Did you guess right? It’s Spil Dansk Day – “Play Danish Music” Day! Umm, you don’t know what that is? Then here’s a piece I wrote last year, updated for your listening pleasure. Read on, sing loud and don’t forget to turn the (Danish) music up to 11! 😉
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Yes, it’s the last Thursday in October which – selvfølgelig – means that it’s Spil Dansk or “Play Danish Music” Day! The day when Danish music is played, performed, promoted and celebrated. Which means that radio stations play Danish music. All. Day. Long. Danish bands who sing in Danish. Danish bands who sing in English. Music produced by Danes. Music written by Danes for other artists. Anything and everything with a Danish connection. A whopping half million Danes – at home, work, in their cars, schools or old people’s homes – will tune in to radio station P4 between 11 and 11.30 am for a live singalong of old and new Danish classics.
But maybe you’d rather catch some live music out in the streets? You’re in luck! There are over one thousand events and concerts all over Denmark today. If you want to find out what’s happening near you, the official Spil Dansk websitehas a nifty event finder, just click here.
Here are a few of the bands you’re likely to hear if you listen in to the main national radio channel, P3…
Magtens Korridorer Veto Turbo Weekend Whomadewho Søren Huss The Blue Van Medina Burhan G Fallulah The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Spleen United I Got You on Tape Choir of Young Believers (remember The Bridge/Bron/Broen?) When Saints Go Machine The William Blakes Nabiha Specktors L.O.C. Ida Corr Nephew Rasmus Seebach Aura Dione Shaka Loveless Alphabeat Tina Dickow Efterklang Lukas Graham Quadron Pharfar Djämes Braun Christopher Burhan G Ulige Numre MØ Kashmir Julias Moon The Mountains Ukendt Kunstner The Raveonettes The Floor is Made of Lava Klumben Lucy Love KIDD
Meanwhile I’d like to leave you with a little masterpiece by my all time favourite Danish rock band…those little sweeties Magtens Korridorer (nominated – again, again, again – for the Danish Music Awards) !
Spil Dansk! And don’t forget to turn the stereo up to 11!