C. V. Jørgensen

Søndermarken, Copenhagen - 2018

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Last year, we visited the event Sommertid I Søndermarken (=Summertime In Søndermarken), because one of Denmark’s greatest folk-rock legends, Kim Larsen, was playing there.
This year, the event was back again, and this time it had several artists on the roster. First of for us (actually second artist of the day) was another of Denmark’s greats, but one I hadn’t actually listened to previously - C.V. Jørgensen. Well, I had listened a little, but only leading up to this show, so there was no sense of familiarity at this point. Still, we’d give it a go, right? I mean, the weather was perfection, the atmosphere was good, and the worst thing that could happen, was that we’d spend a bit more time at the bar tent…

“As usual, you all look fantastic. Sadly, the same cannot be said about us.”
- C.V. Jørgensen (vocals)


The stage was set with simplicity - a colourful logo as the backdrop, and some large retro styled lamps doubling as lights (obviously) and stage decoration - and I immediately had a positive feeling about this.
Jørgensen and his band, consisting of Rune Kjeldsen (guitar), Knut Henriksen (bas), Gustav Ljunggren (keys), and (probably, I didn’t properly catch his name) Gert Smedegaard (drums), opened raw. No intro, no presentation, just walked on stage and began playing. A soundwall of cheering greeted them, and they dived straight into Indian Summer, a good opening song that set the tone rather well for what was to come. And again, catering to the simplicity of it all.
Much like the music, the performance was calm and took its time letting the atmosphere spread. The musicianship was top notch, although I was a bit surprised Jørgensen only sang, and didn’t play the guitar. I had had a sneaking suspicion that he did so, and I can see from older recordings that he has done it in the past - I don’t know the reason why he didn’t here.
Still, he was a good frontman, coming with little comments here and there between songs to entertain the audience. There was also something very down to earth in seeing him drink Squash, a classic Danish fizzy drink.

Despite being the second artist of a four artists line-up, Jørgensen had managed to gather a very large crowd. We weren’t exactly touching elbows, but there were people everywhere, and everyone was concentrated on the stage and on the music.
During the songs, there was a calm over the beautiful open air park area where the concert was held, but it erupted in loud cheering and applause between every song. Not exactly the type of audience we’re used to, but perfectly fitting for this type of music.
There was no doubt in my mind that Jørgensen and his band was quite the pull, and even though we obviously didn’t know it at the time, it was later apparent that there were a lot more people interested in seeing them than there were for Sort Sol, and Jørgensen’s crowd even rivalled main act Dizzy Mizz Lizzy for size and enthusiasm, which was quite impressive!

“Thanks a million, everybody. You’re so sweet, and you sing so well.”
- Jørgensen (vocals)


C.V. Jørgensen was luckily given a great deal of time to perform in, managing to get a good 14 songs out there, before it was time to hand the stage over to the next act. I’m glad the people behind the festival allowed for such a long set, even though they technically were only a support band.
The atmosphere, as I’ve already touched on, was perfect, and I ended up enjoying Jørgensen quite a bit more here than I had during those short listens at home prior to the show. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike the music before, it simply hadn’t caught me. Here it did. So despite the limiting effect it had on bar attendance, it was a great way to spend the day.

Setlist:

Indian Summer
Det Regner I Mit Hjerte
Lokomotivation
Ude Af Sync
Spildte Bedrifter
Elisabeth
Blåt Blod Til Alle
Babylon
Flik-Flakker
På Gyngende Grund
Skygger Af Skønhed
Sæsonen Er Slut
Florafobi
Det Si’r Sig Selv

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