In many ways Scandinavia is leading the charge by reinventing what a modern festival should look like, focusing on becoming more eco-friendly and socially aware, whilst using immersive experiences to make a positive impact on wider culture. Our trip to Haven was an education in how things should be done, and it was a pleasure to witness the culmination of a successful international festival PR campaign. Here’s a handful of stand out moments over the course of the weekend…

Brockhampton are the greatest boy band in the world

Copenhageners love a bit of hip hop, and right now Brockhampton are the best in the world at it. Up until they took to the stage at 6.30 on Friday afternoon, they seemed to be a fairly reserved and well-behaved festival crowd. The amount of energy shared between the members of Brockhampton changed all that within seconds. Having yet to play their first show in the UK, it was a special moment seeing the self-professed ‘greatest boy band in the world’ on the intimate Mindfield stage. If you managed to pick up a ticket for Koko this month you will not be disappointed… [📷: Haven]

You can teach an old orchestra new tricks

Opening the main stage on day one was a unique experiment between The Royal Danish Orchestra and Dessner. With roots stretching back to 1448, this orchestra is one of the oldest and has been playing new music longer than anyone else. At Haven they performed modern works from America, Iceland, Scandinavia and the UK – including a piece composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. [📷: Thorsten Iversen]

The National let us in on their secret meetings

The entire line up was handpicked by the Ohio-based band’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, which means you won’t find anything quite like it this summer. It also created a tangible sense of community with the artists involved, leading to several unannounced collaboration concerts between the two brothers and Selma Judith, Mette Rasmussen, King Ayisoba, Buck Meek and Selina Gin. Other highlight performances came from Dirty Projectors, Phoebe Bridgers, Cancer, Kraftwerk, serpentwithfeet, Kamasi Washington, Big Thief and Moses Sumney. [📷: Mathias Bak]

We simply can’t go back to basic bites

Haven’s mission is to blur the boundaries between art, music, food and drinks – and every vendor went all out to create an unparalleled taste sensation. Highlights included the likes of Nordhavn’s charcuterie and smokehouse, Brownsville’s NY BBQ, Green Haven’s vegan delights, Surf and Turf hot-dogs and ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. Curator’s Claus Meyer and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø enhanced the overall festival experience and fully justified the significant dent in our personal finances. [📷: Christian Mørkeberg]

Nils Frahm is surprisingly waterproof

Saturday signaled the end of Denmark’s summer dry spell with a severe downpour during Nils Frahm’s breath-taking main stage performance. Not to be deterred, the German pianist dived around on stage to wipe down his vast array of analogue synths and kept the show afloat. His charm and charisma alone kept the Meadow crowd from depleting. [📷: Peter Kirkegaard]

IKEA also know how to assemble a crowd

In the ongoing theme of collaboration, famous flatpack furniture makers IKEA delivered the perfect blend of beer-battered Swedish meatballs with the finest Swedish rap. Mack Beats, Sammy & Johnny Bennet and JAQE took turns in supplementing the herb heavy fries and side sauces of chives at Ikea’s pop up kitchen / stage. [📷: Michelle Hedegård]

Festivals don’t always have to be hard work and dirty

With all the unmissable sets to see and gaps in the schedule were few and far between. Fortunately, the 100% sustainable and clean event was designed this year to improve how people moved around the site with ease and the facilities to people ratio was spot on. So if you’re not a fan of the typical British mud-filled festivals, then Haven is the perfect summer alternative for you. [📷: Mathias Bak]

Haven Festival 2018 [Events PR]

Standing at the forefront of modern festivals, the Haven festival continues to combine aural, visual and culinary displays to curate a rare multi-sensory experience. Created by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Claus Meyer, Mikkeller and Beatbox Entertainment, this collaboration of music, food and art seeks to take the festival experience one step further than its competitors. After a second successful year for the Denmark event, we’d like to thank DJ Mag, DIY, The Telegraph, Pitchfork, The Skinny, Consequence of Sound and many others for their continued support throughout the campaign. [📷: Mathias Bak]

Haven 2018 Playlist:

Arcade Fire // Kraftwerk
Mosey Sumney // Thåström
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Kamasi Washington
 Liima // Nils Frahm
Phoebe Bridgers
Brockhampton
Dirty Projectors
Wye Oak // Big Thief