The Distortion Guide : Distortion Ø

Some of the best acts to catch at Distortion Ø on Friday and Saturday night

‘Exit Reality’ is how organisers are promoting Distortion Ø, or Distortion Island. Set on post-industrial Refshaleøen, over 50 artists will play the nine stages on Friday and Saturday night. The lineup features some incredible international acts, and while it will be a full-on rave in some places, the quality of music is definitely attractive to any who can’t help but be moved by a beat. Here are some picks recommended by Distortion’s head of programme, Nis Sigurdsson.

Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie)

Saturday / Membrane Tent / 22:00

Distortion’s little sister, Action Hygge, brought Wooden Wisdom to Copenhagen last year with massive success. Wooden Wisdom is Zach Cowie and Elijah Wood. Yes, we know – it’s Frodo – but he has long since proven that he is much more than just a celebrity DJ. DJ Fitz will be joining them on stage, and together they will invite everyone to the dance floor for an exotic dance party.


Saturday / Red Bull Music Academy Stage / 02:00

Siriusmodeselektor brings together the world-famous group Modeselektor and Siriusmo, a mysterious DJ who rarely leaves his house because he prefers writing music in his studio. Together they guest Distortion, bringing a euphoric mix of esoteric genres such as euro crunk, acid rap, big bass techno, labstyle, happy metal, and psychedelic electro. Siriusmodeselektor describe themselves as the greatest reunion of a band that never existed.

Sophie feat. QT
Friday / Red Bull Music Academy Stage / 22:30

Sophie’s audio productions share a number of similarities with the Japanese genre ‘kawaii’, meaning ‘cute’. It’s euphoric pop, with references to J-pop and K-pop music videos, featuring child-friendly colour palettes and playful themes. Sophie is producing some of the most unclassifiable and futuristic pop music today, and will undoubtedly be one of the more unusual experiences at Distortion Ø.

DJ Koze

Saturday / Teepee Tent / 01:00

Behind the alias DJ Koze hides the German DJ and producer Stefan Kozalla, who in the 1990s belonged to the German hip-hop act Fischmob and performed under the alias Adolf Noise. In the 2000s, he started playing as DJ Koze, releasing three studio albums and lots of remixes and singles. In 2010, DJ Koze founded his own record label, Pampa, and in 2013 he recorded ‘Amygdala’, his most recent studio album.

FACT BOX – Refshaleøen

The festival site is a bit out of the way, but thanks to a few new bridges, the bike ride is a little shorter than it used to be. Otherwise, take the Metro to Christianshavn Station and then the 9A bus, which will run all night. So too will the Harbour Boat. Don’t drive. Idiots drive.

Friday, June 5 > 16:00-02:00

Saturday, June 6 > 18:00-06:00

Presale: DKK 350
Door price: DKK 400
Tickets are for both days. No one day tickets.


Refshalevej 163,
1432 Copenhagen K


By Peter Stanners

Co-founder and Editor-in-chief. Occasional photographer.

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