12 April at 22:00
Denmark's best live band
In 2017, The Minds won the Steppeulv award for Best Live Band, and they finished 2018 with a sold-out tour of Denmark, topped by four sold-out shows in Copenhagen's iconic venue Store Vega! This is a band that is ready for something special as they open Friday Rock. In just five years, they have cemented their reputation as a phenomenal live band whose concert reviews are full of praise. This is what you can enjoy at the year's first Friday Rock.
Friends since childhood, The Minds of 99 broke through in 2014 and have since released three albums, all of which have garnered great reviews, while the band itself has won several awards. Lead singer Niels Brandt attracted attention when he broke his foot but chose to continue the tour they were in the middle of – confirming that the band is keen to go the extra mile for their fans! We are over the moon to welcome The Minds of 99 as our first band on the Friday Rock bill in 2019.
19 April at 22:00
Successful Danish pop
With a near-sold-out acoustic tour behind him, Joey Moe is ready to bring his large band to the Open Air Stage and Friday Rock. With huge hits like Smukkest På En Søndag, Flip It (Like a DJ), Million and Du' En Éner, Joey Moe has been a fixture in the charts for years. As well as being a judge on The Voice Junior, he is constantly out and about playing to live audiences. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for some fun when Joey Moe performs on the Open Air Stage.
26 April at 22:00
Hip hop double bill
The rappers from Den Gale Pose, along with Hvid Sjokolade, performed in the first ever Friday Rock Concert!
This year, they return on the exact same weekend as they performed 22 years ago, and their loyal audience can expect to hear classics like Spændt Op Til Lir, Definitionen Af En Stodder and Den Dræbende Joke. Den Gale Pose broke new ground and helped to define a new sound in Danish rap back in the 1990s. Original members Jesper "the Joker" Dahl and Nicholas Kvaran will also be joined on-stage by Szhirley and DJ Static. Following the very untimely death of Rasmus Berg, Den Gale Pose thought hard about their reunion tour – but decided to go ahead with it to honour his spirit.
So join us in paying tribute to both spirit and music when the reunion tour kicks off in Tivoli!
As there was 22 years ago, there's a double bill for this Friday Rock concert. Popular rapper TopGunn has been quiet recently, after delivering an impressive stream of hits. With titles such as Ingen Andre, Veninder, 6 Liter, M.K.I.S.P.E.P.M.E.L.R. , Tilbud, Dejlig and Kongens Have, TopGunn has dominated both radio airtime and dance floors, while providing the soundtrack for a generation of hedonistic youths. He only played one concert in 2018, while releasing the singles Varm and Million – things are different now, and we feel confident in promising that several more new songs will be on the set list when it goes down in Tivoli.
03 May at 22:00
Timeless Danish vocalists
Last year, Karl William's single Om Igen was a huge hit that raised the tempo and got everyone dancing. His album Livet, Faldet & Alt Det Andet has since been released, and Karl William has spent the entire spring touring Denmark with his new songs. Expect a band at the top of its game on this spring evening.
Karl William's honest, poetic approach has roots in r'n'b, while his vocals float gently above the funkier beats and vaguely melancholy tunes that combine in his music. This recipe brought him critical acclaim, the P3 award, which he won in 2016, and a loyal fanbase which has only grown since his involvement in the popular TV2 show Toppen af Poppen.
Before Karl William takes to the stage, we have the pleasure of welcoming Barbara Moleko to kick off the evening. With her distinctive, throaty voice, she has produced hits such as Gør Mig Lykkelig, Paranoia, Dum For Dig and Helt min Egen. Her performance on the TV programme Toppen af Poppen also gave her a hit with her cover of the Tøsedrengene song Indianer. After taking a break for a few years, she released three singles in 2018 and is now ready to perform her new music.
10 May at 22:00
Big names performing live
Ten years after breaking into the Danish charts and making dancehall music appeal to everyone, Bikstok released an EP, Uranium, in the autumn of 2015, including the smash hit 80'eren. The band may pop up sporadically, but they are still in great demand, and began the year by performing to a sold-out Store Vega crowd. They close this spring evening with their (never boring) lyrics and hugely entertaining stage show.
With big hits like Tomgang, Ikke Mere Tid, 2 Mod Verden and Dengang Du Græd, Shaka Loveless has proven that he can write songs that pass the test of time. Since his breakthrough in 2011, Wafande has stream of major hits: Gi' Mig Et Smil, En Anden, Uartig, Django and Se Mig I Dag. Together, they have an impressive back catalogue, infectious energy and 100% presence on the stage – an excellent way to start the evening.
17 May at 22:00
Danish shooting stars
After a flying start, with several hit singles, sold-out concerts and no fewer than five Danish Music Awards in 2016, Jonathan Elkær and Mads Bo have been pretty quiet. This promises to change in 2019. They recently released a single, Waited All Summer, and announced that this is just the start of a string of releases in 2019.
With background in hip hop, Jonathan Elkær and Mads Bo have taken the best and created their own sound: Rhythm&Balls, a mix of the delicacy of r&b and the harshness of hip hop's rhythmic tracks. They are seasoned visitors to the Open Air Stage, and we are delighted to welcome them back to Tivoli.
24 May at 22:00
The kings of Danish hip hop
Live Band of the Year! That was one of the four Danish Music Awards Suspekt took home in 2015, and since then the hip hop group has aimed to live up to earlier shows while continuing to surprise audiences at future ones. Expect the Open Air Stage to be shredded by the boys from Albertslund in the outskirts of Copenhagen: Orgi-E and Bai-D insist on breaking taboos when rapping, while Rune Rask pulls it all together with his provocative, effective production.
31 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 conquered both charts and dance floors since she burst onto the scene with her huge hit Kun for Mig in 2008. Since then, she has experimented with English-language releases and a more Danish singer-songwriter tradition with a focus on lyrics and melody rather than the studio sound that was once her trademark. But last year, with the album Grim, she returned to her roots with Providers, her original producer team. Having just finished an acoustic tour of Denmark and with her new record in the bag, Medina is once more ready to bring her extravagant show to the big stage.
07 June at 22:00
Clubbing atmosphere on the Open Air Stage
For many years, MORTEN has been a sizzling hot name in the international DJ scene and a popular producer and remixer. He has won various accolades at the Danish DJ Awards, and decided to move to Los Angeles some years ago to seek his fortune there. He has performed with Diplo, David Guetta and Avicii, but is happy to fly home for an appearance in Denmark. We are delighted to have MORTEN on the Friday Rock programme, and forecast an unusually warm evening on the Open Air Stage with everyone dancing along to his intense, high-energy DJ set.
14 June at 22:00
He's the man behind international hits like 3AM, Fact-Fiction, You're Not Alone, Heartquake, Elephant and Tunnel Vision. He's released five albums and played over 400 concerts in Denmark and abroad
in the past five years, and has won eight GAFFA Awards, a Danish Music Award, a Carl Prisen and a Zulu Award.
Mads Langer is in top form – and a year and a half after his last album Reckless Twin,
which reached number one in the album charts, in November he released an EP, All the Time,
Sometimes. Now he is trying his hand at writing lyrics in Danish. We are happy to hear more of this, and to welcome one of the biggest Danish stars of the moment back to the Open Air Stage for a fantastic summer concert.
21 June at 22:00
Good, clean family entertainment
Let's rock the Open Air Stage!
D-A-D is the ultimate live band, always challenging the audience and stage, while coming up with spectacular features for their shows. Among other things, they've had Jesper Binzer hanging upside down over the audience, and Laust Sonne and his drums lifted above the stage and the crowd. They have had specially built basses, crazy costumes, giant sofas and, always, their distinctive cow head on stage. The music is loud and full on, but D-A-D are also masters of the ballad form. In other words, with this band on stage you'll never be bored, so enjoy listening to these four rockers performing classics new and old.
28 June at 22:00
Denmark's happiest band
TV-2 released their latest album in autumn 2018, and since then they have been touring in a new format, with part of the concert acoustic and the audience seated. 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 summer evening with the perfect company and surroundings.
05 July at 22:00
Tom Jones is a true living legend!
He is one of the few artists who has been part of the modern musical era from the outset and is still moving full speed ahead with his impressive, successful career. He turns 79 this year, and his concerts are more critically acclaimed than ever. He has sold over a hundred million albums, including 36 top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the USA. Most people can sing along to classics like It's Not Unusual, She's a Lady, Sex Bomb, Delilah, Kiss or What's New Pussycat. He has mastered countless genres and has better performance genes than most. And since he was knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 2006, he is now Sir Tom Jones.
In other words, this is no Mr. Nobody taking to the stage in Tivoli on this summer evening. Sir Tom Jones is a singer and performer who, for more than five decades, has brought people together, young and old, men and women, across social classes, and sung his way into both mainstream and underground music hearts. All that using his distinctive, unmistakeable voice.
12 July at 22:00
Cheeky hip hop and soul
Two of the stars of last year's Little Friday programme are moving to the big stage as part of Friday Rock this year.
Sold-out concerts, fantastic reviews and the surprise release Benjamin Og Albert – these are just some of the highlights of 2018. And Benal's 2019 promises to be even better. With their signature solid beats and confident rapping, they have built a solid fanbase and have a reputation for providing surprises in their shows. We confidently predict that this will be a tremendous night.
Jada and her hypnotic voice had a busy time last year. It began with great reviews in publications as diverse as Politiken and Soundvenue for both her music and her concerts, continued at SPOT and Roskilde, and a Danish tour was planned for the autumn. But after eighteen months of hard work, Jada needed a break. It's done her good: She began 2019 by collecting the P3 Talent award as well as both Best Prospect and Best Song for Keep Cool at the Steppeulven awards. A short tour of Denmark awaits, and we are delighted to welcome this great talent back to Tivoli.
19 July at 22:00
Last year, Tina Dickow played just one concert in Denmark. She did release an album, Fastland, and Danish audiences can now look forward to hearing the new songs live. As she lands in Tivoli, Tina Dickow is in top form. She began the year with ten sold-out concerts across the country – a clear indication of her enormous popularity which also underlined her quality as a live artist, and we are delighted to welcome Tina Dickow and her band back to the Open Air Stage.
26 July 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 their strongest line-up. The band has released music on cassette tape, vinyl, CD and digitally since 1966 and are still going strong. So this summer they'll 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 over 50 years.
02 August at 22:00
Double bill makes for a powerful show
Infernal is an explosive live band, and with them on stage it's not just about providing a show. The audience can expect unpredictable interaction with the band. The only thing that's certain is that it will be fun, perhaps verging on madness at times. Last year's tour bore the hashtag #infernalriverpissetnedigen ("infernal river pissed down again"), and that's exactly the attitude that makes their shows so spectacular. With a fantastic band and dancers, Paw and Lina win their audience over in a feast of ecstasy and wildness which never compromises on musical quality. You're in for a treat!
High energy and right on the edge! That neatly sums up what Munken, Englando and Balken deliver on stage. They have a string of hits and over 90 million streams on Spotify for tracks including FuckBoi, Det Halve Ku' Vær Nok and 3xK. Ude Af Kontrol ignores conventions but provides an endless party soundtrack for a wild musical journey.
We feel comfortable saying that you're guaranteed a party at the Open Air Stage. Enjoy!
09 August at 22:00
In the wake of last year's world tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Ms. Lauryn Hill's iconic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, here's another chance to watch her perform timeless classics like Doo Wop (That Thing) , Ex-Factor, Superstar and Everything Is Everything. Ms. Lauryn Hill made her breakthrough with The Fugees and took the world by storm two decades ago as a solo artist with the groundbreaking album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which also earned her no fewer than 10 Grammy nominations and 5 awards. Among other things, she was the first ever hip hop artist to win Album of the Year! She has been quiet for long periods, but her enormous influence on both r'n'b and hip hop is still clear in today's biggest stars like Drake and Cardi B. And as she herself says: Class is back in session! The legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill is coming to Tivoli to teach us all a lesson.
16 August at 22:00
American singer, producer and dancer Jason Derulo has been delivering dance floor bangers for years, along with chart hits such as Want To Want Me, Talk Dirty To Me and Swalla, which has a dizzying 1.2 billion views on YouTube! After beginning his career as a producer, he got his big break as a solo artist with his debut single Whatcha Say in 2009. He has since released a long string of platinum singles, and we are now waiting for new material from the upcoming 2Sides, which is released in 2019. As always, he brings a flock of dancers and a well-practised stage show in the best American style. There's only one way, and that's all in!
23 August at 22:00
Two major ensembles performing together
When Thomas Dybdahl, When Saints Go Machine and the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil take to the Open Air Stage, it will be a unique opportunity to enjoy pop, rock and electronic music set against the monumental sound of an orchestra at the top of its game.
Singer-songwriter Thomas Dybdahl is known for his strong live performances, which have made him a concert favourite with Danish audiences. His music is low-key, feel-good melancholy, beautifully and evocatively arranged, focusing on slow-building melodies and light yet dominant vocals. This recipe has brought him every Norwegian award worth mentioning and taken him out onto the world stage. He spent the winter touring the USA and Europe, and visitors now have the chance see him in large format on the Open Air Stage.
When Saints Go Machine had been quiet for a long time before reappearing last year with their first release in five years, It's a Mad Love. The four band members have used this time-out to work on other musical projects, but it has also given them space to focus and breathe new life into When Saints Go Machine. They have spent some of this energy on working with the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, so a tour involving both these ensembles is something to celebrate.
30 August at 22:00
There's only one MØ! She is everywhere, and has been for a long time. It's been full steam ahead since her big breakthrough with the Major Lazer single Lean On in 2015. At the time of writing, the video is approaching a dizzying 2.5 billion views on YouTube! She has played to sold-out venues all over the world, and this winter she has been touring the USA and Canada. She performed with Blur from her latest EP Forever Neverland on the legendary Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She'll still be going strong when she lands on the Open Air Stage in August, so come and party on the last summer night of the year – at least according to the calendar.
06 September at 22:00
Last year, he opened Friday Rock – this time, we've picked him to close out the season. A clear Tivoli favourite, Christopher has appeared on the Open Air Stage many times, and we can't wait to welcome him back.
His velvety vocals and charming falsetto will gently wrap the audience in a collection of his greatest hits. Singles like Limousine, Tulips, CPH Girls, Told You So and Crazy have ensured Christopher a spot in the annals of Danish pop stardom – while his attractive appearance and friendly nature have made him a huge idol for the younger generation of pop fans.
13 September at 22:00
While we wait for new music from Kato, let's dwell a little on the accolades and awards he has already won. His releases have garnered over 40 gold and platinum certifications, and he has won ten awards from the Danish Deejay Awards, three GAFFA awards, a Zulu Award, and a Danish Music Award. So he has plenty to brag about, but that isn't Kato's style. He has always handed the spotlight over to guest vocalists, mixed genres and used his musical curiosity to develop current trends, a recipe that has brought him one hit after another.
One hit after another is something Djämes Braun also knows about. Most people can sing along to songs like Fugle, Kvinder og Kanoner, Duft Af Ba-cone or Kom og Giv Mig Alle Dine Penge, and once Pilfinger and his energetic band take to the stage, only the truly obstinate will be able to stand still. Djämes Braun will open this evening's Friday Rock with dance-friendly pop and reggae tunes, and you are invited.
20 September at 22:00
Pop party on the Open Air Stage
It may have surprised many people to find that Citybois were more than a flash in the pan. But for two self-assured city boys, there's only been one way, and that is FORWARD. Their mission to "boiscise" the whole of Denmark has succeeded with hits like Pool, Bedre End Rihanna, Dum Som Mig, Under 18, and most recently Synger For Mig featuring Skinz. They have assembled the perfect team for a blast of a concert in Tivoli.
2018 was a big year for Hugo Helmig. He played over 70 concerts in Denmark and abroad, as well as winning two GAFFA awards and the Politiken newspaper's iByen Pris. His most recent single Wild was loved by fans and audiences, and like his debut single, Please Don’t Lie, it was number one in the Danish Airplay Chart for several consecutive weeks. Inspiration from major singer-songwriters such as John Mayer and Ed Sheeran is not to be underestimated. Hugo Helmig has put together a band of talented young musicians, and is riding high.
Free admission to all Friday Rock concerts and Tivoli in 2019
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