Tønder Festival

Tønder Festival is an annual folk music festival in Tønder, Denmark. It is held on the last weekend of August. It was founded in 1975. The festival is one of the most important festivals for traditional and modern folk music in Europe. Around 2000 volunteers helped at the festival in 2008. The program is composed of international artists from especially Ireland, Scotland, Canada, USA, England and Scandinavia. The genres vary from Irish and Scottish folk music to Nordic, and Baltic folk music and songs. During the festival, the entire town is influenced by music, and famous and less famous artists are part of a community with the audience on streets and squares. The festival takes place in 9-10 indoor venues in the town and in the large tents of the festival area, with room for up to 2700 people. There are seats in all venues – with the exception of a few concerts where there is a mix of seating and standing. The festival sells 22,000 concert tickets every year – it is not possible to buy day tickets for the entire festival because the festivals venues vary in size from 180 to 2700 guests. Amongst the artists who have visited the festival are Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Runrig, Great Big Sea, The Chieftains, Altan, Eivør, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Donovan, Natalie MacMaster, Wolfstone, Mary Black, Capercaillie, Karan Casey, Wilco, and Coast. Among international artists presented at the 2008 Tønder Festival were Seth Lakeman – C.J. Chenier – Ashley MacIsaac – J.P. Cormier – Justin Townes Earle – Anthony da Costa – The Duhks – Oysterband – Baskery – Tom Paxton – Mary Black – Eddi Reader – Kris Drever, John McCusker, Roddy Woomble – Ross Ainslee & Jarlath Henderson – Altan – Guy Forsyth – Guy Davis – Valravn and Eivør