Last summer I spent a week in Scandinavia. As I was booking the trip I had this fear that I would be missing out by not spending the week on one of Europe’s quick getaway beaches. I couldn’t have been more wrong and by the end of the first day, any thoughts of missing the beach had evaporated.
What I’m trying to say is that there are some amazing places in Northern Europe, where the sun almost never goes down. If you’ve never been to Copenhagen, now’s the time to get planning. Here are a few events to get you on your way.
First up, from June 1 – 5 is the Distortion Festival. A celebration of life, club and street culture, the festival is all about bringing together amazing bands, parties, neighbourhoods, and most importantly, people. You can party into the night with ‘Club Clash’ where festival organizers will be bringing together an army of bands and DJ’s to take you to the morning light. Keep in mind, this festival is not for the crowd shy – every evening from 4 – 10 pm there’s a ‘Block Party’ in a different location, bringing together between 20,000 – 40,000 people. Yikes!
The Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s fans probably won’t be as wild as those the Distortion Festival, but I’m sure they’ll be no less appreciative. Experience jazz Copenhagen style from the 1st – 10th of July. Touted as being one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe, they boast an attendance of 250,000 guests per year. The programme is focused on quality and the locations are top-notch, including an East German trawler, a former printing plant and the gardens of the Carlsberg Brewery. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a long time avid fan or just want to enjoy an atmosphere like no other, you’ll be welcome the snare of a drum beat, the squonk of a saxophone, and some of the best voices on the scene.
Last but not least we’re going to step it up a notch for all the BMX enthusiasts. From the 27th to the 31st of July the UCI BMX Championships will take over the city. If you don’t know what the UCI BMX Championships are, don’t worry; it took me a bit of researching to figure it out too. It’s basically hardcore BMX bike races speeding over dirt trails with bumps, jumps, and plenty of places to take a spill. The competition is fierce and the competitors are fearless.
If you’re headed to any of these events you’re going to need a place to call home for a few nights. White Line Hotels edit The Avenue Hotel is in Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg district, so you’ll get a real taste of the local. The area has it’s own flavour, local eateries, temporary galleries, and the style and design the city is renowned for.