Press Release
May 4, 2021

There will be no Roskilde Festival in 2021


The prohibition on conducting large events this summer also applies to Roskilde Festival. Consequently, this year's festival is postponed to 2022. The festival encourages all ticket buyers to support the festival by transferring their tickets to next year.


It has just been announced that it is prohibited to conduct major events in Denmark this summer. This prohibition also applies to Roskilde Festival.


As expected, this means that Roskilde Festival Charity Society must postpone the conduct of Roskilde Festival no. 50 until the summer of 2022.


Signe Lopdrup, Roskilde Festival's CEO, says:


"Unfortunately, the cancellation doesn't come as a surprise. But it's a very sad situation, and we're devastated by the fact that we can't meet again at our festival and contribute to recreating the communities that the corona crisis has destroyed for so many. That is needed right now. The cancellation is very serious for our charity society and a severe blow to the growth segment of culture and the 'food chain' that helps create the festival."


Tickets can be transferred to 2022

If you have purchased a ticket to the sold-out festival in 2021, you can transfer it to 2022. If you do not wish to transfer your ticket, you can get a refund.


The exact circumstances of the transfer and refund will be ready as soon as possible.


Signe Lopdrup says:


"It is an invaluable and crucial help for us that ticket buyers transfer their ticket to 2022. We have experienced a huge support from ticket holders throughout this corona time. Their continued support for us and other cancelled organisers is exactly what can lead us through the crisis. In this way, we can gather again at Roskilde Festival on the other side."

Is secured financial aid
This summer's festivals are guaranteed compensation for their losses. The financial aid is crucial for Roskilde Festival as it is based on a non-profit society model where all profits are donated to charitable work benefiting children and young people.


Signe Lopdrup says:


"When the festival was cancelled last year, we never dreamed that we would not be ready for a festival summer in 2021. It takes at least a year and a half to plan a festival, and although we have planned with great care and financial responsibility, we have had expenses and obligations for the operation, the organisation and external suppliers. Therefore, it is a relief that we can get help to get through another cancelled season."


Need to move on towards something else
Two consecutive seasons of cancellation will definitely affect a festival organisation that engages 130,000 participants, of whom approx. 30,000 are volunteers.


Therefore, the festival management will now focus on creating other types of cultural events so that the organisation can continue to live up to its purpose of supporting children and young people's opportunities.


Signe Lopdrup says:

"Roskilde Festival has always developed over time, and a pandemic and two consecutive years of cancellation will undoubtedly take its toll. But the need for many people to be gathered will never ever lose its meaning. Now we need to team up with our partners, suppliers and all the volunteers to find out how we can move on from here and be present in new ways. We have stood together all the way, and now more than ever there is a need to make room for art, volunteering and new communities."

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Roskilde Festival is organised by Roskilde Festival Charity Society and created by 30,000 volunteers. All profits from the festival are donated in full to humanitarian, non-profit and cultural work benefiting children and young people in particular. Since the early 70s, Roskilde Festival has donated approx. EUR 54.3 million (DKK 405 million).

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