Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2017

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.

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