The uncompromising star of Swedish hip-hop, Silvana Imam, will open our main stage on Wednesday 3 July 2019. The full line-up will be announced later in the spring.

When 32-year-old Silvana Imam first broke through as a strong voice in Swedish hip-hop, she was designated as a beacon, a role model. As a rapper, an immigrant and a lesbian she broke new ground.

Silvana Imam has reaped lots of stat-studded reviews and rewards in recent years, including ‘best lyricist’ (Musikförläggarnas Pris), ‘best live act’ (P3 Gold and Manifestgalan) and various Swedish Grammis.

The Swedish rapper is preparing a very special show for the Danish non-profit festival: She has created many tracks as collaborations with the cream of the crop from the Swedish urban scene, and she’s bringing a lot of them straight into her Orange Stage opening concert.

Silvana Imam has played Roskilde Festival twice: As part of the talent programme in 2015 and again on a larger stage in 2016. She’s now ready to enthrall and empower audiences with messages of hope and freedom on an even bigger stage. Famed for her cocky, confident and confrontational style, she tackles delicate subjects such as feminism, racism and the rights of homosexuals in modern Scandinavia – always in solidarity with those who feel like they don’t fit in.

Silvana Imam facts

  • Silvana Imam will play the Orange Stage on Wednesday 3 July.
  • She has prepared a show with a guest list that consists of both established and upcoming Swedish acts. The list currently looks like this: Erik Lundin, Beatrice Eli, Khan-ji, Ozzy, Nebay Meles, Unge Ferrari (from Norway), Michel Dida, Jaqe and Leslie Tay.
  • Silvana Imam first visited Roskilde Festival i 2015 when she debuted on the talent stage Countdown. She played again the following year on the Apollo stage.
  • Her third album Helig moder (”Holy mother”) was released in February.
  • Her personal and artistic journey from underground artist to icon was portrayed in the acclaimed 2018 documentary Silvana – Väck mig när ni vaknat (subtitle translates to ‘wake me when you are awakened’).