Schweizerhalle Concerts Replace This Year's Tønder Festival

17. June 2021

Of course there will be music, fun and Tønder vibes in spite of the cancellation of Tønder Festival 2021. The delights awaiting you in the Tønder Culture Centre - which has reverted to its old name, Schweizerhalle - include concerts with Mary Gauthier, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Sharon Shannon, The Deep Dark Woods, Delgres, Calby and Niels Hausgaard.

Audiences, musicians, technicians, volunteers, management and the local population have been impatient to get back in festival gear and reopen Tønder Festival. But corona restrictions shut down that idea. When cancellation became a reality, the festival management soon drew up 'plan B.' So now Tønder Festival fans can fire up the SatNav or climb aboard the train and head for Tønder in August. 

Impressive Programme at Schweizerhalle
A phalanx of both Danish and foreign musicians will be playing live at Schweizerhalle from 20th until 29th August 2021.The whole programme has Mary Gauthier, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Watkins Family Hour, The Deep Dark Woods, Dylan LeBlanc, Calby, Niels Hausgaard, Delgres, Fara, Kira Skov, Sharon Shannon, Dorthe Gerlach, Hymns From Nineveh with Who Killed Bambi as well as Folk Spots showcasing new Scandinavian talents.

The Music Needs Us and We Need the Music
"We are distressed that we cannot run Tønder Festival in 2021. But our famous 'Circle' must be unbroken, and that means we have aimed all along to present music and keep our special festival atmosphere alive. No Tønder Festival this year, but something else to bring our audiences together to share the music," says Maria Theessink, Tønder Festival's artistic director.


  • Friday 20th August at 7:30 pm: Sharon Shannon, Fara
  • Saturday 21st August at 7:30 pm: Calby, Dorthe Gerlach
  • Sunday 22nd August at 7:30 pm: Bjørn Eidsvåg, Hymns From Nineveh feat. Who Killed Bambi
  • Tuesday 24th August: TBA
  • Wednesday 25th August at 7:00 pm: Film and lecture: John Prine Tribute Concert from Tønder Festival 2019 plus a talk on John Prine by Andrew Hartvig Cranfield
  • Thursday 26th August at 6:00 pm: Folk Spot, Mary Gauthier, Watkins Family Hour
  • Friday 27th August at 6:00 pm: Folk Spot, Delgres, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle
  • Saturday 28th August at 6:00 pm: Folk Spot, Niels Hausgaard, The Deep Dark Woods
  • Sunday 29th August at 7:30 pm: Kira Skov sings Billie Holiday, with Dylan LeBlanc

Doors open one hour before concert starts.


Time, place and ticket sales
All concerts and activities are at Schweizerhalle, formerly Tønder Culture Centre, from 20th to 29th August 2021. Tickets will be sold for each individual concert. Because of pandemic restrictions, tickets will be limited in number, and a minimum sale of two tickets imposed. Ticket sales open at 10 am on 24th 2021 at

Special VIP event
Tønder Town Council will host a VIP reception on Saturday 28th August at 4 pm in Tønder Town Hall. The reception ends at 7:45 pm, when the guests will board buses to Schweizerhalle for the evening's concert with Niels Hausgaard and The Deep Dark Woods, which begins at 8:30 pm. Balcony seats are reserved for VIP guests. Provost Henrik Frandsen and his wife will host the reception at Tønder Town Hall, where local gin from Brinksgaard Distillery and a buffet from Café Victoria will be served. A musical surprise is also planned. A restricted number of tickets will be available.

Support Tønder Festival - Buy a Favour Wristband
For the second year in a row, Tønder Festival has had favour wristbands made, on sale for 100 Danish kroner through our webshop and in various shops and restaurants in Tønder. The favour wristbands are made of recycled polyester, with a pattern on both sides and a smart reusable fastener so you can wear them all summer.

We dearly trust you will step up once more as a #tfsupporter.

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Denmark, Europe
Opening hours
Monday: closed.
Tue-Thu: 10 pm - 12 am
Wed-fri: closed.

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