The energy, the trust, the Orange Feeling. And the chance to save a bit of money. First time volunteers open up to what brought them to the largest festival of music and arts in Northern Europe.

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Patryck Jachimowski, 28, first heard about Roskilde Festival from a Danish friend. He’s volunteering with the DADL Organization at the Roskilde train station. He is originally from Poland, but recently moved to Copenhagen for work.

“I really, really wanted to experience Roskilde as one of my Danish experiences here, so I thought volunteering would be nice. [Volunteering is] a nice way to, you know, make it possible.”

Like many first-time volunteers, his main motivation for volunteering at this year’s festival is money.

“Roskilde is quite expensive, as is Denmark,” said Jachimowski. “I don’t think people are coming here for the lineup, for the main artists, but probably more for being here, being part of this event.”

“I don’t think people are coming here for the lineup,  but probably more for being part of this event.”

Jachimowski has never experienced anything quite like Roskilde. He has attended a number of one day festivals and volunteered in the past, but Jachimowski has never combined the two.

“I used to be a scout. And then we volunteered a lot in different places, but nothing connected with music,” said Jachimowski. “We were organizing the camps for children, then we were teaching children, and doing a bunch of other stuff, always for free, but I was like 15, 16, 17.”

So far, Jachimowski has had a positive first impression of Roskilde Festival.

“The first incredible thing about Roskilde, which I found out, is that the sun never goes really down. You always see beams in the horizon. That’s really, really wonderful,” said Jachimowski “And of course it stinks with pee, but everyone will tell you that.”

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Aurora Aglen, 19, first attended Roskilde Festival as a participant in 2016. She choose to return as a volunteer this year both for financial reasons and because of the positive experience she had last year as a guest. Aglen is originally from Norway, but recently moved to Copenhagen to study.

“I remember before the gates were open, during my shifts I was now on the inside looking out and not on the outside looking in. You get a new perspective on how important the volunteers are to the festival,” said Aglen. “If there weren’t all these volunteers, Roskilde wouldn’t be able to run.  It’s really cool that I can be a part of the contribution to make sure that people have a good ti

Aglen prefers the volunteer experience to that of a paying festival goer. She is volunteering as part of an organization called Roskilde Guard. Her responsibilities include standing by the East entrance to check wristbands and walking around East to make sure people are okay.

“As a volunteer, you get up close to situations where you are actually making a difference.”

Aurora also enjoys the sense of community that she finds in Denmark as a Norwegian.

“Being able to communicate in Norwegian is also very helpful as a volunteer since there are many Norwegians here and it allows the Norwegian participants to speak in their native language.”

Like many others at the festival, Aurora feels the effects of the Orange Feeling.

“Everyone at the festival is just so happy. All of sudden they’re so open, talking to everyone and it’s not weird. It’s a part of the festival. It’s this big community.”

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Simon Donk, 26, moved from Holland to Copenhagen six months ago to study architecture. This year is his first year at Roskilde Festival.

One of his friends, who is a both a Roskilde Enthusiast and a 2016 RF Hero, convinced him to volunteer at Roskilde Festival this year.

“She is so energetic about it; her energy spread to me.”

“She is so energetic about it; her energy spread to me.”

After he made the decision to volunteer, Donk convinced four of his international friends living in Copenhagen to volunteer with him.

He is volunteering at the Reload Charging booths in Get A Tent Central, and so far his experience has been good. He appreciates how his team leaders allow the volunteers to have a lot of freedom.

“They are all very trusting within the first 10 minutes of meeting them, which generates a good feeling among the volunteers.”

Donk was motivated to volunteer by both the financial savings and the promise of an amazing experience, but mainly by the enthusiasm and excitement of the friend who convinced him to go.

“Roskilde Festival is unlike any other music festival I have ever been to. I’m always looking around, being amazed by people getting drunk really fast and being very committed to do so.”

Of the approximately 130,000 people who attended Roskilde Festival last year, only 16 percent were international attendees.

30,000 volunteers co-create Roskilde Festival, but the number of internationals at Roskilde has been gradually shrinking since 2004, when approximately half of the attendees were international.

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Jessica Cavallaro

Jessica Cavallaro

Jess is an American student at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She majors in Communications and Digital Media Studies and minors in Music Industry. She has been studying abroad in Copenhagen since August 2016. Hun elsker Danmark og Roskilde Festival.

Kaitlyn Jefferson

Kaitlyn Jefferson

Kaitlyn is an American student at the University of Virginia, majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Government. She studying abroad this summer in Copenhagen at DIS (Danish Institute of Study Abroad). This is her first time at Roskilde Festival.

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