Stones Return To
Orange Stage

The Rolling Stones will return to the Orange Stage after 38 years, when the act plays Denmark’s Roskilde Festival July 3. 

Photo: AP Photo / Shizuo Kamayashi
Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan

It’s not that The Stones have played at Roskilde before – the act hasn’t played Denmark in seven years – but the festival’s main stage (orange stage) is the one the act used for its European tour in 1976.

Two years later, the Roskilde organisers bought the stage in England and shipped it to Denmark to be used for their festival.

“For years we have dreamt of the moment when we got the opportunity to reunite The Rolling Stones with the Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival,” said Roskilde programmer Anders Wahrén. “The Rolling Stones have earned their own place in rock history among the greatest icons, and back in the ’70s they even developed the unique stage that later became our very own Orange Stage.”

Although news of the Stones’ European dates is only trickling out, it looks as if the tour period will run from May 26 to the beginning of July.

So far the tour, a worldwide promotion by AEG with help from London-based Sensible Events on the European leg, is selling well.

Reports suggest the relevant day at Pinkpop sold out in 30 minutes, the Werchter show went in one hour, while the German shows in Berlin and Düsseldorf sold out in only eight minutes and 25 minutes, respectively.

The Italian show at Circus Maximus, built for Roman chariot races, took only two hours to sell out.

The rest of the Roskilde lineup June 29 to July 6 includes Arctic MonkeysDamon AlbarnKasabianOutkastHaimDeerhunterEarl SweatshirtMajor LazerModeratPusha TRob ZombieTrentemøller, and .