We are delighted to announce that the American based and internationally acclaimed music presenter KEXP, will be coming to record and broadcast their renowned Live on KEXP sessions from SPOT Festival in Aarhus in 2020.
The music presenter and arts organisation, known for their tastemaker abilities and championing new artists, will be spotlighting acts from Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. A big part of the KEXP crew will be heading to Denmark for a week and broadcasting from the Åben Scene in Aarhus, where Denmark’s greatest annual music and showcase festival SPOT Festival takes place April 30th-May 3rd. The sessions will be broadcasted live to all KEXP’s international viewers, and hosted by DJs Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole.
“KEXP exists to help music fans experience and discover great new music. There’s so much great music coming out of Denmark and Scandinavia from a diverse range of genres, and KEXP is excited to partner with the SPOT Festival, the premier showcase for the bands and artists making this music. We’re thrilled to be able to explore this vibrant scene and to curate and capture live sessions from SPOT artists and share these exclusive performances with the KEXP community of music lovers worldwide.” Senior Director of Programming & DJ, Kevin Cole.
KEXP started in 1972, and have done revered in-studio sessions since the 1980’s with legendary artists such as Patti Smith, Charles Bradley and They Might be Giants, as well as acclaimed artists like The National, Florence and the Machine, The XX, Tinariwen and FKA Twigs, not to mention increased attention to relatively then-unknown acts like Of Monsters and Men, Ásgeir, and Sóley during their international collaboration with Iceland Airwaves.
The station has over 2 million followers in their YouTube channel, but the KEXP team will also be reflecting their SPOT Festival inspiration throughout their website, socials, as well as radio plays, in the time-span around the festival.
SPOT and ROSA boss Gunnar Madsen says, “We see the collaboration between SPOT and KEXP is a natural next step for the hard and dedicated work we do to promote Danish music. We believe that with this project Danish music will get an even stronger exposure and it will create even better opportunities for the Danish music business to look after Danish interests and needs. The fact that the collaboration involves MXD, SPOT, The Arts Foundation, and ROSA ensures a shared ownership and responsibility when it comes to international music promotion. We see a tremendous potential in it.”
KEXP x SPOT Festival is a collaboration between KEXP, SPOT Festival, MXD and with the kind help and support of The Danish Arts Foundation, The Ministry of Culture of Denmark and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, ROSA and The City of Aarhus.
KEXP is a nonprofit arts organisation and public broadcaster serving music lovers and artists through in-person, broadcast, and online music programming. KEXP operates one of the most influential listener-supported music radio stations in the country, KEXP-FM, Seattle. On KEXP’s YouTube channel, videos of exclusive in-studio performances garner millions of views per week. From a public facility at Seattle Center, KEXP produces hundreds of live performances and music events each year, many of which are open to public audiences at no charge.
SPOT FESTIVAL: Henrik@rosa.org