As described by its founders the Copenhagen based Distortion Festival is "A week of emerging Dance Music & Orchestrated Chaos”.
One of the biggest street and outdoor festivals in Europe and the world never fails to turn the dazzling city of Copenhagen into party haven year after year. This year 31 May to 4 June 2017 several locations in Copenhagen will become massive street party venues gearing up to a grand two-day finale called Distortion Ø at Refshaleøen. Having already announced the staggering line-up for this year’s edition, Distortion Festival is ready to write another year off the books to what it seems will be another memorable edition. Some of the artists for 2017 so far are, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Adriatique, What so not, ABRA, Mura Masa, Tommy Genesis, Extrawelt, Max Cooper and more.
Distortion Festival has pushed many limits and boundaries with its’ attitude of massive street parties and music experience; ultimately making it one of the biggest street and outdoor festivals in Europe and the world today. The main person behind Distortion is Thomas Dalvang Fleurquin – Parisian born and raised he kick-started the festival back in September 1998. The concept of the festival was primarily to gather like-minded people with a love for street culture mixed in with an international club feel and surrounded by the diverse sounds of local artists, from classical music to rap music and complimented finally with mesmerising electronic music.
In 2000, Distortion expanded from being a one-day to a five-day festival, taking place all around Copenhagen city. Locations of festival venues have ranged from neighbourhood streets, clubs, galleries, beaches, bridges, buses, boats and more. Everything you can possibly imagine has been turned into a stage or a venue. It is still continuing to break more ground as every year festival goers are fascinated by the creativity of locations and stages the festival puts up. Over the last 10 years it has grown from 5000 to 6000 festival goers to a staggering 80,000 to 120,000 daily goers with over 300,000 throughout the entire festival. Some of the leading clubs and brands in electronic music culture have hosted their own parties at Distortion, such as Vice Magazine, Resident Advisor, Fact Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy, the legendary clubs Fabric and Trouw, as well as Kompakt Records to name a few.
What To Expect At Distortion Festival
Distortion is well known across Europe for its street parties, which can be considered as the backbone of the entire festival. The festival with its street parties start at Nørrebro on Wednesday, followed by day two in Vesterbro the following day. The daytime outdoor parties run from 1600 until 2200 o’clock after which the party continues into the night at different clubs and establishments across the city of Copenhagen.
Nørrebro– takes off yearly in this colourful borough with its hip streets, art, an international neighbourhood. This is where the tone is set for the rest of the festival and where party goers come alive. So, on a casual Wednesday Distortion kicks things off in high gear in the streets of Nørrebro turning it into a tsunami of ravers partying like it is their first and last party on Earth.
Vesterbro – the cousin comes next. It is a neighbourhood unlike another. The neighbourhood is located right in the inner city of Copenhagen, its Old school charm mixed with the glitzy red light district located close to the party grounds is an experience. This makes Vesterbro a visitor’s favourite because the juxtaposition of all folks coming out to enjoy the festivities is even more evident here. Vesterbro is for everyone from music lovers, ravers, adults, kids anyone who wants to be part of this world-renowned festival. All of that, supplemented with the local galleries, shops and attractions, it is without a doubt a party venue not to be missed!
Pop-up bars, food trucks, street hosts and stages, are placed in different corners of Nørrebro & Vesterbro. DJs, MCs, dancers, festival volunteers, police and firemen are present, h all having one goal – for everyone attending to have a really good time!
When the day party ends and night falls the after-party vibe begins at selected venues. Previous venues have included Culture Box, Pumpehuset, Hive, Rust and others. In addition to them, Distortion Festival also adds (one-off) secret party locations and they have been at warehouse, swimming pool, museum and even the Royal Danish Theatre. These will be announced during the festival.
The third and fourth days the festival travels along the Copenhagen Harbour. Many streets in the city centre will be closed to cater for more than 30 stages placed all around the city to Distortion Ø.
Having had a taste of the street parties – you are well warmed up for Distortion Ø’. This is where the festival kicks up in gear with a massive rave taking place on more than 12 stages at Refshaleøen, a former industrial site.
Distortion Ø is a large outdoor dance floor labyrinth, where you can lose yourself in the industrial settings of sounds, lights and lasers. The location is an experience all in itself.It includes a combination of street feel with a club party feel, all taking place at different open air stages, warehouses, container stages and other alternative stage sets all prepared to host over 10 000 ravers.
On the fifth day everyone takes it down a notch and start to relax and prepare for a cool chill-out party at Ørstedsparken, located in the city centre of Copenhagen. It usually kicks off around noon and continues until 20:00 o’clock with various DJ and Bands performing in the park. This final day is an essential part to the whole festival experience, this is so that one does not face any withdrawal effects from the 4 days of music pumped into one’s body and soul. So, get ready to be a part of this unique festival experience.
Distortion Festival 2017 Full Lineup
Watch Distortion Festival 2017 Official Trailer
VISIT DISTORTION FESTIVAL
Distortion Camping is located on Refshaleøen, 200 meters from the Distortion Ø festival site and close to public transportation. It is an iconic chill out area and is known for its beautiful location by the waterfront.
The Camping area has a direct view of the sunset and you can get a sneak peak of the Little Mermaid statue right across the Copenhagen canal. Distortion Camping will be open throughout the festival, and will be a place for recharging while you await the dancing. An intimate festival by the festival with only 300 guests, and a community based on good vibes, campfires and ’hygge’.
How to get to Distortion Festival
The city of Copenhagen is easy to get to by flight as it is well connected with all the major and medium airport hubs in Europe and the rest of the world. Find below variety of airlines and options to fly to the Danish capital.