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Roskilde Festival through the years

Come behind Roskilde Festival through a number of historic events


Each year, Roskilde Festival attracts a large number of people from the whole of Europe, and is today one of the biggest culture and music festivals in Northern Europe. The festival is on the cutting edge of musical development and 30,000 volunteers organise the festival on non-profit and humanitarian values.

All profit from Roskilde Festival is donated to charitable and cultural causes via the Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

Each year, Roskilde Festival offers a progressive music programme with roughly 200 bands on eight stages, giving you memorable experiences and lots of surprises. It is the culmination of the year's biggest successes, the living legends and the many outstanding and varied acts, that year after year attracts Europe's biggest international audience to Roskilde.

The camping areas open Saturday before the festival at 18.00, and during the week up to the festival people prepare for an explosion of experiences without comparison.

It will be a total of nine days of experiences and partying.

Roskilde Festival is a total experience where music, events, art and activities come together with the close community there is between the about 80,000 festivalgoers, who are known for their great empathy.

Roskilde Festival first came into being in 1971, and has through the years' been able to present artists such as Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Beastie Boys, Björk, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Solomon Burke, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Faith No More, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Grace Jones, Judas Priest, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Korn, Kraftwerk, Marilyn Manson, Bob Marley, Metallica, Muse, My Bloody Valentine, New Order, Nirvana, Prince, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ravi Shankar, Slayer, Slipknot, The Streets, The Strokes, Talking Heads, Tiësto, Tool, U2, Robbie Williams, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The White Stripes, The Who, Brian Wilson, Wu-Tang Clan and Neil Young.

Camping and parking comes free with the festival ticket. The camping facilities include among other things hot and cold showers, cooking islands, food stands, swimming lake, beer stands, clothes stands, cinema, street sport, skating ramp with DJs, wardrobes and plenty of activities and events. Roskilde Festival is situated south of Roskilde city – about 35 km. from Copenhagen.

  • Roskilde Festival 2013 will take place from 29 June to 7 July.
  • The camping areas will open on 29 June at 18.00.
  • Roskilde Festival will in 2013 be held for the 43th time.
  • 77,500 nine days' partout tickets and 20,000 one-day tickets will go on sale
  • You can buy tickets for all nine days or for individual days.
  • A total of about 200 bands are expected to perform on Roskilde Festival's eight stages.
  • Roskilde Festival is organised by Roskilde Festival Charity Society – a society collecting money for humanitarian and cultural work.
  • Any profit earned by the society on Roskilde Festival will be donated. In total, more than DKK 180 million has been donated though the years.
  • Roskilde Festival is organised by committed volunteers. About 30,000 volunteers help create the unique festival service, quality and atmosphere

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Inspired by the earliest rock festivals and different youth rallies in Newport, Isle of Wight, Woodstock and other places the festival wave hit Denmark in 1971.

In early summer festivals were held in the Danish cities of Hillerød, Randers and Nyborg – and in late August Sound Festival took place in Roskilde. It was a badly organised event, but the commitment was big.

The 1971 festival had one stage and about 20 bands played. Roughly, 10,000 people a day came for the two-day festival. The organisers were a Copenhagen music agent and a group of local high school students, who after all the hard work didn't want to do it again the following year.

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A local organisation – Foreningen Roskildefonden – had worked in the Roskilde area since the 1930s on establishing facilities for kids and youths (day care, nurseries, youth clubs and more) and with town fairs, raffles and the like.

The organisation was asked by the city council to follow up on the idea of a festival in Roskilde and they accepted the challenge in co-operation with a private limited company (Kaunos A/S), which was set up for this particular occasion. Foreningen Roskildefonden was responsible for a third of the risk/profit and for the programme. Only a few of the parties involved in the event had private interests; the two organisations behind the event both had charity in mind.

The 1972 festival was called Fantasy and drew well over 15,000 people a day for three days. There was one stage and about 25 bands played.

Through the 1970s the festival grew. A basic structure developed based on unpaid volunteers. The festival gained experience, and a high degree of quality was slowly built up in areas such as facilities as well as the music programme. The basic thought was (and is) quality and respect rather than growth and profit. Maybe that is the basis for Roskilde Festival's great success, and why it has been able to focus on quality and respect and at the same time create growth and profit for charity.

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In 1978 the festival took a leap up the development ladder. The original orange Canopy stage was bought from the English company Revelation Staging, who had toured with it for Rolling Stones on a long tour of Europe and at concerts at Knebworth and in Hyde Park, England.

Now, the festival started booking world class bands to head the bill, but most of the bands were new and young.

Bob Marley and The Wailers played at Roskilde in 1978 with about 40 other bands. Now, the festival had three stages, and the number of festivalgoers had risen to 36,500 a day for three days.

Since 1978 Roskilde Festival's symbol and logo has been the characteristic arches of the canopy.

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Toward the end of the 1970s several style changes were made. The former a-bit-of-everything style was dropped, and in the early 1980s the musical course, which still makes Roskilde Festival a leading, current, forward looking festival in the world of rhythmic music and especially for the youth culture's musical expression was introduced Through the 1980s Roskilde Festival continued the development of its position as the leading four day rock festival in the world within “ young talent of today and tomorrow”. The early presentations of U2, Simple Minds, UB40, Talking Heads and Elvis Costello, to name a few, pointed in the right direction for Roskilde Festival – and the style has developed ever since. If growth and profit had been Roskilde Festival's ambition, the festival would have probably suffocated itself – like the majority of the competition. Audience service would have been of secondary import, the prices would have been higher and the standards lower.

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In the 1990s the festival area also resonated with new sounds. In 1991 the dance tent Club Roskilde was introduced in the recognition that it would be difficult to separate rock from the new electronic sounds in the future. Electronic music became more and more popular in the world because the traditional genres were challenged and merged to create completely new expressions.

In 1991, Club Roskilde played just a single night in the small Blue Tent, while in 1995 grooves and beats could be heard every day of the festival from the new Deeday tent.

In the subsequent years, yet another room was created for the electronic music with the chill-out area Roskilde Lounge, and since then such names as Fat Boy Slim, Prodigy, Basement Jaxx and the Chemical Brothers have performed on Orange Stage. The electronic music – in all its disguises – had come to Roskilde Festival to stay.

In 2012 Roskilde Festival introduced the new stage Apollo, with a specific focus on electronic music.

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In the 1990s the number of tickets sold was capped, and later the number of issued tickets was reduced.

Because of the now 90,000 festivalgoers, the festival management expanded the camping area toward west in 1994 crossing the train tracks, and establishing the area we now know as Camping West.

In 1995 Roskilde Festival and its 90,000 festivalgoers celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Roskilde Festival. On that occasion external parties released books and CDs, and the special occasion was celebrated in spectacular and untraditional ways – and the festival was of course a big celebration in itself.

Roskilde Festival's many style changes or adjustments have given rise to frustrations or disappointments from the surroundings. For example, the festival no longer has a Folk stage, an Amateur stage, a Jazz stage or a World stage. When these stages were closed down the representatives of the genres served their interests and protested, while the festival in turn served its own interests and used its resources to develop the more narrow, contemporary and influential profile.

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On Friday 30 June 2000 Roskilde Festival was struck by an accident where nine young men fell down under the masses of the audience in front of Orange Stage and died from loss of oxygen.
Out of respect for the dead and in consideration for the rest of the festivalgoers the festival went on, however, heavily influenced by the tragedy. Employees and the 86 of the remaining 90 bands went through with their concerts Saturday and Sunday.

Roskilde Festival is seen by many as one of the most caring and safe festivals in the world. That might be an irrelevant fact seen that the accident happened anyway. So it is thought provoking that it happened in this place – there are no guaranties against accidents.

Since the accident, all of the festival's safety measures have been scrutinised and updated with the latest knowledge on care and safety. Every year, up to Roskilde Festival, safety is looked through and evaluated. One of the goals is to ensure that future festivals can still take place – this is done by removing or decreasing risks. Roskilde Festival doesn't only look to the front of the stage and on the stage; all elements of the festival are looked through, and the festival takes an active part in the national and international development of festival safety.

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In the new millennium, Roskilde Festival has focused on giving the festivalgoers a total experience, where music, events and activities all come together with the close community there is among the festivalgoers.Roskilde Festival wishes to be constantly evolving and progressing. And it is not only the music programme that sets Roskilde Festival apart from other festivals both at home and abroad. For many festivalgoers it is also the surprising and impressive surroundings the festival is set in, that make Roskilde Festival something special.Today, festivalgoers get a five day warm-up with plenty of things happening in the camping areas and four days of music on the stages. A total of nine days of partying and happenings at Roskilde Festival.

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Roskilde Festival is an international music festival. It takes place in Roskilde, Denmark, but is not just a local or a national event; it is known beyond the borders of Denmark and is recognised as more than just that.

Never has one single person or a private enterprise been allowed to profit on the festival. People know and respect this. That is also the reason why the festival has become an attraction. Quality, creativity and dedication comes first and has resulted in growth.

The planning of Roskilde Festival goes on all year round. When one festival is over all parties involved start planning the next festival.

Just like Roskilde Festival is known for musical change, the team behind the festival try to avoid the organisation and procedures becoming to bureaucratic. Therefore, every few years' Roskilde Festival looks at itself and redefines its goals, work assignments and working procedures. This process is essential to ensure the festival's continued renewal and existence.

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The volunteer, unpaid workforce is an absolute cornerstone in the foundation of Roskilde Festival, and no other festival has been able to develop such a massive commitment from a volunteer workforce.

Roskilde Festival has about 30 full time positions divided on 50 employees, who all work on Havsteensvej in Roskilde near the festival area. They handle the daily running of the festival and service the thousands of volunteers. In addition, about 800 all year volunteers use a big part of their free time to work for the festival.

With so many volunteers, who don't have daily contact, firmly established guidelines for processes and areas of responsibility are very important. Therefore, a number of overall areas of function for the all year volunteers are formulated – so called Sections.

There is e.g. a Safety Section and an Entertainment Section. In every section a number of sub-functions are set up, and each volunteer carry out a specific job throughout the year. Each section has a volunteer section leader, who is in continuous contact with the volunteer supervisors below and the festival management. The section leader also has the overall responsibility to make sure that the various jobs are carried out.

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During the festival the number of volunteers grows to about 30,000. They either work in the stands, build the stages, look after people, tents and cars, or something completely different.Most of the volunteers come from the culture societies and sports clubs in Zeeland, but clubs and societies from all over Denmark and abroad may apply to work at Roskilde Festival. Most of the stands set up on the festival belong to various clubs. They are responsible for food and drinks.It is the stands, with their individual character, and the volunteers from the clubs, that help create the unique and intimate atmosphere the festival is also known for.

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The members of the festival management are: Henrik Rasmussen, Henrik Bondo Nielsen, Esben Danielsen and Rikke Øxner. Steen Jørgensen is the link between the festival structure and the Roskilde Festival Charity Society of which he is chairman. To ensure correct and precise communication with the outside world Christina Bilde has been appointed Spokes Woman, coordinating all internal and external communication for Roskilde Festival.

Roskilde Festival is by far the most comprehensive event managed by The Roskilde Festival Charity Society. Coordination and outlining of structure and budget are managed by Henrik Rasmussen, who sits on the executive board of the Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

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The Roskilde Festival Charity Society is the charitable organisation behind Roskilde Festival.

Profits from the annual Roskilde Festival goes, without any deductions, to the society, which supports transnational humanitarian, cultural and non-profit purposes. In the past 37 years, the Roskilde Festival Charity Society has donated more than DKK 180 million (approx. € 24 mill.) from Roskilde Festival to e.g. Support the War Victims in Iraq, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Save the Children, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and many, many others.

Roskilde Festival Charity Society’s board of directors consists of six members who are elected at the annual general meeting. All volunteers who have worked at least 24 hours at the most recent festival can become a member of the society, participate in the general meeting and become a candidate for the members’ board.

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Roskilde Festival is an annual international cultural event, running over several days, giving quality experiences based on rhythmic music and a creative community.

Roskilde Festival challenges and reflects society and the surrounding world with its position on environment and humanitarian and cultural work.

Roskilde Festival is a boundary-pushing cultural-political manifestation.

Roskilde Festival is based on a voluntary workforce, which in all aspects focuses on the guests, quality, creativity and safety.

All profit earned by Roskilde Festival is donated to humanitarian and cultural causes.

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Festivalgoers at Roskilde Festival expect extraordinary and unique experiences. That is why a music programme, which is current, forward looking and innovative is put together, while at the same time adding a legendary and historical scope to the mix. Roskilde Festival does not want to lean back and rest on the success of former years'. The festival needs to be constantly challenging and present young talent of today and tomorrow.

The ambitions are to give quality, renewal and variation – not to be the biggest, nicest or the most established festival. Roskilde Festival must be forever changing. Thoughts as to a focus on new genres, geographical areas, forms of expressions, stage surroundings among other things go on continuously.

It must continue to be current, exiting and surprising to go to Roskilde Festival, as festivalgoers continuously express in letters and emails. The Roskilde Festival brand is – and will continue to be – part unpredictability, danger and gamble – spiced with a dash of the biggest stars of the day.

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Roskilde Festival is full of curious festivalgoers. They are happy to go exploring in events, installations and initiatives at the festival. Inclusion and adventure is thought into all aspects of the festival – from food events and performances to temporary architecture and interactive art installations.

Curious, poetic and absurd experiences are to be had at the most unexpected times and places. Some have grown out of a random meet between festivalgoers, while others take the shape of grand projects, such as cityscapes and playful universes created by well-known artists and the festivalgoers.

The festivalgoer involving initiatives have been a part of Roskilde Festival for many years, but it has received greater attention in later years'. Today, festivalgoers are not just curious visitors; they are invited to be active co-creators in the build-up of events, structures as well as entire areas at the festival.

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When hunger strikes, food can be bought from 130 food stands, which are ready with everything from Sushi, brunch and burgers to New Nordic dishes. There is food from every corner of the world, and all food stands offer at least one vegetarian dish. Roskilde Festival offers food experiences for every taste and price level; and with the smart phone App, APPetizer, festivalgoers can easily get an overview of the big selection.

FFestivalgoers can eat with a good conscience; because the food at Roskilde Festival is both organic, sustainable and satisfying for taste buds in a party mood. Festivalgoers can e.g. eat organic fast food classics such as pizza and hot dogs in the areas, Odeon and Gloria. Here, a special focus is put on the food experience through food events, workshops, pop-up restaurants and food installations.

All wine and coffee at Roskilde Festival is Fair Trade. It makes a difference when 130,000 festivalgoers drink more than four tonnes of sustainably produced coffee.

Stands are run by clubs, organisations and restaurateurs who donate a part of their profit to the festival's humanitarian and sustainable work.

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Sponsors and collaborators at Roskilde festival have a chance to promote their products and the festival receives a larger or smaller contribution to its continued development. Sponsors and collaborators have no influence on the festival's character or profile.

To emphasise that Roskilde Festival is a music festival there are no banner adds, big screens with adverts and so on. Products are as far as possible only advertised from where the sponsors' products are sold, or where the sponsor has an activity/event. Tuborg is Roskilde Festival's main sponsor.

Roskilde Festival has achieved massive media coverage. Over the last couple of years' professionals from everywhere in the world have covered the festival. In 2012 about 3,000 media people and professionals covered the festival.

Every year in April Roskilde Festival has a press conference in Denmark, where people of the press from countries such as Sweden, Germany, Norway and Finland are invited. At the conference, Roskilde Festival announces what the year's focus will be musically as well as attitudinal and in terms of service.

In order to keep the media and in the end the festivalgoers up to date on news, newsletters are sent to about 3,000 medias and approx. 90,000 festivalgoers.

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All profit from Roskilde Festival goes in full to the Roskilde Festival Charity Society, which donates the money to cultural and non-profit causes benefiting people all over the world. Throughout the years' the Roskilde Festival Charity Society has donated more than DKK 180 million to organisations such as Support the War Victims in Iraq, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Save the Children, World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Roskilde Festival is a festival with an attitude. This has always been the case. Today, the festival's attitudinal focus has changed its name from STATEMENT (Standpunkt) to Change. It is about committing oneself and encouraging others to do the same, and maybe that way making a change. With Change Roskilde Festival focusses on globalisation, openness and sustainability in Denmark and the surrounding countries.

Every year, more than 70,000 volunteers from different humanitarian organisations participate in Roskilde Festival's humanitarian refund collection. They collect millions of Danish kroner annually, funding the organisations' own projects, which are in tune with the year's Change campaign. Festivalgoers' refund donations have meant that some of the worlds' poorest are better equipped against climate changes and poverty.

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Safety at Roskilde Festival is evaluated every year. Roskilde Festival doesn't only look to the front of the stage and on the stage; all elements of the festival are looked through, and the festival follows the international knowledge and development closely.

The annual campaign Roskilde Against Drugs is implemented in collaboration with the Danish health authorities, focussing on the harmful effects of drugs. Drugs are illegal at Roskilde Festival, just like in the rest of Denmark, but if someone has used drugs anyway the festival has first-aid provisions in place and co-operates with the local authorities.

Roskilde Festival is taking responsibility for the environment and aims at making Roskilde Festival as sustainable as possible, by showing as much consideration to festivalgoers' and volunteers' safety and environmental conditions as possible. The use of resources must be reduced as much as possible, environmental products must be used where health and technology allows it, and where it is economically realistic. Garbage must be separated to ensure that it can be used to the greatest extent possible.

Finally, Roskilde Festival has worked out a food policy ensuring that food stands' quality and products are improved through continuous counsel from professionals in the restaurant business. Focus is on the individual festivalgoer's ability to get what they want – vegetarian, organic or fast food from all over the world. The food stands must be able to document the ingredients they use, in case the customers ask, and they are required to use more sustainable ingredients. Eating at Roskilde Festival must be a special taste experience.

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Roskilde Festival's home page is updated on a weekly basis all year round, and has among other things music content, practical information, competitions, articles, overviews, time lines with information from every Roskilde Festival since 1971 and much more. Immediately before and after Roskilde Festival about 50,000 festivalgoers went to our home page on a daily basis.

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1971: Skin Alley, Grease Band a.o. 1972: Kinks, Family, Shanana a.o.. 1973: Canned Heat, Fumble, Fairport Convention a.o. 1974: Status Quo, Camel, Incredible String Band a.o. 1975: Procol Harum, Focus, Ravi Shankar, Loudon Wainwright III a.o. 1976: Weather Report, Dr. Hook, Baker-Gurwitz Army, Five Hand Reel, Alan Stivell, Steeleye Span a.o. 1977: John Miles, Ian Gillan Band, Jack Bruce Band, Dr. Feelgood, The Chieftains a.o. 1978: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Rory Gallagher, Dave Swarbrick a.o 1979: Talking Heads, Peter Tosh, Jeff Beck & Stanley Clarke, Tom Robinson Band, Link Wray & Billy Cross, Lindisfarne, Ralph McTell, Taj Mahal a.o.

1980: Santana, Joan Armatrading, Steel Pulse, Dan Ar Bras, Brecker Brothers, Hannes Wader a.o. 1981: UB40, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Robert Palmer, Toots & The Maytals, Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band, Saga a.o. 1982: U2, Mike Oldfield, Jackson Browne, Ideal, Osibisa, Rough Trade, Defunkt, La Bamboche a.o. 1983: Simple Minds, 10 CC, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Southside Johnny & The Dukes, Marillion, Warren Zevon, Run Rig, Linton Kwesi Johnson & The Dennis Bowell Dub Band, King Sunny Adé & His African Beats, Andreas Vollenweider, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jaco Pastorius & The Word Of Mouth Band a.o 1984: Lou Reed, Killing Joke, Johnny Winter, New Order, Ina Deter Band, The Alarm, Téléphone, The Oyster Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tri Yann a.o. 1985: The Cure, The Clash, Jason & The Scorchers, The Associates, Leonard Cohen, Youssou N’dour & Les Super Étoiles De Dakar, Billy Bragg, Luther Allison, Nina Hagen, Style Council, Indochine, Paul Young & The Royal Family, Ramones a.o. 1986: Eric Clapton / Phil Collins, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Metallica, Madness, BAP, The Waterboys, Feargal Sharkey, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Giant Sand, Billy Bragg, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Big Country, Mezzoforte a.o. 1987: Iggy Pop, Rickie Lee Jones, The Pretenders, Van Morrison, The Cult, The Mission, The Triffids, Curtis Mayfield, Europe, The Stranglers, Echo & The Bunnymen, Mory Kante, Flaming Lips, The Go-Betweens, Sonic Youth, That Petrol Emotion, Los Lobos, The Dream Syndicate, Robert Cray Band a.o. 1988: Sting, Bryan Adams, Toto, Leonard Cohen, INXS, John Hiatt, Billy Bragg, The Church, The Pogues, Young Gods, New Model Army, Sugarcubes, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Soul Asylum, Rainmakers, Sly & Robbie & Rhythm Killers ’88, Georgia Satellites, Hothouse Flowers, 10,000 Maniacs a.o. 1989: Joe Cocker, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega, Pixies, Tanita Tikaram, Jane Siberry, Jason & The Scorchers, My Bloody Valentine, Johnny Clegg & Savuka, Einstürzende Neubauten, Living Colour, Georgia Satellites, The Waterboys, Swans, Cowboy Junkies, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Stray Cats, Pere Ubu, The Sandmen, Disneyland After Dark. A total of approx. 100 bands.

1990: Bob Dylan, Midnight Oil, The Cure, Bryan Adams, Ry Cooder & David Lindley, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The The, De La Soul, Faith No More, Galaxie 500, Salif Keita, Lenny Kravitz, Omar & The Howlers, The Orb, Paul Oakenfold, Soundgarden, They Might Be Giants, Ride. A total of approx. 100 bands. 1991: Paul Simon, Simple Minds, Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, Iron Maiden, Iggy Pop, Charlatans, Jesus Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Deee-Lite, Gang Starr, Danzig, Debbie Harry, Primus, Rembrandts. A total of approx. 110 bands. 1992: Nirvana, David Byrne, D:A:D, Extreme, Pearl Jam, Megadeath, Faith No More, Blur, Helmet, Screaming Trees, Teenage Fanclub, EMF, Primal Scream, Mercury Rev, Crowded House, The Pogues, Television. A total of approx. 110 bands. 1993: Neil Young & Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Anthrax, New Order, Midnight Oil, Velvet Underground, Ray Charles, Bad Religion, Kronos Quartet, The Levellers, Porno For Pyros, Sonic Youth, Sugar, Suicidal Tendencies, Afghan Whigs, The God Machine, Lemonheads, Spiritualized, Therapy?, 22-Pistepirkko. A total of approx. 125 bands. 1994: Aerosmith, Rage Against The Machine, Grant Lee Buffalo, Saint Etienne, Björk, Underworld, Tindersticks, Sepultura, Peter Gabriel, Paradise Lost, The Specials, The Boo Radleys, Rollins Band, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Stereolab, Radiohead, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Posies, ZZ Top, The Levellers, Accept. A total of approx. 125 bands. 1995: R.E.M., Bob Dylan, The Cure, Page & Plant, The Cranberries, Suede, Sinead O’Connor, Oasis, Van Halen, Blur, Offspring, P.J. Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Weezer, Tricky, The Cardigans, Shane MacGowan & The Popes, Bodycount & Ice T, Supergrass, The Prodigy, Paul Weller. A total of approx. 140 bands. 1996: Björk, David Bowie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patti Smith, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Cocteau Twins, Cypress Hill, D-A-D, Grant Lee Buffalo, Alanis Morissette, Pulp, Rage Against The Machine, Sepultura, Slayer, The Fall, The Flaming Lips, Massive Attack, Moby, Tindersticks, Tortoise, Type O Negative, Underworld. A total of approx. 150 bands. 1997: Radiohead, David Byrne, Suede, Pet Shop Boys, Mötley Crüe, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Beck,  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Isaac Hayes, Supergrass, Stereolab, Ani Difranco, Daft Punk. A total of approx. 160 bands. 1998: The Beastie Boys, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Garbage, Kraftwerk, Portishead, Tricky, Iggy Pop, Primal Scream, Pulp, Rammstein, Sonic Youth, Deftones, Dr. John, Nils, Tortoise, Natacha Atlas. A total of approx. 160 bands. 1999: Metallica, R.E.M., Suede, Blur, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Robbie Williams, Blondie, Faithless, Al Green, Manic Street Preachers, Mercury Rev, Ministry, Orbital, Placebo, The Residents, The Roots, Blonde Redhead, The Divine Comedy, Jello Biafra, Wilco, Transglobal Underground, Basement Jaxx, Coldcut, Death In Vegas. A total of approx. 170 bands.

2000: D-A-D, Iron Maiden, Willie Nelson & Family, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Flaming Lips, Youssou N’Dour, Thåstrøm, Travis, Gomez. A total of approx. 170 bands. 2001: Robbie Williams, Aqua, Beck, The Cure, Patti Smith, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Bob Dylan, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Basement Jaxx, Faithless, P.J. Harvey, George Thorogood, Manu Chao, Tool. A total of approx. 150 bands. 2002: Garbage, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Rammstein, Travis, New Order, White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys, Primal Scream. A total of approx. 150 bands. 2003: Blur, Metallica, Raveonettes, Sigur Rós, Björk, The Cardigans, Iron Maiden, Interpol, Daniel Johnston, Massive Attack, Material, Queens of the Stone Age, The Streets, Suicide. A total of approx. 160 bands. 2004: Korn, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Morrissey, Wu-Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, Slipknot, Muse, Santana, Kings of Leon, Morbid Angel. A total of approx. 160 bands. 2005: Green Day, Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, Kent, Snoop Dogg, Brian Wilson, Audioslave, Ali Farka Touré, Carl Cox, Outlandish, Bikstok Røgsystem, Sonic Youth. A total of approx. 160 bands. 2006: Guns n’ Roses, Editors, Opeth, Happy Mondays, Kanye West, Ed Motta, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Tool, Under Byen, Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, Looptroop, Wolfmother, Roger Waters og Kaiser Chiefs. A total of approx. 170 bands. 2007: Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, The Who, Trentemøller, The Killers, Nephew, The Congos, LCD Soundsystem, In Flames, Roky Erickson, Klaxons, Red Hot Chili Peppers og Björk. A total of approx. 175 bands. 2008: Radiohead, Jay-Z, Neil Young, Gnarls Barkley, Cat Power, Band of Horses, The Streets, My Bloody Valentine. A total of approx. 175 bands. 2009: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Pet Shop Boys, Slipknot, Trentemøller, Kanye West. A total of approx. 175 bands. 2010: Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Muse, Prince, Patti Smith and Band, Robyn, Kings of Convenience, The National, Pavement. 2011: Arctic Monkeys, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon, Mastodon, M.I.A, Pj Harvey, Portishead, The Strokes. 2012: Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, Björk, Jack white, Bon Iver 2013: Hatebreed, Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, Sigur Rós og Slipknot.

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