Roskilde Festival overview
- Roskilde Festival 2018 lasts 8 days between Saturday 30 June and Saturday 7 July.
Our camping areas open on Saturday 30 June at 4:00 pm. The inner festival area (including the iconic Orange Stage, Art Zone, Food Court and much more) opens on Wednesday 4 July at 5:00 pm.
- 80,000 full festival tickets and 5,000 one-day tickets (a total of 20,000 one-day tickets) were for sale for #RF18.
- The tickets were sold in 69 different countries. The biggest audiences are from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany. 12.5 % of the tickets were sold internationally.
- There is a total of 130,000 festival-goers (which makes Roskilde Festival Denmark’s fourth largest city measured by population).
- The festival area stretches over about 2,500,000 m². The equivalent of about 350 football fields.
- Roskilde Festival 2018 is the 48th edition. The first was in 1971.
- Since 1972 Roskilde Festival has been non-profit. Every year, the Roskilde Festival Charity Society organises Roskilde Festival with the purpose of generating funds to donate to humanitarian and cultural initiatives. The Roskilde Festival Charity Society is exempt from VAT and is therefore not allowed to use the profit for forthcoming festivals or for other investments.
- Since the beginning of the 70s the Roskilde Festival Charity Society has donated more than 345 million DKK to charity.
- The past five editions of Roskilde Festival have generated the following profits: 2017: 16.6 million DKK 2016: 17.4 million DKK 2015: 17.4 million DKK, 2014: 26.7 million DKK, 2013: 6.6 million DKK.
Societies and organisations
- Approximately 200 societies, companies and organisations perform trade and service jobs. The unions are, amongst others, responsible for food stands, clean up and service guard jobs.
- Since 1971 societies and organisations have made a profit of 265 million DKK.
- Profit made by societies/organisations the past five years: 2017: 19.3 million DKK 2016: 20.4 million DKK 2015: 23.2 million DKK, 2014: 22.2 million DKK, 2013: 19.2 million DKK.
Music and stages
- 184 artists are playing Roskilde Festival 2018.
- 200 artists, writers, performers, speakers, musicians, graffiti artists, architects and others contribute to the Arts & Activism programme.
- 36 countries are represented in the line-up.
- 75 % of all bands and solo artists have not played at the festival before.
- 42 % are from the Nordic countries.
- 32 % of the artists are from Denmark.
- 43 artists perform on the stages Countdown and Rising during the first days of the festival. These stages are dedicated to the rising acts from the Nordic countries.
- The music budget is about 60 million DKK.
- The age span between the youngest and the oldest artist at this year’s Roskilde Festival is 66 years: the youngest are 13-year-old band members of Danish act Turbolens, and the oldest is Dona Onete from Brazil who is 79 years old.
- The are eight stages in total. The six stages on the inner festival site are Apollo, Arena, Avalon, Gloria, Orange Stage and Pavilion. The two in the camping area are Countdown and Rising.
- The music programme is put together by a group of six bookers, consisting of employees and volunteers. Anders Wahrén (Head of Programme), Peter Hvalkof, Thomas Jepsen, Stefan Gejsing, Kim Ambrosius and Claes Roepstorff.
- Through the years, Roskilde Festival has presented names such as Beastie Boys, Björk, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Clash, Leonard Cohen, Coldplay, The Cure, Daft Punk, Bob Dylan, Faith No More, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, The Kinks, Kraftwerk, Paul McCartney, Metallica, M.I.A., Muse, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pet Shop Boys, PJ Harvey, Prince, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Rammstein, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Ravi Shankar, The Simple Minds, Slayer, Slipknot, The Smashing Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Sting, The Strokes, The Talking Heads, Tiësto, U2, Velvet Underground, Kanye West, Jack White, The Who, The White Stripes, Brian Wilson and Neil Young.
- The iconic main stage is the festival's main stage, known for its characteristic shape and orange colour that has come to symbolise the festival.
- Capacity about 60,000.
- The original Orange Stage was first used in 1978. The current version is from 2001 and roughly 33 % bigger than the original.
- The original tent was designed for The Rolling Stones' summer tour in 1976 after which the festival bought it in 1978. This means the Orange Stage celebrates its 40th birthday this year.
- The canopy weighs 3.5 tonnes. It's 67 metres wide, 43 metres deep and 20 metres tall. The front arch is 32 metres wide.
- It takes two weeks for about 120 volunteers to build the Orange Stage area. It takes four days to take it down.
- Arena is the festival's second-biggest stage, known for remaining intimate even when packed to the brim.
- Capacity about 17,000.
- The tent weighs about 60 tonnes. Measurements inside the tent are 75 x 75 metres.
- The tent is so big that the Orange Stage canopy can fit inside Arena.
- It has travelled the world: the tent has been to places such as Abu Dhabi, Munich and Rome.
- The Arena tent replaced a green tent in the year 2000, and the name change from Green Stage to Arena came in 2003. Seasoned festival guests consequently still refer to it as Green Stage.
- Avalon is inspired by the cabaret scenes of Paris and Berlin in the 1920's and 1930's with a hint of modern New York.
- Capacity about 6,000.
- Avalon debuted in 2014. The tent may look familiar to old friends of the festival as it resembles the old Astoria stage’s look from 2007 to 2009.
- Apollo is the festival’s only genre-oriented stage, focusing on electronic and urban music. It is built for both parties in the sun and to give a sensory overload at night as the stage lights break the darkness.
- Capacity about 5,000
- There are more light units at Apollo than on Orange Stage.
- The new sound design has been developed with Meyer Sound, including the VLFC speaker that was originally developed for NASA. The speakers will be used for the first time ever at a festival at Roskilde Festival 2018.
- The sound system measures speakers of 21 and 18 inches and plays deeper frequencies than the other stages.
- The first version of Apollo was an inflatable construction that moved around the camping area to new locations every day. This was back in 2012 to 2014.
- Pavilion has a rock club vibe, stripped down to the basic, leaving behind a naked and raw stage for the most intense experience.
- Capacity about 2,000.
- Pavilion was also used as a talent stage a few years ago, known as Pavilion Junior. Artists such as MØ, Iceage and Icona Pop enjoyed breakthroughs on this stage early on in their careers.
- Gloria is the festival’s only indoor stage, a delicate stage with Food Court and Art Zone as its neighbours.
- Capacity about 1,000 people.
- For the early birds there is sing-along every morning at Gloria.
- The stage debuted in 2011.
- The stage is built in a barn used for cows during the annual agricultural show that takes place about a month before the festival starts.
- In 2018 the stage has been 'pushed' out into the room, so the audience can move around the performers in 270 degrees, creating a more intimate experience. The stage has been designed in cooperation with Obscura, and Meyer Sound has designed the sound, also covering 270 degrees around the stage.
- Countdown presents upcoming Nordic artists, primarily electronic and urban acts as well as resident DJs and VJs. It’s one of three stages focusing on young, upcoming artists during the first days of the festival.
- The stage is located right on the border of the camping area and the inner festival site. When the festival site opens on Wednesday, the stage is transformed to an entrance portal between the two areas.
- Capacity about 2,000.
- The stage is 9 metres tall, 12 metres wide. 40 volunteers and technicians are working on the stage.
- Rising offers a variety of the best new underground acts from the Nordic countries, a stage where they can take the next step in their careers. The stage is one of three stages focusing on upcoming Nordic acts.
- Capacity about 2,000.
- The stage debuted in 2014, and the pyramid shape was first used in 2015. Prior to the Rising stage, the talents played the Pavilion Junior stage and the Camping Stage (2000-2004).
About the festival-goers
- The average age of the festival-goers is about 24 years.
- In 2017, the gender distribution was 53 % men and 47 % women.
- 48 % of the festival-goers were single.
- 21 % visited Roskilde Festival for the first time.
- 90 % went to concerts with acts they didn't know beforehand.
- There are 31,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the festival.
- About 21,000 of those are affiliated with the 200 trade and service societies.
- On average the volunteers have volunteered at the festival five times.
Environment and sustainability
- 90 % of the produce at Roskilde Festival is organic.
- 60 % of the audience arrive by train. The festival has had its own train station since 1995.
- Everything in print at Roskilde Festival is Cradle To Cradle or FSC-certified.
More than 2 million cups are used at the festival. They are all made of biobased plastic and turned into biogas after the festival.
- One-third of the festival-goers live in the areas Clean Out Loud, Dream City, Settle'n Share and Leave No Trace where the inhabitants are committed to cleaning up and sorting trash.
- Roskilde Festival spends about 8 million DKK on waste management every year.
8 million pieces of refund were collected in 2017.
- About 200,000 trash bags are used for waste handling.
- The average festival-goer spends 1/5 (one fifth) of the average Dane's weekly water usage. About 18 million litres are used per festival.
- The total garbage amount in 2017 was 2,250 tonnes. In 2016 it was 2,500.
25 tonnes of leftover food was collected in 2017 for the homeless and socially marginalised.
Food and beverages
- More than one million meals are served from the food stands.
- There are more than 130 food stalls, and there are 180 stalls in total with food and drinks for sale.
- All food stands are required to be at least 90 % organic.
- The food stalls offer a total of more than 400 different dishes.
- All food stalls must have at least one vegetarian dish on the menu.
- To prevent food waste, Roskilde Festival has partnered up with Rub & Stub and FødevareBanken (the Food Bank). 25 tonnes of leftover food was collected in 2017 for the homeless and socially marginalised. This corresponds to 120,000 meals.
Other consumption in the festival city
- There are about 3,000 publicly available toilets and pissoirs at the festival.
- About 900 flushing toilets will debut in 2018.
- 700,000 pieces of screws and nails hold together the festival’s constructions.
- 29,000 m battens and boards and 4,800 pieces of plywood are used for fences, settings etc.
- All wood and timber in the festival’s lumberyard is FSC-certified.
- Approximately 1,000 signs are used to inform festival-goers.
- 2,300.000 pieces of biodegradable drinking mugs (coffee mugs/shot glasses and more) and 2,000,000 pieces of biodegradable disposable tableware (plates, knives, forks etc.) are used in the food stands.