Preview: Roskilde Festival 2010

By on Friday, 16th April 2010 at 12:00 pm

For sure, Roskilde Festival in Denmark is special not only as being the biggest summer rock music festival in Northern Europe. You might think that they could get really lazy and bring in a bunch of Scandinavian acts. But no – you can count on them offering the most eclectic line-up around, choosing artists from all over the globe. The festival also has a conscience: the Roskilde Festival Charity Society makes sure every year the profits from the festival are donated directly to humanitarian and cultural purposes, and the event strives to be as green as possible as well, with volunteers on site helping to raise awareness of how we can help the environment.

The line-up for this year’s festival was announced yesterday with the headliners for this year’s Roskilde Orange Stage being Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Muse, Nephew, the Prodigy, Patti Smith and her band and Them Crooked Vultures (pictured above). A surprise: Vampire Weekend has been relegated to the middle tier of bands and will not headline this event: I thought they might, since the quartet from New York City will be headlining both Rockness and T in the Park. Our picks for the must-sees at this festival? LCD Soundsystem (with James Murphy’s announcement that ‘This is Happening’ will be his last album), Kasabian, the Temper Trap and ex-Joy Division/ex-New Order Bernard Sumner’s new band Bad Lieutenant.

You might be wondering why I, as an American blog editor, am suddenly so keen on a festival that will take place over 4,000 miles away. Well, I’ll tell you. I’m going this year as one of seven bloggers chosen by the festival organisers themselves. To be honest, I’m very excited (I nearly fainted when I heard the news I’d been picked from scores of applicants) but also a bit anxious as I imagine I will be one of the few American punters (or possibly the only one who’s not in an American band or associated with one?) at the event. I’ve been trying desperately to learn basic Danish from a Berlitz CD but I’m expecting to embarrassed multiple times with my strange sounding accent. If you are attending this year, come and say ‘hej!’ (And that would mean ‘hello’ in Danish.)

The festival will take place Thursday 01 July to Sunday 04 July, plus what they are calling a ‘warm-up period’ starting Saturday 26 June. Tickets are on sale now at the official festival Web site or through Seetickets. A ticket for the warm-up plus all 4 days of the festival runs 1675 DKK (approximately £198) + booking fee, and single day tickets are 850 DKK (approximately £100) + booking fee. Parking, tent and caravan fees are extra.

After the cut: the current line-up as of 15 April 2010. Because the dates of performance haven’t been announced yet, I’ve arranged the list of acts scheduled to appear by billing from top down (by size of the fonts on the poster), then alphabetically. This listing in no way indicates Roskilde’s or even my personal feelings about each band and their merits – I didn’t think it would be useful to throw all the acts together alphabetically!

Jack Johnson
The Prodigy
Patti Smith And Band
Them Crooked Vultures

Middle Tier

Alice In Chains
Bad Lieutenant
CV Jørgensen
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
Killswitch Engage
Kings Of Convenience
LCD Soundsystem
The National
Van Dyke Parks
Sick Of It All
Vampire Weekend

Lower Tier
Matias Aguayo
Analog Africa Soundsystem
Arriba La Cumbia
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Baron Criminel
Beach House
The Bear Quartet
Beat Torrent
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings
Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar
Brother Ali
Canteca De Macao
Choc Quib Town
Dala Dala
Den Sorte Skole
Dirty Projectors
Daara J Family
The Floor Is Made Of Lava
Florence + The Machine
Fm Belfast
Ikonika Vs. Cooly G
The Kandidate
Kasper Spez
The Kissaway Trail
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Lindstrøm & Christabelle
Local Natives
Julian Marley
Aurelio Martinez
Mexican Institute Of Sound
Miike Snow
Narasirato Pan Pipers
John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou
Gilles Peterson & Roberto Fonseca Present… Havana Cultura
Porcupine Tree
Prins Thomas
Rootz Underground
The Rumour Said Fire
Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
Speed Caravan
Staff Benda Bilili
Tim Sweeney
Systema Solar
Tech N9ne
The Temper Trap
Titus Andronicus
Valient Thorr
When Saints Go Machine
Wild Beasts
Wooden Shjips

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3 Responses

11:36 am
18th April 2010

A strong line-up again! Wooden Shjips should not be missed!

4:33 am
26th April 2010

Dude I’ll be there too! Anyway we could hang??

2:50 pm
17th June 2010

It will be an awesome Festival this year!! And no worries we danes do understand english. So you will do just fine with english!!

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