Pharrell Williams. Photo: Martin Bureau/Scanpix
As if Roskilde Festival didn’t already make music fans happy enough, organisers announced on Thursday that Mr ‘Happy’ himself, Pharrell Williams, will be among the headliners of the 2015 festival.
Williams’s ubiquitous ‘Happy’ has been virtually inescapable but the hit is just one of dozens in the 41-year-old American’s repertoire.
Originally breaking through as a part of the production duo The Neptunes, Williams has been behind some of the biggest songs of the past 15 to 20 years, producing tracks for artists ranging from hip-hop artists like Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg to pop superstars like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
Aside from his production work, which won him a producer of the year Grammy in 2004, Williams has found success as a singer and rapper and also fronts the funk-rock band N*E*R*D.
“There are few others who have managed to lift urban music to the stratosphere of global hit lists as Pharrell Williams has done, whether it is hip-hop, pure pop, R&B or electronic. We anticipate that Pharrell Williams and his band will deliver a huge show on the Orange Stage that will be jam-packed with highlights from his entire career, covering both his own solo efforts and the countless hits he has created for other stars,” Roskilde Festival’s programme director Anders Wehrén said.
Although we haven’t even hit November, this is already the second line-up announcement for July’s Roskilde Festival. Organisers kicked the festival season off earlier than ever by starting sales in September.
In 2015, Roskilde Festival will face a new challenger on the festival scene in the form of the Odense festival Tinderbox, which has promised to make its first lineup announcement in November.
In announcing Williams on Thursday, the Roskilde Festival also said that additional acts would be added by the end of the year. In all, the festival will feature around 170 acts over its eight days.