denmark, an organisation, which was founded in January this year by Denmark’s Radio, The Venue Foundation/Roskilde Festival, and ROSA – The Danish Rock Council. The three collaborating organisations became a quintet with IFPI (the record companies’ international union) and DUP (The Organisation of Danish Independent Record companies) joining just before the summer holidays.