A large crowd of people at an outdoor music festival watching a band perform on a stage with big screens showing the performers on either side.


Denmark / August 4 - 11, 2024








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Dyrehaven, DK-8660 Skanderborg






The most picturesque festival

Located in the most beautiful beech wood in Denmark, Smukfest is a holistic out-of-this-world experience. It’s more than a festival – it’s a celebration of life, love and togetherness to the sound of music and from the best international and Danish artists available. It’s old and young, CEOs and students, hippies n’ yuppies and everything in between.

When August comes, so do about 60,000 beautiful people, ready for the most picturesque festival in Denmark: Smukfest. It’s the second-largest festival in Denmark, and it all takes place in the forest of Dyrehaven in Skanderborg. The main stage is located in a national amphitheatre surrounded by old beech trees, some of them more than 200 years old. This sets the scene for many magic and memorable concerts over the year.

It all started in 1980 with a tarpaulin as a roof. It was simply the idea of 5 very young men with a very big passion for music and unity. Despite earth closets, lots of rain and a deficit the first year, all 600–1000 attendants (according to notes from that time) had a lovely day.

Today, there are more than 15,000 volunteers setting up Smukfest, the biggest artists from the whole world have visited the festival over the years, and it is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and multifarious festivals in the whole world. But the essence of the festival is the same as almost 42 years ago, when it all started – it’s about love, living life and togetherness.

Run by a non-profit organization

At Smukfest, we got room for everybody. Youngsters, older people, CEOs and students, people from Jutland, Copenhagen and weird corners of all around the world. That’s why we make sure, that there are experiences on different levels and for every taste at Smukfest.

Smukfest is run by a non-profit organization, owned by its members – most of them to be found among the volunteers that each year make the festival possible. 20% of the profits is donated to “Smukfonden” – supporting initiatives that work against loneliness and vulnerability. Smukfest also runs a music club, Walthers Musikcafé, with more than 100 concerts year round – and is supporting lots of local cultural initiatives.

Genre & Program

Mostly Danish acts among a few international artist and headliners.

Program References

Oasis, Kygo, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Years & Years, Calvin Harris, Liam Gallagher, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Stormzy, Robbie Williams Green Day, Eric Clapton, Faithless, Lenny Kravitz, Kylie Minogue, Peter Gabriel, Roxette, Moby, Beck, Anastacia, Deep Purple, Texas, Ringo Starr, Pink, Volbeat, Petshop Boys, ZZ Top, Björk, Velvet Revolver, Fatboy Slim, James Brown, Midnight Oil, Run DMC, Melanie C, Joe Cocker, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Jones, The National, White Lies, Toto, Bryan Adams, Jamiroquai, Blur, Ice Cube, David Guetta, Avicii, MC Hammer, Alabama Shakes, Prince, Skrillex, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Deadmau5, 50 Cent, Kings of Leon, Sia, Sting, Zara Larsson, Martin Garrix, Axwell/\Ingrosso, Mark Ronson, Major Lazer, Elie Goulding, Clean Bandit.

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