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International guests boost Roskilde to early sell-out

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International guests boost Roskilde to early sell-out
Some 16 percent of this year's festival guests come from abroad. Photo: Joeri Swerts/Headshot.be
15:38 CEST+02:00
Roskilde Festival has once again sold out, spurred in part by an uptick in international guests.
Organizers said on Thursday that all 80,000 full festival tickets have been sold, marking the earliest sell-out in 15 years. 
 
“We’re delighted that we have once again sold out before the festival starts, even faster than last year. This means 80,000 people have chosen the full festival experience as part of unique community for eight days,” spokeswoman Christina Bilde said. 
 
Among the Roskilde faithful will be guests from 74 different countries. Bilde said that international music fans accounted for 16 percent of all ticket sales.
 
“We're happy that we've seen an increase in international guests the past couple of years. Diversity is at the core of what we do, and we believe that a more international audience makes the atmosphere and community more inspiring and fun for everyone,” she said. 
 
This year’s Roskilde Festival will offer 183 concerts on nine stages. Artists include Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Wiz Khalifa, LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tame Impala and many more. 
 
Organizers said that a limited number of one-day tickets are still available for Wednesday, June 29th and Thursday, June 30th. They warned against buying tickets through unofficial channels, saying that many “crooks” may try to sell invalid tickets. 
 
The Roskilde Festival, the largest festival in northern Europe, is a non-profit that donates all of its proceeds to charities. 
 
“The ticket sales are an indication of a healthy profit that we can expect to be able to donate in full to social and cultural charities after the festival,” Bilde said. 
 
Roskilde Festival is eight days long, from Saturday June 25th till Saturday July 2nd, with the first four days serving as “warm-up” to the main lineup of music. 
 
 
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