Roskilde Festival 2020 overview


  • Roskilde Festival 2020 lasts 8 days between Saturday 27 June and Saturday 4 July.
  • Our camping areas open on Saturday 27 June at 4:00 pm. The inner festival area (including the iconic Orange Stage, Art Zone, Food Court and much more) opens on Wednesday 1 July at 5:00 pm.
  • 80,000 full festival tickets and 5,000 one-day tickets (a total of 20,000 one-day tickets) are for sale for #RF50. Everything is expected to sell out before the beginning of the festival, so get your ticket while you have the chance.
  • There are about 30,000 volunteers. Including volunteers the daily capacity is 115,000.
  • 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 2019 is the 49th edition. The first was in 1971.
The festival-goers
  • The average age of the festival-goers is about 24 years.
  • In 2019, the gender distribution was 54,5 % men and 45 % women. 0,5 percent identify as non-binary.
  • 58 % of the festival-goers were single.
  • 19 % visited Roskilde Festival for the first time.
The organisation
  • 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 generated more than 410 million DKK (€55 million) to charity.
  • From 2014 to 2018, Roskilde Festival generated the following profits: 2018: 19.2 million DKK 2017: 16.6 million DKK 2016: 17.4 million DKK 2015: 17.4 million DKK, 2014: 26.7 million DKK.

The stages

Orange Stage
  • The festival's iconic 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 41st 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.
  • Avalon moves east of Orange Stage in 2019, having been to the west for the past few years.
  • 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.
  • In 2018, there were 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 were 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.
  • Apollo moves a bit north in 2019, taking over the spot Avalon had in 2018.
  • 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 was '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 two 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 5,000.
  • 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 two stages focusing on upcoming Nordic acts.
  • Capacity about 5,000.
  • 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).