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Roskilde Festival is a festival held south of Roskilde in Denmark and is one of the seven biggest annual music festivals in Europe (the other six being the Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival, the Palo Festival, Rock Werchter, Oxegen and Exit Festival). It was created in 1971 by two high school students, Mogens Sandfr and Jesper Switzer Mller, and promoter Carl Fischer. In 1972, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, which has since run the festival as a non-profit organization for development and support of music, culture and humanism.

Lineup:

Bjrk
Bon Iver
The Cure
Mew
The Roots
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Jack White
Amadou & Mariam
Apparatjik
Behemoth
Rubn Blades
The Cult
Dr. John and The Lower 911 feat. Jon Cleary
Gossip
Sivert Hyem
Paul Kalkbrenner
Alison Krauss & Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas
M83
Mac Miller
Machine Head
Magtens Korridorer
Malk de Koijn
Janelle Mone
Nasum
Lee Ranaldo
Refused
Santigold
The Shins
Spleen United
Lars Winnerbck
Wiz Khalifa

It is Denmark's first real music-oriented festival, originally for hippies but today it covers more of the mainstream youth from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Roskilde Festival 2007 had more than 180 performing bands and gathered around 80,000 people paying for the concerts, with more than 21,000 volunteers, 5,000 media people and 3,000 artists, which means almost 110,000 people participated in the festival.

For many years it was a tradition that the campsite opened the last Sunday of June, but in 2010 the festival opened Saturday instead. The festival management argued that this would prevent earlier years problems with the fence going down before time. The early opening of the campsite, gives the festival guests plenty of time to settle down and "warm up". The festival officially starts the following Thursday at the Animal Showgrounds (in recent years simply known as the "Festival Site") and lasts for 4 days. Until the mid-1990s the festival attracted mostly Scandinavians, but in recent years it has become more and more international (with an especially large influx of Germans, Australians and British). A Scandinavian alternative remained in the Midtfyns Festival, until that closed in 2004 following declining ticket sales.

The bands presented at Roskilde Festival are traditionally a balanced mix of large well known artists in the absolute live elite, cutting-edge artists from all contemporary genres, popular crowd-pleasing acts plus local Scandinavian headliners and up-and-coming names. The special Roskilde feeling is in particular ensured by stages located inside large tents, catering to an enthusiastic music-loving audience. As opposed to most other European festivals all bands play "real" concerts lasting for at least an hour.

The stages were until 2003 named after their colour, but as the names had not matched the actual colour of the tents for a period, it was decided to rename all stages except the Orange Stage, the central and main stage. The Orange Stage is open in front of a huge field, whereas the other tents cover the whole audience, the largest of which is the Arena stage (formerly known as Green Stage), the largest tent in Europe with an official capacity of 17,000 people. The 2007 edition saw two new tents, replacing Ballroom (19972006) which presented mainly World music, and Metropol (20032006) which presented mainly Electronica. In 2010 two stages, Astoria (from 2007) and Lounge, did not return, due to a slight shift in focus towards fewer, but bigger bands.

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