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Distortion 2023

A week of massive daytime street parties and nightclub events


The Distortion Festival consists of three parts—Distortion Club, Distortion Ø, and Street Parties. It takes over the Danish capital for almost a week in many shapes and forms. About 20 street parties take place in the Nørrebro and Vesterbro districts. The week ends with the Distortion Ø on 6-10 stages located in an unusual place—on an industrial island in the Copenhagen harbour. The festival also has a large camping area located on the island of Refshaleøen, just 200 meters from the stage and a few minutes from a bus stop. Distortion chill-out area is located across from the famous Little Mermaid. Visitors can enjoy great sunset and sunrise.

Distortion Club takes place in nightclubs as well as unusual temporary locations, like swimming pools, museums, the Royal Theatre, and warehouses. It's focus is modern club music. Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Sebastien Tellier, Diplo & M.I.A. have played at Distortion Club and later became international stars.

Distortion Ø brings wide-ranging music to the city with a focus on dance music with lineups ranging from emerging talent to some of the big names like Maceo Plex, Mura Masa, Adriatique, and many others. Hip-hop, world, house, experimental and techno—everything goes.

The idea to celebrate Copenhagen nightlife with a summer fesival was born in 1998. First it was a one-night party in the nightclub Mantra in Tivoli, Copenhagen, organized by Thomas Fleurquin.

Distortion draws more than 100,000 visitors per day, making it one of the biggest in the world. Some people call it organized chaos for a reason!

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