The largest and liveliest music event in Scandinavia. Its popularity has grown so much that every year it attracts around 80 to 100 thousand people from all over the world. People travel thousands of miles just to be a part of this musical event to hear the music of internationally famous artists and capture the true spirit of a festival.
The festival last for one whole week and consist of give or take 65 different music performances, most of them are internationally-renowned artist, but there are some Scandinavian performances as well. In the past there have been performances from Rihanna, U2, Kanye West, Radiohead, Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dogg, Guns N’ Roses, Tiesto and many many more.
This year, 2016, the most popular performances are LCD Soundsystem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MØ, New Order, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Wiz Khalifa, PJ, Tenacious D, Neil Young + The Promise Of The Real and Tame Impala. However, there are many more performances because the music never stops, from lunch time (14:00) until midnight, music will be blasting away from one of the many Roskilde Festival stages. To see the complete list of performances, check out the link bellow.
But Roskilde Festival is more than just a music festival, it is a cultural event, where people set up camp and spend a week dancing, eating, drinking and enjoying the sun. If you think people in Denmark are a bit closed off, this festival will shift your opinion 180 degrees. Something in the atmosphere of Roskilde, perhaps it is all the beer and music, gets people in a welcoming party mood, so even if you get separated from your group of friends, you will easily find someone to have fun with.
There are 8 different color coded stages to divide the music genres. Although the names of the stages have changed in the past, these are the most up to date names and their genres:
- Big Stage: All music with most pop performances
- Green Stange: All Music
- Metropol: Hip Hop, Electronic, Urban and World music
- Yellow: Mostly Rock
- Apollo: Mixed and Electronic
- Blue: Mixed with a few Rock performances
- Pavillon Junior: Mixed as well as Nordic acts
- Apollo Countdown: Electronic
Unless you can only enjoy classical music, I can guarantee that you will find a music performance that will have you dancing in seconds.
It might be important to mention that although families with kids are welcomed, you might want to keep your kids busy during the ‘Naked Run’, in which the winners (one male and one female) receive a ticket for next year. The name of the race is very explicit, but just so you cannot say that you were not warned, the contestants will be running naked.
You can buy tickets for the whole week, and the price can vary depend on the camping site, or you can choose to buy a day ticket that will grant you access for a whole day. If you stay for a whole week, you will be happy to know that there are bathrooms where you can shower, but word of advice, bring flip flops.
There are also plenty of food stalls with all different types of food and refreshments to satisfy every craving. Although you might want to pack a bag with snacks and water so you don’t always depend on the food stalls.
Tickets get sold out faster than you would think, so check out the link below and book a ticket before they are all gone.
Link to buy tickets for a week:
Link to buy tickets for a specific day:
All music performances: http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/music/2016