Roskilde Festival has a constant focus on safety, security and emergency management. We are working closely with the police and the authorities the entire year, and our competent staff are doing everything within their power to make sure the party will be both fun and safe for everyone.

Like many other festivals and organisers, we receive a lot of questions about safety and security related to terror these days.

Roskilde Festival is like a city, and just like in any other city you will encounter things like roadblocks and uniformed police at the festival site. You will also experience pad down / body searching on various levels.

Please read on for further information on how we deal with security threats, and how we plan our work.

Assessment and planning:

When we plan Roskilde Festival, we take any potential threats into account, and our staff are both instructed and trained to do their job. The general threat of terror in Denmark is something we never take our eyes off.
On a general level, we think the festival security must be adjusted in relation to the threat. We do not wish to implement any unnecessary commotion or exacerbate anything. Accordingly, we adjust our approach to and work with security from year to year in close cooperation with Midt- og Vestsjællands Politi (the police).
The verdict of the police is that there is no change to the potential threat directed at Roskilde Festival. Like any other place where a lot of people gather, however – such as malls, city centres etc. – there is naturally a risk. This is something we take very seriously, and together with the police we have made a plan that helps us manage that threat. For obvious safety reasons, we cannot share the details in this plan.

You can read PET’s (the Danish Police Intelligence Service) official comment here (in Danish).

What can you do?

As a participant, you can do the things that you can also do when you are not at a festival:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Tell the police if you notice something suspicious and/or disturbing. Call 112 (Danish emergency number)
  • Enjoy the festival and the community

    What to do in case of accident:
  • Text your loved ones to let them know you’re OK (do not call)
  • Follow the instructions of the safety personnel
    Emergency management

With so many people gathered it is impossible to completely be rid of accidents. To prevent, aid and assist, the festival has an emergency management staff consisting of doctors, nurses, first aiders, social workers and festival service, festival safety and security personnel. Read more about these units below:

  • Medicinal team
    The medicinal team consists of about 400 doctors, nurses and first aiders in both the camping and the festival site. They can help you with everything from blisters to dehydration, and they are trained to handle all sorts of situations.
  • Social Workers
    This team consists of experienced social workers, school teachers, medicine students and nurses specialised in preventive and proactive work. They are alert and looking for anyone in need of help. The young festival-goers are their primary focus. The team also offers psychological first aid.
  • Festival Safety
    Festival Safety is close to the audience at all the shows. With drinking water, helping hands and a cool overview they make sure all concerts are both fun and safe. They are also present in other areas where focus on your safety is extra important.
  • Festival Service
    Festival Service is a diverse team whose focus is to give you a good service. This includes acting as hosts on campsites, at entrances, at restrooms and other locations.
  • Security
    The festival’s security team solves conflicts and can be called upon when the aforementioned service hosts need an extra hand.
  • Food Control
    This team makes sure all food stalls are briefed and live up to the high levels of hygiene required at the festival.

Furthermore, the Roskilde Festival participants can encounter the following informative campaigns onsite:

  • Roskilde Against Drugs: since 2003, Roskilde Festival has worked closely with the Danish Health Authority on the Against Drugs campaign. The festival also works closely with the police and social workers to prevent and manage legal aspects.
  • Less booze. More party (“Mindre druk. Mere Fest”). Created with the Danish Health Authority and Dansk Live, the ”Less booze. More party” campaign is targeted towards parents, staff/volunteers and of course the young festival-goers informing them about handling alcohol with care, whether you’re consuming or serving it.