Roskilde Festival should be perceived as accessible to everyone who loves the festival culture and communities we offer. We are therefore always working on reducing the barriers for participation and on improving the experience of both physical and mental accessibility at the festival site.
This guide is intended to help those of you with special needs when you arrive and stay at this year’s festival. Perhaps you have impaired vision or mobility, get tired quickly, have a broken arm, require aids or need quiet surroundings.
We will do what we can to help you enjoy the atmosphere at the festival town in your very own way.
If you have more questions about accessibility, you are most welcome to contact us. The contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you have questions about bringing assistants to the festival, read more here.
What is the best way to access the festival?
You should consider the following when planning your arrival to Roskilde Festival.
- When you arrive, the first thing you should do is exchange your ticket for a bracelet. You can do that at Entrance East, Entrance West and Entrance North. If you arrive by train at the festival area, you can get your bracelet at Trinbrættet (the Way Station).
- Please note that there will be heavy traffic on the opening day, so it can take several hours to come by car.
- From Roskilde Station, you can take a shuttle bus, train or taxi to the festival. All buses have ramps, allowing access for wheelchair users.
- If you have mobility issues, you should choose an entrance close to the campsite or the stage that you want to visit. See the distance guide
- If you need ample space for yourself, we recommend that you arrive in the morning on Sunday, 25 June, rather than on the opening day of Saturday, 24 June.
- Make sure to plan your arrival in good time, and contact us at email@example.com if you have questions about your arrival.
Where can I park?
You can find an overview of the parking spaces in the map of the festival area.
You can use the special disabled parking spaces in the parking areas and by the entrances if you have a valid blue parking card from Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark.
Remember that the card is associated with the person, not the car.
Where can I stay overnight?
Is Handicamp something for you? It is a campsite for participants with major or minor disabilities, participants with physical challenges and/or need for peaceful surroundings – and for friends, family and helpers.
We strive to create a calm environment and to be particularly considerate towards each other. We have no admittance control – everyone is free to visit, and we love having guests.
Read more about the facilities and access conditions and about how you can be part of the community in and around Handicamp here.
Can I bring a companion?
Read more on this page about your options of bringing a companion to the festival.
How do I best experience the concerts?
We will be setting up platforms next to most stages, which will help participants in wheelchairs to be at eye-level with the rest of the audience.
If you have difficulty being in close proximity to so many people, we recommend that you inform yourself in good time about side installations, platforms, how densely packed the audience will be, location of big screens, sound conditions for the individual stages and so on. The hosts in front of the stage are ready to assist you.
As a festival participant, you are buying access to the whole festival site and the entire experience. This means that we cannot offer place reservations on the platforms for individual concerts.
We recommend that you arrive in as good time as possible for the best live experience with your favourite artists.
Where can I find peace and ample space?
There will be lots of people gathered in a limited space. However, you will still have good options for finding quiet places with relatively ample room.
At the Campsite, this would include the areas by the bathing lake. At the festival site, you can enjoy a moment of peace at Fence Walk, in The Garden, between the ears in the Bazaar area, the area by Avalon between concerts, and the area by Apollo during the day.
The areas are marked in the map of the festival site.
How big is the festival area?
Roskilde Festival covers an area of about 2,500,000 m2, which corresponds to about 50 football pitches. The festival is split into the festival site, where you can find most music stages, and the campsites, where the participants reside.
With 130,000 participants, the festival is called “Denmark’s fourth-largest town”. It is a large area with lots of people, so the population density is also high.
The railway track between Roskilde and Køge separates campsite West from the festival site and the other campsites. The temporary bridge over the railway can only be crossed on foot. Everyone can cross the bridge on Darupvej, north of the festival site.
What are the bathing and toilet facilities like?
There are more than 20 disabled toilets across the festival area, including by all the service islands.
You can get a key for the locked disabled toilets if you complete this form: http://roskil.de/accessibility.
You can also find toilets with showers equipped with lifts at Handicamp.
Is it safe for me to be at Roskilde Festival?
Safety, preparedness and responsibility are always in focus, and we cooperate with the authorities, researchers and places of education to ensure fun and safe festivities for all.
You can read more about our work with safety and responsibility here.
During the festival, you can contact us around the clock at 46 36 66 13. We can help you with practical matters, like finding a toilet, helping you return to your tent or mending a wheelchair puncture.
If you need emergency help, you can always contact our service hosts in the orange vests. They can help you – either personally or by calling their supervisor.
How can I become a volunteer?
Roskilde Festival’s approx. 30,000 volunteers perform numerous, varied tasks. As a volunteer, you can be part of a team and have a base, where others know you and your needs.
Here is some good advice if you are considering whether volunteering at Roskilde Festival is right for you.
- Consider what you want to be doing most. The practical challenges in relation to accessibility can almost always be resolved in a good way.
- You can find a post with available functions on our website here. Contact the person responsible for the posting and tell them about yourself, what you are good at and what you have difficulties with.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will help you find a volunteer task suitable for you.
How do I contact you concerning accessibility?
We recommend completing our online contact form on accessibility prior to the festival. Here, you can tell us about your needs, and we will then contact you and inform you of the different options.
If you have further questions about your coming festival experience – or if you have doubts whether Roskilde Festival is right for you – you are welcome to contact us by email at email@example.com. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
We are also interested in hearing from you if you have suggestions for how we can make Roskilde Festival even more accessible.
Finally, you can participate in RF Our Way on Facebook and join the conversation on accessibility and disabled service. Here, you can ask questions and share your festival experiences with others.