For more than 150 years Pumpehusets has been placed in the heart of Copenhagen with a history stretching back to 1856. Originally the building served as a water supply for Copenhagen. In 1987 Pumpehuset underwent its first full scale renovation and was turned into a venue.
In January 2011 a new ear of modern day Pumpehuset started, as the building once again was renovated and the facilities improved. The "new" Pumpehuset is home to two stages, Kransalen (named after the old crane that can still be seen above the bar at the end of the hall) and Sort Sal (Sort means black, because the room is totally black), respectively they hold 600 and 400 people. Furthermore, you'll find a cozy, outdoor smoking terrace and during the summer Pumpehuset host 150 concerts with free admittance at our outdoor venue and bar called Byhaven.
Pumpehuset presents a wide variety of concerts all year long, and our goal is to include all angles of moderne, urban music culture. Since the re-opening in 2011, Pumpehuset has cultivated urban subcultures - the raw, the odd, the surprising - where young talents rise and evolve as artists. We continually explores new tendencies and through the years we have developed a solid network within niche environments such as death metal, drum'n'bass and underground hiphop. Alongside this we also host many concerts with artists from the mainstream end of music.
Metal has always been one of Pumpehusets main love affairs, and we welcome all aspects of metal: From crushing grindcore and darkened doom to hero metal and super heavy hard rock. Since re-opening in 2011 we have hosted acts such as Gojira, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Sepultura and many more.
We always keep a close eye on electronic music, often the music with lots of bass. Through the years we've hosted drum'n'bass favorites such as Andy C, Noisia and Rockwell, however, we also love hooking up with more extreme subgenres such as gabber, hardcore techno, psychedelic trance and hardstyle. But our love for the extreme doesn't make us exclude sexy house, dancable dance and electronic concerts, where you might listen more than dance. Since 2011 we've presented artists such as Darkside, Âme, Zomby, Darkstar, Dorian Concept, Nosaj Thing, The Orb, Buraka Som Sistema, and Apparat.
Hiphop is important to us and it’s one of the main pillars in our musical program whether we’re talking Run The Jewels, Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$, Stormzy and Angel Haze, legends such as M.O.P., Pharoahe Monch, GZA and Funkdoopiest or hiphop extremists likwe h09909 and Death Grips.
If you haven’t visited Byhaven, you’re definitely missing out on heaps of fun. Byhaven is our outdoor venue, bar and eatery where you from May to September can indulge yourself in concerts with upcoming music from Denmark and abroad, drink cocktails, enjoy a huge selection of cold beers and eat amazing South American street food. And best of it all, it’s free to enter, so what are you waiting for?