A tantalizing look at the summer’s best festivals

For music fans, the pandemic has been particularly difficult to deal with. Even average shrubs have gained large crowds, such has been deprivation.

It was no surprise to see tickets for Roskilde and Copenhell sold out in record time, and more festivals are likely to follow suit.

From June to September
Fortunately, there are still plenty of options to choose from with summer just around the corner, and we have therefore put together a reasonable selection of the best festivals between June and September.

Given the increased interest this year, you better put on your skates if you do not want to miss anything.

Many of the popular festivals are already sold out, including Roskilde, Smukfest and Copenhell.

Big names in
It’s funny, but Roskilde, which is traditionally the country’s biggest attraction, has not added any names that would be called special goliath.

If anything, the pretender to its crown, Smukfest in early August, has the more impressive line-up, with Rick Astley, Justin Bieber and Melanie C among its main names. With Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, it’s guaranteed ‘Make me smile’.

But it can not raise a light to Copenhell. With Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss and Judas Priest on board, has there ever been a more impressive line-up in metal music?


15.-18. June; Refshaleøen; out of stock; copenhell.dk
Tickets for the popular Copenhell Metal Festival are sold out, but you may still be lucky enough to secure a ticket if someone sells theirs. Headliners include Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Judas Priest Destruction and Redwood Hill.

A tantalizing look at the summer's best festivals
(photo: facebook / CopenHell)

Distortion Festival
June 1-5; various venues in Cph K & V; festival pass SEK 850, one-day tickets SEK 200; cphdistortion.dk
From dance and art workshops to multiple lectures and music events, Distortion offers a wide range of cultural activities to enjoy. The festival hosts 20 free street parties in the Vesterbro district on June 2, but most of their events are ticketed this year. Music genres are diverse and will include underground afro-beat, reggae, house and hip-hop.

AiaSound Festival
11-13 Aug; Tiøren, Strandvej 246, Cph S; festival pass: SEK 1,299, one-day tickets: SEK 599; aiasoundfestival.dk
With the aim of creating an urban environment with mainstream and international music, Aia Sound Festival this year hosts several renowned artists and bands such as Tyga, Donkey Sound, Tobias Rahim and Hans Phillip.

Power Festival
August 13, 20 & 27; various venues in ; strm.dk
Why have a festival over three days, when you can do it over three weeks, Strøm Festival explains in advance of the launch of a new format spread over three Saturdays in August. By presenting some of the best selections of electronic and alternative music, this will strengthen the electronic music scene in Copenhagen. Including a number of free concerts in public areas of the capital.

South of the Sun Festival
June 10-12; Søndermarken, Frederiksberg; one-day tickets: NOK 650; sydforsolen.dk
Head to the heart of Copenhagen to enjoy some of music’s biggest names performing in what was originally a royal garden from the 17th century. Among the main names are Liam Gallagher, National and Jungle.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
June 14-10. July; various venues; jazz.dk
With more than 100 venues, 1,000 concerts and 250,000 guests, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival is one of Northern Europe’s largest music events. It has thrilled audiences since 1979, although its roots can undoubtedly be traced back to the 1960s, when many American greats made the Danish capital their home. Headliners this year include Jeff Beck, Melody Gardot, Herbie Hancock and Gilberto Gil.


June 25-2. July; Roskilde Station and follow the crowds; festival pass DKK 2,250, one-day tickets DKK 1,100, all sold out; roskilde-festival.dk
Art, music and activism are Roskilde Festival’s three pillars. For its 50th edition, the festival will feature more than 290 artists from different parts of the world, including stars such as Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion, Baby Keem and Anitta. In addition to music, the festival will host artistic events and activists tackling topics such as anti-racism, LBGT rights, freedom of expression and . Again it’s sold out, but check internet forums for tickets!

18-21 Aug; Slotsslyngen, ; festival pass: SEK 1,120, one-day tickets: SEK 525-625; wonderfestiwall.dk
Enjoy the last days of summer at WonderFestiwall in the middle of the exquisite nature on the popular holiday island of Bornholm. With 33 concerts in three days, the festival will present some of Denmark’s most famous artists, including Branco, SpleenUnited and Mina Okabe.

Green Festival
21.-31. July; ten day concert tour; festival pass: SEK 799, one-day tickets: SEK 350; groenkoncert.dk
Over 10 days, Grøn Festival tours at eight venues in Denmark, starting with Amager and then through Kolding, , Aalborg, Esbjerg, , Næstved and finally to . The festival will present a line-up of well-known local and international artists such as Andreas Odbjerg, Tessa and Deed.

Femø Jazz Festival
2-7 Aug; Darrehøjsvej, Femø; festival pass SEK 1,700; femoejazz.dk
For all the jazz lovers out there, you can go to the Femø Jazz Festival, which is located near the Sea north of Lolland and enjoy traditional jazz music on a beautiful beach meadow.

Heartland Festival
June 2-4; Egeskovgade, Kværndrup; festival pass: SEK 2,005; heartlandfestival.dk
Music, art, lectures, food and much more are all happening at the Heartland Festival this year. The festival engages various communities with contemporary art and critical discussions, while showing several Danish and foreign music actors, including MIA and Pet Shop Boys.

Stella Polaris
29.-31. July & Aug 6; Sønderborg, Aarhus, Silkeborg & Frederiksberg; stella-polaris.dk
Enjoy a good atmosphere and music at the free entrance Stella Polaris festival, which this year tours in Sønderborg, Aarhus and Silkeborg, before enjoying their last day in Frederiksberg Garden. Stella Polaris is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, when its opening festival took place in 1997 in Vennelyst Parken in Aarhus. Since then, it has switched to the Botanical Garden.

TinderBox Festival
23.-25. June; The Millennium Forest, Odense; festival pass: SEK 2,345, one-day tickets 1,195; tinderbox.dk
TinderBox Festival will again this year feature many acclaimed international artists, such as Imagine Dragons, Kashmir and Stormzy, while offering a fun venue with an electronic stage, a Ferris wheel and a groove box. In collaboration with Odense Municipality, the festival presents Forum 2022, a new annual climate conference that will discuss green initiatives and sustainable development.

Longer OUT

Jelling Music Festival
25.-28. May; Jelling; one-day tickets: SEK 650-825; jellingmusikfestival.dk
After a two-year break, Jelling Music Festival’s 2022 edition will feature dozens of talented and international music artists. Among them are the best Danish players such as DAD, Folkeklubben and Spleen United. These bands will instantly put you in the mood for rock and pop, while other music genres range from poetry-pop to electric rave and modern rock.

Rock during the Bridge Festival
June 10-11; Middelfart; festival pass: SEK 850, one-day tickets: SEK 300; rockunderbroen.dk
This festival is open to all age groups and is child friendly. Headliners include Suspekt, Martin Jensen and Status Quo.

Samsø Festival
20.-23. July; Strandskoven ved Ballen, Samsø; festival pass: NOK 1650, one-day tickets: NOK 675; samfest.dk
From 1989 to 2022, Samsø Festival has always been successful in bringing cozy and cool moods to Denmark’s summer. Some of Denmark’s most talented musicians play this year, including people like Benjam Hav and the Family, The Wildest Band, Disco Dasco with Swingtime, Samsø Pink Floyd and Tobias Rahim. Relax in the island’s exquisite nature and its lovely beaches.

A tantalizing look at the summer's best festivals
(photo: Facebook / Samsø Festival)

Frederikssund Festival
4-6 Aug; Kalvøvvej, Frederikssund; festival pass: SEK 975, one-day tickets: SEK 500; frederikssund-festival.dk
To spread joy and knowledge about music, Frederikssund Festival offers a wide range of old and new together with several music genres. Selected artists include Go Go Berlin, Walter Trout and Patina.

Grimfest (The Ugliest Festival)
4-6 Aug; Brabrand; festival pass: SEK 795, one-day tickets: SEK 375; grimfest.dk
It will be ugly at Denmark’s Ugliest Festival! Bring your fun spirit and spend your weekend enjoying the outdoor concerts with some of the best local and international artists.

Aarhus Jazz Festival
9.-16. July Aarhus; tickets sold per. concert; jazzfest.dk
To celebrate one of the city’s strongest traditions, the Aarhus Jazz Festival will fill the neighborhoods of Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, with live jazz. For eight days, the festival hosts Danish jazz and classical concerts. Among the main names are Sam and the Soulmate, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra and Human being Human.

North side
June 2-4; Aarhus; festival passes: NOK 2,295, one-day tickets: NOK 1,195, two-day tickets: NOK 1,895; northside.dk
For this year’s NorthSide music program, the Aarhus festival will feature a number of well-known artists such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Burhan G, MØ, Andreas Odbjerg and the Minds of 99. Due to the effect the pandemic has had on suffocating new songs, Northside is special keen to welcome a lot of new stars.

A tantalizing look at the summer's best festivals
(photo: facebook / NorthSide)

Nibe Festival
June 29-2. July; Nibe, Bork Havn; festival pass: SEK 2,005, one-day tickets: SEK 785; nibefestival.dk
Go to the scenic Sklaskoven in Nibe to pamper yourself in a cozy atmosphere. Headliners include Carly Rae Jepsen, Tom Jones and the Black Eyed Peas. When you are not listening to music, you can enjoy the beautiful nature and nearby cool community.

Tønder Festival
25-28 Aug; Vestergade, Tønder; festival passes: NOK 1,720, one-day tickets NOK 620-1,020; tf.dk
Tønder offers some of the best traditional and modern folk music in Europe. This year’s line-up includes acclaimed artists from the US, Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Among them are Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Madrugada and 9Bach.

A tantalizing look at the summer's best festivals
(photo: facebook / Tønder Festival)

It’s about Haarum Festival
9.-11. June: Stausholmvej, Harboøre; festival passes: NOK 1,100, one-day tickets: NOK 500-850; haze.dk
Start the summer with the three-day Haze over Haarum festival. The festival puts you in the right summer mood with a fantastic campsite, outdoor stages and many cool performances.

Varde Friluft
28.-30. July: Varde; festival pass: SEK 950, one-day tickets: SEK 400-600; open-air.dk
Varde Open Air started in 1978, which makes it one of Denmark’s oldest festivals, and it still offers a good program for both adults and children. Held in Arnbjerg Parken, which is known for its scenic nature.

Kløften Festival / 3h
23.-25. June; Gasværksvej, Haderslev; festival passes: SEK 1,300, one-day tickets: SEK 600-700; kloften.dk
Kløften Festival is held in a park in the middle of Haderslev city, and creates fun and energetic moods from a diverse music line-up that includes rock, pop and a genre that can best be described as summer music.

Bork Festival
Aug 3-6; Bork harbour; festival pass: SEK 1,400, one-day tickets SEK 515-575; borkfestival.dk
Bork Festival returns this year with a fun atmosphere and cool concerts with several Danish soloists and bands such as Tobias Rahim, Malte Ebert, Poul Krebs and Jonah Blacksmith. The festival is also known for offering a delicious dining experience.

Smukfest Festival
July 31-7. August; Skanderborg; festival pass SEK 2,995, one-day tickets: SEK 1,250-1,495; smukfest.dk
In the middle of beautiful nature with a line-up with talented Danish and international music artists and speakers, Smukfest is considered one of the best festivals in Denmark. Most of the tickets for Smukfest are sold out, but you may still be on the waiting list or work as a volunteer. The main names include Rick Astley, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Limp Bizkit, Melanie C and Justin Bieber.

Skive Festival
June 2-4; Slice; festival pass: SEK 995, one-day tickets: SEK 600-650; skivefestival.dk
Enjoy the first summer days at Skive Festival in the company of prominent Danish and European musicians such as Tobias Rahim, Rasmus Seebach, Melanie C, and many more.

Source: The Nordic Page

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