Suddenly, it's there. That magic moment when everything gels: band, audience, music and atmosphere fuse into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Late one night in 2015, in a big tent at Tønder Festival, Jonah Blacksmith gave us that moment.
In the summer of 2016, Loudon Wainwright III wrote a song called I Had A Dream, a mordantly funny vision of a future with Donald Trump as president. The songwriter could not imagine that his contemporary, the candidate, would be sitting in the White House today.
Festival guests with camping wristbands may park one vehicle (car, motorcycle or similar) per assigned camping lot. Unfortunately, Tønder Festival cannot provide parking areas adjacent to the festival site for guests without a camping wristband. Instead, we refer you to the four free public parking areas in the town of Tønder.
Tønder Festival will present its music in new and improved settings this year, and will treat festivalgoers to new theme zones and a fresh focus on food, art, live radio, and artist talk. And Tønder Festival is taking the initiative on renewable energy.
The final names have been added to this year's Tønder Festival line-up. Among them are Beoga from Ireland, Darlingside from USA and Frigg from Finland. And Niels Hausgaard, of course. The final programme is ready, and so is the Tønder Festival app.
The popular Danish band Jonah Blacksmith will top out Tønder Festival's Sunday evening, after a festive array of international performances from Colter Wall, Parker Millsap, Daiorí Farrell and many more.
Add to this year's Tønder Festival bill: American prizewinners, Irish musical heroes, roots veterans and innovators, Scots bagpipe rock, real Mardi Gras Indians and a Danish star in the making from Tønder.
An array of new international names of high-flying musicians are now on the roster for this year's Tønder Festival: John Moreland, Karl Blau, Lion Bear Fox, Yola Carter, William Prince, Leyla McCalla and Mick Flannery.
More colours brighten the 2017 Tønder Festival palette. This year Tønder Festival will be presenting more exciting foreign artists, including Shovels & Rope from USA, Kaia Kater from Canada and Danni Nicholls from UK, all appearing in Denmark for the first time.
Here's a Christmas present for you from Tønder: the US singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will be one of the top names at next year's Tønder Festival. And more names have been added to the roster: Allan Olsen, Hush, A.J. Croce, Romengo, Dallahan and Talisk.
While this year's Tønder Festival was still in full swing, deals were already being sealed with artists for 2017, among them Loudon Wainwright III and Grant-Lee Phillips. Now others are ready to be added to the roster: Marc Cohn, Daniel Norgren, Afenginn, GLAS, Réalta, Nive Nielsen and Homesick Hank.
We at Tønder Festival wish to thank our audience, musicians and volunteers for a Festival of memorable musical moments, a fantastic atmosphere and a perfect, warm, late summer setting. Next year's Tønder Festival is already on the stocks.