14 April at 22:00
Young stars kick off Friday Rock
To get this year's Friday Rock off with a bang, we are lucky to have two of the biggest draws of the moment in terms of young audiences.
With his monster hit Se mig nu, Gulddreng well and truly broke through to a wider audience, who spent the whole of last summer singing lyrics about models and Gulddreng's success with the ladies. From there, the only way was up, and following a sold-out run in the large concert hall at Vega, he now joins Friday Rock for the first time.
This is the third time Page Four has been involved in the Friday Rock programme, and we are delighted to have them back. They burst onto the charts with Sommer, and followed up that success with Fucking Smuk and Du og Jeg. With their latest single, Vinder, Lauritz, Stefan, Jonas and Pelle have confirmed that they are here to stay in the Danish charts. Page Four tours frequently, and their live set has been well-rehearsed by now. We are very pleased to welcome this popular band to Tivoli for our first Friday Rock of the year.
21 April at 22:00
Successful Danish pop
Joey Moe's Million was the summer hit of 2014. He was here, there and everywhere on Danish radio, retaining the number one spot on the charts for five weeks. This is just one of the high points on his CV. If you read a little about what he's been up to in recent years, you will quickly find that he's a very busy man. He has already released his sixth studio album, has over 25 platinum and gold hits with titles such as Flip It (Like a DJ) , Yo-Yo, Gi' Mig and Smukkest på en søndag and has appeared on the popular TV shows Toppen af Poppen and Voice Junior. He is constantly out and about playing to live audiences, as well. This year he will take to the Friday Rock stage alone for the first time, and we can't wait to see it.
28 April at 22:00
Double concert featuring experimental and alternative pop
WhoMadeWho has built up a reputation as one of the best live bands in Denmark over the past few years. They proved that on their last visit to Tivoli, when the Open Air Stage bounced to their insistent beats. They have a new record out in 2017, so perhaps we'll get another taste of the band's flair for a good pop tune? This, together with the band's personal style, has secured them a special place on the international stage and a huge fan base in all corners of the world. An April evening at the Open Air Stage can be a chilly experience, but we are confident that, with WhoMadeWho at the helm, you'll be warm and sweaty, as the old Garden will see the Open Air Stage temporarily turned into a bouncy castle.
bob hund is the perfect way to kickstart a party in Tivoli. The Skåne-based band, who in 2013 played the ultimate trick on themselves and sold all their instruments, has since re-emerged – without instruments. The premise for all their concerts is that they now have to borrow whatever they need when performing! Instead of holding them back, this has opened doors to lots of alternative projects such as silent film concerts, opera, and "bob hund dinners". This fabulously messed up mish-mash of a band, fronted by charismatic singer Thomas Öberg, has delighted audiences for almost 25 years with wild, dedicated live shows, and we can confidently promise you a lively evening in Tivoli.
05 May at 22:00
Dance party under an open sky
Infernal has released new music for the first time in four years, and this long break has given Paw and Lina an opportunity to come up with a new sound. Once known for their pounding dance beats, the duo has found a softer gear, with the result that instead of being whipped (the group's own words) by the music, audiences can feel caressed and sway along to it while dancing. Although don't get us wrong: you'll still put on your dancing clothes and prepare for a concert in top gear – and obviously the old hits will be brought out throughout the night. Infernal is an explosive live band, and you're guaranteed a party at the Open Air Stage.
DJ Kongsted will kick things off and get the Open Air Stage moving with his original mix and bass drops. Kongsted has won many awards for his DJing skills, including Club DJ of the year at the Danish DJ Awards in both 2010 and 2011. His breakthrough hit, Chuck Norris, has been streamed over 12 million times on Spotify and has brought him further accolades. You'll have no problem keeping warm, because it's impossible to stand still once he gets his mixer going and kicks off the party under an open sky.
12 May at 22:00
Since releasing his first solo album in 1982, Johnny Madsen has travelled around the country performing his music. His band consists of Knud Møller (guitar), Niels Mogensen (bass and backing vocals) and Henrik From (drums), and together they will affectionately reprise Johnny Madsen classics such as Udenfor Sæsonen, Johnny The Blues and Æ Kør’ O Æ Motorvej. The blend of homely stories served up as country, rock and blues with Johnny Madsen as charismatic front man has made Madsen and his music hugely popular, and we are delighted that he is bringing a little North Sea fog from Fanø to the Open Air Stage.
19 May at 22:00
Clubbing atmosphere on the Open Air Stage
Kato has long since stepped out of the studio and onto the stage. Since 2010 when he released his first album, Discolized, featuring the huge hit Turn the Lights On, he has travelled up and down the country playing everywhere from tiny clubs to major festivals. He has had several big hits, often featuring guest stars on vocals. He has sixteen gold and platinum credits, over 75,000,000 streams on Spotify, has sold 500,000 singles and 40,000 albums and has won countless awards – the numbers speak for themselves. While he has stepped further into the limelight these days, he still prefers to hand the microphone to others while he stays behind his "desk". That's where he expertly builds up the pressure on the dance floor, creating an amazing atmosphere with his personal mix and an always impressive light show.
Popular DJ and producer duo TooManyLeftHands are busy. Things have moved quickly since Martin Nick and Anders K got together in the studio for fun three years ago and agreed to send a track to Ibiza Global Radio. They won the Ibiza Anthem award plus a range of DJing gigs on the party island, and quickly became a very sought-after DJ duo. They have played the biggest clubs and festivals, and in 2015 they took home both a Danish Music Award (Danish Club Name of the Year) and a Danish DeeJay Award for DJ of the Year. While we await their first extended play, we can enjoy the special talent for which they are often cited: "We know how to have a good party!"
26 May at 22:00
Beloved Danish pop diva
Medina is the closest we Danes get to a genuine pop diva. With her melancholy club bangers, she has ravaged both charts and dance floors since bursting onto the scene with her huge hit Kun for mig in 2008. She has toured Denmark from coast to coast with her extravagant show and is also popular in Germany.
Her huge hit Jalousi marked a change in direction towards more traditional Danish songwriting, focusing on lyrics and melody rather than studio-prepared sound, which was previously her trademark. The Medina who stepped forward this time was more honest, vulnerable and, perhaps, more mature.
Since then she has released the hip hop and r'n'b-inspired EP Arrogant as well as the English-language album We Survive. As an ambassador for DanChurchAid, she has worked to get young people involved in voluntary charity work, and last autumn she won the Honorary Award at the Danish Music Awards. Medina is the opposite of lazy, and we can expect a fantastic show when she once again takes to the Open Air Stage. While we wait, we can place bets on whether it will be the pop princess, the diva or mature singer who steps onto the stage on this spring evening.
02 June at 22:00
The Voice of Blues
American Beth Hart has been an audience favourite since she broke through with her distinctive, hoarse voice. It's a big voice, encompassing the sound of dearly bought experience, California's sunburnt desert and life on the road. Which is exactly what Beth Hart is to a great extent: a touring musician who lives and breathes to play her music live. She enthrals her audiences with spellbinding concerts time and again, and she has often said that she becomes one with the audience during a performance. For Beth Hart the audience is part of the concert, on an equal footing with the musicians on the stage, and that makes sharing in performances a special experience. She has a very loyal fan base, and whether you've seen her live before or not, you can be certain of an extraordinary experience. Come along and let this charismatic artist capture and hold you in the heart of her singer's soul.
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09 June at 22:00
Dancing disco hits
As a guitarist and producer, Nile Rodgers has left his mark on countless pop gems, and is undoubtedly one of the most influential musicians of the past forty years. In 1976 he co-founded the disco band CHIC together with Bernard Edwards, spawning hits such as Le Freak, Good Times, I Want Your Love and Everybody Dance. In 2015 CHIC released a new single, I'll Be There. It was a teaser for their first album in twenty five years, It's About Time, which shot straight in at number one on the Billboard Dance Chart.
Nile Rodgers has produced music for many stars, including David Bowie (Let's Dance) and Madonna (Like A Virgin), and his latest collaborations with artists such as Avicii, Disclosure and Daft Punk (Get Lucky) prove that he is still a crucial player in current and contemporary music.
Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers produced Sister Sledge's hugely successful We Are Family, and were also behind Diana Ross' biggest hits, I'm Coming Out and Upside Down. Edwards died in 1996, and since then CHIC has toured as CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers – the line-up for this evening's show on the Open Air Stage. We can confidently promise that visitors from every generation will be nodding in recognition and thinking, 'Did he write that one, too?'
16 June at 22:00
Danish funk and soul
With evergreen hits like Kom tilbage nu and Regndans, Danseorkestret is assured of eternal fame in Denmark. The trio is fronted by vocalist Jørgen Klubien, while Rasmus Kærså on bass and percussionist Jacob Andersen create the infectious rhythms. Danseorkestret's characteristic blend of warm soul and pop with a slight South American edge is the perfect way to start your summer evening in Tivoli, so be quick and put it in your diary.
Erann DD has been a front man both as a soloist and as part of Drori-Hansen Furniture, but he began his musical career with funk band Zapp Zapp, which dominated the dance floors at the start of the 1990s. The superhit You Better Believe catapulted Erann onto the Danish music scene and into the hearts of girls everywhere. Zapp Zapp has not performed as a band since 1994. Fans have been hoping for a reunion for years – and now Tivoli has succeeded in bringing the band together for an exclusive one-off concert with Danseorkestret.
23 June at 22:00
Denmark's Mr. Swing King
They have a reputation as one of the country's best live bands, and with charismatic front man Peter A.G. on-stage alongside bassist and guitarist Per Frost, Gnags are back with a strong line-up. They spent 2016 celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, and luckily for us they have extended the festivities into the summer of 2017. They have also taken all that energy from the stage back into the studio, producing their first album in eight years. So this summer they will be showcasing new songs, but it's also a great opportunity to hear classics like Vilde Kaniner, Mr. Swing King and Den Dejligste Morgen. All delivered with the infectious energy and passion for life that have characterised the band and their shows for fifty years.
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30 June at 22:00
It's no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the greatest and most influential songwriters of the twentieth century. He is behind classics like Surfer Girl, In My Room, I Get Around, Don’t Worry Baby, Fun, Fun, Fun, Help Me Rhonda and California Girls, and with his family band The Beach Boys he had 25 hit singles and nine gold albums in a row. But this wasn't enough for a musical genius like Wilson, and in 1966 he planned three releases that would turn out to be crucial to both his own future and the future of pop music in general.
The first was Pet Sounds, which got to number 10 in the album charts, spawning four top ten singles and a further two top forty hits. Pet Sounds has been hailed as the best album in the history of music. Then came the single Good Vibrations, which hit number one all over the world and became their first million-selling single and a pop music milestone. Wilson's next project was the album SMiLE, and expectations were uncomfortably high. A combination of technical challenges, pressure from the music industry, the internal balance of the band and Wilson's personal problems meant that the album was put on hold, and for 37 years SMiLE was the music industry's most famous unfinished and unreleased album.
In the intervening years Wilson released music and performed under his own name, and in 2003 he unexpectedly announced a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, where SMiLE was performed live on stage in its entirety for the first time. In 2004 Brian Wilson presents SMiLE was released on CD, once again topping the charts in both the USA and the UK.
In other words, we welcome a genuine legend to the Gardens this Friday. We are incredibly delighted to welcome one of music's true greats, and look forward to enjoying his legendary voice.
07 July at 22:00
Nostalgic hip hop
US group House of Pain was founded by front man Everlast, his high school friend Dannyboy and DJ Lethal, and their path to hip hop stardom was assured in 1992 with the huge success of their hit Jump Around. By 1996 they were ready to go their separate ways and pursue different art and music projects, but in 2010 they reunited and began touring once more. This brings them to Tivoli, and we are delighted to jump around with them.
Before the American rappers are let loose in Tivoli, Clemens will bring his raw, honest and flippant rhymes to the Open Air Stage. This year he celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his debut album Regnskabets Time, which was an immediate success in 1997. Since then he has released a stream of critically acclaimed albums, and his amazing facility with words has taken him into the world of theatre, where he has won accolades as a lyricist. In February he played to sold-out venues in the biggest cities in Denmark – so this is an energetic line-up ready to party hard in the Tivoli Gardens.
14 July at 22:00
With her sexy, mystical vocals, Erykah Badu wrote a whole new chapter in the history of soul and r'n'b music in the late 1990s. Her distinctive blend of hip hop, jazz and soul has won her the title of Queen of Neo Soul. Released in 1997, her debut album Baduizm catapulted her straight into the charts and bestseller lists, and was followed up by the excellent Mama's Gun in 2000.
Badu is not just a singer – she is an outspoken political activist and vegan, as well as being a holistic healer, DJ and actor. She is known for her eclectic style, including enormous turbans wrapped around her head. The eccentric singer's last visit to Denmark was in 2009, and her first appearance in Tivoli promises to be a treat for all the senses.
21 July at 22:00
Mads Langer has been around the block in order to find himself, and the result is a heavier and more sombre, but also honest album Reckless Twin, which was released last year. The eleven tracks on the album were winnowed down from no less than eighty songs. It's been quite a process, a journey that took him to California among other places, where a surprising collaboration with Sune Wagner ended up being very important to the album's final feel.
With his fifth studio album, Mads has confirmed his place among the elite Danish musicians. He is now a star, with huge chart hits and countless sold-out concerts across the country, all with the characteristic Langer signature. There is always a hint of melancholy in his songs, but now there are sharper edges and shapes as well. His fans have taken this well, and we are delighted to welcome Mads Langer back to the Open Air Stage for a fantastic summer concert featuring one of the biggest Danish stars of the moment.
28 July at 22:00
Strong Danish voices
Rasmus Walter has sung in English as the lead singer of Grand Avenue for almost a decade, but in his solo career he has chosen to record in Danish, producing many relevant and meaningful songs and lyrics. In 2016, he released his fourth solo album, Himmelflugt, in which he sang about giving himself time and being in the moment instead of looking for the next fix, while once again establishing that he is a master of the catchy pop song. His earlier releases have gone gold, he plays to sold-out crowds whenever he tours, and he has a slew of radio hits in his arsenal. With songs like Dybt Vand, Endeløst, Knust Glas and På en Dag Som i Dag on the setlist, settle back and enjoy a fantastic night of music.
To start the concert we will be welcoming Troels Gustavsen, who sings under the stage name Noah. With his Danish pop and melancholy universe, Noah has enchanted Danish radio hosts, streaming services and especially live audiences at sold-out concerts all over Denmark. Noah has had several number ones and double platinum sales among his many hit singles, including Før Vi Falder, Alt er forbi, Over Byen and På Vej Hjem. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy and sing along when Noah opens proceedings on the Open Air Stage.
04 August at 22:00
Denmark's top crooner
Burhan G recently released his fifth album, Pas På Pigerne, from which the first single was the upbeat Lucy. This is Burhan G mark II – the ballads have faded away in favour of the troublemaker who pays homage to the women in his life – but the songs are still performed brilliantly by one of Denmark's most outstanding voices.
Burhan G consolidated his status as a great modern crooner and entertainer long ago. His solo career has slowly but surely taken off since his first Danish single was released in 2008. The last time he stood on the Open Air Stage was in 2014, and a lot has happened since then. He has won a variety of awards, become a father, and hosted the 2016 Danish Music Awards alongside Rasmus Bjerg.
Our Friday Rock audiences can look forward to a special treat. Burhan G's stage design and performance are always magnificent but he is also able to create a feeling of intimacy with his dedicated audiences. For this tour he has handpicked a team of the best musicians to deliver a top-class show.
11 August at 22:00
Lil Wayne is one of hip hop’s best-selling stars. The winner of four Grammy Awards, he also overtook Elvis Presley's record for the greatest number of chart entries for a soloist in the USA. He has helped to redefine the music industry, giving away his music as mixtapes in the mid-2000s while still topping the charts and selling millions of albums. He got his first recording contract – at age eleven – by recording a freestyle rap on the record company's answering machine. His first album was released in 1999, and with singles like Lollipop and How to Love and the album series Tha Carter I, II, III and IV, he has retained a place at the top of the US hip hop scene. This year he visits Tivoli, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Open Air Stage.
18 August at 22:00
Danish musical shooting stars
Last year marked Phlake's big breakthrough. Around a year after their first real concert, they took home no fewer than five awards at the 2016 Danish Music Awards. Since then they have toured the country, played to sold-out crowds and festivals and delivered high-quality hits with titles like Angel Zoo, So Faded and Pregnant, which had everyone singing along to the chorus about swimming in Oreos.
With backgrounds in hip hop and cover bands respectively, Jonathan Elkjær and Mads Bo have taken the best of both worlds and come up with their own sound: Rhythm&Balls, a mix of the delicacy of r&b and the harshness of hip hop's rhythmic tracks. They are already experienced visitors to the Open Air Stage, having played the Offspring Festival last year, as well as stepping in at short notice when American band Haim was forced to cancel. We are delighted to welcome them back to Tivoli.
25 August at 22:00
Just five years ago, 5 Seconds of Summer performed their first concert in front of twelve people at a local hotel in Sydney. Three years later, in Los Angeles, they played to full houses of 25,000 people two nights in a row. In other words, things have moved unbelievably fast for guitarists Luke and Michael, drummer Ashton and bassist Calum. Their eponymous debut album went straight in at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and hit number one on iTunes in 76 countries! Their second album, Sounds Good, Feels Good, went to number one on iTunes in 50 countries a few hours after it opened for pre-order, and they have played live to over 1.7 million fans in the course of two world tours. An impressive performance for such a young band, currently in the process of making their third album. There's plenty to enjoy when they visit the old Garden in Copenhagen, and we predict crowding in the front rows as soon as the gates open in the morning.
01 September at 22:00
Melancholy and potent
Karl William's mature, authoritative voice oozes experience, and he delivers his clever lyrics with his distinctive style and attitude. With his honest, poetic approach, he finds his roots in r’n’b, and his calm rapping floats gently above the heavy beats and melancholy melodies that make up his music. This recipe has brought him many loyal fans, critical acclaim and the P3 Award, which he won in October 2016.
This will be Karl William's first visit to the big stage in Tivoli, and the same applies to SAVEUS. SAVEUS is the alter ego of 24-year-old producer, singer and songwriter Martin Hedegaard, who brought his staggeringly strong live show to the four biggest cities in Denmark this spring. Martin rose to fame as the winner of the first Danish series of The X Factor in 2008, but has moved beyond this with his SAVEUS alias. At the time of writing he has released two singles, Everchanging and Levitate Me, both examples of potent pop music with lots of action and loud synthesisers. Audiences and listeners have taken SAVEUS to their hearts, and we can expect more new material for the concert in Tivoli plus plenty of energy filling the stage.
08 September at 22:00
The world's happiest band
Last year TV2 played just one concert! On the other hand, they certainly pulled in the crowds at Smuk Fest. Richer for the experience, they are now bringing their popular and impressive back catalogue to Tivoli. For over 35 years they have created fellowship, joy and a sense of belonging. Add to that the desire to give old songs new life and Copenhagen's most beautiful Garden, and you have a recipe for a late summer evening with the perfect company and surroundings.
15 September at 22:00
Two major orchestras performing together
The Savage Rose and the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra on the Open Air Stage: this is one of just two opportunities to see the unique interplay between Denmark's greatest ever rock band and the rip-roaring symphony orchestra's monumental sound.
For 50 years, Annisette has reigned supreme a singer in Danish musical culture, and as both a vocalist and the visual front woman of The Savage Rose. She is a living legend, and a symbol of Danish rock history's youth. She has spent most of her life in the spotlight or on the road with her band, and this time the strong line-up is as follows: Palle Hjorth (piano, Hammond organ, harmonica), Jacob Falgren (double bass, bass guitar), Anders Holm (drums), Rune Kjeldsen (guitar) and Naja Koppel and Amina Carsce Nissen (backing vocals). Don't miss out when Tivoli opens its doors for an unparalleled Savage Rose experience.
22 September at 22:00
Huge hits and plenty of attitude
This year’s Friday Rock will close with a certified bang! When Danish hit-duo Nik & Jay will bring their greatest show ever to Tivoli! The group is famous for their cool and wild live shows and always deliver that special something when they play at Tivoli - 'Our own backyard', as they call it.
Now in the final stages of their large-scale Arena Tour they have reached amazing form and are in top musical shape – ready to spread love to their dedicated audience. They have promised to deliver an evening of more music, more show and more magic! Of course they have plenty of hits ready on the set list, with both old and new songs. So don’t worry but leave all your troubles at home and surrender yourself to Nik & Jay's contagious energy!
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