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FestiWalther the mascot of Skanderborg Festival.
GenreRock, heavy metal, pop, electronic, hip hop, blues and folk.
Dates7 days in August
Location(s)Skanderborg, Denmark
Years active1980 - present

Smukfest (aka Skanderborg Festival) is an annual music festival, held during the second weekend of August in Denmark. Its location, in a beech forest in the vicinity of Skanderborg, has given rise to the slogan "Denmarks' Most Beautiful Festival" (Danish: Danmarks Smukkeste Festival).

The festival covers many styles of music, such as rock, pop, folk, heavy metal, hip-hop and electronic. The festival focuses mainly on Danish music, but with some big names from other countries e.g. Britney Spears, Eric Clapton, Prince, Pet Shop Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Jones, Fat Boy Slim, Blood Hound Gang, Rihanna and many more.

The first festival was held in 1980, and was a one-day event with 7 bands and about 600 spectators.

The festival has a mascot called "Waltidur Festismuk Kærligkys Ølimund Rockilund Trold" (Waltidur Party-beauty Loving-kiss Beer-in-mouth Rock-in-grove Troll), born in 1579, thus the festival was born on Waltidurs 400th birthday.

In 2009, Skanderborg Festival was held for the 30th time and is today the second largest (sleep-over) festival in Denmark, after the Roskilde Festival. The festival gathered more than 50,000 people for the concerts, including 8,500 workers, most of them volunteers and has reached the current site's maximum capacity.[1]

The festival is getting increasingly popular and all 40.000+ tickets for the 2017 festival was sold in less than 5 hours.


The festival has 4 stages (2016):

  1. Bøgescenerne / The Main Stages
  2. P3-teltet (Danish National Radio has a station called P3)
  3. Stjerne-scenen (Star Stage)
  4. Sherwood-scenen (Sherwood Stage)

The festival main stage consist of two stages and is called "Bøgescenerne" (Beech stages). Smukfest, Bøgescenen, 20160804.jpg

Music performances[edit]


  1. ^ Maja Lærke Maach (10 August 2013). "Fra 600 til 50.000 gæster: Smukfest anklages for at skade historisk skov [from 600 to 50,000 guests: Smukfest accused of damaging historical forest]". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 56°01′34″N 9°55′12″E / 56.026°N 9.920°E / 56.026; 9.920