Thank you! Copenhagen’s biggest musical event broke all records


Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2016 ended on the night between Sunday and Monday, and in spite of mediocre weather this 38th edition turned out to be one of the largest and most crowded festivals since 1979.

Using the entire city as a living jazz backdrop, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2016 transformed the streets and its more than 120 venues, filling it all with in excess of 1300 concerts. Warmed by sunny rays or doused in summer’s rain – jazz was here.

The concerts starring Gregory Porter, Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd, Sun Ra Arkestra and others all drew massive, sold-out crowds, and the many year-round venues are reporting a great turn-out in general during this year’s festival – JazzCup, La Fontaine, Huset-KBH, Jazzhus Montmartre, Jazzhouse, DR Koncerthuset and many others. Even relative newcomers like GoGo Penguin, Melanie De Biasio and Kentaur received very warm welcomes from a young and sizable audience.

“We can detect a marked rise in the amount of young jazz fans, and it is great to see them standing side by side with the more experienced jazz freaks at concerts with acts such as Sun Ra Arkestra or GoGo Penguin”, says festival director Kenneth Hansen.

This is one of the many qualities securing Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s position as the single largest musical festival in Copenhagen – an overwhelming event using the city and a range of iconic jazz clubs as its playground.

The 39th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place from July 3-26 in 2017. The nationwide Winter Jazz 2017 takes place from February 3-26.