Roskilde Festival is the largest music and arts festival in Northern Europe. Taking place from 29 June until 6 July this year, it’s one of the oldest festivals, dating back to 1971 and is a non-profit event. The full festival journey is an eight-day exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party. With more than 180 music acts in the line-up performing on eight stages and over 130,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde Festival is one of the most unique festival experiences in the world. This year we’ll be seeing Bob Dylan, Cardi B, Travis Scott, MØ, Robert Plant, Robyn, Underworld, SOPHIE, Vampire Weekend, The Cure, Janelle Monáe, Christine and the Queens, Rosalía, Skepta, Cypress Hill, Jorja Smith, and so many more take to the stage. If you want to come along and enjoy the full 8-day festival experience then you best email us quickly at email@example.com
Socially conscious headliner
When Janelle Monáe first played Roskilde Festival she called it the most amazing show she had ever played. The American is back, bigger and better than ever before after the release of her highly acclaimed Dirty Computer, mixing soul, funk, pop and afrofuturism.
A former mentee of Prince, Monáe doesn’t merely perform a persona, she embodies it. On her first releases, she became an android, inviting listeners into a world full of Afrofuturist magical realism. She has wowed critics in roles in Academy-nominated films, “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures”, so performing a character is natural stuff for this prodigy.
On her album challenges social and sexual norms as well as traditional concepts of a woman’s role in the world. It’s also an album that celebrates those in marginalised communities.
Indie heroes, guitar gods and wonderful weirdos
Vampire Weekend have kept fans waiting for a new album for six years. Now they are finally back at Roskilde Festival, and this time they will be conquering the legendary main stage, the Orange Stage. Noel Gallagher returns with his High Flying Birds, and guitar lovers will be happy to see another British legend, Johnny Marr, presenting both solo material and The Smiths classics.
Plenty of singer-songwriters are ready for their Roskilde debut: from Welsh popstar Marina and New Zealand hero Aldous Harding to folk-pop starlet Maggie Rogers and indie favourite Weyes Blood.
Travis Scott favourite Sheck Wes, grime king Skepta and future star Saweetie will make hip-hop connoisseurs happy, while festival-goers looking for something heavier will rejoice in collective headbanging to acts such as Behemoth and Danish favourites Baest.
Those favouring synthesizers, beats and samples will have plenty to look forward to with new announcements such as German darling DJ Koze, quirky Italian Giorgia Angiuli and noisy duo 700 Bliss consisting of DJ Haram and Moor Mother. A further exploration of the paths of weird will lead to Yves Tumor and the jazz adventures of The Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet XL, with saxophone hero Shabaka Hutchings leading both outfits.
Arts, activism and solidarity – and particle accelerators
Art, social engagement and music are inseparable and all part of the full experience at Roskilde Festival.
Hundreds of artists, writers, scientists, speakers and architects will inspire contemplation, spark debate and surprise festival-goers. This year’s Arts & Activism programme includes a large-scale sculpture by renowned Swiss artist Claudia Comte and a performance by American artist Isabel Lewis.
Hannah Tocicki Anbert will conduct a silent parade in the name of unproductivity, Søren Aagaard will set up a post-apocalyptic food truck and Japanese artist Tomoko Sauvage will transform water bowls into instruments, turning water into sound.
As always, there will be plenty of street art at Roskilde Festival with a programme that includes Askew One, Bacon and Zusa.
Bringing science to the festival experience, CERN and the Niels Bohr Institute will offer workshops enabling you to make a cloud or your very own renewable charger as well as debates on topics such as future energy.
Roskilde Festival’s head of programme Anders Wahrén says:
“It feels great to finally present our programme, and Janelle Monáe is a crown jewel in a line-up I think bodes very well for our future. Not only do we have a load of great young artists of all sizes and from all corners of the earth, we also see that many of them are more socially aware than ever. From the music to the arts, debates and workshops, solidarity and activism is something that is reflected throughout our programme.”
Tickets to Roskilde Festival are for sale on roskilde-festival.dk.
Full festival tickets are DKK 2100 (approx. EUR 282) (including free access to camping).
One-day tickets are DKK 1050 (approx. EUR 141) – only a limited number available for each of the final four festival days.
See more on roskilde-festival.dk
Roskilde Festival 2019 lasts for eight days between Saturday 29 June and Saturday 6 July.