|Location||Julius Thomsens Plads 1, 1925
|Owner||Bella Center Group|
|Acreage||5,000 m² (combined)|
|Construction cost||70 million NOK (1997)|
Forum Copenhagen (Danish: Forum København), in Frederiksberg, Central Copenhagen, Denmark, is a large multi-use, rentable fair building, which hosts a large variety of concerts, markets, exhibitions and other events. The venue can hold up to 10,000 people depending on the event. The Forum operates as a convention center, concert hall and indoor arena.
It was opened in February 1926 to host a car exhibition and was last renovated in 1996–97. Over two storeys there is a combined exhibition floor area of 5,000 m² and a separate restaurant for up to 250 seated guests. The Metro station Forum is adjacent to the building.
Forum Copenhagen was designed by Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen, and the lighting was from Poul Henningsen's brand new PH-lamp. In 1929 it held an architecture exhibition, which was one of the first presentations of functionalism in Denmark, namely the Housing and Building Exhibition in Forum. It was at this exhibition that Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen exhibited their subscription to the cylindrical "House of the Future".
During World War II, the Danish resistance movement group Holger Danske destroyed the original hall in an act of sabotage in August 1943. The hall was first rebuilt and extended in 1947. An annual six-day bicycle race was originally held here and was later moved to Ballerup Super Arena. In 1997, the Forum concluded an extensive renovation of the roof costing 70 million NOK, resulting in better acoustic sound and more concerts.
Concerts and events
Guns N' Roses performed here on 19 August 1991, during the Use Your Illusion Tour. Depeche Mode recorded part of their show at the venue on 27 May 1993 for their live album Songs of Faith and Devotion Live. Van Halen were scheduled to perform during their III Tour on 7 June 1998, but the show was cancelled. KISS were scheduled to perform during their Psycho Circus Tour on 1 March 1999, but the show was cancelled.
Christina Aguilera performed here during her sell-out tour Stripped World Tour on 24 september 2003. The venue hosted the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest on 15 November 2003. American superstar Cher performed here during her marathon Living Proof: The Farewell Tour on 12 June 2004. The venue also hosted Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest on 22 October 2005.
In 2009 the Heavy Metal band Metallica held 5 sell-out concerts at the Forum on 20, 22, 23, 27 and 28 July as a part of their World Magnetic Tour. In 2011 We Will Rock You had its Danish premiere here, which Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen attended. Only Roger played due to Brian having a hand injury.
List of events
- Sprængningen af Forum 1943 (baseret på oplysninger i Peter Birkelund: Holger Danske Sabotage og likvidering 1943-45)
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