Impressions from Roskilde Festival 2014

I have to admit, I haven’t been to a music festival in a shockingly long time. I’ve been to concerts, yes, but the last time I did the whole festival experience, including camping, no showers, being drunk pretty much 24/7… that was almost a decade ago. And so I decided to only get a one-day ticket to Roskilde (another reason is that I don’t have any real vacation days due to this being my first year of working in Denmark and their system is so messed up… but I’ll save that rant for another time!). That day was yesterday. In terms of weather, I lucked out, because it had been a bit cloudy and cold the days before, but when I left the house in the morning, I could already tell it was going to be a hot day. And it was!

At the main stage

All in all, it was a great experience. I saw some bands, including Manu Chao (who rocked) and the Arctic Monkeys (who weren’t quite as good, but I didn’t see the complete show). I drank a Pina Colada out of a whole pineapple, and I did my best to try and eat as much of the festival food as possible.

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Week 27: 4 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

First of all - apologies for skipping last weekend’s tips! I was busy planning out spontaneous getaway to Sorø, so I simply didn’t find the time. Also, this weekend I only have four events for you, because it’s Roskilde time, and that’s basically THE main event happening in the wider Copenhagen area! But don’t worry, even if you’re not going to Roskilde, I’ve found some great stuff for you, so check out the list below! And the jazz festival is just starting, so there’s plenty, plenty of different concerts to attend. You won’t be bored, I’m sure - have a great weekend!


Copenhagen Jazz Festival

What - I’ve mentioned this in my big roundup of summer festivals in Copenhagen, and it’s kicking off this weekend! You can start with an open air concert, if the weather permits, or with Charenee Wade at the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre.

Why - It’s one of the most famous and popular jazz festivals in the world, with over 250,000 people in attendance of the various events. You should be number 250,001!

Where - multiple locations across Copenhagen

When - 4th - 13th July

How much - some concerts are free, some require tickets

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All American Natnight at the National Museum

What - In celebration of American Independence Day, the National Museum is hosting an “American night” with music, special exhibitions and a concert by Nikolaj Hess, playing Bob Dylan’s greatest hits.

Why - If you’re American or interested in the American culture, this sounds like a fun way to spend the 4th of July! The café is open as well, and there’s some program for kids.

Where - National Museum, Ny Vestergade 10

When - 4th July, open from 16h

How much - entrance is free, but tickets are required for the concert

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Salsa in the park

What - Feel like dancing the night away? No problem with the free Salsa lessons every Saturday at Fælledparken! Starting with a beginner’s lesson, the teachers will get you up to speed so you can dance until your feet hurt!

Why - Because dancing under the open sky is so much fun!

Where - Dansepladsen at Fælledparken

When - 5th July, 18:30-19h (intro lesson), 19-23h Salsa party

How much - free

More info - SalsaLibre


Paint your own cup at Royal Copenhagen

What - Royal Copenhagen is famous for their porcelain, the classic version is white with blue flowers. At their “painters’ school”, you’ll paint your own thermo cup - and take it home afterwards, of course!

Why - One of THE Copenhagen classics, you basically have to have some Royal Copenhagen stuff at home. And how much cooler is it if you can say you painted it yourself?!

Where - Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store

When - 6th July, 10:30h (registration required!)

How much - DKK 300

More info - Royal Copenhagen