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Paul McCartney to headline Roskilde

UPDATED: The British icon will hit Roskilde as his only European festival appearance this summer for a show that promises to include a collection of classic Beatles songs.

Paul McCartney to headline Roskilde
Paul McCartney shown in 2010. Photo: Aurelien Guichard/Flickr
Paul McCartney is extending a world tour with nine dates in Europe, including a headline appearance at the Roskilde Festival and an emotional return to the Beatles' native Liverpool.
 
The 72-year-old British icon will play his first shows in his native country since 2012 with three shows in May in London, Birmingham and Liverpool, he said in a statement Friday.
 
The first date — on May 23 at The 02 — will mark the former Beatle's 50th show in London as a solo artist.
 
McCartney will also be the major draw at Roskilde, one of Europe's largest music events, in his first time in five years on the continent's summer festival circuit.
 
The other concerts will take place between June 5 and July 9 in Amsterdam, Marseille, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm  — all cities he has not hit on the "Out There" tour that opened in May 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The tour has been marked by giant screens and pyrotechnics, with McCartney playing a range of Beatles classics as well as newer songs.
 
Roskilde Festival organizers on Friday morning confirmed the Beatle legend's appearance, saying McCartney would play the Orange Stage on Saturday, July 4th – the festival's final night.
 
"The McCartney live experience is a once-in-a-lifetime moment all music fans should experience. The three-hour concert includes some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years in music, many of which have shaped the soundtrack of our lives," a festival press release said.
 
McCartney himself appeared to be the festival to the punch by an hour or so Friday morning. A similar scenario played out in 2012 when Bruce Springsteen announced he would play the festival before any official word from Roskilde. 
 
Already announced for this year's Roskilde Festival, the 44th of its kind, are Pharrell Williams, Mastodon, The War on Drugs, Muse and many more. The festival runs from June 27th – July 4th, with the main music acts playing over the last four days. 

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ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2016

Denmark's largest festival gives fans a little teaser with the first ten names added to next year's line-up.

Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2016
Photo: Vegard Kristensen/Roskilde Festival
With the weather having made a turn for the colder and daylight hours steadily dwindling, there’s no better time to start thinking ahead to next summer’s festival season. 
 
Roskilde Festival, the largest music festival in Denmark, announced the first ten acts for its 2016 edition on Thursday.
 
Headlining the announcement were Canadian ‘slacker rocker’ Mac DeMarco, New York rapper Action Bronson and Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. 
 
The festival, which is gearing up for its 46th year, will have a total of 175 acts so the first batch represents only about five percent of the performers music fans can see between June 25th and July 2nd. 
 
“The festival is roughly nine months away, but we’re already busy putting together a line-up that’s both stylistically diverse and relevant. These qualities are very important to us and reflected by our announcements today that represent metal, rap, country, pop and much more,” the festival’s head of programme, Anders Wahrén, said. 
 
The Roskilde Festival attracts around 100,000 music fans each year. The non-profit festival is primarily driven by volunteers and donates its proceeds to worthy causes. The 2015 edition was fully sold-out and tickets for next year’s festival will go on sale next month. 
 
 
Organizers are currently soliciting fan requests for who should play in 2016. 
 
“This October we invite our audience to send us their music wishes, which we will collect and use as both inspiration and knowhow in the booking process over the course of the next year,” Wahrén said. 
 
Although an October line-up announcement may seem early, it actually comes later than Roskilde’s first announcement last year and more than a week after the heavy metal festival Copenhell triumphed its major booking of the legendary Black Sabbath for its 2016 edition. That concert will be Black Sabbath's last ever show in Denmark.
 
The ten acts introduced for the 2016 Roskilde Festival on Thursday were:
 
Action Bronson (US)
Mac Demarco (CA)
Courtney Barnett (AU)
Cattle Decapitation (US)
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld (CA)
Ho99o9 (US)
Kuedo (DE)
Qwanqwa (ET)
Sleaford Mods (UK)
Sturgill Simpson (US)
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