- This article is about Distortion festival, in Copenhagen. For other uses, see Distortion (disambiguation).
|Date(s)||Week of first Saturday in June|
|Budget||10,000,000 DKK (2013)|
|Organised by||The Distortion Foundation|
Copenhagen Distortion is a middle-size festival for party/club culture, taking place in the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, and in dozens of unusual locations around city, every year during the week of the first Saturday in June. The festival's cultural focus is on club culture, upfront dance music, street life, contemporary art (only when related to nightlife or public space), social art and Copenhagen's new independent media (print and web).
The name, the concept of mixing all genres and the tag-line "Distortion — A Celebration of Copenhagen Nightlife" were founded in September 1998 for a one-night party in the nightclub Mantra in Tivoli, Copenhagen. Distortion became a 5-day mobile festival in June 2000, with seven parties in five days. Distortion started its international party hosting concept in 2004 with DJ Colette hosting a radio show on a boat and an after-party [dead link]. By June 2008, Distortion had grown to one of the largest cultural celebrations in Copenhagen. In 2011, Distortion had 80.000-100.000 people per day 
A celebration of street-life and nightlife
Copenhagen Distortion is "a celebration of streetlife & nightlife" orchestrating 150+ dancefloors hosted by 150+ local and international icons of streetlife and nightlife (people, shops, clubs, galleries, labels, magazines…). The characteristic Distortion atmosphere involves high-energy impulsive chaos with a strong "streetlife freedom" feel. The music selection is sharp and upfront: names like Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Spank Rock feat. Amanda Blank and Sebastien Tellier were booked for Distortion events before they had become underground heroes of international scope (see notable names & dates below). The festival has always been a Copenhagen leader in the field of using urban space and unusual locations: In the years 2005-2006 the festival started to focus strongly on outdoor street parties. In 2008 Distortion changed its tagline "A Celebration of Copenhagen Nightlife" to "A Celebration of Streetlife & Nightlife": out of 56 events, 14 of them were street parties and 3 of them were massive outdoor block parties on famous Copenhagen squares (Latin Quarters + Sankt Hans Torv + Enghave Plads). In 2011, Copenhagen Distortion became one of the largest street events in Europe with 80.000-100.000 people per day. 
One of the unique aspects of the festival is its mobile nature. Distortion happens each day in a different neighbourhood (5 days = 5 areas), attracting 6,000–10,000(50,000-100,000 in the later years) people per day to events that often are mobile themselves: parades, boat parties, bus parties, street races, block parties… [dead link]
Notable names that have played at Distortion:
- Hot Chip (UK - 2005)
- Simian Mobile Disco (UK - 2004+08)
- Chicks on Speed (Germany - 2008)
- Spank Rock (US - 2006)
- Superpitcher (Germany - 2003+10+11+12)
- Michael Mayer (Germany - 2010+11+12)
- TTC (France - 2003+06)
- Feadz (France - 2003)
- Diskokaine (Austria - 2007+08)
- Shit Robot (US - 2008)
- WhoMadeWho (Denmark 2005+06+07+08+09+10)
- D-I-R-T-Y Sound System (France - 2004+05+06+07+08+12+13)
- Mr. Catra (Brazil - 2004)
- Alexander Robotnick (Italy - 2008)
- Cosmo Vitelli (France - 2006)
- Gucci Sound System / Riton (UK - 2005)
- Sebastien Tellier (France - 2005)
- Pete Tong (UK - 2012)
- Mike Skinner (UK - 2012)
- Adam Port (Germany - 2013)
- Erol Alkan (UK - 2012)
- Daniel Avery (UK - 2013)
- Pachanga Boys (Germany - 2013)
- Jeff Mills (US - 2013)
- Todd Terje (Norway - 2013)
- DJ Harvey (US - 2013)
- Ron Morelli (US - 2013)
They hosted parties at Distortion events:
- Vice (Scandinavia/2005+06+07+08)
- colette (Paris/2004)
- The Royal Theatre (Turbinehallerne/2005)
- Rio (Berlin/2008)
- d-i-r-t-y.com (Paris/2004+05+06+07)
- EasyJetSet (Berlin/2008)
- Electro GoGo / Mark Moore (London/2005)
- Pig Magazine (Milan/2008)
- BPitchCtrl (Berlin/2005)
- Kitsuné (Paris/2005)
- Optimo (Glasgow/2005)
- Wet Yourself (London/2008)
- Resident Advisor (London/2008)
- Redbull Music Academy (2013)
- Phantasy Records (London/2013)
- TrouwAmsterdam (Amsterdam/2013)
And many more..
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- Anderson, Timothy (May 2007). "The Copenhagen Distortion Festival 2007 countdown". The Copenhagen Report. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- Nika, Colleen (2012-06-08). "Copenhagen Distortion Festival Is Europe's Own SXSW". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Distortion website
- Wonderful Copenhagen (official tourist information website)
- Copenhagen Distortion 2012 Archive page on Choose Fest