Now in its 45th year, one of Europe’s biggest festivals is set to take place in Roskilde, Denmark from June 25th to July 2nd. Since 1971, Roskilde has only gotten bigger and better every year and this year is no exception with the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MØ and New Order headlining over the four days. Head of Programme, Anders Wahrén, told us all about the upcoming music and arts festival.
How did you first get involved with Roskilde?
I first visited the festival as a guest when I was 13. For more than 15 years I’ve been involved on different levels, ranging from stagehand duty and production manager on one of our tent stages to working externally with the festival as an agent and now heading the music booking.
What can we expect from this year’s festival?
As always, Roskilde Festival offers an experience in the name of diversity: great music from all over the world, world class art, delicious food, an international audience and so much more.
What makes your festival different from the rest?
In terms of music, our line-up of 175 acts covers a ton of genres from many different countries. We have everything from international superstars to the Nordic stars of tomorrow – and everything in-between. But we’re much more than music. We’re 100% non-profit and have been since 1972. Working with this ethos, we have workshops, seminars, art and much more related to social and cultural purposes and charities and with our guests on site for more or less a full week, we have a very active, curious and participating audience that blends in with our 30,000 volunteers to make up the 4th largest city in Denmark.
Why should people travel over to Denmark for the festival?
To be part of a community that’s international, open, loyal and not least very diverse. And to experience an abundance of things you didn’t know you were going to love.
What can you tell us about your lineup so far?
Apart from the headliners and the already championed acts in all genres, we’re paying special attention to the Nordic talents that we want to help. Quite special this year is the prestigious opening of our iconic Orange Stage, a task we have given to the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music with Damon Albarn and Guests.
What is your favourite thing about working at a festival?
Apart from simply watching the enthusiastic guests take in all the new experiences, it’s a huge privilege to be working with so many dedicated volunteers. We couldn’t be what we are without them and our guests – which oftentimes is one and the same crowd as everyone feels a great ownership of the festival.
What advice would you give to first-time festival goers?
Be open-minded and go with the flow. You’ll meet so many people, see so many shows with artists you never knew you’d fall in love with, and you’ll be part of a truly unique community.
Roskilde Festival 25TH JUNE – 2ND JULY 2016, www.roskilde-festival.dk
Word – Sophie Butler
Images – Jens Dige & Vegard S Kristiansen