Music festivals are nowadays not just about music but also great food, fun, and lots of entertainment. Last week, the renowned Roskilde Festival took place on a field thirty minutes from Copenhagen. The event has been happening since 1971, and this was the forty-fourth edition. From its start as a small, local event, Roskilde has grown into a large, international music and entertainment festival with more than 130,000 participants, volunteers, and artists. This year, the festival gathered a strong musical program of more than 160 different artists, with headlining acts that included the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Arctic Monkeys, Major Lazer (below), Damon Albarn, and Future Islands (among my favorite performances).
Danish cuisine is getting a lot of international attention at the moment, and you could find some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen doing street-kitchen versions of their Michelin-starred menus in the food court.
The festival has a strongly sustainable profile, and this year they had intensified their efforts, using only organic dairy products throughout the festival, giving festivalgoers access to tap water, thereby minimizing the need for bottled water (Danish tap water is among the best in the world), and reducing food wastage by donating otherwise-wasted food to homeless and refugee shelters. Roskilde Festival has, since its beginning, donated all profits (which throughout the years add up to 26.4 billion Euros) to different charities benefiting children and youth as well as humanitarian and cultural work. How refreshing.
Be sure not to miss Roskilde Festival next year. The dates are June 28 to July 5, 2015.
For more information, visit roskilde-festival.dk.
Photos: Christian Hjorth; Per Lange/Roskilde Festival