Roskilde returns with too many great acts for one headline

April 17, 2008  |  11:38am

Roskilde, Denmark: heard of it? Perhaps not. Allow us to bring to light this town (which, by the way, was founded by Vikings) that annually hosts a golden nugget of sonic aggregation so great, it actually has us contemplating flying halfway around the world to see it.

In a day where music festivals seem to be spawning into multitudes, Roskilde manages stay relevant while upholding a tradition that is 37 years strong. Starting with Bob Marley in 1978, Roskilde has hosted quite a few greats at their height, including the Talking Heads in 1979, U2 in 1982 and The Clash in 1985, to name but a handful.

Now that we’ve covered the history lesson, check out the line-up for 2008 that runs the gamut of, well, nearly everything. Most notably, My Bloody Valentine, Gnarls Barkley, Slayer, Yeasayer, Radiohead, Band of Horses, the Chemical Brothers and Neil Young are all slated to appear. For the full lineup, check out the list on the festival’s site.

The fest takes place July 3-6, with camping available as early as June 29 (which, by the way, is free with the purchase of festival passes). Not to mention, all proceeds benefit the Roskilde Festival Charity Society that then utilizes the funds toward global humanitarian efforts.

Worth enduring the jet lag:

Radiohead
The Chemical Brothers
Efterklang
L.O.C
My Bloody Valentine
At The Gates
Holy Fuck
Teitur
Yeasayer
Band Of Horses
Clutch
Enter Shikari
Job For A Cowboy
Pilgrimz
Slayer
Battles
The Notwist
The Streets
Shape Of Broad Minds
Isam B
Outlandish
Neil Young
Sigur Ros
The Campbell Brothers
Extra Golden
La Shica
Shantel
Bucovina Club Orkestar
Tumi And The Volume
Judas Priest
The Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Bonnie Prince Billy
Dillinger Escape Plan
Kings Of Leon
MIA
Burhan G
Majors
Grinderman
Digitalism
Duffy
Hot Chip
MGMT
Gnarls Barkley
Familjen
Miss Platnum
Beta Satan
Casiokids
Frednukes
Jong Pang
Lucy Love
Press Play On Tape
Riffelsydikatet
The River Phoenix
Rumble In Rhodos
Rumskib
Slagsmalsklubben
When Saints Go Machine

Related links:
Roskilde-Festival.dk
Roskilde on MySpace
Feature: The untold story of My Bloody Valentine

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