Last updated 5 May 2021

We cannot conduct a Roskilde Festival in 2021. Read what this summer's prohibition on large gatherings means for Roskilde Festival.

The authorities' official announcement about the restrictions this summer means that we cannot conduct a Roskilde Festival in 2021.

It's infinitely sad. But let's hold on to the thought of how amazing it will be to meet in 2022 after such a long and sad absence. 

You have many questions about the cancellation and its consequences. On this page we will try to answer the most frequent questions the best we can. 
Keep an eye on this page. We will update it on a continuous basis in the coming time.

We are devastated by the fact that we cannot meet up at our festival, thereby helping to restore the communities that the corona crisis has destroyed for so many people. That’s really needed now.

It is very serious for our charity society that we cannot conduct a festival. It is also a severe blow to the growth segment of culture and the entire ‘food chain’ of volunteer-based associations, partners, artists and suppliers who help create the festival.

If you have purchased a ticket to the sold-out festival in 2021, you can transfer it to 2022. If you do not wish to transfer your ticket, you can get a refund.

It will be an invaluable help for us that as many people as possible transfer their tickets to 2022.

We have seen a huge support from ticket buyers throughout the corona time, and the continued support for us and other cancelled organisers is exactly what can lead us through the crisis.

In this way, we can ensure a solid financial foundation in order to be able to gather again at Roskilde Festival next year.

All ticket buyers will be notified directly by e-mail, and the exact circumstances for transfer and refund will be ready as soon as possible.

Read below how else you can show your support for us and for cultural life in general.

We have seen a tremendous support from volunteers and ticket buyers over the past year. Your support is truly appreciated and contributes to our return in 2022. 

  • Ticket buyers 
    If you have purchased a ticket to the sold-out festival in 2021, you can transfer it to 2022. In doing so, you contribute directly to ensuring a solid financial foundation for Roskilde Festival Charity Society. Read how above. 
  • Volunteers
    If you are a volunteer, we encourage you to stay on the team of enthusiasts who create the framework of the festival experience. While a lot is uncertain at the moment and 2022 may feel very distant right now, the festival needs committed volunteers to be able to return strongly in 2022.

    Read here how you can become a volunteer.

    If you have been a volunteer in 2019 and onwards towards the 2021 festival, you can also become a member of Roskilde Festival Charity Society and thereby support the future of the festival.
  • Roskilde fans 
    Support us by purchasing a specially designed support wristband made in collaboration with Wood Wood. The wristband is made for the difficult time that is now when we long for Roskilde Festival and recall all the great memories.

    The support wristband costs DKK 200 (approx. EUR 27), and the money goes in full to supporting the charity society behind Roskilde Festival and our work with future festivals.

    You can buy a wristband in Wood Wood stores in Aarhus or Copenhagen or directly from us in Roskilde (Havsteensvej 11, Roskilde – Monday-Wednesday and Friday between 13 and 15). You can also buy it online and have it shipped by clicking here.
  • Cultural lovers 
    Finally, we encourage as many people as possible to support cultural life by buying tickets for experiences in venues, galleries, museums, theatres and sports clubs, all of which need the support of the surrounding world.

Roskilde Festival has always evolved over time, and a pandemic and two consecutive years of cancellations will undoubtedly leave their mark on a festival organisation that engages 130,000 participants of whom approximately 30,000 are volunteers.

Fortunately, the need of being together with other people will never, ever lose its meaning. Therefore, we will now focus on creating other types of cultural events so that the organisation can continue to live up to its purpose of supporting children and young people.

Our four-day mini festival at Ofelia Plads in Copenhagen on 17-20 May is one of our new cultural events.

Now, we need to recover after the sad cancellation, and then we will be back and tell you a lot more about the events of the coming months.

The cancellation means that Roskilde Festival, again this year, cannot live up to its main purpose as a non-profit fundraising event. That is to make a profit that will be donated in full for the benefit of children and young people.

This affects a number of organisations and initiatives both in Denmark and abroad. They are also currently in need of extra help.

There will be major consequences for the hundreds of volunteer-based associations and organisations that have stalls or provide service on the festival site. Many of these base parts of their operations and development on the earnings from the festival.

The cancellation also has consequences for the artists and their crew, who are already financially affected by the shutdown, and the many cultural partners, suppliers and organisations have lost earnings and the opportunity for exposure and relationships that benefit their work.

In short: Our entire industry and its ‘food chain’ have been severely affected by the cancellations through two seasons now.

  • Consequences for Roskilde Festival Charity Society 
    Roskilde Festival is a fundraising event organised by Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

    The charity society arranges a festival in order to raise money for charitable work for children and young people. We donate all our profits in full every year, and we don't have larger savings to draw on.

    When the charity society starts up a new festival, the expenses are covered by, among other things, ticket revenue and the financial contribution of partners. In this sense, each festival is a closed circuit where it is not possible to balance an extensive deficit with profits from previous years.

    We start from zero every year, so to speak.

    Therefore, it is a relief to know that Roskilde Festival Charity Society is guaranteed compensation for its losses. Even though we have planned with great caution and financial responsibility, we have had expenses and obligations for operations, the organisation and external suppliers.

    There is still (as of May 2021) uncertainty associated with the politically agreed compensation package as Roskilde Festival's application for compensation for the cancelled festival in 2020 has yet not been finalised and therefore not disbursed.

    The new compensation scheme to cover the loss of the cancelled festival in 2021 still needs final implementation in the form of an announcement.
  • Consequences for Roskilde Festival Charity Foundation
    The Roskilde Festival Group provides services to other organisers. This is done under the auspices of Roskilde Festival Charity Foundation which continues to be affected by the general lockdown of society.

    When Denmark was in lockdown and all events were cancelled, the authorities also established aid packages with the purpose of helping affected companies.

    The general aid packages were not targeted at Roskilde Festival Charity Foundation's business which is primarily a seasonal company.

    At the same time, Roskilde Festival Charity Foundation’s de facto role as a co-organiser of Roskilde Festival is unfortunately not included in the compensation package for organisers. The reason for this is that the compensation packages only cover the main organiser's losses - which in this case is Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

    This means that the entire non-profit company has suffered a loss of DKK 16 million (approx. EUR 214,765) in 2020. The loss in 2020 has serious implications for our ability to support our future development.  

 Read about our organisation here.

We have collected a review and an overview of the entire year 2020 along with an introduction to our non-profit goals, organisation and financial key figures in an annual journal, which was published in February 2021.  

Read the annual journal here (only in Danish).