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A week of emerging dance music and orchestrated chaos

Since 1998, Distortion pushes the limits of street life and party culture.

Distortion offers a week of massive street parties in the daytime, a sharp festival for modern dance music at night, and one grandiose rave: the Final Party.

Hail the 16th edition of Distortion, a week of emerging dance music and orchestrated chaos.

Street parties

In the daytime it’s orchestrated chaos time. Distortion is filling the streets with 40+ local sound systems and 80,000+ guests from all over the world. This takes place every day in a new area in central Copenhagen: Nørrebro on Wednesday, Vesterbro on Thursday, the Copenhagen harbour on Friday.

The street parties are financed by the thousands and thousands of people who buy the Gadearmbånd. So we can clean up the streets after this incomparable party tsunami. Interview Magazine (NYC) calls the street parties “a rave labyrinth”.

Distortion Club

Every night, the Distortion Club presents the best new emerging artists in the coolest venues in Copenhagen: Culture Box, Jazzhouse, Rust and Pumpehuset. We also do special events in one-off locations like swimming pools, theatres, museums and bridges. This is where we move the focus from street randomness and into the deeper universe of contemporary dance music. DJ Magazine (London) calls us “one of the best club festivals in the world”.

Final Party

The whole Distortion week is an intense build-up to Saturday’s grandiose megarave: the Final Party. This includes 11+ stages with the wildest of the newest in European party culture. We usually perform spectacular stunts like: juggling with bridges, champagne boats, hanging busses in the air and giant surprise explosions. Rolling Stone Magazine (US) uses the words “wild” and “feverish”.

Chronology

2013

Kate Boy (SE) | Anika (DE) | Vinnie Who (DK) | Zombie Zombie (FR) | Hess Is More (DK) | Grup Ses Beats (TR) | Bjørn Svin (DK) | DJ Fitz (IR) | DJ Harvey (UK) | Todd Terje (NO) | Tim Sweeney (US) | Dirty Sound System (FR) Kasper Bjørke (DK) | Hugo Capablanca (DE) | Kode9 (UK) | Scratcha DVA (UK) | Le1f (US) | Cooly G (UK) | Pachanga Boys (DE) | Patrice Baumel (NL) | Job Jobse (NL) | Olaf Boswijk (NL) | VJs CV Gabriel/A Hulskamp (NL) | Brodinski (FR) | Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team (FR) | Kaytranada (CA) | Unkwon (DK) | Sunny Beach Happy Slap Mardi Gras (DK) | Eloq (DK) | Schlachthofbronx (DE) | DJ Snake (DE) | DJ Er Du Dum Eller Hvad (DK) | Yo Felles (DK) | Xosar (US) | Ron Morelli (US) | Kassem Mosse (DE) | DJ TLR (NL) | Svengalisghost (US) | Sewn Leather (US) | Dracula Lewis (IT) | Stand High Sound feat. Puba Jim (UK) | Sebastian FR) | Feadz (FR) | Riton (UK) |Boston Bon (FR) | Adam Port (DE) | Stassy (DE) | Spoek Mathambo (ZA) | Julius Sylvest (DK) | Bwoy De Bhajan (DK) | Why Be (DK) | Total Freedom (US) | Venus X (US) | Primitive Art (IT) | Youngblood Brass Band (UK) | Jean Von Baden (DK) | Kim Kemi (DK) | Sea Punk Gang (IT) | Seksuelle Mennesker (DK) | Jeff Mills (US) | Terje Bakke (NO) | Chris Menist (US) | Ashraf Sharif Khan (TH) | Viktor Marek (TH) | Terror Danjah vs. Champion (UK) | Ryan Hemsworth (US) | Lulu Rouge (DK) | Copyflex (DK) | Erol Alkan (UK) | Daniel Avery (UK) | Mickey Moonlight (FR) | Beastie Respond (DK) | Daughn Gibson (US) | Light Asylum (US)

Selected hosts: Resident Advisor | Red Bull Music Academy | Trouw | Phantasy Sounds | Ed Banger Records

Magic moment of the year: Surprise explosion at Final Party

Distortion 2013 website (screendumps)

2012

DJ Hell (DE), Sissy Nobby (live, US), Davide Squillace (IT), DJ Funk (US), Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team (FR), Helm (Live, UK), Lust For Youth (Live, SE), M.O.P. (live, US), Saigon (live, US), Matthew Styles (UK), Dinky (CL), Andrew Weatherall (UK), Trentemøller (DK), Tim Sweeney (US), Kidd (live, DK), Klumben (live, DK), Eloq (DK), EagerStunn Sound (DK), James Ferraro (live, US), Niagara (live, PT), DJ Nervoso & DJ Marfox (PT), Mike Skinner (UK), DJ A. Vee (US), DJ Stashbox (US), Michael Mayer (DE), Reinhard Voigt (live, DE), Tobias Thomas (DE), L.A. Vampires (live, US), Magic Touch (Live, US), Maria Minerva (live, UK), Ital (live, US), Nguzunguzu (live, US), Matias Aguayo (live, CL), Pachanga Boys (DE), Trojan Sound System (live, UK), Awesome Tapes From Africa (US), DJ Fitz (IRE), Extra Action Marching Band (live, US), Tristesse Comtemporaine (live, FR), Laing (live, DE), Yelle DJ set (FR), Den Sorte Skole feat. Dark Matters (Live, DK), Benny Banks (live, UK), Zebra Katz (live, US), Albertslund Terror Korps (live, DK)

Special Hosts: xxx

Magic Moment: xxx

Distortion 2012 website

2011

Acid Washed (FR), Matias Aguayo (ARG), Stretch Armstrong (US), Crookers (IT), Kenton Slash Demon (DK), Iceage (DK), Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance (US), Laurel Halo (US), Hey Today! (DE), Felix of Hot Chip (UK), Mathew Jonson (CA), Kenny Larkin (US), Michael Mayer (DE), Metrik & MC Coppa (UK), Nisennenmondai (live, JP), Prins Thomas (NO), Sany Pittbull (BR), Schlachthofbronx (DE), Superpitcher (DE), Tim Sweeney (US), Seth Troxler (US), DJ Umb (UK), Uproot Andy (US), Skatebård (NO), We Are The World (US), Josh Wink (US), Terje Bakke (NO), Theo Parrish (US), Austra (CAN)

Night Party Hosts: Melt! (Berlin), Oslo Live (NO), Nasty Mondays (ES), Fool’s Gold (US), Dogmeat/Iceage (DK)

Special Hosts: xxx

Magic Moment: xxx

Distortion 2011 website

2010

Madlib (US), Kode 9 (UK), Mock & Toof (DE), Simian Mobile Disco (UK), J-Rocc (US), Buraka Som Systema (PT), Booka Shade (DE), Jamie Vex’d (UK), Tikiman (DE), Schaltchofbronx (DE), GusGus (IS), Justus Koehnke (DE), Michael Mayer (DE), Superpitcher (DE), Tobias Thomas (DE), Oh No Ono (DK), Jamie Jones (UK), Breakage (UK), Hugo Capablanca (DE), MMM (DE), Len Faki (DE)

Special Hosts: Red Bull Music Academy Radio (UK), Kompakt Total (Köln), Roskilde Festival (DK), Mono (Berlin), Tartelet (DK)

Magic Moments: one-minute rave by the Knippelsbro bridge

Distortion 2010 website

2009

SuperMayer (Köln), Glass Candy (UK), Tim Sweeney (US), DJ-Vadim (RUS), Monotonix (ISR), Wildbirds & Peacedrums (SE), Brandt-Brauer-Frick (DE), Mikkel Hess (DK), Carl Craig (US), Zip (DE)

Special Hosts: Salon Renate (Berlin), Wet Yourself (London), Small (IT), C-O-Pop (DE), Viva Radio (US)
Magic Moment: Final Party on Enghavevej 80 + SuperMayer in the bus

Distortion 2009 website

2008

Nöze (F), Shit Robot (NYC), Oh Land (DK), Alexander Robotnick (IT), Mia (Berlin), Kris Menace (DE), Djuma Sound System (DK), Chicks On Speed (DE)

Special Hosts: Trentemøller (DK), Rio (Berlin), EasyJetSet (Berlin), Le ParisParis (Paris), Roskilde Festival (DK), AiAiAi (DK), Wet Yourself (London), Pig Magazine (Milano)

Magic Moment:

Distortion 2008 website

2007

RadioClit (UK/SE), TTC (F), Shir Khan (DE), Pocket Knife (US), Cousin Cole (US), Diskokaine + Wolfy&Jim (Vienna), P.Toile (DE), Kasper Björke (DK), TomBoy (DK)

Special Hosts: Nuits Sonores (F), discobelle.net (SE), Vice, Copenhagen Cathedral (DK)

Magic Moment
: Final Party on Halvandet

Distortion 2007 website

2006

Spank Rock (US), Lindstrøm (N), Joakim (F), WhoMadeWho (DK), Erobique (DE), Gebruder Teichmann (DE), MixMasterMorris (space)

Special Hosts: Vice Magazine (CAN), Guarana Power (DK), Crunchy Frog (DK), Iceland Airwaves (IS), Culture Box (DK), Mads Nørgaard (DK), Mads Vegas & Henrik Vibskov (DK)

Magic Moment: Spank Rock at Rust + Chaca afteparty

Distortion 2006 website

2005

Pilooski (F), Lindstrøm (NO), Prins Thomas (NO), Mark Moore (UK), Arnaud Rebotini (F), Sascha Funke (DE), Kiki (DE), Headman (UK), WhoMadeWho (DK), Mu (JP). At other events hosted by Distortion in 2005: Hot Chip (UK), Sebastien Tellier (F), Diplo (US), M.I.A. (UK)

Special Hosts: Christiania (DK), Optimo (Glasgow), Electro GoGo (London), Solid Water (Paris), Ingen Frygt (IS/DK), La Johnson (Paris), Kitsuné (Paris), BPitchCtrl (DE), WhomadeWho (DK), Vega (DK), Escho (DK)

Magic Moment: Glam Street Party on Fælledvej & Powerplant on Blågårdsgade

Distortion 2005 website

2004

Simian Mobile Disco (F), Joakim (F), Martini Brothers (DE), Oskar Melzer (DE), Dirty Sound System (F)

Special Hosts: d-i-r-t-y.com (F), colette (Paris), F.U.N. (Berlin), Superflex (DK), V-1 Gallery (DK), Colonel (F/DK), dunst (DK)

Magic Moment: radio colette chaos + massive Final Party at Silo Islands Brygge.

Distortion 2004 website

2003

Superpitcher (DE), Feadz (F), TTC (F)

Special Hosts: Ambassade de France (F) & Goethe Institut (DE), FOS (DK)

Magic moment: His Excellency the French Ambassador & Madame, not really understanding how they got there, on the champagne-party boat + HappySpaceBoy raverbus + afterparty by the windmills.

Distortion 2003 website

1998-2002

This page only lists international artists & hosts.

In the period 1998-2002, Distortion was 100% local.

Distortion 2002 website

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