The NEUSTART guide to SPOT Festival 2023

In this year’s program at SPOT Festival, May 5-6 in Aarhus, Denmark , a number of concerts and events are part of the Danish NEUSTART-initiative. Get an overview of them here, and see what may be interesting for you as a music professional working between Denmark and Germany.

The Danish organisations JazzDanmark, Tempi, and ROSA are putting on a number of events at this year’s SPOT festival – a Danish showcase festival for upcoming music in the beautiful city of Aarhus as part of the NEUSTART-initiative to improve music cooperation between Germany and Denmark.

Tempi: During SPOT festival, Tempi – the Danish genre-organisation for roots and folk music – will co-hosts the Roots & Hybrid stage. Through an open call, two acts HØST and TUHAF are selected in cooperation with the Aarhus venue Turkis to play. They are furthermore offered a mentor with knowledge of the German market as part of the Danish NEUSTART-initiative, and to participate in a networking brunch and speed meetings with Tempi’s international delegation including the german delegates Janos Gülker (Pøj pøj) and Jakob Burmeister (Glitterbeat).

You can catch the bands here:

Roots & Hybrid Festival presents: Friday May 5th at Turkis:

16.00 HØST (DK) The four women in HØST interpret and challenge with four voices and nothing else the traditions in the Nordic folk music as well as in the modern polyphonic song. A universe of powerful raw dissonances and rhythmic poetry.

19.00 TUHAF (DK) The Danish/Turkish rock band fronted by charismatic Turkish born singer Berrin Bas fusion Anatolian folk with indie rock, free jazz, Danish traditional songs and US roots rock into their own unique sound. 


JazzDanmark: Sun Ship and JazzDanmark are proud to once again collaborate on a stage at this year’s SPOT Festival. Look forward to five Nordic names offering both raw ferocity and meditative, minimalist improv on Friday 5 May at Teater Katapult. JazzDanmark’s involvement in the stage is part of the NEUSTART project. All performers work with the German market, and a number of interested industry professionals from Germany have been invited to the event. JazzDanmark is also behind an industry programme for the German visitors. Together, these initiatives will strengthen the performers’ careers abroad and form part of the ongoing process of increasing Danish music exports to Germany.

You can catch the five selected bands here:

Sun Ship and JazzDanmark present: Friday May 5th at Teater Katapult:

17.45 Caktus (DK) Caktus mirror harmonies and bend and twist them into shapes that range from beautifully fragile to powerful expressions on drums, two basses, and two saxophones. 

19.00 Lav Sol (NO/SE) Improvised music inspired by electronica, hip-hop and rock. Working with graphic scores, riffs, structures, improvisations, and visuals interact.

20.15 Christina Dahl Trio (DK) Nominated for the Deutscher Jazzpreis in 2023, saxophone player Christina Dahl and her trio intuitively convey facets of inner peace to chaos and wildness – clear, beautiful moments to smoldering, intense and whimsical colors of foggy tone language.

21.30 Lueenas (DK) The string and electronics-duo of Maria Jagd and Ida Duelund’s first non-film music album is influenced by their involvements in experimental, post-classical, pop, jazz, and electronic music, into a unique soundscape.

22.45 SVIN (DK) Sometimes described as an avantgarde rock group, the highly renowned trio SVIN mixes electronics, amplified instruments in tightly composed figures for their improvisations and variations to unfold on. 


Conferences & Networking events:

ROSA – Open Office – Friday May 5th, 1pm–5pm  

ROSA invites national and international colleagues to drop by our headquarters for a damn good cup of coffee, a piece of cake (or two) – and a chat, where we can talk about and discuss activities and possible plans – maybe even future joint projects? 

The setting: Informal, warm and welcoming

Where: ROSA HQ, Skovgårdsgade 3C, 8000 Aarhus C

Please come by and say hi to our team. We are looking forward to meeting you! 


If you are interested in connections between Danish and German music industries and scenes, you should check out these events in the SPOT+ conference program too:

Meet The Germans – Friday May 5th 10am  

Making it in Germany as an Independent Artist – Friday May 5th 1pm (With Thomas Rohde from MXD, Music Export Denmark, and part of the NEUSTART-initiative in the panel)

Photo: Caktus by Bjørn Gissenbauer