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Roskilde Festival sets attendance record

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Roskilde Festival sets attendance record
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08:54 CEST+02:00
100,000 tickets sold. 31,000 volunteers. 166 concerts. 18.6 million kroner in profit. One giant party. The 2014 Roskilde Festival has drawn to a close.
The Roskilde Festival drew to a raucous close on Sunday night with a brilliant performance by last minute step-in Jack White, putting the finishing touches on what by all accounts was another successful run for northern Europe's largest music festival.
 
More guests than ever before visited the Roskilde Festival this year. Organisers announced that with more than 100,000 tickets sold, a new paid attendance record was set.
 
”It will be a few months before we know the final economic result, but with more than 100,000 tickets sold and great numbers coming in from the drinks and food sales, we are very positive in our expectations,” Roskilde Festival spokeswoman Christina Bilde said in a statement. “We expect to be able to donate approximately 2.5 million euros [18.6 million kroner] to charity and cultural purposes after this year’s festival.”
 
The Roskilde Festival is a non-profit operation, donating its proceeds to charities chosen by the festival’s charity committee.
 
The more than 100,000 paying guests were joined at the Roskilde Festival by 31,000 volunteers and were treated to more than 160 concerts by artists from over 30 countries over the course of the festival’s eight days. 
 
”It’s impressive to see several generations of music lovers connected in a blast of rock history with The Rolling Stones on our opening night. Once again, we have noticed how curious our audience is and how they respond to all aspects of music,” Roskilde Festival’s head of programme Anders Wahrén said. “We have delivered something for almost any taste and liking, and at the same time made sure that we are not just pleasing, but also challenging and moving our guests.”
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