Solidarity is a theme you will encounter throughout the Roskilde Festival 2019 programme. It’s more important than ever before to empower young people, and that’s exactly what we want to do. 

Why? Because we have the largest ever generation of young people in the world, and they are set to inherit a world of division and climate catastrophes. We cannot let them fall back into hopelessness and despair. It’s our responsibility and ambition to support those who dare to act and to have the courage to make a change. Time is ripe to shine a light on community and the importance of solidarity – for the sake of our future.

Activism is a fundamental part of Roskilde Festival. It’s been part of us since the very beginning in 1971. From youth rebellion to women’s rights, you will see a straight line to the festival today. In recent years alone, we have had activists such as Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Pussy Riot sparking debate at the festival. Last year, festival-goers were confronted with copies of the wall that Trump plans to build along the Mexican border. 

The activist approach is part of the music at the festival as well: Both in the way musicians collaborate, and when we present them at the festival. Having close to 100 musicians from all over the world as part of African Express, having a Syrian orchestra open our Orange Stage, enabling new constellations with opera and rap, or even making room for debates with musicians in our Art Zone, and creating unusual stages such as KlubRÅ and Gloria.

The programme at Roskilde Festival is not just music, art and activism. It’s all of them, combined. We have an ambition of making a change and presenting a programme that works as a whole. We do this, among other things, with unique concert formats, Art Zone performances, workshops in the campsite, debates with prominent activists, exhibitions and much more. 

SKEPTA 

Skepta has shaped grime and modern UK hip-hop as we know it. He’s busy building playgrounds in Nigeria where he has been awarded a title as chieftain.

LIRAZ 

Liraz updates the golden era of Iranian pop music. She cannot visit her home country but she provides a voice for silenced women in Iran.

CYPRESS HILL 

Hip-hop legends Cypress Hill was the first Latin American group to top the Billboard charts
Showing the way for minority groups everywhere.

ROBERT PLANT 

The former Led Zeppelin singer graces Roskilde Festival 2019 with another visit. Zeppelin are seen as the founders of hard rock. Robert Plant has explored several genres throughout his career as a guiding light to other artists.

JANELLE MONÁE 

Her lyrics challenge the social and sexual norms as well as traditional understandings of women’s role in the world. Her Wondaland Arts Society is a creative house that helps new artists.

SILVANA IMAM 

Sweden’s strongest voice in hip-hop right now. She sings about toppling the patriarchy, fighting racists and about defending the rights of homosexuals.

MARISA BENJAMIM 

Artist Marissa Benjamim explores flavours and social interactions. She’s created a restaurant of flowers ‘Floristaurant’ illustrating how limited the variety of foods we consume is. It’s all about climate solidarity!

GAYE SU AKYOL

One of Turkey’s most compelling young voices. Her music includes powerful pleas for freedom of speech – a much needed outlet in a country with oppression of freedom.

JORGE BEN JOR

The father of samba rock and one of the most influential Brazilian artists of all time. Jorge Ben Jor is a living legend  and we’re proud to have him play at Roskilde Festival 2019. Get ready to dance!

ZUSA

Street artist ZUSA’s name is derived from ‘zusammen, German for together. For ZUSA it’s important that art is a social experience, and that art is available for everyone.

CLAUDIA COMTE

Makes social and playful art installations that connect people.