Bredebro Hallen, Bredebro, Friday the 6th of September 2002
"I had the time of
my life, and I owe it all to you!"
Safri Duo was playing in the South of Jutland and since we had tickets for the Jean Michel Jarre concert on Saturday, we decided to kick off the weekend, with the Safri Duo concert in Bredebro.
our friend Lars behind the wheel of Nickie´s mum´s car (The Purple Lightning!), we began our long journey to Bredebro and we sure did an effort to advertise for Safri Duo along the highway:
Here Bente displays our creativity in the Childrens´
Corner at a Monarch Restaurant.
Lars hadn´t bought a ticket for the concert, because he had some family near Bredebro, he wanted to visit, while WE went to our 25th Safri Duo concert (Hooray!!!!)
Lars´ cousin had been so kind
as to let us stay the night in her house, while she was away on holiday, which we were very thankful for.
At 8pm Lars and his uncle Ove dropped us off at Bredebro Hallen.
Actually Lars drove directly to the backstage entrance, and said:
"So..I´ll just drop you girls off here then!"
The Safri Duo crew stood at the entrance door, so we duck our heads while trying to hit Lars, yelling:" No-no, don´t stop here!!! Drive! DRIVE FOR GOD`S SAKE!"
uncle Ove seemed to be amused about the whole scene, and wished us a great night and encouraged us to behave. (What is it with people, always telling us to behave? We ALWAYS do!)
So,......we were dropped off at the correct entrance and got in line.
Before entering the arena, we got some green entrance passes. There were also some red passes, but we didn´t ask, what the different colours meant.
Just inside the arena, was The Safri Shop, so we had a chat with Anja.....and then
we headed for the bar, because this being our 25th Safri concert, we decided to celebrate by having a drink before the show.
And then we discovered what the coloured passes were for:
A bit puzzled by the doubtful expression on the bartender´s
face, we asked for two Bacardi Lemons.
She looked at us a moment, then leaned over the counter and said: "And you are.....HOW old?"
A bit flurried, we truthfully answered: "We are both 26..."
Her face changed, and she put on a little smile.
"Then do yourselves a favour....go and have your passes changed,...because the ones you are wearing are for people under 18."
We couldn´t help laughing! They didn´t even ask for our age at the door!
Man,....we don´t look that young!
We might act that way sometimes, but still.....
So we returned to the entrance and said politely: "Could we please have our passes changed.....we are 26!"
And suddenly we were the new attraction of Bredebro...Come see The Old Folks Looking
They apologized, we said "no hard feelings"....and then we went to get that drink!
It was the same bartender and we could see, that she was REALLY trying not to laugh out loud, when we showed her our new passes.
on that night, we were happy that we got our passes changed, ´cause dang, they make some evil Bacardi Lemons in Bredebro!!
After enjoying our great drink, we went to the front row and at 10pm, the organizer Birgit came on stage to present Safri
She mentioned that it was a very diverse audience spanning from age 6 to 70. And she invited the 70 year old fan for a free drink after the concert.
And she continued: "Then we also have a couple coming all the way from Moen, for their 25th
Safri Duo concert here in Bredebro. So if they would please come on stage!"
And then people started cheering like mad!!!
Panic was all over our faces! This was NOT happening! Us on stage? Hell no!
So we pretended not to be the ones from Moen,
and instead she invited us for a free drink at the bar..........Yes, alcohol....MUCH better.
But getting to the concert!
Uffe was wearing his white torn pants and a grey sleeveless shirt. Morten had on his nice horizontally striped t-shirt
and mossy-green pants.
It is hard to find words to describe how incredible this concert was!
The crowd was unbelievable; the air was filled with joy and excitement towards Safri Duo and Uffe and Morten gave it all back, with a knock-out performance!
It was truly a fantastic experience. The crowd was hyped, but there was room for everyone. No pushing, no shoving, just a Hell of a good time.
While waiting for the show to begin, we had talked about, that maybe Morten and Uffe were so pre-occupied
with the huge Jarre event, that they would be a bit..."absent" this night.
But shame on us! Of course Safri Duo gave all they had! In fact, they played with such passion and energy, that Bredebro couldn´t help getting caught in the Safri Duo fever!!
Also Uffe and Morten were doing a bit of entertainment!
Uffe was dancing around throwing water at the crowd. The first time he missed us, but the second time.....Thank you, Uffe; Bull´s Eye!
Morten talked about Samb-Adagio convincing
us all, that Adagio is Italian for "DANG, YOU ALL LOOK GREAT FROM UP HERE!" (we have been misled...we thought it meant "slow!") Thanks a lot Morten. But hey, it´s always easy looking great in Johnny´s lighting!
After the show, we asked
a security guard if Safri Duo was signing autographs in The Safri shop, because we had some fan mail (from Maribo and all the way from Japan)? The security guard told us, that Morten and Uffe had already left the arena.
So we decided to stop by Anja at
the Safri Shop later and pass it on to her.
But now it was time for our free drinks, so we went to the bartender and told her, that we were the girls from Moen.
She asked us how many we were and we said 2. (Dang, we should have said 12, then we wouldn´t
have had to buy drinks the entire evening!)
We also asked her where we could find Birgit, because we wanted to thank her for the introduction.
We were guided to a door at the end of the arena, so off we went.
A security guard was standing
in the way and we asked him about Birgit. Suddenly someone came up to Bente from behind and pushed her inside with the words: "You two just go inside." Bente was getting ready to turn around and say: "Hey, don´t push me around, big fella!" But then she
saw, that it was "The Main Man" Torben Toft, and she decided just to say "hi" and smile. Clever move!
Then we discovered the sign on the door saying "No entrance" and Morten Friis standing next to us, and we suddenly realized: Hey, this must be
the dressing room area!
So we asked Torben about their trip to Asia and the upcoming Jarre concert. We also gave him the fan mail to pass on to Uffe and Morten.
Then Morten came up to us and said hi, and Bente felt the urge to show him our brand
new Safri tattoos!
Nickie was a bit hesitant, but she wasn´t really asked, so Morten inspected a bit of skin!
He seemed a bit overwhelmed but honored by this manifestation of our devotion and support.
Then he said goodbye and left for
the dressing room.
And then it was time to party!
But before getting too plastered we stopped by Anja at the Safri Shop and had a chat and told her to greet Tina, who was absent in Bredebro. Those girls are just really really sweet. It´s
a bit of a shame that we see them so seldom, and for such a short time.
Finally we found Birgit and told her, that it was a great evening and that this Bredebro concert had truly earned a spot on our "Top 10 List"
And then we partied.
And then we partied some more.
Party, party, party....
The music was really great; they played some cool 80´s music, which we really enjoyed.
About 95% of the guests decided to use this opportunity to go to the toilet, which
was great for us, because we had left some fliers for The Safri Zone in there.
They went like hot cakes!
Just like in Gram we also had a lot of fun sending unreadable messages to Sisanne on the mobile phone, and this time we actually noticed
when the party ended!
We called Lars, who picked us up.
He asked us if we were drunk and we said: "NO! Of course not! But as we, 5 minutes later, were rolling around on the backseat of the car, laughing like mad, he began to wonder.....
Arriving at cousin Conni´s house, we got the childrens´ room and to our horror, we noticed:
A bunk bed!
Those things are damn hard to mount when you are drunk, and when you wake up way too early, because you have to visit the little
girl´s room, they are also pretty impossible to dismount! -Especially when you get your right leg caught between the bed and the book shelf.
Just take Bente´s word for it!
Also for the first time in 23 years, Bente had to sleep with the
Not because she was afraid of the dark, but because the room wouldn´t stop spinning when the lights were out!
Damn those Bacardi Lemons!
Finally we fell asleep, dreaming of the two Safri Duo adventures the next day.
Walkathon, Århus, Saturday the 7th of September 2002
"Oh my God, I can´t believe it´s yogurt!"
We woke up after a night of partying and discovered
that a squirrel apparently had been curled up inside our mouths! Well, it sure tasted like it!!!
We drove to Uncle Ove and Aunt Marga and had breakfast and discovered, that their little grand son was pretty upset about the fact, that we would rather
drive on to see Safri Duo than play with him!
Sorry, Phillip,...we´ve got the Safri bug real bad.......
So off we went to Aarhus to see Safri Duo close the Walkathon 2002, which is a charity marathon sponsored by Ecco and several
467.500 Danish kroner were "walked in" that day!
Safri Duo came on stage at about 4pm and it´s worth mentioning, that it rained until Uffe and Morten made their entry. Then the weather cleared right up!!!
Uffe was wearing his sleeveless Action shirt and his nice faint blue pants. Morten came on stage wearing blue jeans and his grey tie-dye long-sleeved shirt.
Compared with the audience in Bredebro, the response from the crowd in Aarhus was a bit
Maybe they were tired from the walkathon....or maybe surprised by the pure genius going on, on stage? We have sure been known to get lost in the beat from time to time.
Uffe had some great announcements!
First of all, he
mentioned, that Safri Duo will perform "Sweet Freedom" at Top of the Pops in London,....with Michael McDonald singing live! This is a pretty big deal, since Uffe and Morten haven´t actually met Michael before. AYE CARAMBA!!!
Then he said: "Congratulations
to Nickie and Bente, who are at their 26th Safri Duo concert today!"
He even pointed out where we were standing, so everybody could have a peek at the nutty fans!
Geez, just when we think, he can´t surprise us anymore........
Morten announced that Denmark was leading in the soccer match against Norway, and Uffe commented, that he already knew that, but that he couldn´t remember, who we were playing against!
Well, he´s more a tennis kinda bloke....
Once again we simply have to compliment Johnny on the great lighting, especially during "Everything." He really does a great job.
It´s incredible how he is able to completely bring the lights in sync with the music.
Safri Duo left the stage, Uffe announced that they were driving on to Aalborg and the Jean Michel Jarre concert, where they were going to perform with The Man Himself. He ensured us all that it was going to be pretty incredible.
We had a feeling it would.
Then we went for Frozen Yogurt at 7 eleven, and had a pit stop in the verge on our way to Aalborg for a "Frozen Yogurt break."
-And just as we were peacefully enjoying our time out - WROOOOOOOOM, Safri Duo came speeding by us in their Safri Mobile!!
We tried to convince Lars to drop his frozen yogurt and commence the ultimate car chase, but he didn´t share the enthusiasm, and quietly continued enjoying his snack (after telling us to shut up and calm down).
So they beat us to Gammel
Vraa Enge and our next Safri Duo adventure.
Jean Michel Jarre, Gammel Vraa Enge, Saturday the 7th of September 2002
the highway on our way to the Jean Michel Jarre concert, we overtook several busses also going to the Jarre event, and when we reached Gammel Vraa there was a huge traffic jam.
There being only one road to the concert and 39.000 people going to
the event, it just had to cause problems.
So Lars kicked us out of the car about 3 kilometres from the Jarre site, and we started walking along side other pedestrians, cars, busses, bikes.....you name it, we walked by it!
The Jarre concert
had "Aero - Tribute to the Wind" as a theme, and therefore the concert was held at a wind mill park. And where was this wind mill park at? Right in a meadow,...of course!
It had been raining pretty heavy, so we skipped and jumped desperately trying
to avoid the puddles.....if we only knew, what was in store...
The gates were supposed to open at 3pm, but when we finally reached the entrance at 8.20pm, there was a gigantic queue. Again there was only one entrance so it took a while getting in,
and when we finally entered, the whole area was one big muddy hole already filled up with people.
We have never seen puddles this deep, and believe us, as kindergarten teachers, we have been on a few muddy field trips!!
do, but dive in and find ourselves a spot. We made it halfway to the stage and camped on a mud rise near one of the stage screens, which had a striking similarity to the transportation device in the movie "Stargate"
(We kinda expected James
Spader to jump out at any minute, but that didn´t happen!...Hrmf!....)
Jarre came on stage 20 minutes late, and did a fabulous show.
We are not die-hard Jarre fans, but we must admit, that it was a unique experience seeing the fire
works, the lid up wind mills and the light show in combination with Jarre´s music.
Bente had a nostalgic trip down memory lane and announced, that she still finds him a tiiiiny bit cute.
Suddenly something appeared in the horizon, moving
in on the concert ground......RAIN.
Lots of rain.
It took...what...one minute, then everything was completely soaked. If we thought the ground was muddy before, it was nothing compared to what it became. If you didn´t move you feet around,
you would sink in so deep, that it was almost impossible to get free.
Now we were REALLY cheering for Safri Duo to come on stage!!
Then there was a short break in the show, (where a lot of people decided to call it a night), and we had a laugh
coming up with French words describing the weather. The fun part being, that we don´t speak French at all.
While waiting Bente announced, that should she ever get the chance to meet Jarre she would woo him, with the one sentence she knows
in French: "Un Cheval, s´il vous plait".
Returning to the stage, Jarre finally announced "Yffe and Morten from Safri Dy!"....loved the accent! C",)
Then we were two ecstatic Safri Duo fans! They played "Aero" and "Rendez-Vous 4"
with Jarre and they did an i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e job. We felt so proud seeing them on stage with one of the biggest performers in the world,...but then again...who else than Safri Dy could match the music of Jean Michel Jarre?
When Safri Duo left
the stage, we decided to head for the only exit before the concert ended. But sadly a lot of people got the same idea, so we got stuck right outside the exit, and we almost went down.
People were beginning to realize that it would take hours to
get out, so they started getting a bit panicky.
The concert ground was surrounded by deep ditches, everything was dark and the small road leading to the main road was a chaos of cars, pedestrians, ambulances, military police, motorbikes etc.....,
all desperately trying not to get stuck in the mud. It was a miracle, that no one was severely injured!
We phoned Lars, who had parked The Purple Lightning on the entrance road to the highway, so we agreed to meet him there.
in the car, we talked about the concert, and Lars, who had watched the show from a distance, said, that the whole show had been a tremendous experience also from afar.
We totally agreed, and said that the lid up wind mills had been really beautiful;
just a shame about the rain and mud.
So we thought up a new theme for Jean Michel Jarre´s next visit in Denmark:
"Dryo - A Tribute to the Sun (and asphalt!)"
The drive home was terribly, terribly long...especially for
Lars, who was driving. It was pretty neat, that he wanted to drive us all this way, because it had been impossible for us to find sleeping arrangements in the North of Jutland due to the Jarre event.
We didn´t reach Stege before 8am where
we then went straight to bed, dreaming about the GREAT Safri Duo adventures, we had just experienced! What a weekend!