The best music festivals in Copenhagen this Summer
During the last decade or so Denmark has steadily been building a reputation for staging some great events. If you’ve already danced at Creamfields, jumped at Reading and moshed at Download, Copenhagen should be next on your list of places to visit for festivals. This is our guide to the hottest events, DJs and bands at music festivals in Copenhagen this Summer.
Roskilde – 29th June-6th July
One of the largest festivals in Europe, Roskilde is an absolute must see for the discerning music lover. The artists on show range from classic rock to hip-hop to the doomiest metal, all set against a backdrop of nearly 80 hectares of campsite. 2007’s festival alone featured over 180 acts, with almost 110,000 people participating. Since then, the event has only grown.
This year’s event is playing host to a number of great artists, topped off with a series of genuinely world-class headliners like The Rolling Stones , the Arctic and ex-Blur frontman Damon Albarn with his latest band The Heavy Seas. The hip-hop and R’n’B crowd are well catered too, too, with Drake and Outkast performing. Finally, the weekend is topped off with the legend that is Stevie Wonder.
The Roskilde festival is only 35km from the centre of Copenhagen, putting it within easy reach for anyone staying at Generator. The easiest way to get there is by train, since Roskilde has its own station its own station!
Tickets. Anyone interested in travelling to the Roskilde Festival should set aside a full 8 days and between 1910 and 2110 Danish Krone (£209 – £231). One-day tickets are also available for around 970 DKK (roughly £106). Thursday tickets are already sold out, so those wanting to head down need to book asap!
S-Trom Festival – 11th-17th August 2014
For those that really love electronic music, there are few better options than the S-Trom Festival. Unlike other festivals, S-Trom doesn’t rely on one single site, instead, the event’s different acts play throughout the Danish capital city in venues as diverse as nightclubs, churches, museums, open-air rooftops and even derelict industrial sites. This makes S-Trom ideal for both those who aren’t so keen on camping and those that want a bit of a scenery change throughout the week.
Top artists playing this year’s event include Sohn, 808 State Soundsystem, Bonobo, Caspa, Cooly G, Copeland and Derrick Mav amongst others.
The climax of the event is the open-air concert held in Enahaparken, a beautiful green space ideal for music. This final event costs about 20DKK (£2.19 – a genuine bargain).
Tickets: Tickets for the event vary depending on which part of the festivities you’d like to take in. Adult tickets are available from 24-108DKK (£2.63- £11.82) with child tickets costing between 12-60DKK (£1.31-£6.57).
Transport. S-Trom is very central. If you cycle, it’s entirely possible to move around the various locations on two wheels: the city is very cycle-friendly. The city’s bus, Metro and tram services have a fully integrated system similar to London. What’s more, the proximity to the centre of town makes it easy visit our Copenhagen hostel throughout the festival.
NorthSide Festival- 13TH-15TH June
Location: Adalen, Aarhus
Having first started in 2010, the NorthSide festival has slowly increased to become one of Scandinavia’s major events. Starting off featuring a number of Denmark’s own major acts, NorthSide now regularly boasts some of the music world’s major names. In previous years, it’s played host to acts such as Kasabian, The Stone Roses, Elbow, The Streets, Ellie Goulding and the Arctic Monkeys. This year’s headliners are just as impressive, including Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Franz Ferdinand, Lana del Rey, Flogging Molly and Jurassic 5.
Transport: Public transport is the order of the day, with no parking space available at the festival. It’s generally recommended that visitors walk to the event, following the Camino alongside the Brabrandstien. It’s also possible to take a train directly to the festival site. For those flying in, Aarhus Airport is located 25 miles north-east of the city.
One-day tickets for the event have been sold out for some time, so those looking to obtain tickets to the whole weekend should head to the event’s own website. Weekend tickets are available for approximately 1595DKK (£174).
Distortion Festival – 4th-8th June, 2014
Location: all over Copenhagen!
Distortion festival takes place right on the streets of Denmark’s capital in dozens of locations. 40+ local sound systems blare out music across three main areas of the city: Norrebro, Vesterbro and the Copenhagen harbour. Massive street parties take place during the day, modern dance plays through the night and then the weekends in the legendary final party blowout. This final event includes stunts, champagne and even some surprise explosions! The party spirit is especially expected to be in full swing this year as its 16th year of the festival.
A number of legendary acts have played the festival before, including Pete Tong, Mike Skinner, Hot Chip, Michael Mayer and Simian Mobile Disco amongst others. Some of the names already lined up to participate this year include Jenny Wilson, Dirty Sound System, DJ Richard, Kingdom and White Magic.
Tickets: As with any festival comprising of multiple smaller events, ticket prices for the event vary from 60DKK for the Wednesday day ticket (a little over £6) to 500DKK (£55) for the whole week. Tickets can be purchased from the event’s own website.
Travel: Because the event is set throughout Copenhagen, the city’s public transport is the ideal way to get around. Again, staying at Generator, you’ll be able to take in almost every aspect of the event. Like London, the city has an integrated transport system that enables the user to switch between bus, metro and train easily.
Remember, if you’re staying in the city as part of your trip, Generator Copenhagen offers everything you could possibly need. We’ve got a boutique bar on-site (ideal for having a few extra post-music drinks), snack machines, power showers and a full menu of treats (try the nachos). Oh, and yes, there’s the option to enjoy a massive breakfast the next day!