Roskilde: The best in the world?

Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom

Icona Pop performing at Roskilde Festival June 30 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Abdellah Ihadian/Red Bull Content Pool

Come behind the scenes at one of the wildest music festivals on the calendar.

As Dave Grohl put it towards the end of his set, “this is the best festival in the f***ing world”. He has a point.

The Foo Fighters frontman and rock legend has played every festival known to man since breaking onto the scene in his teens, and has been coming back to Roskilde for three decades since first visiting with Nirvana in 1992.

But what is it that makes North Europe’s largest festival a must-not-miss event on the calendar? We went behind the scenes to find out.

To start with, Roskilde has all the right ingredients to make every year a classic. Plenty of muddy fields, local natives who love to party, great beer, room for 130,000 people and a big reputation since the 70s.

Lorde performing at Roskilde Festival, Denmark on June 30, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Samy Khabthani / Red Bull Content Pool

Add to that an incredible line-up featuring Ice Cube, The Lumineers, Arcade Fire and Lorde, alongside the fact that all profits are donated to charity, you are onto a winner.

Ravers queue up 24 hours before the campsite is even open to try and secure one of approximately 50,000 tent spots.

Once the music is finished for the night, the party lives on into the night with their own speakers and home-made stages.

67 performing at Roskilde Festival, Denmark on June 29, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Samy Khabthani / Red Bull Content Pool

Not even more than 24 hours of solid rain, which turns the fields into a giant mud bath, can dampen anyone’s spirits.

Major pillow and water fights are regular occurrences, as is the famous 7km naked run, which around 30 runners undertake in a bid to win a ticket for the following year.

It is hard to imagine what occupies the giant venue for the other 50 weeks of the year as a full city is constructed for the festival.

A tattoo parlour, an art zone, a pharmacy, food stands, shops, bars, street art, nine stages, a mini hospital – you name it, Roskilde has it.

Ice Cube performing at Roskilde Festival, Denmark on July 1, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Samy Khabthani / Red Bull Content Pool

People move in for the week to either the East or West side, each with its own traditions and attitudes.

One attitude that is taken very seriously is the environmentally friendly focus. Recycling is a must and even around 90% of the food is organic.

This is mainly policed, alongside everything else on site, by around 32,000 volunteers. They are the heart and soul of the festival, and doing it all purely for the love.

Moderat/Modeselektor performing at Roskilde Festival on July 1 2017 –
Photographer Credit:
Abdellah Ihadian/Red Bull Content Pool

Attending Roskilde is a true test of endurance, the mosh pits spitting out people with sporting injuries and battle wounds but still with beaming smiles on their faces.

One thing is for sure, those who set up camp for the week will not have been disappointed. Neither will they be at work on Monday morning, you would imagine.

Catch up with all the latest performances on Red Bull TV HERE

Kano performing at Roskilde Festival, Denmark on June 30, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Samy Khabthani / Red Bull Content Pool

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