The Road to Parken with The Minds of 99: A look behind the scenes
On 11 September 2021, The Minds of 99 performed in front of 52,000 people in Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a historical concert, the largest stadium concert in Europe since the pandemic. I have previously posted my own photo essay and the combined photo essay from my phototeam from the concert, now it is time to go behind the scenes and give you a small peek into the making of this historical concert.
This is a tribute to all the incredible people behind the scenes that made it all happen. This is The Road to Parken with The Minds of 99 & Crew.
For me, it is such a thrill, such a privilege to be allowed to roam around and document everything behind the scenes like a fly on the wall. It means so much to me to be trusted to be part of the whole story and document the build up and the fantastic work by every crew member. Whenever I can I always ask if I can turn up early at gigs. Ideally at get-in because I want to document the magic being built, I find that so interesting and fascinating. All of these many parts coming together and often right down to the last minute – and then the doors are opened, and fans can enter the universe that has been created.
It is humbling and inspirational to be around so many incredibly skilled people. There is a real sense of family here, a fellowship if you will. And with the whole The Minds of 99 family, the crew have become friends and this is my office, this is where I meet everyone. During lockdowns like we have right now as I write this, I really miss getting to hang out with artists, crew, fellow photographers, friends and fans at concerts.
Obviously preparations and planning started way before what you see here, but my visual documentation started in August 2021. Let’s play Infinity Action, the latest Minds album, and take our first steps on The Road to Parken.
After the rehearsals in Royal Arena, time seemed to stand still for me as a kid waiting for Christmas. Finally, it was Thursday 9 September in the afternoon and I could ride my bike to Parken, walk in and be blown away by this sight:
You definitely also must watch this incredible timelapse by Andreas Højberg showing Parken going from a football stadium to The Minds of 99 concert and back again in 1 minute.
Finally, I will end with one picture from the concert, one that shows all the hard work by everyone climaxing in two hours of pure magic:
Thank you Minds, thank you crew and team <3 See you on the 2022 Infinity Action tour.