Saveus-Martin overwhelmed by wild concert experience: ‘It’s been sick to try’

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Saveus has had growing pains.

29-year-old Martin Hedegaard’s musical project, which was launched in 2015 with the single ‘Levitate Me’, has this year, after a couple of corona-cancelled summers, been allowed to play on the country’s biggest festival stages – most recently on Smukfest’s Bøgescene on Wednesday evening.

“I was so happy when I was told that we were going to play at 9.30pm on the Bøgescenen. It’s almost a milestone,’ says Martin excitedly when BT meets him backstage in Skanderborg.

He can look back on a summer with, among other things, big concerts at Northside, Tinderbox and Roskilde Festival, where up to 40,000 people have stood up and sung along to his music – and it has been extremely overwhelming, he says.

Saveus plays at Smukfest, Skanderborg, Wednesday 3 August 2022. (Photo: Helle Arensbak/Ritzau Scanpix)
Photo: Helle Arensbak

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“Northside was the first big concert here this summer, and we were a bit excited about it all. Because of corona, you have been away from the stage for two and a half years, so you thought about how much people might remember Saveus, but there were just too many people,’ he says and adds:

“I thought ‘okay, we’re going to play the big stages now,'” he says with a laugh.

Martin also mentions Tinderbox as a highlight, where he was also allowed to play on the main stage and experienced that a video where he made the sea of ​​people wave from side to side suddenly went viral with over 350,000 plays on Instagram.

“So it’s not often that Saveus videos go viral, but it also looked insane. I had never tried that before,’ he says.

Watch the video here:

“It has generally been sick trying to play for 30-40,000. It’s not often you’re allowed to do that,’ he continues and adds that ever since he started the Saveus project, he’s been very focused on being able to play for large crowds.

“It does require something extra, so over time I have sought help from people from both the theater and film industry. I’ve always looked for how we can get better – and how I can become a better showman on stage.’


Saveus plays at Smukfest, Skanderborg, Wednesday 3 August 2022. (Photo: Helle Arensbak/Ritzau Scanpix)

Saveus plays at Smukfest, Skanderborg, Wednesday 3 August 2022. (Photo: Helle Arensbak/Ritzau Scanpix)
Photo: Helle Arensbak

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When the summer’s festivals are over, Martin is getting ready for the next chapter in the Saveus project, where he will release the album ‘Rainman’ on 2 September – which does not is a reference to the Tom Cruise film ‘Rain Man’ from 1988, he smiles.

“I haven’t seen the film at all, I just think it’s a cool title – and it kind of encapsulates my whole ambition thing about creating the next album. You can’t achieve something without having to sacrifice something else, and ‘Rainman’ is a bit of a metaphor for the part of me that tries to control it all,” he explains.

As mentioned, Saveus played on Wednesday evening at Smukfest. He is going on a small arena tour in the autumn, where he will, among other things, play two evenings in the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

Follow BT’s live coverage of Smukfest HERE.

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