Hip-hop duo leads Roskilde Festival’s 20 new additions

20 new names have been added to the Roskilde festival line-up, bringing the total number of acts to 74, with 101 more to be announced at the beginning of April.

Hip-hop duo leads Roskilde Festival's 20 new additions
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be gracing the Orange stage at this years Roskilde. Photo: Der Robert/Flickr

The new line up now includes the American hit hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the British super group The Last Shadow Puppets, as well as a plethora of other bands from across the globe.

The hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rose to fame with a string of hits such as 'Can’t Hold Us', 'Same Love' and their number one single 'Thrift shop'. The duo released their newest album 'This Unruly Mess I've Made' this year, so the 100,000 strong crowd of music lovers can expect to hear new material as well as old favourites.

“We can’t wait to see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on our biggest stage with their string of disarming hits and brand-new songs. They have truly become a headliner with everything that entails: great songs, loyal fans and a very special, visually overwhelming live show,” festival spokesman Anders Wahrén said.

The British super group The Last Shadow Puppets, fronted by Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, will also be joining the stage with a new album 'Everything You’ve Come to Expect', due for release in April. This will be the first album the band have released in nearly eight years.

Alex Turner will be returning to Roskilde with Last of the Shadow Puppets this year. Photo: Jason Persse/Flickr

Tuesday's announcement also included home-grown Danish acts such as Choir of Young Believers, perhaps best known as the musicians behind the theme song to the internationally acclaimed Scandinavian crime drama 'The Bridge' (Broen).

The full 175 acts that will be performing at Roskilde will be announced at the beginning of April, organizers said.

The 2016 Roskilde Festival will take place June 25 through July 2, with the first four days serving as a “warm up” with up and coming acts from the Nordics before the main line-up kicks off. 

The 20 acts announced on Tuesday are:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (US)
At the Drive-In (US)
The Last Shadow Puppets (UK)
Blues Pills (SE)
Choir of Young Believers (DK)
Diät (DE)
Ex Eye (US)
Fox Millions Duo (US)
Freddie Gibbs (US)
Guardian Alien (US)
Kakkmaddafakka (NO)
Bersærk (DK)
Chinah (DK)
Emilie Ramirez (DK)
Gents (DK)
Gundelach (NO)
Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? (FI)
Milkywhale (IS)
Reykjavíkurdætur (IS)
Sudakistan (SE)





Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade

The possibility of large-scale music festivals taking place in Denmark this summer has been described as “unrealistic” following the publication of expert recommendations for coronavirus-safe events.

Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade
The Roskilde Festival during the glorious summer of 2018. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix

Music events such as the Roskilde Festival, the largest of its kind in northern Europe, would not be able to take place as normal and must be without overnight guests under the recommendations, submitted in report form by an expert advisory group to the government on Friday.

The group, appointed as part of the national reopening plan, was tasked with looking at how festivals and other large events can take place this summer.

The recommendations will provide the basis political discussions which will form an agreement over large events which will be integrated into the reopening plan.

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Seven various scenarios, including one for outdoors, standing events, were considered by the expert group in forming its recommendations. Two phases have been set down for eased restrictions on large events, which are currently banned due to the public assembly limit.

In the final phase of the restrictions towards the end of the summer, a maximum of 10,000 people would be permitted to attend an event. All attendees would be required to present a valid corona passport, and audiences would be split into sections of 2,000.

Although that could provide a framework for some events to take place, Roskilde Festival, which normally has a total of around 130,000 guests and volunteers including sprawling camping areas, appears to be impossible in anything resembling its usual format.

The festival was also cancelled in 2020.

Roskilde Festival CEO Signe Lopdrup, who was part of the expert group, said the festival was unlikely to go ahead should it be required to follow the recommendations.

“Based on the recommendations, we find it very difficult to believe it is realistic to organise festivals in Denmark before the end of the summer,” Lopdrup said in a written comment to broadcaster DR.

The restrictions would mean “that it is not possible to go ahead with the Roskilde Festival. That’s completely unbearable. But that’s where we’ve ended,” she added.

The news is potentially less bleak for other types of event with fewer participants, with cultural and sporting events as well as conferences also included in the recommendations submitted by the group.

Parliament has previously approved a compensation scheme for major events forced to cancel due to coronavirus measures this summer.