Ten fun facts about the Roskilde Festival

It's Denmark's biggest party and northern Europe's biggest music festival – but how much do you really know about the Roskilde Festival and its patented Orange Feeling?

Ten fun facts about the Roskilde Festival
Photo: Simon Frøsig Christensen / Roskilde Festival
The Roskilde Festival opened its gates on Saturday to some 50,000 eager campers who settled in for a week of cathartic ventures that do away with the conformity and structure of the everyday. Another 50,000-plus or so will file in as the main musical line-up gets underway on Wednesday.
Attendees of the 2015 edition have been promised wonderful weather and a concert line-up that once again has something for all tastes. 
What started out started out as an early 70s idealist experiment modelled on the ethos of marquee counterculture happenings such as Woodstock and Isle of Man has evolved into one of Europe's giants on the festival scene. 
Now in its 45th year, Roskilde shows few signs of entering into a mid-life crisis. Indeed this year it has new tricks up its sleeve in the form of a completely-revamped stage and a project that takes sustainability to a whole other level
So whether you're a Roskilde veteran or a newbie, here are a few things you might not know about Denmark's week-long party

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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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