Top 10 music festivals to attend this summer in Denmark
In recent years, summer time in Denmark for me has always been equated with going to the various music festivals around the country. Denmark is quite good at presenting a vast array of festival go-ers with great music, cold beers, and an incredible atmosphere – and this year is no exception. I’ve made up a list of 10 different music festivals around Denmark for you to check off one by one, this summer.
Leading up to the first weekend in June, every year, Copenhagen hosts its largest street party! 80,000+ guests attend from all over the world as the “party-tsunami” washes over Copenhagen. Each day the party takes place in a different part of town in Central Copenhagen – Nørrebro on Wednesday, Vesterbro on Thursday, the Copenhagen harbour on Friday. And that’s just during the day! At night the parties continue on in the nightclubs. This year Distortion’s introducing “Distortion Ø” (Distortion Island) on Refshaleøen, which is supposedly going to be the largest electronic music event in Denmark. What a perfect way to end three days of street parties – two more days of rave! The official website describes it as “ a week of emerging dance music and orchestrated chaos”…there’s no better way to put it really.
When: 03/06/2015 – 07/06/2015
More info: www.cphdistortion.dk
Not even a week after Distortion, there’s Northside. Attracting some of the biggest names in the music industry, Northside festival is quickly gaining recognition as one of Europe’s best music festivals. Taking place in Aarhus, the two-day festival features performances from Sam Smith, The Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie, Placebo, George Ezra,Ben Howard and many more acts (both local and international).
When: 12/06/2015 – 14/06-2015
More info: www.northside.dk
3. Copenhagen Jazz Festival
If your music taste is more jazz oriented then yes, there’s a festival for you too! Jazz music fills the streets of Copenhagen to make up one of the biggest, inclusive jazz events in Europe. Marking its 37th festival this year, Copenhagen Jazz festival is one of the city’s oldest music festivals. Different parts of the city open up to different jazz scenes for people of all ages. If you like jazz music – there’s something for you regardless of who you are. On top of that, the festival has an official app available for free download, giving you the daily festival news, full program and concert descriptions.
When: 03/07/2015 – 12/07/2015
More info: www.jazz.dk
4. Grøn Koncert
You might notice there’s a little trend here of festivals with huge gatherings – this one is no exception. Grøn Koncert (literally, Green Concert) is known as Northern Europe’s biggest concert tour of its kind. Being sponsored by Tuborg (hence the Green reference in the name) is unlike the other music festivals in Denmark, you don’t go to the festival – it comes to you. For 10 days the festival travels to the larger cities in Denmark, with the crazy party atmosphere building up more and more with each stop. This year the line-up features some of the biggest names in the Danish music industry such as Medina, Christopher and Oh Land.
When: 16/7/2015 – 26/7/2015
More info: www.groenkoncert.dk
5. Copenhagen Blues Festival
Copenhagen is known for having a relatively large blues scene, so it’s only fitting that it puts up a blues festival each year for a few days in September. Rather than being stationed on one large stage, the blues festival takes places in over 60 venues and clubs all across Copenhagen. The festival includes international and local acts, from well-known Blues artists to up coming, not yet been discovered young talents. The festival doesn’t have one ticket/wristband that gives you access to all the concerts. Instead you will be required to buy tickets at the individual venues. Which is a nice concept if you’re not planning on attending all of the 60 concerts. Because it’s in late September, when we’re already back in our lectures, it’s a perfect way to sooth that horrible post-holiday depression.
When: 23/9/2015 – 27/9/2015
More info: http://www.copenhagenbluesfestival.dk
In late June, Odense is home to the Tinderbox music festival. With musical acts from across all genres, Tinderbox is a perfect festival for you if you’re like me and enjoy a little bit from almost every music genre. Calvin Harris, The Prodigy, Hozier, Major Lazor, Emilie Sande, Robbie Williams and Ellie Goulding, are just a few of the acts in the impressive headline this year.
When: 26/6/2015 – 28/6/2015
More info: http://www.tinderbox.dk
7. Strøm Festival
If Distortion just wasn’t enough for you – in mid August, Strøm Festival takes over and spreads electronic music throughout the streets of Copenhagen. The festival is spread out in different venues/clubs and designated areas around the city, and brings out crowds of happy electronic-music enthusiasts.
When: 8/8/2015 – 15/8/2015
More info: http://www.stromcph.dk
8. Skagen Music Festival
The largest city at the northern-most tip of Denmark has its own music festival too! It is Denmark’s oldest music festival, and it’s concert stages by the harbour, and in the little quaint town is what gives it the true relaxed summer festival atmosphere. This is the perfect opportunity to take a short road-trip up to the tip of Jutland, and spend a few days there in the company of sunshine (hopefully!), drinks and lovely music.
When: 02/07/2015 – 05/07/2015
More info: http://skagenfestival.dk
For the past 5 years, Copenhell has gathered crowds and crowds of metal fans from in and around Denmark. A whole island (Refhaleøen) acts as a massive venue for the festival, and it’s raw industrial surroundings create the perfect atmosphere for the decibel-bombardment at Copenhell! With both new and old-time favourite acts, Copenhell tries to bring metal enthusiasts a line-up of the best quality – featuring both new and old-time classic acts- to give them a unique experience from the minute they walk through the big steel gates. Fun fact: Copenhell is a festival made by metal-fans for metal-fans! This is one of the reasons why the festival is such a hit with newcomers and quickly becomes an annual tradition for those who’ve been there before.
When: 18/6/2015 – 20/6/2015
More Info: http://copenhell.dk
10. Roskilde Festival
I’ve decided to save probably most popular one for last – the world renowned Roskilde Festival! You cannot have lived in Denmark without having heard of or been to Roskilde festival. It’s almost a rite-of –passage of some kind. Just like with many other big music festivals, Roskilde Festival has its own set of hard-core fans and of its haters. You will almost always hear different opinions on Roskilde. My advice would be to give it a chance and experience it for yourself to build up your own perceptions. The festival takes place in the town of Roskilde, approximately 40 minutes away from Copenhagen by train. In previous years some of the biggest names in the music industry have performed to crowds of several thousands. Roskilde festival is probably THE place to be to experience some of the new up-and coming artists along with some of the biggest names in the music industry all in one week! This year the line-up reveals that Paul McCartney, Pharell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Florence and The Machine, and Disclosure are just a few of the well-known faces showing up at the festival.The festival sells both one-day tickets and tickets which cover the whole week. Every year before the gates open, people camp out for days beforehand to ensure they get the best camping spot – the person who sets up their tent the fastest, claims the space. There are not enough words to describe the Roskilde Festival atmosphere – it’s something you just have to experience.
When: 27/6/2015 – 04/7/2015
More info: http://www.roskilde-festival.dk
If you’re in Denmark this summer, I dare you to try and attend every single one of these 10 festivals, and make it out in one piece. You game?