The 50th anniversary edition of the 130,000-capacity Danish festival Roskilde generated a €2 million profit that organisers said will be channelled toward supporting cultural and charitable causes.
Since its launch in 1971 as a not-for-profit event, Roskilde has generated more than 409m Danish kroner (€54m) for charitable causes.
The event’s operations, management and production teams include an army of volunteers, with around 2,000 people working for Roskilde full-time for free on a year-round basis. During the event, the number of volunteers grows to 30,000.
This year’s festival, the 51st edition, will run from 24 June to 1 July. A varied entertainment offering will involve around 180 music acts including Burna Boy, Christine and the Queens, Rina Sayayama and Kendrick Lamar.
Roskilde MD Signe Lopdrup said, “It is fantastic that we now have a festival surplus to distribute so that we can make the difference we are here to make and bring young people’s dreams to life. We have had limited opportunities to do this in the past three years, and we have felt the need for it. So, it is lovely to be fully back, both with a blast of a festival number 50 and with such a beautiful surplus.”