Click Festival is definitely up there as one of my favourite Danish festival experiences. The music programming is wide-ranging and genuinely interesting with lots to discover and explore, along with a selection of legendary (yet still relevant) names on the lineup to draw in the crowd. On top of that, the organisers appear to take a lot of pride in stretching far beyond the remit of the standard music festival, delivering workshops, exhibitions and lectures with a slickness and professionalism that many events of this type struggle to achieve.
This level of sophistication is facilitated by the fact the festival is housed in Helsingør’s ultra-modern and highly impressive Kulturværftet. The look and feel of this beautiful multi-purpose culture space fits the event perfectly, and the number of rooms available allows for a program that’s packed with technically challenging performances and workshops.
Lectures and Exhibitions
This year’s program is the biggest yet, and has an apparent implied theme; a large number of the scheduled events this time are dedicated to issues of privacy, piracy and surveillance in our digital lives, with everything from James Bridle’s Drone Shadow exhibition, to a lecture with Jackson Palmer, the creator of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin (Friday, 13.30).
I’m going to start with the obvious here. To have Dopplereffekt on the lineup for this year just makes perfect sense. This mysterious post-Drexciyan project epitomises the kind of strange, dark technophilia that the organisers to appear be drawing our attention to through the weekend’s program. This live set will be visually spectacular, with a mind-warp of synth experiments and (if we’re lucky) a nod in the direction of their early electro sound.
Saturday, Store Sal - 21.00
Chris & Cosey essentially founded what became known as industrial music with Throbbing Gristle in the 1970s, then went on alone to explore electronica and made some hugely influential proto-technoid music in the 80s and 90s. This will be their first performance in Denmark since 1988.
Friday, Store Sal - 23.00
ToTo is the adventurous drumming project of Toke Tietze Mortensen and Tobias R. Kirstein. I had the pleasure of catching them once before and was absolutely mesmerised by their minimalistic yet complex and energetic rhythmic performance, but every search for them I tried only turned up this classic gem as a bittersweet result.
Saturday, Lille Sal - 22.00
Klaus Boss, one of the festival’s programmers, recorded a teaser mix with music from artists on the lineup, which you can check out here:
Words: Emma Blake
Click Festival runs from 15-17th May, in Kulturværftet, Helsingør.