Roskilde Festival

Music in Roskilde

Denmark’s answer to Glastonbury, Roskilde Festival is northern Europe’s largest music festival, a week-long summer binge of bands and booze.

Since 1971 it has attracted the biggest and best international performers – more than 160 rock, techno and world-music bands play on six stages. Line-ups have included countless established acts from Neil Young to Iggy Pop, the Foo Fighters to Arcade Fire. But the promoters are also astute at trend-spotting, so expect to catch hot new acts that haven’t yet come into the spotlight.

While the music is the main attraction, there are plenty of other diversions, including a swimming lake, food workshops, art events and a naked run! Many people camp from the Sunday before the festival starts, spending four days ‘warming up’ for the festival proper. Stalls sell everything from tattoos to produce-driven food, but you may want to bring some food supplies as prices are high.

Full festival tickets start at 2100kr including camping access, or you can pay 1050kr for day tickets for each of the four main days. Pre-purchase online through the official festival website: sales start around October. By June all 75,000-plus tickets are usually sold out. Or consider working at the event – more than 30,000 volunteers are recruited every year. Details, along with a range of accommodation and transport alternatives, are clearly outlined on the website.