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L.O.C. performs at the Festival’s unofficial opening

L.O.C. performs at the Festival’s unofficial opening

The rapper returns to his hometown to open the Festival with a big outdoor concert in The City Park for a crowd of up to 10.000. Liam O’Connor, better known as L.O.C., will be in charge of the unofficial opening of Aarhus Festival 2016 when he Thursday 25 August takes the stage in The City Park between City Hall and Musikhuset Aarhus. The concert with one of Denmark’s biggest musical acts marks the start of the Festival, but it is also a return to the birthplace of his musical career. More than 20 years ago it all started with a group of friends getting together over some beats in 8210. An area code that has become synonymously with hip-hop from Aarhus. Since then L.O.C has toured intensively, released several albums, including ‘Prestige, Paranoia, Persona Vol. 1’, which is the most downloaded album in Danish music history. L.O.C. is looking forward to returning to his musical roots but also to open the Festival, which has played an important role in his life: - As a native to Aarhus few things are more exciting than playing Aarhus Festival, but to open the whole thing is one of them. Aarhus Festival has always meant a lot to me – even before I was born. When my father arrived from Ireland to work in Aarhus in the 70’s it was in the middle of the Festival, which led him to believe, that the city was packed with festive people every day. So he stuck around and long enough for me to come around. So thank God for Aarhus Festival! The concert is the only opportunity to see the artist and entertainer on stage this summer after more than a year away from music. And executive director of Aarhus Festival Rikke Øxner is pleased to see him open the Festival: - Last year when I watched Tina Dickow take back her birth town I thought: “Next year it should be Liam, that would be amazing.” I have seen him live before and experienced the magic and greatness he has on stage in front of an anticipating audience of thousands. Just thinking about it gives me the chills and I look forward to it very much. Supporting act will be Danish hip-hop duo Spitzenklasse. Tickets will go on sale Friday 29 July at 11 am at aarhusfestuge.billetten.dk

Scottish rock innovators visit Aarhus

Scottish rock innovators visit Aarhus

Scottish Mogwai play the soundtrack to the movie ’Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise’. The movie, which is featured in the City Hall, depicts the development of nuclear power. 2015 marked the 70th year since the bombing of Hiroshima during WW2 and also marked the most destructive use of nuclear technology ever seen. The renowed film maker Mark Cousins made the movie using composed archival material to depict an era of fear. The movie looks into the feeling of duality concerning nuclear technology, where one side represents a weapon of mass destruction and the other a technology that saves lives in form of CT scans. The music combines dystopic and aggressive elements with dreaming and hopeful melodies. The fission of twangy strings against sombre snare hits, the disintegration of brittle synthesizers beneath a tide of feedback, a violin crying out in silence. Rikke Øxner, executive director of Aarhus Festival, says: - I have followed Mogwai and their constant development and search for new soundscapes ever since their first concerts in Denmark back in the 90’s, so to get the chance to watch them present their latest release in the beautiful setting that is Aarhus City Hall is an amazing opportunity. The grand old men of Scottish rock later re-worked the soundtrack and released it as a regular album with great reviews. Throughout their 21-year long career they have released eight studio albums, a live album and three soundtracks and despite of their very distinct position within the genre, they have continued to evolve their sound and expression. The screening of the film with the live performance of Mogwai premieres at the Edinburgh Festival only a few days before performing at the Aarhus City Hall. Buy your ticket here: aarhusfestuge.billetten.dk FACTS Date/time: Sept. 1. 9.00-10.10 p.m. (the doors open at 8 p.m.) Venue: Aarhus City Hall, Rådhushallen Price: DKK 175-225 at aarhusfestuge.billetten.dk Arranged by Aarhus Festuge Thanks to Aarhus City Hall

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