Record number of people turn out for Roskilde Festival

Record number of people turn out for Roskilde Festival

 

The Roskilde Festival sold a record 102,000 tickets for this year’s event to ensure it will again be making a huge profit.

The festival had sold out of full-week tickets by 15 June and sold a further 22,000 one-day tickets.

Roskilde CEO Henrik Rasmussen said the exact profits were not yet known as it will take several months to find out the final financial result. However, he explained that after selling more than 100,000 tickets and recording superb sales at the shop, they expected profit of between 15 and 20m kroner.

The organisers had come in for criticism in the lead up to the event, particularly given the amount of money they splashed out on signing The Rolling Stones up to appear. Furthermore, Drake was lined up to bring the festival to a close on Sunday but, for the second time in four years, pulled out just two days before.

However, following a sublime performance by the Rolling Stones, organisers claimed they were right to spend so much of the budget on the band as they were the main reason a record attendance was recorded.

Drake’s replacement, Jack White, wrapped up the event on Sunday night, by which time festival goers had been offered 166 concerts by musicians from 30 countries. Profits, as usual, will be passed on to cultural foundations and charities.