K.B. Hallen

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K.B. Hallen
Exterior of venue (c.2006)
General information
Type Sports and entertainment arena
Town or city Copenhagen
Country Denmark
Inaugurated 22 April 1938
Demolished 20 February 2015
Owner Kjøbenhavns Boldklub
Technical details
Floor area 9,500 square metres (102,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Hans Hansen
Engineer Christen Ostenfeld
Other designers Poul Henningsen
Renovating team
Architect Christensen & Co
Other information
Seating type Standing
Seating capacity 4,900
Official Website

K.B. Hallen is 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 the large site on the south side of Peter Bangs Vej in 1924. K.B. Hallen was inaugurated in the presence of king Christian X on 22 April 1938. 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.

Following Operation Safari and the scuttling of the Danish navy in 1943, most navy personnel were interned at KB Hallen.[2] 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, Jimi Hendrix (1970), The Band (1971), Pink Floyd, Steve Miller Band, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple (1972), 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), 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 Take That, 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.


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.[3][4][5][6] The fault later turned out to be because of heated cardboard being located to close to a halogen light.[7] Photo Gallery:[8]


After the fire, it was decided to construct a new K.B. Hallen to a design inspired by the old building, with architectural firm Christensen & Co leading the project.[9] Demolition started on 20 February 2015, with expected completion of the new building in 2018, and reopening to the public in January 2019.[10] The opening event was on 24 January 2019. [11]

See also


  1. ^ "Flintholm". Archived from the original on 2007-10-17.
  2. ^ Nørby, Søren. "29 august 1943 was a turningpoint". Naval History (in Danish). Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  3. ^ Søren Dilling. "Brandekspert: Halogenspots er brandfarlige" (in Danish). Politiken. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  4. ^ "Brandfolk trćkker sig ud af K.B. Hallen - fyens.dk - Indland/Fyn". fyens.dk. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2016-04-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/09/28/2205148/fire-ravages-historic-danish-sports.html[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "I år genopstår K.B. Hallen: Kom med bag plankeværket". TV 2 Lorry (in Danish). 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  8. ^ "Sex-dukke i bur overlevede branden". www.bt.dk. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  9. ^ "Christensen & Co skal designe den ny KB Hal til 150 millioner". Byens Ejendomme (in Danish). Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  10. ^ K.B. Hallen. "Information About the New K.B. Hall". kb-hallen.dk (in Danish). Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  11. ^ https://kbhallen.dk/event/k.b-hallen-genabner_2019-01-24/

External links

  • Official website

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

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