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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 2023-11-04 03:55:25
Roskilde Festival 2024: First wave of artists announced, including Kali Uchis, PJ Harvey, Romy, and more.

The 52nd edition of the iconic Danish non-profit festival runs from 29 June to 6 July next year and will feature more than 170 music acts. PJ Harvey, Kali Uchis, Romy, Trueno, The Armed and Blondshell are among the first 16 acts announced for the 2024 line-up. Tickets are on sale now.

Denmark's Roskilde Festival is one of the longest standing festivals in the game. Today, the non-profit festival-which donates all proceeds to humanitarian and cultural activities that benefit youth-announces its first batch of names to play next year's festival.

Colombian/American singer-songwriter Kali Uchis and UK veteran PJ Harvey will be among the headliners at next year's Roskilde Festival, following a 2023 line-up that included Lil Nas X, Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar and many others.

A diverse line-up full of young and progressive artists
The inaugural announcement for Roskilde Festival 2024 spans across multiple styles, genres and continents, also featuring Argentinian rapper Trueno, American hardcore punk collective The Armed, and Japan's Violent Magic Orchestra.

"We have a long-running history of being a progressive festival with an international perspective, and we consistently push ourselves to further that purpose. We aim to inspire every single one of our 130,000 festival participants with a diverse line-up characterized by artistic curiosity and groundbreaking headliners presented in a unique festival setting", says Anders Wahrén, Roskilde Festival's Program Director.

Unfolding dreams for a better future Roskilde Festival is the biggest music festival in Northern Europe and is located just 20 miles outside of Copenhagen, offering a multitude of camping solutions as well as an onsite train station. The festival will also present a vast line-up of interdisciplinary art and activism through talks, workshops and performances.

"Roskilde Festival is a very communal event where dreams and new ideas for a better tomorrow are being addressed, exchanged, cultivated and eventually tried out by our participants. And music and art play a big part in inspiring us to even think and sense those new ideas to begin with", says Anders Wahrén.

Tickets for Roskilde Festival 2024 are on sale now. A full festival ticket gives access to the festival from 29 June to 6 July and costs DKK 2,400 (approx. €320) plus fee. One day tickets cost DKK 1,200 (approx. €160) plus fee.

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The first 16 announced acts for Roskilde Festival 2024 are:
Kali Uchis (US)
PJ Harvey (UK)
Gilli (DK)
Blondshell (US)
Heilung (INT)
Marina Sena (BR)
Omah Lay (NG)
Romy (UK)
Tainy (PR)
Trueno (AR)
The Armed (US)
Ivan$ito (DK)
Kind Mod Kind (DK)
Liv.e (US)
Mandy, Indiana (UK)
Violent Magic Orchestra (JP)
Roskilde news Roskilde news Written 2023-02-28 11:38:44
-Roskilde Festival adds Kendrick Lamar to this year’s line-up-

Northern Europe's biggest music festival reveals 16 new acts to the 2023 billing, which already features Lil Nas X, Rosalía, Blur and Christine and the Queens.

The American rap icon Kendrick Lamar returns to Roskilde Festival for a third time, eight years after his most recent visit to the Danish festival.

The non-profit festival adds 16 new acts to the 2023 line-up, in an announcement which also includes Caroline Polachek, Weyes Blood, Indigo De Souza, Special Interest, Angélique Kidjo and the celebrated metalcore outfit Code Orange.

Today the following 14 acts have been added to Roskilde Festival 2023:

Kendrick Lamar (US)

Angélique Kidjo (BJ)
Caroline Polachek (US)
Code Orange (US)
Weyes Blood (US)

Benny Jamz (DK)
Clarissa Connelly's Canon (DK)
Derya Yildrim & Grup Simsek (TUR)
First Hate (DK)
Fulu Miziki (CD)
Indigo De Souza (US)
Nora Brown (US)
Phelimuncasi (ZA)
Special Interest (US)
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.
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