For more than 150 years Pumpehuset been heavy and solid in its place in the heart of Copenhagen with a history that stretches back to 1856. Originally, the house served as the water supply to Copenhagen and pumped water from Søndermarkens underground cisterns to the city’s upper floors. In 1987 underwent Pumpehuset its first major renovation since Saltlageret, to make way for construction of the Tycho Brahe Planetarium, had to close and financial compensation made it possible to convert the old pump house to a venue.
In January 2011 began a new era in pump casing history when a major renovation of the house paved the way for a new and improved pump housing to open on September 28 the same year. The newly renovated pump house now houses two stages, Crane Hall and White Hall, which respectively accommodate 600 and 400 guests. The new house also features an outdoor smoking terrace and summer outdoor byhavescene complete with summer bar.
Pumpehuset today presents a wide variety of concerts throughout the year and aims with its program to cover all the different angles of the modern, urban culture. Since reopening four years ago has Pumpehuset grown big city subcultures – the raw, the quirky and surprising – where young talents grow and develop as artists. We explore always new trends and has in recent years built up a strong network within the niche environments like death metal, drum’n’bass and hiphop street. Concurrently held in Pumpehuset also a series of concerts that are aimed directly at a wider concert audience while can support the narrower part of the house concert.