sega bodega & CPH Power – More than a show
Reportage and photographs by Cameron Pagett
The room of Pumpehuset’s main stage is empty. Empty but for two zany lighting technicians playing DJ to a pair of blinking strobes. On the main stage, there is a metal bar holding a tapestry of thin, vertical, clear plastic panels, which hold a keyboard in a tiny enclosure surrounded by LED lamps quaintly behind them. Directly to the right of this shrouded in a blinking and immersive cold blue hue, sits a bed accompanied by a disco ball and a guitar. I nestle into the front of the installation and breathe in the musty air coupled with hour-old smoke after soundcheck and admire the work of the Knife crew in preparation for this first show back in Pumpehuset in over a year. It was a different time then, and yet the same characters line the patio from that previous season enjoying pre-show catering and artist only beer. In a haze, drinking what is left of a Tuborg classic long past its Carbonated best, it’s obvious and nearly joyous that the minds which brought us so many great shows in our city still remain sharp and growing, save for the fact that the show still has to transpire. All those people outside who had beckoned me in to survey the set-up were right. It looks very good. Anticipation starts to sneak in and the first note has not yet stung the room.
It’s a inquisitive and strong line-up for this maiden Knife performance. With ML Buch, CPH stalwarts CTM, Lyra Valenza, Croatian Amor and UK genre wizard sega bodega, there were plenty of reasons to be in attendance. For many mingling in the backstage area, other reasons include the freely poured Gin & Tonics along with other assortments of alcohol and snacks. Wandering out to the downstairs stage hemmed by some outstandingly alien hanging sculptures from the mind of Knife Co-founder Magnus Holger, the first of the night’s crowd sifts in among a warm orange light garden. People mingle and order from the bar and try on merch as the new very cool Knife Performance T-shirts are unveiled. Its already a cozy evening and many friends pass by before the first sounds lull the crowd to silence. Knife is back and it feels to many like coming home.