Roskilde and NorthSide festivals sell out

If you were on the fence about whether or not to attend this year’s two major music festivals, you’ve now ran out of time.

Roskilde and NorthSide festivals sell out
80,000 people bought full tickets to this year's Roskilde Festival. Photo: Per Lange/Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival organizers have announced that the eight-day extravaganza has sold out, with the best ticket sales in nearly 20 years. 
“Ever since we started revealing parts of the line-up in the autumn, the ticket sales have been record high. We actually have to go all the way back to the mid-1990s to find an edition that could compete,” festival spokeswoman Christina Bilde said. 
Some 80,000 fans have bought full festival tickets, giving them access to the four ‘warm-up’ days famous for its wild camping culture and the four days for the main music line-up.
“It’s amazing that so many thousands are opting for the full festival experience, wanting to be part of a unique community for eight days. Simultaneously, this means we can once again live up to our non-profit goals by donating millions to charity,” Bilde said. 
This year’s Roskilde Festival line-up includes artists like Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Muse, Florence + the Machine, Pharrell Williams, St. Vincent, Disclosure and The War on Drugs.
The NorthSide Festival, held June 12-14 in Aarhus, also announced on Tuesday that its full-package tickets had sold out. Around 35,000 music fans bought tickets for the three-day festival, which will be highlighted by The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Alt-J and the Jesus and Mary Chain. 
Tickets for the new festival Tinderbox, taking place June 26-28 in Odense, are still available. Organizers said last week that the festival has sold approximately 19,000 of its 25,000 tickets. The festival got in hot water with early adopters by offering last-minute discounts in an effort to boost sales, but tried to smooth the waters by pledging free beer to fans who bought full-price tickets. 

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Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2016

Denmark's largest festival gives fans a little teaser with the first ten names added to next year's line-up.

Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2016
Photo: Vegard Kristensen/Roskilde Festival
With the weather having made a turn for the colder and daylight hours steadily dwindling, there’s no better time to start thinking ahead to next summer’s festival season. 
Roskilde Festival, the largest music festival in Denmark, announced the first ten acts for its 2016 edition on Thursday.
Headlining the announcement were Canadian ‘slacker rocker’ Mac DeMarco, New York rapper Action Bronson and Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. 
The festival, which is gearing up for its 46th year, will have a total of 175 acts so the first batch represents only about five percent of the performers music fans can see between June 25th and July 2nd. 
“The festival is roughly nine months away, but we’re already busy putting together a line-up that’s both stylistically diverse and relevant. These qualities are very important to us and reflected by our announcements today that represent metal, rap, country, pop and much more,” the festival’s head of programme, Anders Wahrén, said. 
The Roskilde Festival attracts around 100,000 music fans each year. The non-profit festival is primarily driven by volunteers and donates its proceeds to worthy causes. The 2015 edition was fully sold-out and tickets for next year’s festival will go on sale next month. 
Organizers are currently soliciting fan requests for who should play in 2016. 
“This October we invite our audience to send us their music wishes, which we will collect and use as both inspiration and knowhow in the booking process over the course of the next year,” Wahrén said. 
Although an October line-up announcement may seem early, it actually comes later than Roskilde’s first announcement last year and more than a week after the heavy metal festival Copenhell triumphed its major booking of the legendary Black Sabbath for its 2016 edition. That concert will be Black Sabbath's last ever show in Denmark.
The ten acts introduced for the 2016 Roskilde Festival on Thursday were:
Action Bronson (US)
Mac Demarco (CA)
Courtney Barnett (AU)
Cattle Decapitation (US)
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld (CA)
Ho99o9 (US)
Kuedo (DE)
Qwanqwa (ET)
Sleaford Mods (UK)
Sturgill Simpson (US)