Nice to know
- The camping areas open on 29 June at 18.00.
- Roskilde Festival is in 2013 organised for the 43th time.
- 77,500 partout tickets and 20,000 one-day tickets are put up for sale in 2013.
- All in all, about 200 bands are expected to perform on Roskilde Festival's 8 stages.
- In 2012, Roskilde Festival opened the brand new stage, Apollo, where focus is on electronic music.
- Roskilde Festival is organised by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society - a society collecting money for humanitarian and cultural work.
- Any profit the union makes on Roskilde Festival is donated. A total of DKK 180 million has been donated throughout the years.
- Roskilde Festival is organised by committed volunteers. About 30,000 volunteers work to set up the unique festival service, quality and mood.
The complete tent area is 3,468 m² with approx. 500 m² tent stage floors including loading ramp etc. On stage and in the tent room there are about 120 screens and approx. 100 moving light spots. Light and visuals are controlled together and lots of bands bring their own visuals for the screens. The sound system has a total capacity of approx. 100,000 watts including delay.
The tent consists of 1,134 m² tent and 275 m² stage floors. The stage light is mainly LED and uses approx. 25,000 watts. There are about 45 moving head spots on stage. The sound system has a total capacity of approx. 50,000 watts including delay.
The tent consists of 900 m² tent, 200 m² stage floors and approx. 300 m² grandstands for the audience. The stage light is mainly LED and uses a maximum of 15,000 watts with approx. 12 moving head sports. Video-visuals powered by 23 projectors are suspended from the ceiling and cover the entire roof of the tent. The sound system has a total capacity of approx. 18,000 watts including delay.
Apollo is a mobile open-air stage. The stage is set up in a new place in the camping area each day during the warm-up days. During the festival days Apollo will be set up in a permanent place. There will be concerts on the stage from afternoon to midnight in the warm-up days and from evening to late night during the festival days.
- Number of participants at Roskilde Festival: up to 77,500 festivalgoers, about 3,000 representatives of the press, approx. 3,000 artists, about 30,000 volunteers, up to 20,000 one-day guests and an unknown number of festivalgoers over the age of 60 and children under the age of 10.
- 49% are women, and 51% are men.
- About 22% of festivalgoers in 2011 were at Roskilde Festival for the first time.
- The average age of festivalgoers is 24.
- The typical festivalgoer is a student living in a Scandinavian metropolis.
- About 50% of festivalgoers arrive by train.
- In 2012, 41,500 festivalgoers arrived within the first day of Roskilde Festival.
- A survey from 2012 showed that most festivalgoers came for the atmosphere, the music and the community.
- If all the wristbands from the 2012 festival were laid out in a straight line they would be 25 km. long
- Denmark: 80%
- Norway: 8%
- Sweden: 4%
- Other countries: 8%
(Based on numbers from Roskilde Festival 2011).
No. of festivalgoers
Ticket prices, pre-sale
- each year, Roskilde Festival is organised by about 30,000 volunteers. Without their efforts, the festival would not exist.
- Approximately 50 employees covering 30 full-time positions and more than 800 volunteers work all year round to develop and prepare the year's Roskilde Festival.
- Each year, more than 200 sports clubs and cultural societies bring 24,000 volunteers to work in the clubs and societies' stands or as service guards.
- Up to, during and just after the festival, Roskilde Festival is the seventh largest workplace in Denmark.
- Main area: 166,000m²
- Restricted areas: 200,000m²
- Camping areas: 940,000m² (not including Agoras and non-inhabitable areas)
- Parking: 270,000m²
- In total: 1,576,000m² (equal to 215 football fields)
- The entire area is enclosed by more than 30 km. fence (held up by approx. 12,000 fence posts), more than 5 km. of fence panels and 20 km. of mobile fence.
- There are 14 km. of network cable for telephone, internet, credit cards etc.
- There are about 600 camping squares at Roskilde Festival with approx. 100 tents and 10 pavilions in each.
- About 50,000 tents are pitched at the festival.
- The population density at Roskilde Festival is larger than in big cities such as Hong Kong and Shanghai.
- There are 2,500 garbage bins in the area – and about 200,000 bin liners are used during the festival.
- Garbage is sorted in 13 categories.
- In 2010, about 1,600 tonnes of garbage was collected.
- 93% of the waste is burnable garbage and is used to make eco-friendly heat and electricity for the citizens of Roskilde. The rest is recycled.
- 97% of all refundable packaging is returned, including 1.5 million cans.
- Every festivalgoer produces about 23 kg. garbage.
- In 2012, there were about 500 flushing toilets on the festival area and approx. 1,200 eco-toilets spread out over the camping area.
- In 2011, the festival introduced urinals hanging on the trees for men and standing urinals specifically for women.
- One of the world's longest urinals is to be found at Roskilde Festival – it measures 850 m.
- About 10 million litres of water is used during the festival. Divided on 80,000 festivalgoers, it amounts to about a seventh of what an average Dane uses at home.
- More than four tonnes of Fair Trade Coffee is consumed during the festival.
- In total, the festival uses about 400,000 kWh of electricity during a week. There are about 5,000 energy saving bulbs in the light chains on the festival area.
- Approx. 1.6 tonnes of batteries were collected in 2011.
- From 2009 to 2011 festivalgoers have donated roughly 3,200 sleeping bags and 2,600 sleeping mats to the homeless.
- All festival posters, flyers and the festival programme are printed on eco-labelled recycled paper.
- An estimated 3,500 km. of eco-labelled toilet paper is used at the festival, equalling the distance between Copenhagen and Cairo.
- In consideration for the environment it is not allowed to hand out flyers at the festival.
- all electricity at Roskilde Festival comes from sustainable energy.
- In 2011, Roskilde Festival invested DKK 300,000 in mapping the stands' electricity consumption in order to reduce it.
- Roskilde Festival has installed LED lights on all stages, reducing the festival's electricity consumption with 70,700 kWh since 2009.
- In 2011, Odeon was the first rock stage in Denmark using 100% LED lights. At maximum use it has reduced the electricity consumption by 70% since 2008.
- For every kWh of electricity used during Roskilde Festival, investments are made into renewable energy from wind turbines, not older than 2 years.
- Roskilde Festival pays an added cost for electricity, which is invested in wind turbines.
- In 2011 Roskilde Festival collected 30% more recyclable garbage than in 2010, and 50% more than in 2001.
- On average, a festivalgoer uses 33 kg CO² a week, and the average Dane uses 32 kg CO² a day (based on numbers from 2008).
- In 2012 Roskilde Festival intends to start replacing the current diesel generators with bio-diesel.
Festivalgoers approximately bought:
- 1 million litres of beer
- 4 tonnes of organic, Fair Trade Coffee
- 40,000 litres of wine
3 million meals were sold:
- 150,000 burgers
- 30,000 pizzas
- 15 tonnes of French fries
- 100,000 oranges
- 4.7 tonnes of bananas
In 2012, all food stands will have one vegetarian dish as a minimum.