Press Release
December 13, 2016

Den Sorte Skole to play unique Roskilde Festival show with special guests


The Danish masters of sampling will bring guests from all over the world when they take over the festival's biggest stage for a once-in-a-lifetime show.


(see video below)

Over the past 45 years, Roskilde Festival's biggest stage - the iconic Orange Stage - has hosted many of the biggest artists in pop and rock history. From Rolling Stones to Nirvana, from David Bowie to Rihanna, from Bob Dylan to Patti Smith, from Paul McCartney to Nicki Minaj.


Having played bigger and bigger stages at the festival since first appearing in 2006, Danish sampling duo Den Sorte Skole are set to conquer that very same stage when they return to Roskilde Festival for their biggest ever show.


Re-thinking pop music on the biggest stage
The Orange Stage - the biggest at Roskilde - has a capacity of more than 60,000 people. It's a stage where people come together to not only experience major artists, but also to watch great stories unravel: this year, for example, the Orange Stage was opened by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, highlighting and celebrating the remarkable music culture of Syria and providing a more positive perspective than events currently seen in the news.

Equally adventurous, Den Sorte Skole will be creating a unique show for their Orange Stage performance with special guests from Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, Iceland, Turkey, Austria, Italy and Denmark. The crate-digging duo, consisting of Martin Højland and Simon Dokkedal, is known for spectacular audiovisual shows that combine exotic sounds with dance-friendly beats, promising a night to behold at the Danish festival.

Using thousands of samples, they compose music that challenges the way we perceive music and the way new music is created. Esteemed art groups Dark Matters, Obscura Vertigo and Frederik Heitmann are in charge of visuals for the ambitious show. Created exclusively for Roskilde Festival, the show will only be performed this one time.


Martin Højland of Den Sorte Skole says:

"We want to do something that's never been done on this stage before. It will be a celebration of the weird, the crazy, the beautiful and the brutal. It will be a journey into a magical parallel universe where choirs, beats, Native Americans and robots will be tripping on the same frequency. The audience can expect a huge and very different party at Orange Stage."

Roskilde Festival booker Peter Hvalkof says:

"Den Sorte Skole have been one an amazingly ambitious musical journey through the past years. It has taken them deep into the very history of music and literally around the globe. They have already amazed the audience at Roskilde Festival in previous years with their spectacular shows, and they will now get the chance to challenge any notion of what can be expected on Orange Stage with a show that's bound to both intrigue and provoke the senses."


Watch a trailer for Den Sorte Skole on Orange Stage (feel free to embed for editorial use)

Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Solange, Trentemøller, G-Eazy, Moderat/Modeselektor, Blink-182 and Justice are among the 40 acts that have now been announced for next year's Roskilde Festival.


See all the acts here: http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/music/2017


  • The full line-up will include about 175 acts.
  • The festival will take place from Saturday 24 June to Saturday 1 July 2017.
  • Tickets are on sale on roskilde-festival.dk.


About Roskilde Festival:


With more than 175 music acts in the line-up performing on nine stages and over 100,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde Festival is among the most unique music festival experiences in the world. A position the festival has held since the early 1970s.


The full festival journey in Roskilde is an eight-day exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party - located just 35 kilometers outside of the Danish capital of Copenhagen, also the distance to the nearest international airport.


Roskilde Festival is 100 % non-profit and created by dedicated volunteers. All profits are donated to cultural and humanitarian purposes by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

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