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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012LINE UP ‘ALMOST COMPLETE’ -DR JOHN TO PLAY ROSKILDE 2012!

Dr John, the legend from New Orleans is added to the lineup along with electronic summer sounds from Africa Hitech and Giraffage.

Today’s new music announcements span a genre spectrum from silver-grey voodoo rock to young electronica. We welcome the brightest times of the year with music from different genres, filled with a sunny taste.

DR. JOHN and THE LOWER 911 feat. JON CLEARY (US) give a demonstration of what the music city New Orleans excels in. Since the acid-rocking breakthrough with Gris Gris from the late 60s, Dr. John’s swampy voodoo funk rock has become an institution. The great medicine man’s latest album, Locked Down, is a round of classic swinging roots rock filled with golden Farfisa organ, brass, female choir singers and a well-oiled showy feel.

AFRICA HITECH (UK) consists of two experienced and respected lads in progressive electronic music, Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek. With Africa Hitech the two Brits weave together a global-scented sound tapestry that contains traces of not only Africa and the Caribbean but also Chicago and London’s steamy nightclubs.

GIRAFFAGE (US) conjures an impressionistic sound full of warm synthesizers and hazy memories of summer holidays. At the same time, the solar-heated, electronic tracks carry enough challenging rhythms and quirky details, making this music for both ears, nostalgia and the mind.

More music to come – It’s getting close but we’re not quite finished yet. The last acts in the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012THREE GENRE DEFINING ARTISTS CONFIRMED FOR ROSKILDE 2012!

One week before organisers reveal this year’s full line up, they have announced three genre-defining men, all of whom are important figures in each of their very different music genres.

RUBÉN BLADES (PAN) is one of the flagships in hard, politically indignated “salsa dura”, and he can write several titles on his business card – including lawyer, politician and actor. However, it’s as a singer and musician that the Panama legend’s star is biggest. With the characteristic piano riffs, congas and brass, Rubén Blades is ready to start up a pure salsa party.

PAUL KALKBRENNER (DE) has become some kind of figurehead for the Berlin techno scene, not least because of the film Berlin Calling in which he played the leading role just as he composed the soundtrack. The latest album Icke Wieder cements the German’s talent for creating beautiful and harmonious minimal techno. Now the Berliner beats move to Roskilde Festival. Brace yourself for an electronic party in widescreen, which will probably put the German in the company of former Roskilde conquerors as Trentemøller and Tiësto.

LEE RANALDO (US) has been a core member of genre-defining noise rock band Sonic Youth for 30 years. The band is now on hiatus, and it has given Ranaldo time to complete his solo project, which was started back in 2010. As a guitarist Ranaldo has been at the intersection between experimental minimalism and alternative rock, and he has recently released his first song-oriented solo rock album Between The Times And The Tides.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012APOLLO COUNTDOWN STAGE FILLS WITH YOUNG ELECTRONIC SOUNDS!

Apollo Countdown is the name of Roskilde Festival’s new electronic stage – in the warm-up days (music is playing between 1st – 4th July).

Following the tradition with the Pavilion Junior stage, Apollo Countdown focuses primarily on upcoming Nordic artists.  The following 20 acts will deliver all kinds of electronic beats on Apollo Countdown:

ADRIAN LUX (S), BEASTIE RESPOND (DK), COPENHEAVY (DK), ELOQ (DK), F.O.O.L. (S), THE FREDERIK (DK), FRITJOF & PIKANEN (S), GHOSTIGITAL (ISL), KESI (DK), KHALAZER (DK), SANDRA KOLSTAD (N), KÚRA (ISL/DK), MASH UP INTERNATIONAL (S), NORTHERN STRUCTURES (DK), SLENG (DK), SPRUTBASS (N), JULIUS SYLVEST (DK), SOFFIE VIEMOSE (DK), VAAGSBYGD HANDY (N), WAR FOR YOUTH (DK/S)

With this rich array there will be musical experiences like never before during the warm-up days – whether you’re into electronic pop, edgy grime hip hop, hypnotic house or globally inspired beats.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012MORE UPCOMING ACTS CONFIRMED FOR ROSKILDE’S PAVILION JUNIOR

Roskilde Festival’s stage for newly hatched bands will be filled with diverse talent.  Another impressive array of artists are ready for Pavilion Junior – Roskilde Festival’s stage for upcoming, predominantly Scandinavian bands.

This week’s new additions almost have the same width as the rest of the festival lineup – from Swedish punk and dancehall to Finnish sunshine guitar pop and Danish death metal.

The newcomers are: BÄDDAT FÖR TRUBBEL (S), CEREKLOTH (DK), DANGERS OF THE SEA (DK), THE ECHO VAMPER (DK), FRENCH FILMS (FIN), GIRLSEEKER (DK), GOVERNOR OF ALASKA (DK), INDIANS (DK), DAWDA JOBARTEH (GAM), KLUMBEN & RASKE PENGE (DK), RUM 37 (DK), SHINY DARKLY (DK), SLOWOLF (DK), TEAM ME (N)

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012US SOUTHERN METAL BANDS COMING TO ROSKILDE!

Today’s music package is a big roar from the southern swamps. We proudly present some of the best metal produced in the US Southern states. A true riff marathon awaits.

BARONESS have with Red Album and Blue Record made a name for themselves as one of the most progressive front-runners of Southern metal, alongside like-minded Roskilde acts such as Mastodon and Kylesa. The band has announced new material on the way.

CROWBAR incarnates, like few other bands, the murky sludge metal genre with its tuned-down riffs, lazy grooves and roaring vocals. The hefty chaps have retained their metal style since the early 90s, unaffected by any fads.

RED FANG delivers a testosterone-driven update of Black Sabbath, Melvins and Kyuss. A party for everyone convinced that The Lord not only has a long beard but also a checkered shirt, a spiked belt and a can of beer in his hand.

WEEDEATER are without a doubt good-natured Southern folks – the band’s first album was called … And Justice For Y’all with a howdy to Metallica’s classic. The music, however, is a deadly mixture of fast riffs, whipped drums and growling vocals.

Slightly out of category – still badass
HANK3 doesn’t fully fit this category. Yet, organizers couldn’t help but let this country/punk/metal pioneer join the tough company of the other Southern boys. Hank3’s concerts often culminate with a doom section where the country band drops the leather shirts and plays metal.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012MAC MILLER, A$AP ROCKY AND DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE JOIN ROSKILDE BILL!

Three hot, young up-and-coming rappers from the United States share the spotlight in today’s announcement.

MAC MILLER has conquered the young hip hop scene just like his bro Wiz Khalifa, who is also playing Roskilde this summer. With his debut album Blue Slide Park Mac Miller has achieved such high sales numbers that his name is now molded in solid gold. Already before the album was released, his live shows have experienced massive interest, also in the Nordic countries. Mac Miller’s light and often bubbly hip hop is packed with summer vibes as well as thoughts and dreams of girls and fame.

A$AP ROCKY is flamboyant hip hop from a self-assured innovator of the New York school. This golden boy’s universe deals with the sweet life of a rap star and womanizer; luckily, musical substance is to be found alongside with the self-proclaimed “pretty motherfucker”’s tales. LiveLoveA$AP consolidated A$AP Rocky’s potential within the general music press, his mixtape offers several reasons to why you should look forward to the rapper’s Roskilde debut as well.

DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE has placed her name in the corner where young urban queens such as Nicki Minaj, Santigold and M.I.A reign. Several mixtapes have caught people’s ears. In addition, Dominique Young Unique has performed with acts such as Big Boi, Gucci Mane and N.E.R.D. Also, Kanye West has taken notice of the girl with the speedy tongue, who also prepares to create her own fashion collection. A new hot style icon is ready to entertain the Nordic crowd.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012MEW CONFIRMED FOR ROSKILDE 2012

The exclusive concert with the Nordic favourites is announced along with Mutiny On The Bounty and Ter Haar.   Organisers have confirmed a much welcome Roskilde reunion, an audience favourite plays an exclusive show – one of very few in 2012 – for its Scandinavian fans.

MEW (DK) has developed a unique sound where Jonas Bjerre’s choirboy vocals are the human anchor point in a tornado of sophisticated, dreamy, often hard-hitting rock. Amidst these rugged sounds the band has even written some catchy-as-ever choruses that make pop fans cherish this band. Mew is in the studio these days, so maybe we will even be treated with tunes from an upcoming album.

A statement from Mew’s HQ says:
“Having sailed the seven seas, Silas, Jonas and Bo are back in the circle, busy building new floors and sections of the castle that Mew inhabits. Airy halls of light and wind, amber-coloured wood radiating from the bottom up, these rooms are future rooms for us all. This is celebrated with few concerts over the summer and autumn.”

Two equally challenging, European bands added to the lineup.  Along with the Danish favourites two European bands who like Mew have a penchant for complexity and edge have also been added to the line up.

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (LUX) plays progressive, hard-hitting and technical rock. This music out of Luxembourg is not just well-executed and with more ideas in one song than many bands use on an entire album. It is also brutally beautiful, melodic guitar rock that will appeal to everyone who digs music with both balls and brain.

TER HAAR (DE) started out as an instrumental band, which you feel in the musicality and attention to detail in all of the trio’s songs – even after guitarist Philipp Koller has started singing. The ambition is edgy, complex post-rock that makes you want to dance rather than count time signatures. Don’t miss this band if you’ve enjoyed Battles’ angular rhythm.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012ELECTRONIC AND 1st NORWEGIAN BAND ANNOUNCED FOR ROSKILDE 2012!

Today’s announcement contains three highly promising shooting stars of electronic music who in no way see their respective nationalities as a musical limitation as well as the first of the Norwegian bands for 2012!

MARTYN (NL) mixes dubstep, techno, UK funky and drum’n’bass in a transatlantic genre fusion where Detroit, London, Chicago and Berlin are just some of the electronic metropolises popping out. Martyn was originally regarded as a promising name in bass-heavy dubstep. Today, the Dutch producer and DJ sounds more like a type that will not put up with a single musical label.

SHLOHMO (US) is a child of the same Los Angeles that has delivered former Roskilde artists such as Gonjasufi and The Gaslamp Killer. The young beat smith cuts into a personal niche with his delicate, electronic music. The music is based on several thresholds, including abstract hip hop, nature programme soundtracks in the vein of Boards of Canada and post-London dubstep.

THE TODDLA T SOUND (UK) goes all the way with a show featuring a sonic vortex of dancehall, house, garage and countless other dance genres from both Great Britain and the Caribbean. Sheffield’s own Toddla T has DJ’ed longer than he has been able to obtain a driver’s licence. Today he is a well-established British DJ act, for instance at the hot London club Fabric and on BBC Radio 1. With The Toddla T Sound, the prodigy enters the stage.

Roskilde Festival and the streaming service WiMP release this year’s first Norwegian act together.

120 DAYS (N) plays cold, dark electronic rock that sounds like Kraftwerk’s hometown Düsseldorf in the 70s and Manchester in the 90s.120 Days II (the follow-up to the debut album, which was also followed by a Roskilde-concert in 2007) bodes well for a rock rave full of laser lights, Norwegian cold degrees and house hypnosis.

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Roskilde Festival Denmark 2012REFUSED ARE HEADING TO ROSKILDE 2012!

This Wednesday’s announcements tremble with fervor, power and nerve.

REFUSED (S) has announced a series of concerts followed by a near-religious ecstasy with fans of metal, punk and (post-)hardcore. The Shape Of Punk To Come – one of the hardcore genre’s undisputed masterpieces – resulted in Refused splitting up while this hand grenade of an album cemented their status as one of the most important bands of hardcore. Their revolutionary hardcore is packed with rhythmic complexity and daring experiments. The Swedes’ inflamed rebel music has given them an international reputation and inspired an entire generation of hard-hitting bands.

CEREBRAL BALLZY (US) seems madly in love with the 80s hardcore punk scene. Their loud songs are straightforward, brutal and without revolutionary ambitions besides placing a nuclear crater between pop and punk. The band’s self-titled debut is 20 minutes of unpretentious, musical ultra-violence and cements the band as one of Brooklyn’s most aggressive and party-loving.

WARBRINGER (US) has a starting point in thrash metal with its gas-guzzling tempos and wind-swept guitar solos. But the Californian band is more than just a tribute to old records by Slayer and Metallica. Hardened by intense touring and sweaty moshpits since 2004, the L.A. thrashers’ brutal songs mutate in new ways – often with a destructive undercurrent of death metal and newer, more progressive tendencies.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkTHE ROOTS & JONATHAN JOHANSSON JOIN ROSKILDE LINE UP!

The American hip hop collective is added to the line-up together with Swedish artist Jonathan Johansson.

THE ROOTS (US) play at Roskilde Festival as the only Scandinavian job this summer. The American hip hop collective rarely visits Europe nowadays. The performance at Roskilde Festival will be a welcome opportunity to see The Roots where they are best. On stage. ?uestlove, Black Thought and co lead the way when it comes to hip hop packed with hot neo-soul, social indignation, humour, funk and improv-minded jazz. Many people call The Roots the best live band of hip hop for their swing and rock band feeling. You now have a chance at Roskilde Festival to experience why that description is quite fitting.

JONATHAN JOHANSSON (S) has already conquered lots of pop hearts with his elegant and catchy pop. With his Swedish lyrics and tasteful 80s-leaning arrangements, Johansson has also attracted attention all the way across the Atlantic. Jonathan Johansson continues the Swedish tradition of writing superior, slightly melancholic pop songs with a big aim. He stylishly and coolly distills romance and soul into black shiny pop songs, making fans of Depeche Mode and New Order cheer.

With rock, folk, hip hop, metal and pop in the preliminary line-up, Roskilde Festival 2012 prepares for a party in all colours of the music rainbow. Music of all genres, colours and sizes will continue to flow towards you in the near future, so stay on this channel.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkTHE CURE TO PLAY ROSKILDE 2012!
Robert Smith’s dark-romantic rock band is joined by AraabMuzik and Cold Specks.

We have another major act ready on a dark winter’s day. We proudly present a legendary band who has not played at Roskilde Festival since 2001.

THE CURE (UK) incarnates dark, British rock. In Scandinavia they are a huge act and a true audience favourite, not least due to a series of exceptional concerts at Roskilde Festival throughout the band’s long career. Dark-edged albums such as Pornography and Disintegration have secured The Cure a legendary status among rock critics. At the same time, Robert Smith and his black entourage are popular among a wide audience because of hits such as “Close To Me” and “Friday I’m In Love”. A concert with The Cure at Roskilde Festival is a great chance to experience the Brits’ grandiose, gothic rock live under the Scandinavian summer’s sky.

The Cure is joined by a couple of younger artists:

ARAABMUZIK (US) delivers a superior display of virtuoso skills, darkening the future of the guitar solo. With his beat-up MPC – an advanced drum and sample machine – as a starting point, Abraham Orellana creates harsh, cut-up, MC-free hip hop that mutates between trance, mash-up, dubstep and countless other urban, electronic genres.

COLD SPECKS (CAN) plays some kind of classic, American blues folk with a distinctive singer at the centre. With a little picking on her acoustic guitar – occasionally accompanied by a little cello and piano – the 23-year-old Al Spx creates a goosebumps-inducing atmosphere. A brand-new debutant with a voice from the old days.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkFIRST DANISH BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2012
After a December full of international heavyweights, we start the new year with a batch of Danish bands.

I GOT YOU ON TAPE retakes Roskilde Festival as a band that risen significantly from the ranks since their last visit at the festival in 2009. The Danes are well on their way to becoming central on the Nordic alternative scene. I Got You On Tape’s new album is called Church Of The Real, and with a sporadic disco inspiration, church organ and catchy choruses, the well-playing four-piece will ensure a grandiose atmosphere with their melodic poppy rock songs.

LARSEN & FURIOUS JANE is a well-kept secret of the lucky few. Not for long. With a solid grasp on songwriting, Larsen & Furious Jane have created a handful of albums that uses well-written, absolutely non-Danish sounding indie rock to explore the rather disgruntled mood as it sounds coming from a group of Danes.

EL PARAISO is a new Danish record label focusing on experimental, mind-expanding music. From the label’s psychedelic menu we present acid rockers CAUSA SUI, the band EL PARAISO ENSEMBLE put together especially for Roskilde 2012 and the kraut and post-rock trio PAPIR. Look forward to a package full of thick, cosmic acid from some of Denmark’s most respected underground bands.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkFRIENDLY FIRES AND TUNE-YARDS TOPLAY ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2012
Two colourful summer bands join the festival programme on one of the shortest days of the year.  Organisers have announced two festive and colourful music acts in the middle of the winter darkness and the late Christmas shopping frenzy.

FRIENDLY FIRES (UK) – Friendly Fires aim with jubilant enthusiasm for a sexy, electronic stadium sound that reaches out to dancing shoes in the back row. The British band has already proven its qualities as a live band on Roskilde Festival’s Odeon stage in 2009. Since then, their star has grown bigger as a group of first-class party starters.

TUNE-YARDS (US) – is the new prodigy of mad pop. The woman with the androgynous African voice is a sister-in-spirit of Animal Collective, Björk and Dirty Projectors. Merrill Garbus’ music waddles and hobbles charmingly out there, high-fiving East Africa, R&B, hip hop and avant-garde along the way. A kind of sunshine pop for hyperacti

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkROSKILDE ANNOUNCE THE FIRST  METAL ACTS TO RUIN THE PEACE OF XMAS!

The Christmasy spirit of December is strongly challenged by today’s two new bands who mark the first metal influence on the Roskilde programme.

DEVILDRIVER (US) conquers your ears with pumped-up thrash, hardcore and death metal in well-balanced doses. Through intense touring and discipline, Dez Fafara and his companions have established themselves as a hard-working and uncompromising unit in the name of metal. We are looking forward to giving the stage to a live band that knows how to make their audience surrender to the sign of the horns.

NASUM (S) is responsible for some of the most exquisite musical punishments of the fast grindcore genre. The often ultra-short and explosive attacks have made Nasum one of the genre’s finest. The band’s vocalist Mieszko Talarczyk died during the tsunami in 2004. Keijo Niinimaa from the grind mates Rotten Sound, who played at Roskilde Festival in 2008, now delivers the vocals on the Nasum’s goodbye tour, which also brings them to Roskilde Festival.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkAMERICAN ROCK ICON & HIS FAITHFUL E STREET BAND CONFIRMED FOR ROSKILDE 2012!

A rock dream comes true in 2012. This year’s December announcements reach their climax with the confirmation of a true legend.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND (US) are ready to take on Orange Stage this summer with a characteristically long concert full of golden rock anthems. It is a true highlight in over 40 years of festival history to finally announce this rock icon on one of the most iconic stages in the world.

Having this denim-clad superhero play at Roskilde Festival is no longer a dream scenario. His influence on rock history can hardly be overstated. Without this masterful songwriter and storyteller, a whole generation of younger bands would not sound the way they do. Regardless of age and knowledge of Bruce Springsteen, it is practically a civic duty to experience this artist who – despite his simple and unpretentious craft – towers up on the rock horizon.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkHIP HOP ANNOUNCEMENT TIME FOR ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2012!

It’s time for hip hop. Today’s music announcement offers fresh blood from USA!

WIZ KHALIFA has broken through big time with “Black and Yellow”, which has been a huge hit on the radio. With this festive and poppy tribute to his local NFL team, Wiz Khalifa went straight for the mainstream heart of the wide audience and gave both Drake and Lil Wayne a fight for their money about being the young generation’s biggest hip hop hero. Now the popular, tattooed rapper is ready to capture Roskilde Festival’s bulging heart with one of his energetic and hard-working shows.

ROYCE DA 5’9” has shared the stage with Eminem in the duo Bad Meets Evil, worked as ghost writer for Dr. Dre and is part of the super group Slaughterhouse. Yet, Royce Da 5’9” has only made a name for himself in narrow circles. With the comeback album Success Is Certain he stages the big breakthrough. Here the experienced rapper authoritatively puts his skills as an MC on display – he continues his master class at Roskilde Festival.

YELAWOLF is a skinny country boy brought up on Lynyrd Skynyrd, but with an aggressive and virtuous rap style. He is signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, and comparisons with this pioneer are inevitable. But make no mistake of Yelawolf. His music reeks of petrol, crunk, dope and white trash attitude, so you know it is made by a genuine Dixie. Despite some occasional, chart-appealing sounds on the new long player Radioactive, Dirty South atmosphere is practically a guarantee when the fierce rapper guests Roskilde.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkAUDIENCE FAVE BON IVER IS COMING TO ROSKILDE 2012

The bearded folk hero is a new early triumph for the coming music programme. Organisers have added a solid act to the programme for fans of alternative folk from God’s own country.

BON IVER (US) broke through with the lonely, sobbingly beautiful debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. On the self-titled album from 2011 front man Justin Vernon has extended his sound with a big, well-playing band and appears as a progressive folk artist with a penchant for soft rock, grandiose sounds and instrumental digressions.

Bon Iver has really stepped into the spotlight. It was also evident when we asked for your music requests the last time around. The bearded American with the fabulous falsetto is now in the top 10 of the hottest Roskilde requests in the company of the biggest stars, stadium bands and legends. We are happy to be able to fulfill your request with this critic’s darling.

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Roskilde Festival DenmarkFIRST BIG NAME FOR ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2012 – BJORK!

The Icelandic superstar is ready to pay another visit to Scandinavia’s biggest festival.

Organisers kick off the new festival season with a true ”Roskilde act”. One of the most distinct profiles and an always surprising musician.

BJÖRK (ISL) combines, like few others, broad appeal with artistic eccentricity. She is at once a musical sorceress with Icelandic lava flowing through the veins, iconic pop star and electronic wonder kid. Throughout the last 18 years, each new album has been a bold move in a new direction, and Roskilde Festival has been one of the regular stops on her musical travels.

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