Apollo – a platform for electronic music
Many electronic names are in a grey area where it is difficult to determine whether a given act is live or a DJ. For this type of artist we now have the ideal performance space. With Apollo, the festival has a flexible outdoor stage with room for both small introspective electronic names and a larger upbeat crowd.
During the first couple of days of the festival, you can experience high quality electronic music on Apollo Countdown. The stage focus mainly on northern European artists.
Open air stage
Capacity: 5000 (During wam-up: 3000-5000)
Pavilion - the small rock stage
The idea behind Pavilion is to create as open a stage as possible. The stage has therefore been moved a bit forward in the tent and the classic square-shaped stage has been abandoned. This provides a better view of the stage and has increased the sense of intimacy substantially as you can get quite close to the artists. The stage offers the best conditions for new and exciting bands – which is a main focus at Roskilde Festival – and the stage has given many unforgettable concert experiences.
Tent: blue canvas, 1,134 sq. m
Capacity: 2,000 people
Pavilion Junior - bands of tomorrow playing today
Pavilion presents upcoming Scandinavian performers under the name Pavilion Junior in the course of the festival’s first four days.
Pavilion Junior – which up until 2005 was called Camp Stage – is together with Apollo Countdown the only stages to present music from Sunday to Wednesday. Pavilion Junior brings you the young, mainly Nordic stars of tomorrow today: Acts like Nephew, When Saints Go Machine, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and Kellermensch have played early concerts here.
Tent: blue canvas, 1,134 sq. m
Capacity: 2,000 people
Cosmopol – Roskilde's metropolis
At Cosmopol you can experience the raw, fragmented, but above all pulsating atmosphere of a modern city.
The music presented on Cosmopol is not urban music in the traditional mainstream sense. We present artists from, for instance, the high-profiled part of hip hop and R&B, the extroverted part of electronic music and the urban-oriented part of world music.
In order to create an ’urban’ atmosphere, Cosmopol seeks to integrate the stage, decorations and the area in front of the stage. Sharp and innovative sound and lighting effects are used inside the tent to create an experience for ears and eyes alike. The area outside the tent – the open city space – offers creativity, activism and play.
Tent: blue canvas, 3,468 sq. m
Capacity: 6,000 people
Odeon – sustainable, raw rock stage
With simple means, Odeon is the stage for concerts with bands that ought to be experienced face to face – perhaps for the last time before they get too big to be experienced at close range.
The raw elements make up the stage look – both with regards to arrangement and decoration. The dominant stage colour is black, and steel and lighting equipment are fully visible. This spartan expression gievs a very direct meeting with the artist in its immediate, musical splendour – whether the genre is metal, pop or something different.
Odeon is the classic rock stage with room for much more than rock. The stage has plenty of space to all sides so that it can be packed and yet secure plenty of space and air for everyone to rock out.
The middle-sized stage isw also called Sustainable Stage, as we primarily use energy-saving LED lighting and engage people around the stage in environmental issues. The whole area - both stage area and the surrounding trade area - focuses on ecology and sustainability.
Tent: white canvas, 1,922 sq. m
Capacity: 5,000 people
Orange Stage – more than 30 years under the canopy
Orange Stage has the capacity for really major acts. Over the years, artists such as Bob Marley, U2, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Nirvana, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine have played on the stage. The stage and the area in front of it are perfectly suited for stadium concerts as there is room for 60,000 people. Two big screens (50 sq. m) provide a great view of the stage for everyone and a specially-designed pit system ensures a good and safe concert experience.
Productions on the stage have gradually grown in size. And despite the stage's special construction, year after year bring new, memorable chapters to the legendary history of Orange Stage. Like on all other festival scenes, we always present the best in sounds and lighting, and each year the iconic stage proves its ability to deliver still more spectacular productions.
Tent: orange canopy, 1,200 sq. m (stage cover)
Capacity: 60,000 people
Gloria: The intimate, offbeat and low-key room
Gloria is a place where the intimacy of the music will make the audience hold their breath. Gloria is no party stage. Instead the scene is a room for intimate experiences between artist and audience. The genres can extend from spherical electronica to quiet acoustic music, with room for the occasional attack of noise rock or avant-garde jazz.
Arena – giant concert hall
Arena provides the frame for the big 'indoor' concert experiences, where the music best fills out a covered space. The characteristic tent has borne many colours through the years but it has kept its place in the south-eastern corner of the Festival Site.
Roskilde Festival’s intimate big stage houses all music genres under its great canvas. Names as diverse as Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic and Kraftwerk have performed at Arena which supplies a great intimacy between performers and the audience, despite the giant tent size.
The stage was created in 1986 under the name Green Stage, but when the green tent canvas was replaced in 2000, the stage changed name in 2003 to Arena. The tent is rented in the UK and its usual name is 'Valhalla' – which seems fitting for the feeling audiences experience beneath the canvas.
Created: 2003 (1986 as Green Stage)
Tent: grey and blue canvas, 6,450 sq. m
Capacity: 17,000 people