Rocking at Roskilde Festival. Lonely Planet describes this as one of the three main things to do when visiting Denmark. Participating in this large music event has indeed become our main reason to travel to Denmark together with my brother at the beginning of July this year. Julian, who loves going to festivals, has been very happy when I treated us to Roskilde festival tickets for his 27th birthday, complete with a copy of the book “40 Festivals in 40 Wochen” written by German travel blogger colleague Christine Neder. A good prep-up plan: “Dear brother, we are going to Roskilde !!! Our wonderful Danish friend Niels happens to work at the festival, his friend Martin lives in the festival town of Roskilde and has invited us to stay. This is going to be just awesome! Don’t we want to combine this with a little travel around Denmark … ?”
Oh yes we do. Travelling runs in the family here!
So altogether, we ended up spending seven days in the high north up here, went across the North Sea to check out Malmö in Sweden, enjoyed ambiance, eating & cultural sightseeing in the country of Denmark while being treated to all the insider tips & stories of our Danish friends. Lucky us! “When you come to the festival on Friday, I will for sure take the day off in order to celebrate with you”, Niels laughs and welcomes us to “his” Roskilde Festival. His friend Martin has equally made sure to have time off work in order to spend it with us: Together, we explore Copenhagen, Roskilde as well as many other small towns and beaches of Denmark. In this article, I will share with you our party experience at one of the most spectacular music events of Europe.
!!! VIVA ROSKILDE !!!
Bands, Beats & Music People: ROSKILDE Festival is one of the greatest of its kind. 100.000 people. 7 floors. Rock, Pop, Indie, Electro, Metal or Psychedelia – Everything, and more, is being offered here.
As we are guests in the high north of Europe, everything is perfectly organised up here despite the massive crowds (very much according to the cliché of proper Denmark!). Efficiency down to the last bit: 25.000 volunteers help out everywhere offering assistance and coordination. It is also these people who are the only ones still sober at five in the morning … Hundreds, perhaps thousands of assistants are collecting rubbish around the clock worth a few Kronor each bottle or cup. The technicians & sound engineers have done a great job as far as I can see (and hear), we could easily pay with credit card everywhere, the toilets stayed relatively proper some of which even featured assistants delivering toilet paper! Despite the huge crowds, all the pathways and corridors always stayed fairly clear, people spread out well and I have never had the feeling of suffocation or loss of orientation. Which is actually quite unbelievable given all these (drunk? high??) people everywhere! Only when Rihanna, the main festival act of the Friday (5 July 2013) started to play, it got a little bit tight when celebrating with 40.000 – 50.000 others. “No Crowdsurfing, please” a screen proclaimed. I wonder if that helped?
“Let’s party!” – Bobby Womack, Devil Townsend Project, Rihanna, Crystal Castles & Simian Mobile Disco rock in Roskilde until the morning hours. Just as it should be: Loud. Daring. Dirty. We love it !!!
Yes, we do. Seriously, I hope you never get too old for festival fun! The only worry might be the “morning after effects” worsening over time and with the age (which is why my brother and I have made it to Roskilde while still being in our 20s … hehehe). So much beer, such a great ambiance, party people everywhere and beats, beats, beats. Wooow. Plus all the crowds joining in the same fun: WE ARE HAVING FUN AND WE ARE LOVING IT !!!
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More? Yes please. Check out all, yes ALL of our crazy festival photos here …
I look forward to your comments and hope to welcome you back for some more festival craze in Roskilde! 😀