Tuborg GreenFest is an annual series of rock music events that takes place in a few European countries during the summer months. Since 2005, Danish beer makers Tuborg, part of the Carlsberg Group, have brought together well-known rock bands and artists for one-day festivals in Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. 2008 saw concerts held in Bulgaria and Croatia for the first time, and in 2009 GreenFest premiered in Romania.
GreenFest borrows its name and image from the popular Tuborg Green beer, a pilsner beer popular with the youth for its long association with music.
The Tuborg GreenFest mainly draws its inspiration from the Green Concerts (Grøn Koncerts) music tours that take place every year in its home country of Denmark. The concerts were started in 1983 by the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (Muskelsvindfonden) to raise awareness and funds for treating the disease, and the concerts still remain popular today with Danish artists such as D.A.D, Big Fat Snake, Thomas Helmig, Tina Dickow, Jokeren, and Nik & Jay joining in the tours. In 2004, the whole tour generated 5.5 million Danish kroner for Muskelsvinfonden.
Tuborg also has a long-standing association with music festivals through its sponsorship dating from 2002 with Roskilde Festival, the largest rock festival in Northern Europe. Tuborg then turned its musical prowess to vehicle talent towards Europe with its association with the Exit Festival in Serbia, one of the largest music festivals in Europe. In 2007, it won the Yourope award for Best European Festival.
In 2006, the first Tuborg Green Revolution Tour played open-air concerts in six major cities across Ukraine. 2006 also saw the first transnational promotion with winners of Tuborg promotions across Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia being taken to rock festivals in Tuborg tour buses. In addition Tuborg has been participating in Russia with its involvement in the production of such large-scaled musical events as the Maxidrom in 2004 and the Russian Music Awards in 2006.
Building on its musical credentials in 2007 Tuborg teamed up with Live Nation, the world’s biggest musical events company, and has just signed a deal with Festival Republic, concert organisers of the Reading and Leeds Festival.
Events by yearEdit
This one-day festival featured Jamiroquai, Rasmus and Mattafix in St. Petersburg, Russia on 15 June.
The festival featured Linkin Park in Saint Petersburg on June 5 and Moscow on June 6.
The two-day festival featured Kaiser Chiefs in Zagreb, Croatia on December, 3rd.
One-day festival with Depeche Mode in Bulgaria on 18 May.
One-day festival with Depeche Mode in Serbia on 20 May.
One-day festival with Depeche Mode in Croatia on 21 May.
One-day festival with Linkin Park and Funeral for a Friend in Saint Petersburg, Russia on July 26.
Three-day festival with Guano Apes and Chicane in Bucharest, Romania from September 4 to September 6.
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