Roskilde makes fans ‘Happy’ with Pharrell

Responsible for some of the biggest hits of the past two decades, Pharrell Williams is the first headline act announced for the 2015 Roskilde Festival.

Roskilde makes fans 'Happy' with Pharrell
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. 

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200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival

The clean-up operation after the Roskilde music festival resulted in 200 cell phones being recovered.

200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Festival guests who are no longer nursing hangovers, but still missing car keys, mobile phones or wristwatches can check whether their items are now in the storage room at Roskilde Police Station.

A van-full of lost property from the festival has now been delivered to police in the city, with around 200 mobile phones as well as jewellery, power banks and up to 50 bunches of keys.

“We hope that many festivalgoers will contact us regarding their lost items so we can return them as quickly as possible,” Central and West Zealand Police communications officer Camilla Schouw Broholm wrote in a press statement.

Due to the time taken to register all of the items, police recommend that people looking for belongings initially contact them by email.

It is a good idea to include specifications and descriptions of the lost items in the email, as well as a photo if possible, police said.

Lost keys and spectacles are an exception to this, with police advising festivalgoers to call in at the station so that lost property can be examined in person.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

It could take up to three months for all the lost objects to be sorted and registered.

“We also have a lot of lost items with names on, so with these it’s easier to find the owner. Once these are have been registered, the owner will receive a message in their (secure digital email system) e-boks,” Broholm said to Ritzau.

“That also applies to telephones with IMEI numbers,” she added.

Up to 130,000 people attended last week’s Roskilde Festival, making the event temporarily Denmark’s fourth-largest city.

The festival generates over 2,000 tonnes of waste.

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