Discuss the current and past Roskilde festival lineup and announcements.
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I have been to Roskilde since 2009 (and twice in 2003 and 2004) as a late starter who is now 44 years old, I look at the programe and think that is weak and I might not be going this year.

There are only two headliners (Foo Fighters and Arcade fire) that I definitely want to see and maybe a few ... it nothing else is playing-bands.... and when listening through the spofity-playlist I haven't yet found many gems among the unknown bands where hip hop and electronic musik seems to be more dominating than earlier.

I have bought a ticket for Copenhell, where I think the programe looks great.

So am I to old for Roskilde, because the genres have moved on (I'm mostly but not exclusively into rock and metal), have I missed the gems this year, or is it just a weak year. It also seems like they have missed the really big headliner, when Foo fighter is the biggest bands, and Roskilde have lost its exclusivity, with System of a down and Radiohead at least as big as Foo fighters.
Christian Forslund wrote: I have been to Roskilde since 2009 (and twice in 2003 and 2004) as a late starter who is now 44 years old, I look at the programe and think that is weak and I might not be going this year.

There are only two headliners (Foo Fighters and Arcade fire) that I definitely want to see and maybe a few ... it nothing else is playing-bands.... and when listening through the spofity-playlist I haven't yet found many gems among the unknown bands where hip hop and electronic musik seems to be more dominating than earlier.

I have bought a ticket for Copenhell, where I think the programe looks great.

So am I to old for Roskilde, because the genres have moved on (I'm mostly but not exclusively into rock and metal), have I missed the gems this year, or is it just a weak year. It also seems like they have missed the really big headliner, when Foo fighter is the biggest bands, and Roskilde have lost its exclusivity, with System of a down and Radiohead at least as big as Foo fighters.


For a starter, I don't think the lineup is weak. But I think you are right regarding headliners, only Foo Fighters are interesting for me.

I can copy your statement: "I'm mostly but not exclusively into rock and metal"

But further down the poster, I find a lot of acts I have to listen to.

My "playlist" this year is not yet stamp approved, but right now it looks like this:

Must see:

Red Fang
Neurosis
Angel Olsen
Kellermensch
Pig Destroyer
Viagra Boys
Night-Slot: Atomikylä, Oranssi Pazuzu and PH/MR Peter Hayden Band
High on Fire
Full of Hell
Moon Duo
Odd Couple
Sort Sol
Stiu Nu Stiu

Would be very sorry to miss:

Foo Fighters
Lumineers
Margo Price
Blood Command
Against Me
Pert Near Sandstone
Priests
Show me the Body
Lorde
Audn
Baest
Erasure
Shitkid

Because Wallu told me:
Vanishing Twin
Yes, everybody should see Vanishin Twin... :D
Wallu wrote: Yes, everybody should see Vanishin Twin... :D


Everybody? Ok, then I think it would be preferable to change the scenes...change the startup of Orange from Phlake to Vanishing Twin.

Otherwise it will be a little crowded at Pavillion :-)
My guess is they´ll play Gloria. Would suit thatscene perfectly.

On the topic, I find this year´s line-up much weaker than the lineups we had 3-5 years ago, but thats not Roskilde´s fault. In fact, Roskilde still stands out among other major festivals because of it´s diversity and quality of smaller bands. Still lots of good stuff in there.

Check out Priests, Viagra Boys and Idles, if you´re into heavier stuff. (Well they´re actually punkish but good bands)

Every year people tend to be more happy with the programme when the festival is over. I don´t think this year will be an expection.
I agree that the genres have moved, but I guess Roskildes DNA is that they are a progressive, contemporary festival showcasing the newest trends - which is a lot of hip-hop/rap nowadays... and I think you are right that there is a generel lack of metal this year (not that I really listen to it anyway).

However, if you like rock (post-punk) I can recommend checking out Idles. They seem like a really cool act: http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/music/2017/idles
Yes its you :)

Programs change each year, and its obvious that sometimes they will be liked more, or liked less.

For me, there will be music playing all over the festival, this is great and makes for a great atmosphere, Ill probaly (hopefully) see some shows, but the shows are not why I attend Roskilde, they are just part of the vibe there...

Oh, and A Tribe Called Quest will be there. That'll do for me.
Foo fighters cost like crazy and is the biggest name around this year with Radiohead on all festivals and much bigger then SOAD(But SOAD is also a bigger must see for me, but that dont make them bigger)
ATCQ awesome hiphop headliner
Arcade fire - who is bigger end that genre? (I will never see them again, but a big name)
The Weeknd - might be the biggest name in the world atm (dont think I will see that ether)
Justice - ppl have been screaming for them so long
The XX - big name also

So I like you dont like that much of the headliners, but that dont make them week.
also if you take a look at the posters from the other festivals in europe, it's not like roskilde have missing some the bands that a touring.
But i am not going to roskilde for the big names, the smaller concerts always do the trick for me :)
Mister Scoots wrote: also if you take a look at the posters from the other festivals in europe, it's not like roskilde have missing some the bands that a touring.
But i am not going to roskilde for the big names, the smaller concerts always do the trick for me :)




Agree, the "smaller" names often gives a kick, that wasn't expected.

The headliners rarely gives more than expected, which of course can be good enough.
Christian Forslund wrote: I have been to Roskilde since 2009 (and twice in 2003 and 2004) as a late starter who is now 44 years old, I look at the programe and think that is weak and I might not be going this year.

There are only two headliners (Foo Fighters and Arcade fire) that I definitely want to see and maybe a few ... it nothing else is playing-bands.... and when listening through the spofity-playlist I haven't yet found many gems among the unknown bands where hip hop and electronic musik seems to be more dominating than earlier.

I have bought a ticket for Copenhell, where I think the programe looks great.

So am I to old for Roskilde, because the genres have moved on (I'm mostly but not exclusively into rock and metal), have I missed the gems this year, or is it just a weak year. It also seems like they have missed the really big headliner, when Foo fighter is the biggest bands, and Roskilde have lost its exclusivity, with System of a down and Radiohead at least as big as Foo fighters.

I get why rock, especially harder rock, fans might feel disappointed in this year's lineup. Some years have been weak on the rock/metal headliners, but then it was made up for with particularly strong subheadliners in that category. This year looks weaker in the top for those specific genres, but it's a boring year for rock and metal in Europe in general. Even genre festivals like Hellfest are having a hard time coming up with decent headliners.

I really don't think you're spot on with the criticism about Foo Fighters though – they're one of the most wanted bands in the audience polls, year after year. And the lineup definitely beats Northside's by miles. I've a feeling though that there hopefully will be some rocking names in the final clutch of bookings.

The gems are to be found within the smaller print section:
'68: Two-man rock combo, punching just as hard as Fossils and much more so than Royal Blood.
A Day to Remember, Against Me! and Blood Command: Punky rock with different tastes.
Author & Punisher: Industrial doom-metal.
Baby Woodrose: Danish garage-psych legends.
High on Fire:Classic heavy metal fronted by Matt Pike from Sleep, who played Roskilde last year.
Kellermensch: If you enjoy your Arcade Fire, Springsteen and a little hard rock.
Pig Destroyer:Grindcore/groove metal combo.
Priests:Punky rock'n'roll with great girl vocals.
Red Fang:Just Pure rock'n'roll.

And among the warmup names: The Love Coffin, Modest and definitely Værket.

Between those and a couple of the bigger names, I'd definitely say that the ticket still holds its worth even if you're mostly into rock. It's just not the cornucopia it sometimes definitely HAS been. Hope you find something you like.
Last year was far weaker than this year, IMO.
Like Martin I do not get the hate on the headliners. You can say what you want, but Foo Fighter, Arcade Fire, ATCQ and The Weeknd and Justice are super solid. Moderat/Modeselektor has some exclusive to it. The XX and Trentemøller are boring and repetitive and I do not get why the elevated Solange. On the other hand Blink 182 or Lorde could easily have headlined (and other years we only had 7 headliners anyway).

You are just having a bad year :), Roskilde also nailed it last year in the subheadliners with Kvelertak, Slayer, Gojira, Meshuggah, Sleep and Ghost. I'm into rock, but not metal at all, so I'm very hyped in 2017 about Royal Blood, Shame, Kellermensch, Marching Church, Moon duo, Sort Sol, Idles, Priests, Slowdive and High on Fire,
It is not just you.

Truly, the metal-crowd can rightfully feel snubbed this year, as it seems RF have put a great deal of emphasis on synthpop/hiphop/electro-acts. Even many of the world acts seem to be heavily influenced this way. Some may argue that this is just the way of contemporary music, but browsing through other european festivals, you will meet some much more balanced lineups, as far as I can tell. Not sure that makes a "weak" lineup though. If you like typical radiofriendly stuff, you should be exited about the upper part of the poster, I guess... Good bookings in that sense.

This is a theory, but I think the meere existence of Copenhell has a quite unfortunate effect, considering many metal acts likely prefers the dedicated crowd of a pure metal venue. No wonder, really. But a real bummer for Roskilde-goers who knows the importance of a strong metal section in the lineup.

Still, I would recommend attendance to anyone, this year also. If you love music in general and look a little closer, there is bound to be some eye-openers epecially in small type. For me, this is an oddity-year. A couple of old favorites, seen several times before, a couple of new things that hopefully turns into parties and a lot of weird stuff, not instantly turning me on, but that on stage could really go either way.

You may feel a bit "left out" of this lineup (I feel the same), but stay curious and open and you will not be bored. Me, I cant wait!
Jackster1976 wrote: Last year was far weaker than this year, IMO.



I have the same feeeling, although last year´s headliners were a bit better to my liking.
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