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Tønder Festival – both tradition and new trends

For over forty years, Tønder Festival has been one of Denmark’s major music festivals, unique in its stye, and today this festival under the big sky of the North Sea coast has more to offer than ever before.

Never before have so many music lovers taken the trip to Tønder in the last weekend in August. Never before has there been so rich and varied a music programme with the best of the best from home and abroad – both fresh, new names on their way up, and famous musicians who are familiar favourites. Never before has there been so much on offer in the days up to and during Tønder Festival. And never has there been so much media focus on Tønder Festival.

Tønder Festival, Denmark’s major folk and roots music event, has grown and continues to grow. But the fundament remains the same as always: hand-made music with roots in folk, blues, country, old-time, cajun, roots rock and other related styles, the inimitable Tønder Festival atmosphere, the particularly close contact between musicians and audience, the host of volunteers and the local and regional support.

(Photo: Madeleine Glindorf, 2017)

What is special about Tønder Festival?

Tønder Festival has a clear focus on hand-made music. Music with its roots in folk, roots rock,
country, blues, cajun, world music and more.

Tønder Festival books international names of the highest carat – both new musicians at the start of their career, pioneering songwriter legends, and authentic folk music.

Tønder Festival has a unique musical profile, and you can often hear international musicians giving a concert in Tønder and nowhere else in Denmark.

Tønder Festival is known as a ‘first mover’, discovering exciting new talent and presenting it here for the first time in this country.

Tønder Festival is particularly famous for its special atmosphere, with musicians and audience coming into close contact with each other, and with large-scale concerts alternating with intimate sessions.

The ambience on the festival site is relaxed, friendly and warm; besides the music, the site offers art, events, artist talks, food stalls, restaurants, bars and much more.

Tønder Festival is involved in the 4+ Project, a welter of events and experiences based on the local countryside, its history, culture, food, businesses… You can join in in the days leading up to Tønder Festival.

Tønder Festival Facts

• Tønder Festival began in 1974 and is now one of Northern Europe’s major international festivals for folk and roots music.

• Tønder Festival takes place annually on the last full weekend in August.

• The Tønder Festival site, close by the Tønder town centre, has nine stages, ranging from the huge Open Air Stage to the small Session Tent.

• Tønder Festival is run by the Tønder Festival Foundation and the Tønder Festival Association.

• The Tønder Festival office has five full-time and one half-time employees in administrative and music booking roles and a volunteer staff of approximately 2600 – included an executive team of around 150 people.

• A company called The Friends of Tønder Festival runs the music venue Hagge’s Musik Pub.

• H.R.H. Princess Marie is Tønder Festival’s official patron.