Denmark is home to a multitude of music festivals. Tønder Festival is in a league of its own. For over 40 years, Tønder Festival has been Denmark’s leading platform for international folk music.
It all began in 1974. Over the following decades, Tønder Festival earned its status as one of the most respected folk and roots music festivals in Northern Europe.
Thanks to unswerving dedication, an international outlook and local support, Tønder Festival has fulfilled the ambition and become a major, broad-based folk and roots music festival. With superb quality as a given, Tønder Festival does not merely present and mirror current music culture, it actively helps create and expand the musical environment, invigorating the culture for the benefit of the audience, the musicians, and everyone associated with it.
Since 2012, Tønder Festival has seen radical change. Folk and roots music is the centre of growing interest these days, and the new trends and musical styles are, naturally, to the fore at Tønder Festival.
The soul of the Festival
Tønder Festival is both innovation and tradition. Musically, the Festival welcomes a succession of young artists who live and work in the fertile zone bounded by folk, roots, indie rock, alternative country and singer-songwriter genres. They appear alongside the big names and veterans of the international and Danish folk roots scene. Tønder Festival is where you can hear the newest tendencies. It is also where authentic folk music lives and thrives. Binding it all together is that particular Tønder Festival atmosphere, musicians and audience in close touch with each other, and ‘handmade music’ the tangible adhesive. That unique Tønder Festival touch has always been what draws veterans and new faces to Tønder the last weekend in August every year.