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Kendrick Lamar Set to Headline 2021 Roskilde Festival: See Full Lineup

Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar

Organizers also said K-Dot has "new material" on the way.

Like pretty much every major concert in 2020, Denmark's Roskilde Festival had to take a break this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Wednesday (Dec. 30), the promoters excitedly announced that on the eve of a new year they "think there is a need and reason to be hopeful."

One major cause for excitement is their announcement that Kendrick Lamar has agreed to headline the festival in 2021; Lamar had previously been slated to headline the 2020 event and in a note organizers promised that he has "new material" on the way. "Lamar first visited Roskilde Festival in 2013 when he played an unforgettable concert on the Arena stage. When he returned two years later, he had just released the masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, and the concert on the Orange Stage was a true show of force," read the announcement of Lamar's return. "Two albums later – and with new material along the way – he is once again ready to take Roskilde Festival's main stage with a concert that is likely to be one of the absolute highlights of the summer.

The festival, which is expected to run from June 26-July 3 next year, already has a number of other major names on the roster, including The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator, Faith No More, Haim, Thom Yorke's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, FKA Twigs, Girl in Red, Anderson.Paak, Big Thief, DaBaby, Deftones, Doja Cat, Fontaines D.C. and Megan Thee Stallion.

Missing from the original roster of acts who were announced for the 2020 fest are Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, The Roots, Brittany Howard and Waxachatchee, among others.

The announcement is good news for live music fans who've gone almost a year without being able to attend live shows. But with the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine just now rolling out to first responders, medical professionals and nursing home residents in the U.S. and Europe, it remains to be seen if it will be safe to gather in large groups again by the summer.

Check out the announcement below.