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First time - Roskilde Vs Glastonbury

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Written on: 24.09.2012 11:36
Chester Reed
Posts: 1
Hi all,

I was hoping to attend Roskilder festival next year with some friends. Having been going to Glastonbury festival I was after opinions of how the two compare.
Will I get the same level of alternative entertainment that I would normally get at Glastonbury; Circus area, Full dance village, Arcadia, healing fields, green fields etc etc?

Also what is the deal with people arrive over 1 week before the festival? Is there any form of entertainment on or anything else to do before the festival starts and do you pay extra to do this?
Written on: 24.09.2012 13:21
Posts: 383
Dug this up, which has a lot of discussion of Glastonbury vs. Roskilde:


There's lots of alternative entertainment - not quite on the scale of Glastonbury (and they scaled it down in 2009-10), but seems to be getting much better now. The type of events and art we get varies immensely each year, so while you may see a lot of concepts similar to Glastonbury (but mostly less "hippie-spirited" in nature), we won't know much about exactly what will be on the sites until closer to the festival. See the thread for more on that. Also, the camp site is entertainment in and of itself. icon_smile.gif

Arriving (long) before the festival: It's been an unofficial tradition since at least the early 90's. Around 2000, Roskilde made warm-up days an official part of the festival, so you can't actually pitch up your tent weeks before.

On the other hand, the warm-up days (5 of them) are now pretty much considered essential to the experience. Much of the alternative entertainment (art, events, skate, cinema, games etc.) also takes place all of those days - and a small part of the festival area - the Pavilion Stage - is used as "Pavilion Junior" with up-and-coming bands playing every day. Another stage - Apollo Countdown - was added last year, pretty much with the same concept, but for electronic music fans. Add to that, of course, the many (theme) camps, providing their own part of the festival spirit - much more so than at Glastonbury.

You don't pay extra for it, it's included in the all-days ticket price.

[This article was edited 1 times, at last 24.09.2012 at 13:21.]
Written on: 22.10.2012 17:10
Posts: 273
You could also get an idea abolut the general feel of Roskilde by watching some of these http://www.roskilde-experience.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=63 or the Roskilde documentary from 2008

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