Unlike other festivals, the music isn’t a factor during the first few days of the Roskilde Festival. These are known as the warm-up days, during which camps made up of groups of festival-goers dominate the campsite areas with their activities and parties. If you’re a newcomer, here is some vital information on how to not miss out!
Invest in transport
Last year was my first time at Roskilde Festival. My friend and I decided to save 20 kroner on the shuttle service from Roskilde Station to the festival grounds. This decision, although it seemed reasonable at the time of its making, was as stupid as it sounds, and was followed by instant regret.
We ended up schlepping our backpacks, crates of beer and camping gear for three hours in the boiling heat (this was also due to a navigational failure en route).
As a result we arrived at the site well after 90 percent of all the other festival-goers had already arrived, marked their territory and set up their tents.
All set for the Great Race
Luckily we were only two, but it was a close shave finding a spot to pitch a tent near the central festival area – and this is really where you wanna be camping, as this is where the music happens, literally.
So if you exceed a two-man-show, be sure to turn up nice and early with your group and join in the race for a good spot the moment the gates open.
Queuing for a day beforehand to get a front spot in the race is worth it too, as the partying already kicks off in the queue thanks to some chilled ‘Danish happiness’ served in cans and the incredible energy of the people and numerous camps.
A tale of three cities
Roskilde Festival has three designated areas – ‘Dream City’, ‘Street City’ and ‘Game City’ – where the activities and events take place. Event timetables for these can be found in your Roskilde guide.
However, for a truly authentic Roskilde Festival experience, it really is all about camp-hopping from camp party to party across the festival site.
The Top Three Camps worth paying a visit:
1: Camp Ping Pong
2: Camp Luksus
3: Camp Burt Reynolds
Not in our top 3 list, but worth an honorable mention as this chill camp during the day partners up with the Pongers at night at the Agora for some good tunes and epic dance-offs.