June 1-5; Cph N (June 1), Cph V (June 2) & Refshaleøen (June 3-4); festival pass: 575kr; cphdistortion.dk
The free admission Distortion street nights are the stuff of legend as hundreds of thousands come out to take over the districts of Nørrebro and Vesterbro.
Over the weekend, the focus is the festival’s main paid-entry event (450kr for two nights), Distortion Ø, which is again returning to Refshaleøen, a former shipyard with a capacity of 15,000.
The line-up features a number of top-quality electronic artists, including Tiga, Kelela and Gilli.
And then on Sunday, the festival-goers can relax and revel in the achievement that they have just survived a four-day extravaganza of music, beer and dancing.
Distortion for kids
June 1, 2 & 4, 13:00-18:00; Ørsted Parken (June 1), Skydebanen (June 2), Fisketorvet (June 4); free adm
Distortion offers three days of street parties where kids can enjoy themselves in the company of their parents – a great warm-up for experiencing the adults’ party once they’re old enough.
The first two days include music, a taekwondo show and an African dance workshop where kids can learn some new moves. There are also plenty of fun activities including face painting, balloon animals, table tennis and more.
At Saturday’s closing celebration, musicians Chapper, RayRay and Trolle & Tormod will perform, and there will also be a bouncy castle, air brush tattoos and free gifts for children.