This first event was a great success, leading to the first proper Tønder Festival being held the following year. The festival has continued to grow, and since 1978 has been held at the agricultural showground in Tønder. Today, around 10,000 people attend the festival.
Tønder Festival is regarded in music circles as one of the most important folk festivals in Europe. Over the years, numerous well-known artists have performed at the festival – including Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell and Emmylou Harris.
Focus at Tønder is on ensuring an enjoyable and relaxed experience for festival guests, as well as appealing to concertgoers of all ages. It’s therefore no surprise to see many of the musicians attending each others’ concerts, rather than spending all their time backstage.