Get ready for Roskilde Festival – North Europe’s biggest music festival!
 An international, innovation and boundary-pushing music festival. This year “Roskilde Festival” is fast approaching! Starting the 30 June until the 7 July and a mere 30 min. outside Danish capital of Copenhagen. Each year “Roskilde Festival” attracts a massive audience from all over Europe, and today it is one of the biggest culture and music festivals in Europe. It is a modern, cutting-edge festival, which is organised by a non-profit humanitarian organisation on the basis of approximately 32,000 volunteers. The Roskilde Festival Charity Society donates all profits from the festival to national and international humanitarian charity and cultural purposes.
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Eight days of party and total experiences
“Roskilde Festival” presents a progressive music programme, which offers memorable experiences and lots of surprises. Year after year, the largest international crowd in Europe is drawn to Roskilde because of a combination of this year’s greatest successes, the living legends and the best representatives of the many corners of musical expression.
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Each year, about 180+ bands play at 11 different stages during the festival. The main festival grounds opens four days from Wednesday to Saturday. The camping areas open on the Saturday prior to the festival at 18:00 and from Sunday, where there will be music by upcoming acts – and a wealth of activities during the four days leading up to Thursday. Roskilde Festival is 4 days’ warm-up and 4 days’ music. This is a total of 8 days of partying. Roskilde Festival is a unique and all-encompassing experience where music, events and activities form a unity with the intense sense of community among an emphatic audience.
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History
“Roskilde Festival” has excited since 1971 and has kept growing every year to this day. Two high school students, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promoter Carl Fischer created the festival. In 1972, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, which has since run the festival as a non-profit organization for development and support of music, culture and humanism. In 2014, the Roskilde Foundation provided festival participants with the opportunity to nominate and vote upon which organizations should receive funds raised by the festival.
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After a few struggling years “Roskilde Festival” acquired in 1978 its iconic orange musical stage previously used by The Rolling Stones on a European tour. Since it’s beginning, the Canopy Scene and its characteristic arches have become a well-known symbol and logo representing the festival and the festival has not looked back it continues to grow and fascinate music fans and partygoers. “Roskilde Festival” is North Europe’s biggest festival and Europe’s second biggest. The festival area equals 240 football fields with over 130.000 participants and has its own train station and bus station.
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The Campsite
The festival campsite covers nearly 80 hectares and access to it is included in the ticket price. It usually opens on Saturday morning prior to the festival itself. The camping area is divided into three areas East, South and West, each comprising a service centre with establishments ranging from food stalls to a cinema like mini city centres. The campsite is further divided into 'agoras' that provide toilets, cell phone charging and luggage storage. They also host events according to each agora's theme: dance, skate, swim, competitions etc.
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Over the most recent years, the opening of the campsite has turned into an event of its own; large areas of the campsite each year is turned into gravel pits, which has increased demand for, prime spots in the campsite. Thousands of people arrive during Friday (some even arrive several days before), to wait in the queue until Saturday morning at 8 a.m. when the gates to the campsite officially open. Due to this, the festival has introduced temporary transit areas (in both East and West), making it possible to let all these thousands of people get in at the same time. The last couple of years the fences around the transit areas have been knocked down several hours ahead of official opening by festival guests eager to get the spot for their tent.
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The Naked Run
Each year since 1999 Roskilde Festival Radio organizes a naked run around the campsite. One male and one female winner receive a ticket for the next year's festival. In the past few years, the naked run has become so popular that the Festival Radio has been forced to arrange qualifier events for the male participants.
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The Artists
“Roskilde Festival” attracts some of the biggest names in music each year, this year is no different. Artists such as:
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Gorillaz (UK)
Eminem (US)
Bruno Mars (US)
Nine Inch Nails (US)
Massive Attack (UK)
Nick Cave (AU)
Dua Lipa (UK)
Nephew (DK)
Alex Vargas (DK)
Anderson .Paak (US)
Interpol (US)
First Aid Kit (SE)
Charlotte Gainsburg (FR)
Joey Bada$$ (US)
Khalid (US)
Danny Brown (US)
Vince Staples (US)
Stormzy (UK)
When Saints Go Machine (DK)
The Minds of 99 (DK)
Stone Sour (US)
Odesza (US)
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”Both Gorillaz and David Byrne embody the spirit of Roskilde Festival’s music profile,” Head of Programme Anders Wahrén. “They’re both exceptionally curious and open-minded, always on the lookout for new things to explore and incorporate in their music. We’re thrilled to have them as part of the same line-up combined with younger acts like Stormzy and First Aid Kit.”
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For more information about this years line-up follow link below.
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