Every year when Roskilde Festival kicks off and the campsite fills up with guests, volunteers and artists, it becomes the world’s biggest temporary city. The inhabitants have their own lingo, with words and slang, just like every other city. Therefore, we have created a little phrase book with the most important Roskilde expressions so you can practice the festival dialect and sound like a real native, before arriving at the festival.
Agoras: The Roskilde Festival campsite is divided into neighborhoods where the agoras function as the town square. The word agora originates from Greece and means 'open place of assembly'. In the agoras you can find toilets, charging stations and cooking areas. You can also find The Orange Vests (see below). In the majority of the agoras there are different activities and events during the warm-up days.
Apollo is Roskilde Festival's new stage for electronic music. During the warm-up-days (1. - 4. july) we call the stage Apollo Countdown and the music will mainly focus on new, nordic electronic artists.
Arena: Arena is Roskilde Festival's largest covered stage with the capacity of approximately 17,000 people. The stage hosts all kinds of genres and you would definitely experience a lot of great concerts here.
Cinema: You can’t have a town without a cinema, so of course Roskilde Festival has a cinema too. The official name is Roskilde Cinema. Here you can relax in the soft seats and watch everything from documentaries to Danish premieres of Hollywood soaps.
CITY centre: The campsite has two CITY centres: one in camping East and one in camping West. This is where you can find the largest selection of stalls and booths before the festival site opens, along with a lot of shops selling clothes and accessories.
Cosmopol: Cosmopol is Roskilde Festival’s metropolis stage with an urban atmosphere. It has a capacity of 6,000 people. If you don’t have anything else planned one day you should definitely stop by Cosmopol where you will always find new music genres and great experiences that you have probably never heard of before.
East: The camping area east of the railway is officially called camping East, but is also known as East. In East you find the swimming lake, the fishing lake and Roskilde Cinema. It is also on the east side of the railway that the festival site is located.
Festival radio: the festival's own radio station. During the festival, it will keep you updated on music, entertainment and general news. Tune in on 92,3 MHz. The radio hold many activities - for example the annual event: the naked run that you can attend or watch Saturday at noon.
Gloria: Gloria is Roskilde Festival’s new stage from 2011 where you can find the great in the small.
Green Footsteps: Green Footsteps is Roskilde Festival’s climate focus. Every year the festival guests are encouraged to participate in Green Footsteps through untraditional actions and thereby do something good for the environment.
Memorial: The memorial is a small area west of Orange Stage. It was built in 2001 by Roskilde Festival in memory of the nine young people who died during an accident in front of Orange Stage in 2000. Every year when the festival kicks off Roskilde Festival puts flowers by the memorial.
More than music: More than music is the term used for all the non-musical activities. It includes everything from Roskilde Cinema, the swimming lake, the skate area to the naked run, treasure hunt, poetry reading, dance recital and temporary installations. More than music gives you entertainment and the opportunity to try something new and different while attending the festival.
Odeon: Odeon is Roskilde Festival’s sustainable stage with a capacity of 5,000 people. The stage uses energy-saving LED-lighting and the whole area around Odeon focuses on ecology and sustainability.
Orange Feeling: Orange Feeling is Roskilde Festival – and it is what makes people return year after year. The orange feeling is hard to describe – it must be experienced. But watch out – it can be addictive.
Orange Stage: Orange Stage has since 1978 been the landmark of Roskilde Festival. It has a capacity of 60,000 people, and you will here experience the headliners play fantastic concerts.
Pavilion: Pavilion is Roskilde Festival’s small rock stage with acapacity of 2,000 people. In the warm-up days the stage is called Pavilion Junior and houses concerts with Nordic upcoming artists. During the music days, Pavilion has everything from fragile guitarist to Norwegian metal, and this is where you can experience some of the less known names.
Swimming lake: Of course, Roskilde Festival has its own lake where you can take a refreshing dip and make it count as a shower. So remember to pack your swimming gear.
The Orange Vests: This is the unofficial name of the nice service workers whom you can find – wearing an orange vest – around at the campsite. They can help you with good advice and useful information or just help you out if you need to get rid of your garbage from your camp.
The Pit: When people say, “what’s up – you wanna go in the pit?”, it is safe to say yes if you want to dance, sing-along and jump in front of the stage. The pit is the closed area in front of Orange Stage and Arena where you can experience the intensity of a concert. Before the concerts you can queue up to enter the pits in order to be up front.
The programme: The programme is a little ‘book’ you are given when exchanging your ticket for a wristband at the entrance. This will be your precious during the festival. The programme contains all the festival information you need and answers any question you must have – almost – and you will quickly find out that every time you are planning something, your sentence will start with “I just have to check my programme…”.
Skate: Skate is a big skating area in the northwest corner of the campsite. It is open for everyone – people who want skate and people who just want to hang out and look at the action. During the warm-up days there are street skate competitions and performances.
Statement: Statement is the name of Roskilde Festival's attitudinal focus. This is where we make an extra effort to involve people in some of the global problems. Young refugees from countries like Afghanistan are in focus in this year's Statement campaign.
Currently, refugees and asylum seekers are neither allowed to be enrolled in education nor to have a job. But they are allowed to work as volunteers. At the Roskilde Festival we want inclusion rather than isolation.
Urine dust: People who have heard about Roskilde Festival have probably also heard about the term “urine dust”. It is a known phenomenon at the festival, but it sounds worse than it is. Urine dust is an expression of the dust that is swirled around when 130,000 people walk on the gravel covering the festival. And since it can’t be avoided that some of the dust originates from areas close to the fences or toilets it is called urine dust, but it is in no way dangerous or unhealthy.
Warm-up days: The warm-up days are the period of time between Sunday and Thursday where the campsite is open but the music has not started yet. It is during the warm-up days most of the more than music events are on.
West: The camping area is split into two areas. Camping West is placed west of the railway and is commonly just known as West. This is where you find the train station and the skating area.