Kendrick Lamar among 16 new acts added to Roskilde Festival line-up

Kendrick Lamar, Caroline Polachek and Weyes Blood are among the new names added to Northern Europe’s largest music and arts festival, Roskilde Festival.

Kendrick Lamar

The new acts are among 16 in total that have been added to the billing for the festival in Denmark, which is taking place between 24 June and 1 July. American singer-songwriter Indigo De Souza, New Orleans no-wave punks Special Interest, and Beninese-American artist Angélique Kidjo are also playing, it’s been announced today.

These artists join an already stellar billing, with Blur, Rosalía, Lil Nas X, Burna Boy, Christine and the Queens, and Queens of the Stone Age having already been revealed. Central Cee, Rina Sawayama and Tove Lo were previously announced too.

As if he needs any introduction, Kendrick Lamar has established himself as one of the greatest voices of his generation, without question. He’ll be playing Roskilde Festival for his third time, and it will be his first in eight years.

Roskilde Festival

Photo: Tobias Nicolai

His return to Roskilde will come just over a year since the release of his critically lauded, introspective album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and almost a year to-the-day of his sublime Glastonbury set, which followed the style of Kendrick’s live shows with its near-impeccable choreography.

Caroline Polachek and Weyes Blood will each be bringing their recent albums to bear on the Roskilde crowds, with Polachek having recently released her genre-blending sophomore album, Desire, I Want To Turn Into You, whilst Weyes Blood dropped her atmospheric album And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow last year.

Anders Wahrén, Roskilde Festivals head of programme, has inevitably bigged-up the latest additions, saying: “This announcement features some of the most vehement vocalists and powerful performers right now, acts whom in each their own way convey hope, meaning and change. 

“Roskilde Festival has shared a special, decade-spanning bond with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Angélique Kidjo, and they always bring something new to this festival.”

Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival has been going since 1971, when it was set up by two high school students and a promoter. It’s organised by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society and is created by 30,000 volunteers. 

All profits from the festival are donated to humanitarian, non-profit and cultural work for the benefit of especially children and young people, with the festival having generated approximately €55 million for charity in total.

For more information on Roskilde Festival 2023 and to get tickets, click here. See the full line-up below. 

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