“If Distortion is fucked – you are fucked,” warn the organisers of the popular five-day street festival in Copenhagen whilst asking for financial support on Facebook.
As it stands, Copenhagen Distortion needs to raise 1 million kroner or it will have to cancel one or two days from next year’s program.
Distortion 2016 will be a five-day affair from June 1-5 and include two street party nights in Nørrebro and Vesterbro (June 1-2); Distortion Ø, a ticket-only event (June 3 and 4), and a chill-out event (June 5).
The organisers have accordingly launched a crowdfunding campaign, ‘The Distortion Million’, asking fans to buy a 100 kroner bracelet and support the initiative.
The bracelets grant wearers access to various benefits during the festival (such as toilet use and lottery tickets) and can be purchased at 7-Eleven stores and billetlugen.dk/distortion during April and May.
Largest night-clubbing event
Money from the sales will be used for extra security, traffic barriers, additional toilets and street cleaning.
The festival bracelets (not to be confused with the partouts, which yield total access to the whole festival) were first introduced in 2012 when the organisers were pressed for money as Distortion’s audience had increased dramatically.
Since then, sales have fluctuated between 8,000 and 13,000 bracelets annually, earning a gross 800,000 to 1.3 million kroner.
Distortion, a celebration of street life and one of Europe’s largest night-clubbing events, is attended by 275,000 people.