Roskilde Festival 2016

The Roskilde Festival is held every year for a week in Denmark. The aim of this event is to bring international cultural awareness and also offer a quality experience to people with a basis on modern music and kinship through creativity.

Roskilde Festival Information

Location(s) Roskilde, Denmark
Years Active 1971–present
Founded by Mogens Sandfær, Jesper Switzer Møller (at that time Magnussen), and promotor Carl Fischer
Date(s) Four days, starting from first Thursday in July, or last Thursday in June
Genre Rock, Alternative rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk rock, Heavy metal, Pop, Synthpop, Reggae, Hip hop, Indie, World music, Electronic music

Roskilde Festival History

This Festival was started in 1971 by two high school students and was then taken over by the Roskilde Foundation. It has since been run by this non profit organization to develop and support culture, music and social programs and raise awareness around the world.

Some of the genres that one can expect to experience are Heavy Metal, Indie, electronic and world music, Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Reggae and Hip Hop to name a few. It is definitely one of the biggest music festivals to be held in Europe over the summer.

Roskilde Festival 2015 What to Expect

This Festival has had phenomenal success over the years and in 2007, there were over 180 performers. The festival also set records in categories such as having:

  • 80,000 audience members
  • 21,000 volunteers
  • 5000 media persons and
  • 3000 artists overall

Over the last 2 decades, the festival has begun to attract more international music lovers into their audiences.

Roskilde Festival Past Performers

Since the start of the festival, artists such as The Kinks, Status Quo, Savage Rose, Ravi Shankar, Bob Marley and the the Wailers, Talking Heads, Santana, UB40, U2, Lou Reed, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Iron Maiden, Ray Charles, Aerosmith and David Bowie among others have graced various stages and performed to sold out audiences.

Check out the official website for more information on ticket prices, directions, stages and a comprehensive list of performers and their bios.

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