Celebrate the Fourth (And More) in Denmark
Ninety-seven thousand five-hundred tickets, 200 bands, nine days—it’s not too late to check out Northern Europe’s largest culture and music event of the year: the Roskilde Festival, located 20 miles west of Copenhagen, Denmark.
This year’s agenda includes everything from social gaming and pingpong to art from Berlin-based urban activists and graffiti artists to a giant slumber party (last year, 50,000 tents were pitched), and, of course, music. Approximately 200 international bands–including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Cure, Jack White, Mew, and Wiz Khalifa–will rock the Festival’s eight stages.
The Roskilde Festival Charity Society’s 30,000 volunteers and 50 full-time employees will be working the event that, in 2011, served: three million meals, 15 tons of French fries, four tons of fair trade coffee, one million liters of beer, 40,000 liters of wine, and 150,000 burgers. The consumers: primarily Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes, but everyone is welcome.
Tickets are currently available at the festival's website for approximately $300 (€ 240). The Roskilde Festival Charity Society will use the proceeds to support humanitarian and cultural organizations around the world, including Amnesty International, Save the Children, and the World Wildlife Fund. Approximately 24 million Euros have been donated since the Festival was established in 1971.
Roskilde Festival takes place from June 30 to July 8, with the music beginning on July 5. But if you can’t make it this year, don’t panic. The Danes aren’t packing up this 42-year old party anytime soon.
Jenneke Oostman is an Editorial Intern at Travel+Leisure.
Photo credit: Claus Bjørn Larsen/Rockphoto/Roskilde Festival.