THE MINDS OF 99. The biggest band in Denmark. The best live band in Denmark. 52000 people. Largest concert in Europe since the pandemic. Reopening Denmark the day after all corona restrictions were lifted. The Minds of 99 made history on 11.09.2021.
It actually happened….but wait… are you on a phone? Do me a huge favour and grab a laptop or tablet, anything with a bigger screen. This is a bigger than life widescreen show and pictures and deserves a bigger screen than your phone. Thank you.
It actually happened. I look at these pictures with almost disbelief and get emotional. Announced in November 2019 for a September 2020 date, postponed an entire year due to corona and only in June 2021 was the show given the final go ahead from our government. Denmark’s best crew had 3 months to prepare a stadium sized show. 52000 people gathered on 11.09.2021 to celebrate The Minds of 99‘s music, life, a new beginning, a reopening. The concert took on a whole new meaning, something larger than the band, something we will remember forever.
I still cannot find the words to describe what it was like to photograph, to be there, to experience it, be part of the crew. Magical, challenging, emotional, my largest and best gig ever, and so much more and just…everything. From the moment the crowd entered at around 6pm till the show ended I was just so emotionally overwhelmed, goosebumps, crying happy tears at times, running through the plan in my head.
I had the pleasure of running a phototeam with two of Denmark’s best photographers on my team, Morten Rygaard and Malthe Ivarsson, and an article about this is coming (EDIT: See our combined photo essay here!). Thank you to Morten and Malthe for outstanding work! During the rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the show, I made a production plan, noting where each of us would need to be for each song (stage, pit, front-of-house, in the back, up the sides etc.) so we could cover all the action from different angles as moving around amongst 52000 people was incredibly difficult.
I am telling you this because it means we each have a piece of the puzzle, the concert was a huge ‘monster’ we attacked from different angles. I was on stage, and always close to the band and especially lead singer Niels Brandt, following him to the B and C stage. Malthe was in the pit a lot and Morten was way in the back up in the upper grandstand. I will do an article soon with a combined gallery from the entire team. For now, here are about 70 pictures from me. It is not at all a complete view of the historical event, but it is the concert from my viewpoint.
If ever there was a show that deserves fullwidth panoramic views, it is this one so I developed special panoramic versions of my pictures optimized for this article. Thank you for loading this on a bigger screen (you are on a big screen right?), now play some Minds music and I hope you enjoy my visual story from the night.
The Minds of 99 x Parken – photo essay by Flemming Bo Jensen
Shot with FUJIFILM GFX100S with GF23mm, X-T3 with XF16-55mm, X-T30 with Samyang 8mm
There are so many people to thank for this, I am so grateful to have been part of and getting to experience this project up close for weeks. Thank you to the amazing band, amazing crew, my phototeam, Live Nation, staff at Parken, every single person who played a part. I heard that 2000 people were at work in Parken on this evening to make sure 52000 people had the concert of their lifetime.