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Roskilde Festival is a 9 day (including 5 warm-up days) annual music festival held in the south of Rosklide in Denmark, with an estimated attendance of 110,000 people a day, it is amongst the six biggest music festivals in Europe.

Since it’s launch in 1971, the festival has been known for it’s support and development of music, humanism and culture.


Early 2013 rumours indicated that Daft Punk may be confirmed, however it has been conformed no tour dates can be expected until 2014.


2013: Kraftwerk, Queens Of The Stone Age, Disclosure, Goat, Slipknot, Kvelertak, Sigur Ros, Volbeat and many many more.

The lineup for Roskilde is in the process of rolling out slowly, and the final lineup usually isn't announced until about a month before the festival starts.


The line up for Roskilde has always been mixed. The 2011 festival saw a line up that featured Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden, along with indie giant Arctic Monkeys, electro music project Magnetic Man and art rockers TV on the Radio.

Roskilde prides itself on providing a richer programme, where most acts play a minimum duration of one hour sets, with larger acts playing 90 minutes sets. Roskilde strictly enforces this minimum requirement, aiming to maintain the feeling of a proper concert, whereas other festivals can have extremely short sets of half an hour or less. Some controversy was caused in 2012 when two seperate bands where pushed back out onto the stage, one of these bands had played for 55 minutes, and being threatened with no payment, had to repeat songs they played earlier, seeing as they legitimately didn't know any more songs.

Due to the non-profit ethos of the festival, most of the profits from the festival are donated to cultural and humanitarian causes.

Stages and other entertainment

There are seven different stages at Roskilde, each with their own identity and sound.

  • Pavilion: Known as "The Small Rock Stage", the main focus of this tent to showcase the best underground mix of experimental guitarists, mixing acoustic acts with heavy metal acts.
  • Pavilion Junior: This stage features a lineup that Roskilde itself describes as "bands of tomorrow playing today". It presents the best in upcoming Scandinavian performers, and is the only stage with performances playing from Sunday to Wednesday before the main festival site opens. Pavilion and Pavilion Junior are the second smallest stages with a capacity of 2,000 people.
  • Arena: The arena stage is the best for the big indoor concert experience, Not limited to one genre of music names that have played this tent on the past include Kraftwerk and Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic. It is the festival's largest concert hall with a capacity of 17,000.
  • Orange Stage: The main stage of the festival, the stage has featured many greats over the festivals colourful history including Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Radiohead, Bob Marley, U2, Metallica and Bob Dylan. The capacity for this giant stage is the largest of the festival, catering to 60,000 music fans.
  • Odeon: This stage is the best for mid range acts, the kind of acts that are due to explode commercialness, giving fans to experience one last intimate gig with them before the band hits big. The stage is also a Sustainable Stage using energy-saving LED lighting, and has a capacity of 5,000 people.
  • Cosmopol: This stage has a more 'urban' approach, featuring the best mix of Hiphop, R&B, Electronic and the urban-oriented part of World Music. The capacity of the Cosmopol is 6,000.
  • Gloria: With a capacity of 1,000, Gloria is the smallest stage of the festival, Gloria stage is self-described as "the intimate, offbeat and low-key room".For those looking to escape the louder aspect of the festival, Gloria provides a quieter experience, presenting a good mix of dreamy ambient with acoustic music
  • Apollo: The newest addition to Roskilde's stages takes form of the portable electronic stage Apollo. Apollo plays during the 4 days of the festival, but also during the 5 warm-up days, under the name "Apollo Countdown." In 2012, the stage moved around the camping areas during the warm-up, but due to complaints over this in the forum, it will probably be stationarily placed inside the festival area. Apollo is an outdoor stage with a capacity of about 5,000 people.


  • Free cinema in Agora N which runs throughout the whole festival
  • Fishing lake near Agora J where you can rent fishing gear or bring your own.
  • A separate lake for people to swim in


Tickets can be purchased via the official website for the following prices:

  • Full Weekend 1810.00 DKK
  • Full Make A Difference Festival Pass 1910.00 DKK (100 DKK goes to a charitable cause)
  • Thursday Day Ticket: 670.00 DKK
  • Friday Day Ticket: 970.00 DKK
  • Saturday Day Ticket: 970.00 DKK
  • Sunday Day Ticket: 970.00 DKK

Roskilde Festival's official website recommends "not bringing kids to the festival." But children's tickets are sold at the entrance, prices are not displayed online, perhaps to discourage from bringing children. Children's tickets do not sell out.


There is a "Get a Tent" program available, where a payment is exchanged for an already pitched tent in a somewhat more peaceful area, where the grass can be expected to be green all week. Additionally, there is the similar "Get a Place" for those who wish to have a place reserved, but still want to pitch their own tent.


Unlike many festivals, if you are 15-18 year old attendees are allowed to attend without adult companions. Those aged under 15 are also allowed to attend but this must be with an adult companion aged over 18.

Disability Access

The festival aims to give disabled people the opportunity to experience the festival experience in the same conditions as any other festival guest. Disabled people can bring helpers to the festival for free, if the person has purchased a Roskilde festival ticket themselves. The festival also offers a ‘Handicap Camping’ area where they offer power supply, special bathing facilities and a calm area to sleep.


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Roskilde Festival is located a few kilometers south of Roskilde city.

Address: Darupvej 19, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark

Local Information

Roskilde festival is located a few kilometers south of central Roskilde city. The city is within walking distance, and the convenience stores are generally cheaper (though the festival isn't overly overpriced). If you happen to be too lazy to walk, there is a bus shuttle available from the festival for 20DKK.


BUS SHUTTLE PROGRAMME: Due to the large size of Rosklide, it's advisable to make note of the shuttle bus times.Buses run from roskilde train station to the festival site, also stopping at RO's Torv shopping centre. The ticket price is DKK 20 one-way with the night bus service charging DKK 65 one-way.


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What to wear

  • Boots. It will get muddy as the week progresses, and the festival is very large. You will be walking a lot over the week. Also consider some mud-friendly boots.


The camping land at Roskilde is split into areas, each area has a central open space and building called an Agora. At the Agoras you can cook, get information and each Agora has a party theme and it's own non festival entertainment. Each Agora is lettered so you know which camping area you are staying in.

Agora J is the quiet area, anyone who does not follow the rules and expectation will be asked to camp in another area, out of respect to those who wish to camp quietly.

With entrance booking, you can book which entrance you would like to enter the camping area. It's not a case of booking where you camp, but due to crowd control and the large numbers that attend Roskilde, allocated entrance is easier for both security guards and attendees.

Site Information

In camping zones East and West you will find 'CITY' centres that have cash dispensers, first aid, food stalls and internet cafes, The centres are open 24 from the first Saturday to the final Monday.

The medical centre is located at CITY centre East and it's location is near to the Pharmacy, making it easy for you to pick up prescriptions. Condoms can also be bought inside the pharmacy

The medical centre is located at CITY centre East and it's location is near to the Pharmacy, making it easy for you to pick up prescriptions. Condoms can also be bought inside the pharmacy

In Agora C you can have your clothes washed and dried for separate prices. A wash of 5KG clothes costs DKK 35, whereas to have your clothes dried costs DKK 25.

There are six cash dispensers at the 'City Centres' in the camp sites, as well as six located in the Pavilion area by gate 10.

Food and drink

Apart from the usual festival grub, there is a variety of food to be found at Roskilde, as well as various events.There are over 130 different food stalls serving everything from sushi to new Nordic dishes.

The brand new APPetizer app (which is available on android and iPhone) which allows you to locate the best food depending on what you fancy, your budget and should you have any particular dietary needs.

There also food shows, communal eating sessions and various talks about food.

Drinks (also alcoholic) can be purchased at the camping area for reasonable prices. 2012 was 190DKK for a frame of 24 beers. The festival site also sells beverages, but at a significantly greater price. Some argue that the beer in the festival site tastes better, and there are few objections to this. The beer inside is definitely colder. One can bring any amount of beverages into the camping site. However, the amount allowed into the festival site is limited. You may bring one open container per person (i.e. no screw-cap bottles). A common trick to working around this is putting strong liquor in a 1.5L bottle, and cutting the top part off, so it is functionally a cup. This is allowed by the festival.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

Roskilde is largely volunteer-driven, with about 32,000 volunteers every year. Most volunteers work for societies and organisations who recruit their own volunteers, but a large part work directly for Roskilde Festival.

Volunteering at Roskilde Festival gives no payment, other than a free ticket for all 9 days. A couple of days work can be expected. The times are determined at the discretion of the festival, and may very well be during a concert, or in the middle of the night.

According to Roskilde Festival's official site, it "usually does not offer volunteer work to people under the age of 18." Note the "usually", as people under 18 are also often given volunteer work. However, if you are under 18, expect a somewhat lousier job. Runners are almost always under 18.

Information on applying as volunteer can be found at the festival's official website.

Drugs and security

Roskilde operates a no drugs policy, even running their own "Against Drugs" campaign. There are local police officers present at the festival, though the precise amount is confidential. There are common anti-drug posters around the festival, and the festival newspaper runs a significant number of articles about drug misuse at the festival, often including examples and interviews from those who have been busted.

The official Roskilde Festival consequence for someone caught using illegal drugs is removal of wristband for the festival, and banishment from the festival for the rest of the ongoing festival. Local police usually fine around 5,000 DKK (approximately 900 USD). However, despite roskilde's efforts, use of illegal drugs (especially hash) are common. Smoking hash in public, in queue for a concert, or just walking down a path is commonly seen. There are shops in the festival area that specialize in cannabis-related products, though they do not sell cannabis. Products such as rolling paper, filters, and even hemp clothing can be purchased in booths.

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In 1971 high school students Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, along with the help of promoter Carl Fischer, organised the first year of what has become known as Rosklide Festival.

In 1972 it was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation and was Denmark’s first known music-oriented festival. It originally had a hippy ethos but as it has gone on, the festival has covered mainstream music amongst Scandinavian youth and the rest of Europe.

Until the mid 1990s, a significant majority of the attendees were Scandinavians. However recent years have seen the fan base extend to a more international level with Germans, Brits and Australians attending more and more.

During the festival the number of volunteers increases to about 25,000. These volunteers staff the festival stalls, build stages, provide camping security, etc. Most volunteers are from cultural organisations and sports associations in the area. These clubs and societies run most of the stalls at the Festival Site, and with their great variety in goods and atmosphere the stalls contribute to the unique, intimate and exciting ambience at Roskilde Festival.

Past lineups

Bjork, Bon Iver, Jack White, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were amongst the confirmed acts for Roskile 2012, click here for the full line-up.

The 2011 programme included Arctic Monkeys, Bad Religion, James Blake, Big Boi, Bring Me the horizon, Anna Calvi, Chase & Status, Deadmau5, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Foals, PJ Harvey, Iron Maiden, Kings Of Leon, Kylesa, Mastodon, Magnetic Man, Janele Monae, OFWGKTA, Pulled Apart By Horses, Rob Zombie, Tame Impala, and TV on the Radio. Details of past line-ups can be found here