Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2017

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Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2017
14 acts named, around 160 more to come. Photo: SH Luftfoto/Roskilde Festival

If Denmark’s largest festival was feeling some pressure after this week’s surprise announcement that the Aarhus-based NorthSide had landed Radiohead as a headliner, it didn’t show it.


Similar to last year’s strategy, Roskilde Festival opted for a batch of diverse acts rather than one big name when it lifted the veil for the first time on its 2017 edition.
Organizers announced the first 14 acts for next summer, which will mark the festival’s 47th year. 
The first batch of names was most likely to appeal to fans of dance music, as it was announced that associated German electronic acts Modeselektor and Moderat would “join forces for the first time ever” and “turn the festival's iconic Orange Stage into a 60,000 capacity nightclub.”
"Moderat and Modeselektor share band members, but they've actually never performed together. So this will be an ‘only at Roskilde’ experience when they join forces for a three-hour long electronic club night on Orange Stage,” festival spokesman Anders Wahrén said. 
Organizers also said that home-grown electronic producer Trentemøller would return to Roskilde with a full backing band. 
“Trentemøller has enjoyed several successful shows on Orange Stage, but this time he has asked to play the smaller Arena stage, which we think is a good fit. The audience can expect a different sort of intensity with him and his band this time around,” Wahrén said. 
For fans who like to hear music played on loud guitars rather than a laptop, Roskilde said that American metal bands Of Mice & Men and Pig Destroyer would make their first ever appearances at the festival. 
From the other side of the spectrum will be American signer-songwriter Angel Olsen and Norwegian singer Jenny Hval, who will bring her self-described “soft dick rock” to the festival. 
Wahrén said the first batch of names was meant to whet music fans’ appetites. 
“In many ways, Roskilde Festival is about discovering the music you didn't know you were going to love, and even with more than 160 acts yet to be announced, next year's festival is sure to offer both headliners and bands that are ready to break through to a wider audience,” he said. 
The 2017 Roskilde Festival will take place from June 24th through July 1st. Tickets go on sale on November 15th. 


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