Roskilde Festival sets attendance record

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.

Roskilde Festival sets attendance record
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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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200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival

The clean-up operation after the Roskilde music festival resulted in 200 cell phones being recovered.

200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Festival guests who are no longer nursing hangovers, but still missing car keys, mobile phones or wristwatches can check whether their items are now in the storage room at Roskilde Police Station.

A van-full of lost property from the festival has now been delivered to police in the city, with around 200 mobile phones as well as jewellery, power banks and up to 50 bunches of keys.

“We hope that many festivalgoers will contact us regarding their lost items so we can return them as quickly as possible,” Central and West Zealand Police communications officer Camilla Schouw Broholm wrote in a press statement.

Due to the time taken to register all of the items, police recommend that people looking for belongings initially contact them by email.

It is a good idea to include specifications and descriptions of the lost items in the email, as well as a photo if possible, police said.

Lost keys and spectacles are an exception to this, with police advising festivalgoers to call in at the station so that lost property can be examined in person.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

It could take up to three months for all the lost objects to be sorted and registered.

“We also have a lot of lost items with names on, so with these it’s easier to find the owner. Once these are have been registered, the owner will receive a message in their (secure digital email system) e-boks,” Broholm said to Ritzau.

“That also applies to telephones with IMEI numbers,” she added.

Up to 130,000 people attended last week’s Roskilde Festival, making the event temporarily Denmark’s fourth-largest city.

The festival generates over 2,000 tonnes of waste.

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