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Finding ‘the Orange Feeling’ in Roskilde’s campgrounds

The main music might not start until Wednesday, but for many guests the campground pre-parties are what Roskilde is all about.

Finding 'the Orange Feeling' in Roskilde's campgrounds
The camping grounds provide a good mix of planned as well and spontaneous parties. Photo: Bobby Anwar
In Denmark, Roskilde Festival is seen as both a rite of passage and an annual monumental occasion that attracts young and old in great numbers year after year. But it’s far from just music that draws the crowds.  
 
Camping at Roskilde is one the festival’s central elements – revered, loved, hated and embraced by countless festival-goers. By Monday, Roskilde had already drawn over 50,000 eager campers to its grounds, with a further 70,000 attendees expected over the remaining days, as things kicks into full gear from Wednesday and onwards.  
 
Some of the hardcore campers waited in line for the gates to open since as early as last Tuesday, armed to the teeth with stockpiles of alcohol, camping gear and festival paraphernalia. For early birds of this sort, getting a good camping spot is every bit as important as the overall concert experience. In fact, some of Roskilde’s most memorial parties take place during the warm-up days, which provide a good mix of planned as well and spontaneous parties.
 
The camp grounds are truly a cocktail of differing emotions. One can experience everything from rowdy teen neighbours with thunderous sound systems that belch out music all night long, to the well-known whiff of portable festival toilets. Yet camps are also a base for all of the festivals guests – sites of endless revelry, a few hours of sleep, masses of mackerel cans and unforgettable experiences.  
 
What is it like to camp at Roskilde?
 
The Local caught up with some of the festival guests and took a walk around the camping areas to see what it is like to camp at Roskilde festival 2016.
 
British Artist Daniel Van Der Noon and Kenyan-born musician Kevin Gichuhi Jensen.
Photo: Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk
 
British Artist Daniel Van Der Noon and Kenyan-born musician Kevin Gichuhi Jensen. 
 
Daniel, Roskilde West: “We’re obviously loving this. Brexit sucks, but we’re here to party.”
 
Harry Simpson
Photo: Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk
 
British/Kenyan student, Harry Simpson, Roskilde West,
 
“This is my fourth Roskilde Festival and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m camping in the workers’ area for a change and it’s very chilled there!”
 
Robin Houselstein
Photo: Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk
 
French rapper and student, Robin Houselstein, Roskilde East.
 
“It’s my first time here and the scale of it all is mind-blowing. I’m camping with a bunch of friends from Roskilde University in camping area P and we’re having a blast!”
 

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Popular camping areas at Roskilde
 
Camping areas at Roskilde differ in size, scale and nature, depending on where on the map one camps. Some of the most popular areas include:
 
Roskilde West: Camping Areas C and E
 
Home to the skate park, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts and beach soccer pitches, West contains some of the largest portable sound systems at the festival. It also contains the warm up music scenes Rising and Street City so one’s eardrums are on a 24-hour shift.  
 
In an effort to shine West up this year, Roskilde Festival has created the Clean Out Loud initiative, which gave residents the chance to book an early camping spot in return for a commitment to leaving the area clean at the end of the festival. The goal this year, according to Roskilde Festival is “to leave the entire section E area clean.” 
 
Mid-Roskilde: Camping Areas G, H and L
 
Located close to the entrance of the main festival area, this camping section tends to be rather uninspiring and is usually occupied by some of the festival’s younger contingent. Camping areas here are a stone-throw away from the ‘Countdown City’ stage.
 
Roskilde East:  Camping Areas J, K and P
 
Roskilde East is also popular amongst younger festival-goers and on sunny days, it is the place to be if one fancies a dip in the swimming lake or a relaxing nap along its beach. Located around a small lake where one can fish, J is a silent area where sound systems are prohibited and an emphasis is placed on keeping things clean.
 

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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.

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