International guests boost Roskilde to early sell-out

Roskilde Festival has once again sold out, spurred in part by an uptick in international guests.

International guests boost Roskilde to early sell-out
Some 16 percent of this year's festival guests come from abroad. Photo: Joeri Swerts/
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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Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade

The possibility of large-scale music festivals taking place in Denmark this summer has been described as “unrealistic” following the publication of expert recommendations for coronavirus-safe events.

Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade
The Roskilde Festival during the glorious summer of 2018. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix

Music events such as the Roskilde Festival, the largest of its kind in northern Europe, would not be able to take place as normal and must be without overnight guests under the recommendations, submitted in report form by an expert advisory group to the government on Friday.

The group, appointed as part of the national reopening plan, was tasked with looking at how festivals and other large events can take place this summer.

The recommendations will provide the basis political discussions which will form an agreement over large events which will be integrated into the reopening plan.

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Seven various scenarios, including one for outdoors, standing events, were considered by the expert group in forming its recommendations. Two phases have been set down for eased restrictions on large events, which are currently banned due to the public assembly limit.

In the final phase of the restrictions towards the end of the summer, a maximum of 10,000 people would be permitted to attend an event. All attendees would be required to present a valid corona passport, and audiences would be split into sections of 2,000.

Although that could provide a framework for some events to take place, Roskilde Festival, which normally has a total of around 130,000 guests and volunteers including sprawling camping areas, appears to be impossible in anything resembling its usual format.

The festival was also cancelled in 2020.

Roskilde Festival CEO Signe Lopdrup, who was part of the expert group, said the festival was unlikely to go ahead should it be required to follow the recommendations.

“Based on the recommendations, we find it very difficult to believe it is realistic to organise festivals in Denmark before the end of the summer,” Lopdrup said in a written comment to broadcaster DR.

The restrictions would mean “that it is not possible to go ahead with the Roskilde Festival. That’s completely unbearable. But that’s where we’ve ended,” she added.

The news is potentially less bleak for other types of event with fewer participants, with cultural and sporting events as well as conferences also included in the recommendations submitted by the group.

Parliament has previously approved a compensation scheme for major events forced to cancel due to coronavirus measures this summer.