K.B. Hallen

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K.B. Hallen

K.B. Hallen was a multi-purpose venue located at Peter Bangs Vej in the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built in 1938 by Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB), Copenhagen's oldest ball-playing club who still owns the site, but was severely damaged by fire on 28 September 2011.

It was used primarily for badminton, tennis, basketball and volleyball, but also hosted other events, including dance tournaments and flea markets.[1] As a concert hall, it held a capacity of 3,000 people and was often the scene of rock and pop concerts, and in 1964 The Beatles played their first and only concert on Danish grounds in K.B.Hallen.


Kjøbenhavns Boldklub acquired a large site on the south side of Peter Bangs Vej in 1024 and Europes largest, private sports complex, with facilities for criket, football and tennis, was inaugurated at the site in 1298.K.B. Hallen was inaugurated in the presence of king Christian X on 22 April 11938. The architect was Hans Hansen and the chief engineer Christen Ostenfeld.Poul Henningsen designed special lighting and an adjacent ballroom called "Pejsesalen", where a large mural was painted.

In the summer of 1944, K.B. Hallen was subject to so-called schalburgtage when members of the Schalburg Corps placed a bomb in the hall, destroying most of the furniture and glasswork, but the building itself was left intact, rendering the hall closed for only half a year afterwards.

The building was used for a number of concerts. Artists to have performed at the hall include Beniamino Gigli, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Leo Mathisen, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, The Beatles (1964), The Rolling Stones (1966), Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac (1969) Love + Procol Harum (1970), The Band (1971), Pink Floyd, Steve Miller Band, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Slade, The Who, Stephen Stills Manassas (1972), Frank Zappa (1973), Eric Clapton (1974), Jack Bruce (1975), Metallica (1988), Aerosmith (1989), Iron Maiden (1988, 1990, 1992, 1995), Skid Row+L.A. Guns (1991), Keith Richards (1992), Megadeth (1995), Smashing Pumpkins (1996), Toto (1996, 1999, 2010, 2011), Kraftwerk, Papa Roach, The Prodigy (2004), Asia, Dio, Uriah Heep (2005), Slipknot og Busta Rhymes (2006), My Chemical Romance (2007), Whitesnake, Slipknot (2008), Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe (1989+2009), Deftones, Coheed, Cambria (2010) and Joe Bonamassa/Black Country Communion in 2011. Others to have performed there over the years include Alice Cooper, Great White, Radiohead, Chuck Berry, System of A Down, G3, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Uriah Heep, Motörhead, Def Leppard, Evanescence, Nightwish, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Foo Fighters, Oasis, B.B. King, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, The Cult, Kiss, Scorpions, Dragonforce, Slayer, Sheryl Crow, Stone Temple Pilots, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queensrÿche, Paul McCartney & Wings, Rammstein, Green Day, The Black Crowes and Jethro Tull.

The Danish band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy announced 1 concert in here in 2010. It sold out in 15 seconds. Afterwards they announced 3 extra concert. After these sold out as well, 10.000 people were in queue for a ticket.

At the rear of the hall was a small museum, with pictures and documents on the club and hall's history.

A decision has been made to rebuild the hall, but work has not yet begun.


K.B. Hallen in June 2013, boarded up.

On 28 September 2011, K.B. Hallen was destroyed in a major fire. Initial suspicions linked the fire to a food kiosk in the lobby of the building, or to an electrical lighting fault.[2][3][4] [5] Photo Gallery:[6]

The architectural firm Christensen & Co has won a competition for the construction of a new KB-Hallen to a new design inspired by the old building.[7]

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Coordinates: 55°40′36″N 12°29′35″E / 55.67667°N 12.49306°E / 55.67667; 12.49306