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  Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival is festival held south of Roskilde in Denmark and is one of the five biggest annual music festivals in Europe (the other four being the Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival, the Paléo Festival and Rock Werchter). It was created in 1971 by two high school students, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promoter Carl Fischer.[1] In 1972, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, which has since run the festival as a non-profit organization for development and support of music, culture and humanism.

It is Denmark's first real music-oriented festival, originally for hippies but today it covers more of the mainstream youth from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Roskilde Festival 2007 had more than 180 performing bands and gathered around 80,000 people paying for the concerts, with more than 21,000 volunteers, 5,000 media people and 3,000 artists – which means almost 110,000 people participated in the festival.

For many years it was a tradition that the campsite opened the last Sunday of June, but in 2010 the festival opened Saturday instead. The festival management argued that this would prevent earlier years problems with the fence going down before time. The early opening of the campsite, gives the festival guests plenty of time to settle down and "warm up". The festival officially starts the following Thursday at the Animal Showgrounds (in recent years simply known as the "Festival Site") and lasts for 4 days.

Until the mid-1990s the festival attracted mostly Scandinavians, but in recent years it has become more and more international (with an especially large influx of Germans, Australians and British). A Scandinavian alternative remained in the Midtfyns Festival, until that closed in 2004 following declining ticket sales.

The bands presented at Roskilde Festival are traditionally a balanced mix of large well known artists in the absolute live elite, cutting-edge artists from all contemporary genres, popular crowd-pleasing acts plus local Scandinavian headliners and up-and-coming names. The special Roskilde feeling is in particular ensured by stages located inside large tents, catering to an enthusiastic music-loving audience. As opposed to most other European festivals all bands play "real" concerts lasting for at least an hour.

The stages were until 2003 named after their colour, but as the names had not matched the actual colour of the tents for a period, it was decided to rename all stages except the Orange Stage, the central and main stage. The Orange Stage is open in front of a huge field, whereas the other tents cover the whole audience, the largest of which is the Arena stage (formerly known as Green Stage), the largest tent in Europe with an official capacity of 17,000 people. The 2007 edition saw two new tents, replacing Ballroom (1997–2006) which presented mainly World music, and Metropol (2003–2006) which presented mainly Electronica. In 2010 two stages, Astoria (from 2007) and Lounge, did not return, due to a slight shift in focus towards fewer, but bigger bands.

The music covers such styles as rock, Hip Hop, Metal, urban, electronica and 3rd world contemporary music. It has become a tradition to let an up-and-coming Scandinavian band open the Orange Stage on the first day of the festival. There are often surprising performances by classical acts, film-music, opera etc.

Apart from music there is always some theatre and 'lone acts' wandering around the festival site. Terrain and tents are always decorated in various ways.

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Roskilde news Roskilde news Written 2022-11-03 17:51:25

Burna Boy, Christine and the Queens presents Redcar, and Rina Sawayama to play Roskilde Festival

With the first 16 music acts in the line-up revealed, Roskilde Festival is now setting course towards next years' big youth culture gathering in Denmark.

--16 names have been added to Roskilde Festival's poster--

Burna Boy (NG)
Christine and the Queens presents Redcar (FR)
Kesi (DK)
Denzel Curry (US)
Rina Sawayama (JP/UK)
070 Shake (US)
Bru-C (UK)
eee gee (DK)
Florence Adooni (GH)
Hudson Mohawke (UK)
Karpe: Omar Sheriff (NO)
Lorna Shore (US)
Lous and the Yakuza (CD/BE)
No Roskilde festival No Roskilde festival Written 2021-05-07 10:11:22
Forbuddet mod at gennemføre store arrangementer til sommer gælder også Roskilde Festival. Derfor må årets festival udskydes til 2022. Festivalen opfordrer alle billetkøbere til at bakke op ved at overføre deres billetter til næste år.

Det er netop meddelt, at det ikke er tilladt at gennemføre store arrangementer i Danmark til sommer. Forbuddet gælder også Roskilde Festival.

Det betyder, at Foreningen Roskilde Festival som ventet må udskyde afholdelsen af Roskilde Festival nr. 50 til sommeren 2022.

Signe Lopdrup, Roskilde Festivals administrerende direktør, siger:

"Aflysningen er jo desværre ikke helt uventet for os. Men det er meget ulykkeligt, og vi er knuste over, at vi ikke får mulighed for at samles igen på vores festival og bidrage til at genskabe de fællesskaber, som corona-krisen har ødelagt for landets unge. Det er der brug for nu. Aflysningen er meget alvorlig for vores forening og et hårdt stød for kulturens vækstlag og den værdikæde, der er med til at skabe festivalen."

Billetter kan overføres til 2022
Har man købt billet til den udsolgte festival i 2021, kan man overføre den til 2022. Ønsker man ikke at overføre sin billet, vil man kunne få den refunderet.

De præcise omstændigheder for overførsel og refusion vil være klar snarest muligt.

Signe Lopdrup siger:

"Det vil være en uvurderlig og afgørende hjælp for os, at billetkøbere overfører deres billet til 2022. Vi har oplevet en kæmpe opbakning fra billetkøberne gennem hele corona-tiden. Deres fortsatte støtte til os og andre aflyste arrangører er præcist det, som skal føre os igennem krisen. På den måde kan vi igen samles til Roskilde Festival på den anden side."

Er sikret kompensation
Sommerens festivaler er sikret kompensation for deres tab. Den økonomiske hjælp er afgørende for Roskilde Festival, da den er baseret på en almennyttig foreningsmodel, hvor alt overskud doneres til velgørende arbejde for børn og unge.

Roskilde news Roskilde news Written 2021-01-01 11:36:26
Rap star Kendrick Lamar tops the bill at Roskilde Festival.

The 33-year-old rapper straight out of Compton takes his place among the headliners in the lineup for Roskilde Festival number 50 in 2021.

Roskilde Festival gives its participants one more thing to look forward to in the new year.

Rapper, songwriter, producer, Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar returns to the festival in 2021.

Kendrick Lamar is certainly among the greatest rap artists of his generation. He has repeatedly impressed audiences as well as critics, and hip-hop icons such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have hailed him as 'The New King of the West Coast'.

Roskilde Festival's head of programme, Anders Wahrén, says:

"We are on the threshold of a new year, and we think there is a need and reason to be hopeful. That's why we're revealing another act for next year's festival."

"Despite his relatively young age, Kendrick Lamar is a modern legend and he has been one of the hottest wishes among our participants since he made his debut at Roskilde Festival in 2013. He's a show man but also a politically engaged artist with something on his mind, and he appeals to a wide audience without pandering."

Roskilde Festival has previously announced acts like The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator, Faith No More, HAIM, Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, Anderson . Paak & The Free Nationals, FKA twigs, Mayhem, Megan Thee Stallion, The Whitest Boy Alive, TLC and many more.
Roskildenytt Roskildenytt Written 2020-02-27 13:51:04

Full music line-up revealed for Roskilde Festival including Kendrick Lamar, The Strokes, HAIM, Charli XCX and 106 more.

With a total of 110 new additions, the music line-up for the 50th edition of Northern Europe's largest festival is now ready.

Today's new acts will join already announced Taylor Swift, Tyler, The Creator, Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, FKA Twigs, Faith No More, Kacey Musgraves and many, many more.

With the lowest average age ever among headliners, this year's Roskilde Festival aims for the future.

Rap's regal genius returns
32-year-old Kendrick Lamar is without a doubt the most recognised rap artist of his generation. He has done the rare feat of achieving both critical and commercial success without compromising the least bit with any of his visions.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist first performed at Roskilde Festival in 2013, and this year he returns to the main stage, the Orange Stage.

Garage rocking heroes The Strokes return to Roskilde Festival. The New Yorker band with the charismatic lead singer Julian Casablancas last performed at the festival in 2011, and this year they are coming to Roskilde with brand new material from their upcoming album The New Abnormal.

Today's announcement also features the sisters in HAIM who also have a new album on the way. Este, Danielle and Alana Haim are known for hits such as "I Want You Back" and "Little of Your Love" as well as working with another artist from this year's line-up, British singer and songwriter Charli XCX who is debuting at Roskilde Festival this year.

• Tickets can be purchased on
• Full festival tickets are DKK 2250 (approx. EUR 302), including free access to camping.
• One-day tickets are DKK 1100 (approx. EUR 148) - only a limited number available for each of the final four festival days.
Roskilde Festival 2020 lasts for eight days between Saturday 27 June and Saturday 4 July.
Roskildenytt Roskildenytt Written 2019-05-01 02:54:09
Roskildefestivalen kompletterar musikprogrammet med 10 nya namn

Empire of the Sun, Death Grips, Aurora, Fontaines D.C., cupcakKe med flera kompletterar musikprogrammet för Nordeuropas största festival. Det fullständiga programmet innehåller totalt 188 artister.

Dessa nya namn läggs till i listan över redan offentliggjorda namn som bland annat innehåller Robyn, Cardi B, Bob Dylan, Silvana Imam, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, The Cure, Rosalía, Vampire Weekend med flera. Sammanlagt spelar artister från mer än 40 olika länder på festivalens åtta scener.

Visuellt stimulerande pop och mycket punk.
De australienska popfavoriterna i Empire of the Sun är äntligen tillbaka. De hade sitt genombrott med singlar som Walking on a Dream och We Are the People, och med ett nytt album på väg ger de sig nu ut på en exklusiv sommarturné där deras enda stopp i Skandinavien kommer vara på årets upplaga av Roskildefestivalen.

Empire of the Sun kommer att spela på den Orange scenen, som festivalen ursprungligen köpte av The Rolling Stones 1978. Empire of the Sun spelar där på samma dag som Travis Scott, den brasilianska sambalegenden Jorge Ben Jor och den lokala hjälten MØ.

Roskildefestivalens programchef Ander Wahrén säger:

"Det är både med stor glädje och lättnad vi äntligen kan presentera hela musikprogrammet som sammanlagt innehåller 188 artister från hela världen. När programmet äntligen är offentliggjort kan festivalgästerna börja planera inför sina egna musikfyllda festivalresor."

Efter att ha släppt albumet Year of the Snitch förra året är Death Grips nu redo att erövra nya fans i Norden under sin Roskildedebut. Den här energirika och punkinspirerade raptrion spelar på Arena - en av Europas största tältscener - på samma dag som Underworld, Johnny Marr och Jungle.

Punkattityden representeras därmed till max i dessa uppträdanden. Den Dublinbaserade gruppen Fontaines D.C. har just släppt sitt kritikerrosade album Dogrel. De spelar på den klassiska Pavilion-scenen samma dag som bland annat Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Carpenter Brut och norska Ulver.

Melbourne-kvartetten Amyl & the Sniffers är redo att inta festivalens minsta scen, Gloria, på samma dag som bland annat Stella Donnelly, Tirzah och Crack Cloud.

Shame är också tillbaka till Roskilde. Den här gången spelar de på den teaterinspirerade Avalon-scenen. De spelar som sista band den dagen, efter bland annat Neneh Cherry, Sharon Van Etten, Fatoumata Diawara och Jon Hopkins.

Dagens övriga offentliggöranden omfattar den norska popstjärnan Aurora, de återkommande electro-rockarna Spleen United, den amerikanska sångaren och låtskrivaren Sidney Gish, den barnförbjudna rapparen cuppcakKe och nordmakedonska Džambo Aguševi Orchestra.

Svenska ikoner på scenerna
Roskildefestivalen har åtta musikscener vars kapaciteter sträcker sig från cirka 1 000 till 60 000 åskådare. Silvana Imam har fått den prestigefyllda uppgiften att spela först på den Orange scenen på onsdagen, där även Bob Dylan och Cardi B kommer att spela på huvudscenen. Robyn förbereder sig för en riktig dansfest på fredag kväll på den Orange scenen och Neneh Cherry intar Avalon på torsdag.

Under festivalens första tre dagar är musikprogrammet tillägnat Nordens största talanger. Bland annat har artister som Silvana Imam, Icona Pop, Kornél Kovács, Albin Lee Meldau och Josefin Öhrn spelat här tidigt i sina respektive karriärer. I år uppträder svenska talanger som Linn Koch-Emmery, Z.E och Arre! Arre! uppträder som en del av talangprogrammet.

Här är de tio artister som läggs till programmet idag:

Death Grips (US)
Empire of the Sun (AU)
Spleen United (DK)
Amyl & the Sniffers (AU)
Aurora (NO)
cupcakKe (US)
Džambo Aguševi Orchestra (MK)
Fontaines D.C. (IE)
Shame (UK)
Sidney Gish (US)

Konst- och aktivismprogrammet kommer att publiceras senare under våren.
• Biljetter för hela festivalen kostar 2 100 DKK (inkluderar kostnadsfri åtkomst till camping samt mat och dryck du vill ta med).
• Endagsbiljetter kostar 1 050 DKK, men endast ett begränsat antal är tillgängliga för var och en av festivalens fyra dagar.
• Totalt kommer 180 artister att spela på festivalens åtta scener.
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