Distortion Festival is a five day journey through Copenhagen, celebrating the extraordinary atmosphere, music and spaces of the Danish capital. The festival is a collection of parties, that run throughout the city, bringing over 100,000 people and is best described as orchestrated chaos.
Featuring over 300 concerts and DJ sets, Distortion Festival has a sprawling multi-genre lineup to soundtrack street parties all over the city.
Copenhagen’s Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas morph into packed, semi-chaotic dance arenas, as the city comes to life with truly unique character.
Nu Guinea [DJ & keys]
Park Hye Jin
Charlotte De Witte
Wavy The Creator
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The history of Distortion Festival
The idea of ultra-mobility and the tag-line "Distortion — A Celebration of Copenhagen Nightlife" was born in September 1998 for a one-night party in the nightclub Mantra in Tivoli, Copenhagen, established by Thomas Fleurquin. Distortion became a 5-day mobile festival in June 2000. In the period 1998-2007, Distortion was a small, chaotic, not-fully-legal 5-day party-crawl through Copenhagen, mainly for the local underground art & music scene and club culture professionals. In 2007, after gathering 2.000 guests at a single street party for the first time, Distortion decided to go professional and entered a collaboration with the Copenhagen City Council and the Copenhagen Police: Nus/Nus - the Distortion Secretariat was established. In 2011, according to the Copenhagen Police, Distortion had 80,000-100,000 visitors per day, becoming one of the largest annual gatherings in Europe. In 2012, Distortion established Fonden Distortion København (the Distortion Foundation).
Distortion often invites local and international shops, labels, nightclubs, promotors, magazines to host their own party through the week, over the years this has included: Vice Magazine, Fabric - London, Resident Advisor, Adidas, Ed Bangers, Kompakt, Trouw - Amsterdam, Fact Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy...
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