Spot On Denmark
Elektro Gönner, Café Westend, 2010
Once a year Arhus becomes the capital of Danish pop music. The upcoming edition of the Spot Festival (May 20th to 22nd) is already the 16th time that bands, labels, music business people and fans gather at several locations in the city to play and watch shows, discuss about the music industry’s future and maybe discover the new hot shit of Danish music (just like it happened with The Raveonettes, who were spotted by a Rolling Stone journalist at the festival in 2002 and shortly afterwards signed a major label contract). There are also some international – mainly Scandinavian – acts to be found on the bill, that includes more than 100 acts of many different genres. As a teaser for the festival we have met two Danish bands – who will both play at the festival as well – at the Spot On Denmark night at B72 in Vienna in February, and now send the videos up north with best wishes from our side! Copenhagen-based When Saints Go Machine play a splendid semi-acoustic rendition of their crowd-favourite „Fail Forever“ in the shop-window of Elektro Gönner bar, whereas the boys from Kiss Kiss Kiss stopped by at Café Westend for a two-song session including „Broken Hearts“ and „Vacuum“.
Formerly an electric shop, Elektro Gönner is now a bar and small club. There’s a wee dance floor always packed with people enjoying Minimal House, Drum’n’Bass and other electronic DJing. Also the furnishing is minimalist and still very cosy. Usually there’s someone else, who has already taken the leather couches, but this gives you the chance to check out the current art or video installation. Run by a group of architects, Elektro Gönner regularly hosts installations in the bar’s show box. No wonder that this locality is, similar to close-by Futuregarden, a favourite spot for art students and in general for all those, who are looking for a relaxed atmosphere in the side roads of the busy shopping street Mariahilfer Straße. Tucked away in a passageway that leads of Mariahilfer Straße 101, Elektro Gönner is with its unobtrusive charm definitely not a show-off place.
The classy Café Westend opened on the threshold to the 20th century at the corner of Vienna’s longest shopping street Mariahilfer Straße and busy Gürtel street. Just a stone’s throw away from Westbahnhof, Westend invites travellers, commuters and many other people to relax while sipping a cup of coffee, lean back with a good newspaper and observe other people hurrying by when eating at a table next to the huge windows. The interior has not changed a lot in the last century: exceedingly high ceilings with art nouveau stuc, simple wooden chairs and cosy settees, round marmoreal desks and lead crystal lustres; even the waiters – in their tradition tailcoats – can be called with the erstwhile quite popular, but now more and more out of use “Herr Ober”.