We all know how beautiful Scandinavia is, but what about its music scene? To find out, we took a look at Denmark's festival circuit, and it unsurprisingly transpires, the Danes love their music. Take a trip up to Northern Europe, and you've got a choice of one of the continent's biggest music festivals, the chance to kick back and relax to some smooth jazz across Copenhagen's streets, or party hard to house and techno on a metro train. It's your call.
#7 Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Headliners: Jamie Cullum & Tivolis Big Band, Brad Mehldau Trio, Dr. John
One of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, and in what is widely regarded as the jazz capital, Copenhagen's streets, squares, clubs and concert halls come alive with inclusive vibrancy.
When & where: 3 - 12 July 2015, Copenhagen
#6 Nibe Festival
Headliners: Marina & The Diamonds, James Bay, Katie Melua
What started out as a boombox on the back of a truck back in 1985, Nibe has come along way since then, but still retains its charm and intimacy. Surrounded by beautiful oak trees with an eclectic lineup to match, Nibe is now one of the most appealing festivals in Denmark.
When & where: 1 - 4 July 2015, Nibe
#5 Strom Festival
Headliners: Flying Lotus, Andy Scott, Sherwood & Pinch
Denmark's go-to electronic festival for those looking to really explore the culture features a depth of workshops, masterclasses and artist talks alongside its concerts and raves that pop up all over the city, be it down in underground reservoirs, out on the street, up in a church, or into the parks.
When & where: 8 - 15 August 2015, Copenhagen
Headliners: Axel Boman, Cashmere Cat, DJ Koze
Party from the streets to the harbours of Copenhagen, as nearly 300,000 people descend on the city to experience partying as not just an event, but a concept. Moving around the city each night, revellers will be treated to a variety of dance, alt rock, freestyle hip hop, tech-house, polka and street art.
When & where: 3 - 7 June 2015, Copenhagen
Headliners: The Prodigy, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Calvin Harris
It might be its first time, but Tinderbox has one hell of lineup for it! Bringing its brand new mix of pop, rock and electronic to the huge open space of Tusindårsskoven, this'll no doubt be a christening of something special. What this space!
When & where: 26 - 28 June 2015, Odense SV
Headliners: alt-J, The Black Keys, Sam Smith
Danish delight NorthSide has become one of the most anticipated festivals in Denmark, boasting the finest names in the rock and pop hemispheres and showcasing them on lush meadows before we all descend on Aarhus to carry on the party long into the night.
When & where: 12 - 14 June 2015, Aarhus
Headliners: Paul McCartney, Muse, Pharrell Williams
Fittingly, Roskilde was Denmark's first ever music festival, setting up and plugging in all the way back in '71. Now, it's one of the biggest festivals across Europe, with an eclectic lineup to rival heavyweights such as Reading & Leeds, Primavera Sound and Sziget. But Roskilde is more than just music, with a variety of other activities to get involved in, none more so than its annual naked run. Win it, and you've bagged a free ticket for next year. But if you don't fancy stripping off, fair enough, dive into walkabout theatre or cool down in the grand-scale water fights. What's more, all Roskilde's profits are donated to charity, resulting in a festival purely dedicated to its audience.
When & where: 27 June - 4 May 2015, Roskilde
If you fancy browsing our full range of Danish festivals, you can do so here.