Party for a Good Cause at Denmark's Rowdy-as-Hell Roskilde Festival 

Roskilde Festival celebrates its 47th edition. Image courtesy of Krists Luhaers.

Roskilde Festival celebrates its 47th edition. Image courtesy of Krists Luhaers.


Sold-out Roskilde festival donates millions to charitable causes and supports the arts. Score!

Roskilde Festival—one of the largest music festivals in the world—is a place where you can leave the real world behind and live in the moment. Located in Roskilde, Denmark, the event attracts 130,000 spectators from all over the world for a week of music, excessive drinking, art, nudity, skateboarding, drunk food and togetherness.

The best part of Roskilde, however, is often overlooked. This weekly summer party of epic proportions is a non-profit that donates millions of Danish krone to charity each year. Think about it like this: Each beer you chug supports humanitarian, cultural and non-profit projects across the globe. Another round on you, yeah?


Whatever the motivation, Roskilde gets more and more popular each year. To that end, this year’s festival completely sold out. Taking place from June 21 to July 1, Roskilde put on more than 180 concerts on nine stages. Sheesh. That’s a lot of music! Some of this year’s highlights included:

The Avalanches
Arcade Fire
Cashmere Cat
Digable Planets
Future Islands
Gucci Mane
Ice Cube
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Madame Gandhi
The Weeknd
The XX


BONUS: In the behind-the-scenes video above, see what it’s like to film 360-degree videos at Roskilde Festival (hint: a hot mess).

Next year’s festival is slated to be held June 30 to July 7, 2018, and its theme will be “Equality.” Roskilde will offer programming related to social issues of equality including debates, artwork, workshops, music and keynote addresses.


My trip to Roskilde Festival was made possible by Norwegian Air, Roskilde Festival, VisitDenmark and my wallet. Views expressed are my own.