Back in Copenhagen for the 2010 Distortion Festival. Notably and naturally different from last year is the sun. With favorable weather, double the attendance of last year’s first day festivities mobbed the City Center streets. Thomas Fleurquin, Distortion’s founder and spirit (party) animal, anticipates 40,000 revelers during the four day event and attributes this development to the word of social networking mouth, municipal cooperation, and six years of straight grinding.
The day parties–which happen in a different neighborhood each day of the festival–maintain an unusual degree of civility considering the voluminous crowds, techno, and beer consumption. Yesterday’s afternoon jarred into the evening Club Clash with Danish art collective Snow Leopard serenading party hoppers from atop town hall with cosmic mating calls and guitar shredding. Copenhagen natives Whomadewho tightly coiled a ruddy and ready audience with their AC/DC via The Associates stomp before a shit-kicking DJ set by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco.