White last played the Orange stage in 2012 but returns with a recently-released album. Photo: Leon Neal/Scanpix
For rock fans, Canadian hip-hop artist Drake’s Roskilde Festival cancellation has turned into a regular treat.
Unquestionably one of the biggest names in modern rock ’n’ roll, Jack White has agreed to take the Orange stage at 11pm on Sunday night to deliver the final concert on the festival's main stage.
“As one of his generation's biggest rock icons, it’s not just anybody who’s stepping in as the closing act at this year's festival,” the festival said in announcing the change. “We are happy that we have managed to get such a big star to step in this late. Jack White is playing instead of Drake who had to cancel yesterday due to illness.”
White last month released a stellar second solo album Lazaretto, giving him a new arsenal of songs to add to his already-impressive catalogue. The former White Stripes mastermind – and part-time Dead Weather and the Raconteurs member – last played at the Roskilde Festival in 2012 in support of his solo debut Blunderbuss. That concert was plagued by sound problems, so the Roskilde technicians will have a chance to make up for that this time around.
Drake cancelled his scheduled Sunday appearance on Friday, saying simply that “an issue” had come up. The festival, however, attributed it to illness.