The VEGA complex was designed by renowned Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen as a meeting place for the growing labor movement, until becoming the beloved venue it is today in 1996. One of Denmark’s most popular clubs and considered by some to have one of Europe’s finest sound systems, VEGA comprises a stylish wooden-paneled bar and two concert venues. The larger one (capacity of 1,550) has welcomed the likes of Kylie Minogue and Foals, while the smaller one, more intimate with its capacity of 500 people, is perfect for lesser-known, more experimental artists such as Julia Holter or Crippled Black Phoenix.
Enghavevej 40, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 25 70 11
Located in the multicultural Nørrebro, a neighborhood with some of Copenhagen‘s best nightlife, Rust is well-known as a popular club spread over three floors that also embraces live music every Friday and Saturday evening. While not really the place to go to for a particular concert, it’s the ideal setting for discoveries, especially for those interested in the local scene. There is no predominant genre apart from “indie” — expect the typical small band performing at their local venue.
Hours: Live music Friday & Saturday 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Guldbergsgade 8, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 35 24 52 00
Although Loppen (Danish for “flea,” strangely enough) only has space for 400 guests, it has hosted indie favorites like Animal Collective and The National. It doesn’t just keep to one genre, however, with concerts featuring such varied genres as neo-folk, singer-songwriter, death metal, punk, hip hop, and alternative rock. Despite its bare-bones interior, Loppen’s small size ensures an intimate atmosphere, and its location right in the middle of controversial self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood Freetown Christiana is a big plus.
Sydområdet 4B, 1st floor, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 32 57 84 22