Gaffa (magazine)

Gaffa (stylized as GAFFA) is a free Nordic music magazine with local editions in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Gaffa is Denmark's largest and oldest music magazine. It has been published since 1983 and has 320,000 print readers and 750,000 online readers each month.[2]

Gaffa cover 08-09.jpg
August 2009 issue
Editor-in-ChiefSidsel Thomassen
Former editorsPeter Ramsdal
Staff writersOle Rosenstand Svidt
CategoriesMusic magazine
Paid circulation3,500 (2009)[1]
Unpaid circulation55,000[1]
First issueSeptember 1983
CompanyGaffa A/S
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway
Based inÅrhus, Denmark

The name gaffa comes from gaffer tape, with the magazine's stated intention of "binding the different parts of the music community together".[3]

History and profileEdit

Gaffa has been published on a monthly basis since 1983.[4] The magazine is distributed to places such as educational institutions, record shops, libraries and cafés, as well as a small number to paying subscribers.[5] It features music news and notes, interviews, album reviews and upcoming concert schedules.

Gaffa's website,, was established in 1996.[1] Since December 2008 all back issues of the magazine are accessible online free of charge.[6]

In 2008 Gaffa launched GAFFA live, a concert overview for Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In 2009 Gaffa was launched in Sweden, GAFFA Sweden, and in 2011 in Norway, GAFFA Norway.

In April 2006, Gaffa launched a user-written music encyclopedia, GAFFApedia, as a subsection of its website.[7] Based on MediaWiki, it is similar to Wikipedia and covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence.[8][9] GAFFApedia was closed in 2010.

GAFFA AwardsEdit

The GAFFA Awards (Danish: GAFFA-Prisen) are an annual event created in 1991 to hand out prizes for music achievements. Since 2010, the awards have been held at a large gala show in Copenhagen, in Odense (2017-2019) and in Aarhus Musikhuset since 2020.[10][11] Categories include Album of the Year, Foreign Album of the Year, Singer of the Year and Foreign Singer of the Year.[12]

Since 2010, GAFFA’s Swedish readers have also voted for and celebrated their favourite artists through GAFFA Priset.[13] In 2012, GAFFA Norway similarly established its version of the awards.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "GAFFA Media » GAFFA magasin". Gaffa (in Danish). Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Foran stærkt felt: Hjalmer vinder stor Gaffa-pris". Fyens Stiftstidende (in Danish). 7 March 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Velkommen til Gaffa". Gaffa (in Danish): 2. September 1983. Retrieved 3 June 2009. Vores idé med bladet er, at det skal have samme effekt som "GAFFA-tape": at få de forskellige grene af musikmiljøet til at hænge sammen
  4. ^ U Lindberg; G Gudmundsson (1 December 2006). "Critical negotiations: rock criticism in the Nordic countries". Popular Music History. 1 (3). doi:10.1558/pomh.2006.1.3.241.
  5. ^ "GAFFA Media". Gaffa. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  6. ^ "GAFFAs arkiv på nettet". Musik Bibliotek (in Danish). 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  7. ^ Pelle Sonne Lohmann. "GAFFApedia dækker dansk musik på allerbedste vis". Musik Bibliotek (in Danish). Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  8. ^ "GAFFApedia:Ophavsret". Gaffa (in Danish). Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Danske Creative Commons projekter". Creative Commons (in Danish). Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Gaffa-Prisen: Skandinaviens største musikmagasin dropper Odense som værtsby til prisfest". Fyens Stiftstidende (in Danish). 22 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Dansk rockband er ustoppeligt: Nu vinder de endnu flere priser". DR (in Danish). 8 March 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  12. ^ "GAFFA-Prisen er uddelt". Gaffa (in Danish). 6 January 2010. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  13. ^ "De belönades med Gaffa-priset 2010". Expressen (in Swedish). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Nominert til Gaffa-prisen". Trønder-Avisa (in Norwegian). 30 November 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2019.

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