Explore worldwide festivals – part one: Roskilde Festival, Denmark

Festivals are a great way to explore a different side of a country. We have an international bucket list for festivals we would like to visit across the world. Roskilde festival is on there too. Annika was there and wrote about this bucketlist party in Denmark.

When you find yourself in Denmark or Sweden or anywhere near Scandinavia at the end of June, you should definitely visit Roskilde Festival! Why? Because! Let me list some of the reasons why Roskilde Festival should be on your (festival) bucket list too.


Roskilde Festival’s list of artists that perform on the six stages are amazing, ranging from the most famous headliners to lesser known names and ‘up and coming’ acts. Just to name a few: Foo Fighters, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, The Weeknd, and Lorde.

Getting to know people

One of the main reasons, aside from the music, people go to Roskilde Festival is to construct communities. The first four days is all about creating things with your fellow ‘residents’ and simply hanging around, meeting people from all over the world. There are some bands on East and Rising City that the people of Roskilde Festival can enjoy those first four days. A sense of solidarity arises during this periode of the festival.

Art(s) and culture

There is so much more to see and experience at Roskilde Festival than just music. Art Zone is all about…art. Go and see the many projects. Want to experience thrilling stunts by skaters or a competitive match of soccer, volley- and or basketball? Street City is the place to be. Rising City is the place that concerns the future; for us, but also the fate of the planet. The festival has a theme every year. This year it was: Cultural Equality. A new and exciting element this year was KlubRå; club for progressive art and music. Do not forget to bring your bathing suit for a refreshing swim in the lake. If you’re the mood for fishing, that is also possibility.

The Orange feeling

You hear this term all around you. It refers to the largest stage and it stands for the feeling the visitors experiences when they are standing in the crowd at the Orange stage; a sense of happiness and a need to help each other.


Even more music

Six different stages thus the opportunity to enjoy music all day (and night) long. Orange and Arena are the largest stages and here you will find the biggest names of the festival. You should, however, also visit the smaller stages with their lesser known artists, for how cool is it to drop a line like this on a party or social gathering: “I have seen them perform at Roskilde, before they became famous.”


Overall, excess is bad. This is not the case when it comes to the food offered at Roskilde. Countless food stalls with something delicious for all the different taste buds: Danish tapas, cricket presto, pizza, burgers…you name it! Of course there is booze. Lots and lots of alcohol. I had even been told that there was a beer that tasted like smoked sausage. I opted for an elderflower cocktail.

Be part of a huge temporary city

Roskilde Festival is during its eight days the 4th largest city in Denmark with approximately 130.000 visitors and 30.000 employees.


Contribute to several good causes. When you’re visiting Roskilde festival, you’re not simply enjoying yourself, but also giving back to the world. All of the festival’s profits will be donated to several good causes. Furthermore, the festival is 90% sustainable.

Roskilde Festival is ‘hygge’

Roskilde Festival is one of the, if not the most, popular festival in Europe. Aside from the reasons I have mentioned above, such as the music, it is most of all the social atmosphere. It is simply palpable. It is Roskilde’s soul. No cutting in line, fights or rows. I have had many Danish people coming up to me for a quick chat and asking where I was from and what I thought of “their” festival. Genuine interest. A sharing of the joy and experience. It is a reflection of the Danish culture. Roskilde Festival is a celebration of the Danish ‘hygge’ which means the same as the Dutch ‘gezelligheid’ which can be roughly translated as ‘coziness’ in English…well, sort of. Hygge can be defined as ‘creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people’. That explains why Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. During my stay at Roskilde, a little place in the world, I felt that ‘hygge’ and indeed experienced a sense of Danish happiness.

The only way to experience Roskilde Festival is to go and visit. Write down in your calendar: June 30 till July 7, 2018. Have fun and enjoy the Orange Feeling!




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