The magic started with plenty of intimate backyard grill parties,receptions, happenings, all over Copenhagen, with 30-200 people at each get-together. Distortion is about creating a love for Copenhagen and promoting what Copenhagen is all about. In 2012, they became a not-for-profit Foundation and in 2013, they were finally ready to soon be known around the world as the craziest party on the planet.
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The history of Distortion Festival
The idea of ultra-mobility and the tag-line "Distortion — A Celebration of Copenhagen Nightlife" was born in September 1998 for a one-night party in the nightclub Mantra in Tivoli, Copenhagen, established by Thomas Fleurquin. Distortion became a 5-day mobile festival in June 2000. In the period 1998-2007, Distortion was a small, chaotic, not-fully-legal 5-day party-crawl through Copenhagen, mainly for the local underground art & music scene and club culture professionals. In 2007, after gathering 2.000 guests at a single street party for the first time, Distortion decided to go professional and entered a collaboration with the Copenhagen City Council and the Copenhagen Police: Nus/Nus - the Distortion Secretariat was established. In 2011, according to the Copenhagen Police, Distortion had 80,000-100,000 visitors per day, becoming one of the largest annual gatherings in Europe. In 2012, Distortion established Fonden Distortion København (the Distortion Foundation).
Distortion often invites local and international shops, labels, nightclubs, promotors, magazines to host their own party through the week, over the years this has included: Vice Magazine, Fabric - London, Resident Advisor, Adidas, Ed Bangers, Kompakt, Trouw - Amsterdam, Fact Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy...
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