Volunteers at the heart of Roskilde Festival

Some 30,000 people volunteer at the Roskilde Festival through their voluntary efforts, it is little wonder that it has grown to the proportions it spans today.

Volunteers at the heart of Roskilde Festival
Anne-Katrine Greenwik Jensen told us she enjoys helping out and the free festival ticket isn't bad either! Photo: Bobby Anwar
Roskilde Festival's success year after year lies in much more than the music and its famed orange feeling. The event simply couldn't go on if it weren't for the small army of volunteers who handle projects big and small and ensure that the festival-goers have a fun, safe and memorable time.
Some 32,000 people volunteer during the week-long event, either giving their time and services directly to the Roskilde Festival or to one of the more than 200 clubs, societies and organizations that operate on the massive site.
The ardent volunteers partake in everything from toilet duties to manning VIP check-ins to cleaning up the sizable mess left behind after a week-long party with around 100,000 guests. The festival is one example of the magnitude of properly-employed voluntary manpower for a good cause.
Backed by an urge to support initiatives that benefit children and the youth within humanitarian and cultural work, Roskilde Festival relies on the efforts of numerous volunteers to keep it living and breathing as an organisation dedicated to churning its profits into efforts that have a positive impact on society.
On a Wednesday that marked the opening day for Roskilde's grand stages, with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Noel Gallagher making appearances at the sold-out festival, we wanted to find out more about who is making things run smoothly behind the scenes.
Besides the free ticket, what drives these volunteers to donate their time and energies to the Roskilde Festival? The Local caught up with some of the volunteers at this year's festival. Here is what they had to say:
Nadia Muhammad, first-time volunteer from Valby. 
“Being a volunteer is hard and demanding at times, but also a lot of fun.” 

Anne-Katrine Greenwik Jensen from Glostrup is volunteering for the second year in a row.

“The ticket is free and it's nice to get a break from the festival ground.”

Ole Schou from Næstved is volunteering for the fourth time. 

“We have such a good time at the Roskilde Festival and I really like it out here in Street City.”

First-time volunteer Nadia Behzadi
“I am happy for the free ticket, I have great colleagues and it is really fun work.”

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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)