FAULT Travel: Moderat, Gunnar Haslam and Copenhagen.

We flew into Copenhagen with a sense of excitement at the weekends activities ahead. A night of electronic delights at Culture Box club a government backed club (David Cameron please take note!) and then a Sunday night with Moderat at Vega which has played host to greats such as Bowie, Prince and Bjork to name but just a few.


We headed for dinner at Fiskebar (www.fiskebaren.dk) in the Meatpacking district, spot on cocktails, craft beers and beautiful mostly fish (obviously) small plates put together by head chef Jamie Lee who trained under Jason Atherton in London. Service is on point and the busy, bustling atmosphere made for a great warm up for our night in the Danish capital.


Just a few metres up the road is Warpigs (www.warpigs.dk), a cavernous metal/rock brew pub. They just so happened to be having their own birthday party that night and giving away 1000 beers, so we timed it perfectly! At the far end of Meatpacking is the always lively and one of the originals bars of the district ‘Jolene’. Free to get in and full to the rafters, great sound system and a disco/house set being played to a young and unpretentious crowd. We danced, we drank we were merry and we were also set up very nicely for the main event…

Gunnar Haslam is a New York based D.j/producer, if you like all things electronic, minimal and oh so very danceable then this is your bag. Having just released his 3rd LP Lebesque Measures and new floor smashing singles ‘Sirenik’ and ‘Hellegat’ on the Athabaskan Languages EP Gunnar is a hell of busy guy and his set didn’t disappoint. Flowing effortlessly through waves of sounds almost film set landscapes but with a driving kick drum that kept a pulsating room of international ravers dancing all night. Culture box is dark, sweaty and loud, perfect for the rhythms of electronica. Hats off to Gunnar it was a great a set, Culture Box ticked all the right boxes for a forward thinking club of this nature.

Having got home whilst the sun was rising above beautiful Copenhagen we did what all fine British people did and carried on drinking at the hotel before crashing and burning until the next afternoon where we arose to get ready for Moderat at Vega.

Moderat  of course made up of Modeselektor members Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert and Apparat artist Sascha Ring. Unless you have had your head in the sand for the last few years you would know these guys are hotter than a white poker right now. Tickets for all their European tour gigs sold out in minutes, we were very lucky indeed to witness the kings  of electronica take to the stage to the adoring masses gathered in this 1500 capacity but intimate venue.

Sacha’s vocals combined with a one of the best light shows I’ve witnessed in a while were the perfect accompaniment to all the boys hits, they played them all here. The techno crafted ‘A new error’ floor pounding ‘Milk’ and current favourite ‘Reminder’ were all superbly performed. Five songs for an encore is enough to send even the most hard fans home happy so finishing on the classic ‘Bad Kingdom’ did just that.

Waking up on Monday still gushing over the Moderat set and feeling like we hadn’t eaten for an eternity we took a sunny stroll to Torvehallerne food market (www.torvehallernekbh.dk). An infinite amount of deliciousness housed all under a giant glass framework. Tortillas by an ex Noma chef, Prosecco and Charcuterie to follow, Smorgasbord, Coffee and Juices (the hangover special went down well) were our other pit stops they seem to have a stall for everyone and we were so full a lie down in the park and a little bit of Danish sun on our faces before we made the return journey to London. Thank you Moderat, Gunnar and Copenhagen (I think we LOVE you).

Words: LXN Collective