The Distortion Guide : Street Parties

A look at a few of the best Distortion events on Copenhagen's streets between Wednesday and Friday

Few cities let its residents cut loose in public like Copenhagen does. The Distortion Street Parties have gained a cult following both among the city’s mostly younger generation and international guests in search of a thrill in the city’s streets. This year, the parties will take over the Nørrebro district on Wednesday and Vesterbro on Thursday. On Friday, Distortion is hosting the celebrations outside Parliament to celebrate 100 years of universal suffrage. There are more than 80 different parties over the three days, but Distortion’s head of communications, Mathilde Friese, has helped us find some of the standout events.

Street wristband stage
Wednesday – Sankt Hans Torv
Thursday – Corner of Sønder Boulevard and Dybbølsgade

The street parties cost far more to host than they earn. But instead of shutting them down, we decided to let people show their support by buying a ‘Street wristband’. We don’t host many of our own stages at Distortion, but this year we’ve set up a stage dedicated to those who buy the wristband and help keep the festival’s finances in order. Distortion regular Muchacho is hosting the stage, which is guaranteed to be a banger on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Classical stage
Thursday – Enghave Park

The Wilhelm Stage in Enghave Park will present six hours of classical music throughout the Vesterbro street party. Last year, it was packed until well into the evening with people more interested in the superstars of the classical world than of dance music. When the street parties close at 10pm, the stage will continue with Max Richter performing his bestselling album ‘Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’, accompanied by the Copenhagen Phil. We hope he’s as magical as Nils Frahm (pictured) was last year.


Copenhagener dinner
The ‘Københavner Middag’ is an old Distortion tradition that was elevated to new heights last year when they teamed up with the Michelin-starred restaurant Kadeau. Over 800 tickets were sold for the event, which was a massive hit. Kadeau and their sister restaurant Pony return to make the food again this year, bringing high food culture down to street level. The dinner bell rings at 5pm on Wednesday and 6pm on Thursday, but you’ll need a ticket. Buy one here:

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Distortion for kids
BørneDistortion keeps growing in popularity, and this year we are hosting five events for children and their families. Events will be held on Mozarts Plads in Sydhavnen on Monday and Tuesday, and there will be room for kids to get in on the action in Nørrebro and Vesterbro during the street parties, too. On Saturday, there’s even a special event on the roof of the mall Fisketorvet. Expect soapy bubbles, balloons and music. Pure hygge.

FACT BOX – gadearmbånd
The Gadearmbånd, or ‘street wristband’, doesn’t really give you any perks except the warm feeling that comes from knowing you’re supporting the finances of the street parties – which might not even be for you. But if you are venturing out into the street, consider buying one of these to show Distortion your support. The Gadearmbånd wristband costs 100 kroner and can be bought on the street during the festival.

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By Peter Stanners

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

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