Roskilde Festival is the perfect place to discover the stars of tomorrow. The diamonds in the rough. The future of rock/pop/techno/flamenco/metal and so on. You get the gist. We have a talent programme featuring the best Nordic talent, but we also have a buttload of international acts who are on their way to something (even) bigger.
Showcasing talent is incredibly important to us. Being the largest festival in Northern Europe comes with a lil’ responsibility, and it makes sense for Roskilde Festival to use the festival as a platform to help artists take the next big step in their career.
You can call it artistic sustainability. We’ve seen it time and time again, and it makes us very proud: Artists such as MØ, Silvana Imam, Icona Pop, Iceage and Susanne Sundfør all played the talent stages at Roskilde Festival early on and came back to conquer bigger stages. Both MØ and Silvana Imam are ready for our main stage, the Orange Stage, this year.
Sigrid said that her Roskilde debut was when she realised she broken through. Janelle Monáe called her 2011 Roskilde debut “the most amazing show” she’d ever played. Stormzy called his 2016 show his best ever and now sees Roskilde Festival as his second home.
This is our guide to some of the acts that you should keep an eye out for if you want to catch them before they skyrocket to even bigger stages. Some of them are already well respected, some of them have proved themselves in front of big crowds, some of them have ‘made it’. But they’re still about to explode, and they’re about to get even bigger.
Self-confident and vulnerable, showing a new way for Danish pop
Think you know jazz? Think again.
Pop-infused, minimalist, lo-fi R&B
Metallic grime + industrial techno = the future of UK rap
Flamenco-pop in Spanish conquering the charts
They went #1 in America but the hip-hop boy band keeps attracting new fans
Teenage reggae sensation making waves in and outside of Jamaica teenage reggae sensation with rapid-fire ragga grit
Old-school, no-bullshit death metal
New York rapper and model
Travis Scott is one of his biggest fans
Brazilian rap jazz using her voice to fight racism
She fuses pop, folk and dance she went viral after playing in front of Pharrell
Her soulful, jazz-tinged retro sound is taking the world by storm
Finnish girl power she’s a shining popstar-in-the-making
West coast rapper and a true boss woman