Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival DenmarkRoskilde Festival takes place at Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde Festival 2013 dates – 29th June to 7th July

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The History of Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival is held south of Roskilde in Denmark and is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe. It was created in 1971 by two high school students, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promoter Carl Fischer. In 1972, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, which has since run the festival as a non-profit organisation for development and support of music, culture and humanism.

It is Denmark’s first real music-oriented festival, originally for hippies but today it covers more of the mainstream youth from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Roskilde Festival 2007 had more than 180 performing bands and gathered around 80,000 people paying for the concerts, with more than 21,000 volunteers, 5,000 media people and 3,000 artists — which means almost 110,000 people participated in the festival.

Traditionally the campsite opens the last Sunday of June, which gives the festival guests plenty of time to settle down and “warm up”. The festival officially starts the following Thursday at the Animal Showgrounds (in recent years simply known as the “Festival Site”) and lasts for 4 days.

Until the mid-1990s the festival attracted mostly Scandinavians, but in recent years it has become more and more international (with an especially large influx of Germans, Australians and British). A Scandinavian alternative remained in the Midtfyns Festival, until that closed in 2004 following declining ticket sales.

Roskilde Festival 2005 – Line Up
Green Day, Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, Kent, Snoop Dogg, Brian Wilson, Audioslave, Ali Farka Touré, Carl Cox, Outlandish, Bikstok Røgsystem, Sonic Youth. Approx. 160 bands.

Roskilde Festival 2006 – Line Up
Guns n’ Roses, Editors, Opeth, Happy Mondays, Kanye West, Ed Motta, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Tool, Under Byen, Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, Looptroop, Wolfmother, Roger Waters og Kaiser Chiefs. Approx. 160 bands.

Roskilde Festival 2007 – Line Up
Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, The Who, Trentemøller, The Killers, Nephew, The Congos, LCD Soundsystem, In Flames, Roky Erickson, Klaxons, Red Hot Chili Peppers og Björk. Approx. 175 bands.

Roskilde Festival 2008 – Line Up
Radiohead, Jay-Z, Neil Young, Gnarls Barkley, Cat Power, Band of Horses, The Streets, My Bloody Valentine. Approx. 175 bands.

Roskilde Festival 2009 – Line Up
Oasis, Coldplay, Faith No More, Slipknot, Madness, Cancer Bats, Amon Amarth, Darkane, Deichkind, Dungen, Get Well Soon, The Soft Pack, Marnie Stern, Down, Baddies, Satyricon, Skambankt, Katzenjammer, Klovner I Kamp, Hakan Hellstrom, Fleet Foxes, The Mars Volta, Lily Allen, Lil Wayne, Social Distortion, Kanye West, Eagles Of Death Metal, Pet Shop Boys, Deadmau5. Approx 175 bands.

Roskilde Festival 2010 – Line Up
Porcupine Tree, Sick of it All, Paramore, When The Saints Go Machine, Gorillaz, Valient Thorr, Efterklang, Serena Maneesh, CEU, Roska, LCD Soundsystem, Tim Sweeney, Electrojuice, Wild Beasts, Solstafir, Rebekkamaria, Den Sorte Skole, NOFX, Biffy Clyro, CV Jorgensen, Tinariwen, Meshuggah, Nephew, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Hocus Pocus, Beat Torrent, Tech N9ne, Dirty Projectors, Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar, Casiokids, Florence & The Machine, John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, Analog Africa Soundsystem, Staff Benda Bilili, Analog Africa Soundsystem, Gilles Peterson & Roberto Fonseca present Havana Cultura, DJ Umb, Daara J Family, Rootz Underground, Teddybears, Baron Criminel plus many many more….

Roskilde Festival 2011 – Line Up
Arctic Monkeys(Uk), Iron Maiden(Uk), Kings Of Leon(Us), Mastodon(Us), M.I.A.(Uk), Pj Harvey(Uk), The Strokes(Us)Afrocubism(Int), Autopsy(Us), Bad Religion(Us), Battles(Us), Beatsteaks(De), Big Boi(Us), Bright Eyes(Us), Chris Cunningham(Uk), Deadmau5(Can), Foals(Uk), Killing Joke(Uk), Femi Kuti & Positive Force(Nga), Seunanikulapokuti&Egypt80(Nga), L.O.C.(Dk), Lykkeli(S), Magnetic Man With Special Guests Katy B And Sbtrkt Dj Set(Uk), Swans(Us), Timbuktu & Damn!(S), Veto(Dk), Daniel Adams-Ray (SWE), Portishead, My Chemical Romance, Kaizers Orchestra, My Chemical Romance, Hoffmaestro, Hymns from Nineveh, Daniel Norgren and many more….

Roskilde Festival 20112- Line Up
Björk (Isl), Bon Iver (Us), The Cure (Uk), Mew (Dk), The Roots (Us), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Us), Jack White (Us), Amadou & Mariam (Mali), Apparatjik (Int), Behemoth (Pl), Rubén Blades (Pan), The Cult (Uk), Sivert Høyem (N), Paul Kalkbrenner (De), Alison Krauss & Union Station Feat. Jerry Douglas (Us), M83 (Fr), Mac Miller (Us), Machine Head (Us), Magtens Korridorer (Dk), Malk De Koijn (Dk), Janelle Monáe (Us), Nasum (S), Lee Ranaldo (Us), Refused (S), Santigold (Us), The Shins (Us), Spleen United (Dk), Lars Winnerbäck (S), Wiz Khalifa (Us), 120 Days (N), The Abyssinians (Jam), Addison Groove (Uk), Alabama Shakes (Us), The Alaev Family (Isr/Tj), Sam Amidon (Us), Amsterdance Feat. Jesse Voorn, Dennis Christopher And Sam O’neall (Nl), Analogik (Dk), Ars Nova (Dk), Araabmuzik (Us), A$Ap Rocky (Us) and more


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