Can you believe it’s been three years since we last stomped the hallowed grounds of Roskilde Festival?
Roskilde Festival, a mainstay of Danish music and festival culture, is finally welcoming us back to their warm embrace from the 25th of June and the 2d of July.
After what simultaneously felt like 30 minutes and 30 years (time might fly when you’re having fun, but it sure as hell skips and jumps all over the place when you’re living through a pandemic), we’re excited for a summer filled with live music and human interaction.
The festival, which has been held almost every year since 1971, is one of the largest festivals in Europe, and the largest in Scandinavia. Since its inception, it has welcomed world-famous musicians from all over the world.
But Roskilde Festival doesn’t only headline with international acts. The festival also always sports a long list of exciting Scandinavian musicians, artists, and performers.
Here are the best local acts to see at Roskilde Festival this year:
Nordic Music at Roskilde Festival
Oh, Jada! In case you’ve missed out on her iconic ballad about sending nudes to someone and then being left on read, here’s your chance to hear her perform it live. Jada has one of the most impressive voices in contemporary Danish music, and she never fails to deliver live. She is usually accompanied by her choir and her dancers, and together, they always serve a powerful performance with a healthy dose of vulnerability. Get ready to dance, cry, and hug it out with your friends.
Friday 1 July, 1:00 am
Coco O. Has already had an illustrious career as one half of the band Quadron, she has collaborated with Tyler the Creator, and she had a song on “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack before she went solo in 2018. Don’t miss out on this gem!
Thursday 30 June, 1:00 pm
Whatever you were doing when you were in your late teens/early twenties, it wasn’t as impressive as what Musti is doing right now. The young Norwegian/Somali rapper has gone from success to success, with several EP’s and an album to her name, as well as multiple awards and prizes.
Her sound is fast-paced, almost impatient, her lyrics razor-sharp, and her flow unique. We’re excited to see her perform live; it’s bound to be a brilliant experience!
Tuesday 28 June, 4:30 pm
Nadia Tehran defies description. She is her own sound, her own expression, her own art. Her music is punk-ish, synth-ish, post-everything-ish, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with at a live performance. In some ways, she is reminiscent of a young M.I.A, but with a Pussy Riot aesthetic. You’ll have to watch her perform live to understand what I mean.
Saturday 2 July, 10:30 pm
Blæst is walking hand in hand with your crush at that hour of the evening when the sky is a lemonade pink-orange. Blæst is dancing with handsome strangers in neon lights. Blæst is tipsy confidence. With every song they release, Blæst proves to us over and over again that their juicy pop is exactly what this summer needs. We’re yearning for something FUN to happen, and dancing to Blæst’s funky tunes is it.
Tuesday 28 June, 11:00 pm
Talks, art, and activism
Roskilde Festival also has an extensive program of talks, art and activism. If your ears and legs are tired of the concerts, consider these exciting events:
Q&A about sex and consent, love and lust.
Monday 27 June, 2:45 pm
Norm critical workshop about sex toys! Yum! You can even win prizes!
Sunday 26 June, 8:45 pm
Adelaide Charlier, Elizabeth Wathuti and Nina Gualinga – Activism
Meet climate activists from around the world. Hear their stories and get inspired to act.
Tuesday 28 June at 5:45 pm
Thursday 30 June, 11:00 am