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Roskilde Festival 2020 No Longer Happening This Summer

Denmark's Rosklide Festival had scheduled performances from Kendrick Lamar, Haim and The Strokes. 

Update: As of Monday (April 6), the 2020 edition of Denmark’s Roskilde Festival is no longer happening this summer. “The Danish authorities have just prolonged its prohibition against larger assemblies until August 31st 2020. The prohibition also goes for this year’s Roskilde Festival,” organizers said in a statement.

“We are devastated. Though we feared this would happen, we have until now hoped that it wouldn’t end this way. However, the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is too large when many people are gathered, and that consideration is by far the most important. Consequently, there will be no Roskilde Festival this summer.”

“Roskilde Festival no. 50 was meant to be something very special,” they continued. “It was to mark and celebrate the roots of our festival by looking forward to the future. It should have been a celebration of art, community and of the urge to make a difference. A celebration of all that we so strongly need and seek in these unbearable times. We were looking forward to celebrating it with you. We have worked hard and made an extraordinary effort. We know that your expectations have been sky high too. Together we have crossed our fingers and held our breaths in the hope that the situation would change for the better and in due time for us to meet this summer. Unfortunately, that wasn’t supposed to happen after all. Roskilde Festival no. 50 must now wait until 2021.”

Fans with tickets to the 2020 fest will be able to transfer them to Roskilde Festival 2021, or can receive a refund.

“Together we will work hard on creating an outstanding Roskilde Festival no. 50 in 2021, securing that the orange light will shine bright and strong all the way to the summer of 2021. Roskilde Festival is here all through the year! Right now, we need to recover from the news. Then we will back. Thank you for your support and love. Take good care of yourselves and each other.”

Roskilde has announced the final additions to its 50th anniversary event with scheduled performances from Kendrick Lamar, Haim, The Strokes and Charli XCX.

The Danish festival announced an additional 110 acts to its June 24 – July 4 festival. Also joining the 2020 edition are The Roots, DaBaby, Dave, Ride, Brittany Howard, Bicep, Big Thief, Tinariwen, Perfume Genius and Waxahatchee.

“With this year’s line-up, we do what we’ve always done: look ahead,” said Roskilde Festival’s head of programme Anders Wahrén in a release. “It has been important to us that festival no. 50 points to the future, and that is why 2020 will feature the lowest average age ever among the headliners. You don’t have to have 20 years of experience to perform on the main stage. That era is over.”


Today’s announcement adds to the previously announced artists that include Taylor Swift, Tyler, The Creator, Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, FKA Twigs, Faith No More, Kacey Musgraves and more.

Roskilde Festival is 100% non-profit. All profits are donated to social and cultural charities by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society. Since its beginning in the 70s, Roskilde Festival has generated more than €55 million (roughly $60.3 million US)  to charity.

The festival is right next to the Danish capital of Copenhagen and easily connected by train, bus and the Copenhagen Airport. With more than 180 music acts in the line-up performing on eight stages and over 130,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde is  an exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party.

Check out the full lineup below.

Festivals 2020