Press Release
February 26, 2018

Chelsea Manning at Roskilde Festival 2018


American activist Chelsea Manning will give an exclusive talk about rights and personal engagement at the Danish non-profit festival. Activist street art and more music have also been added to the programme, including Sigrid, Stefflon Don, Kelly Lee Owens and The Blaze.


The art, debates and activism at Roskilde Festival have all revolved around equality for the past three years.


The Equality programme is meant to inspire festival-goers to take a stand and broaden their mind, and 2018 will be no different, glowing with activist enthusiasm when American activist Chelsea Manning visits Northern Europe's biggest festival. It will be her first European performance since her commutation in 2017.


Chelsea Manning - then known as Bradley Manning - was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 after leaking classified documents related to the United States' warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.


One of Barack Obama's last presidential acts was to shorten Manning's sentence. Chelsea Manning has identified as a woman since her release and is an active part of the fight for public transparency in a digitalised world as well as transgender rights.


Chelsea Manning will talk about activism and making a change in the world at Roskilde Festival on Thursday 5 July.


Head curator at Roskilde Festival Mette Woller says:


"The story of Chelsea Manning is dramatic and personal, and it's highly relevant in 2018. We believe the festival-goers will be particularly interested in her will to make life-altering decisions and deal with the consequences. This won't be a one-way talk; we encourage the participants to be an active part of it, ask questions and inspire each other."


Activist street art against inequality
Whereas Chelsea Manning uses her story and words as her weapons of choice, popular street artists ±Maismenos± and Bankslave show their dissatisfaction with global inequality through visual works in the public space. Their works will have key locations at the Danish festival, making them a big part of the visual experience for the 130,000 festival-goers.


11 new music acts

Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid recently stated that her show at last year's Roskilde Festival was her ultimate 'pinch myself' moment. Having won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2018 - previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding - she now returns as a bigger star for a bigger audience eager for her glorious pop songs. Norwegian colleagues Smerz - including the daughter of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg - will also return to Roskilde Festival. Signed to XL Recordings, big things await the already lauded duo.


UK rap sensation Stefflon Don will play her first ever Roskilde Festival show in 2018. So will Kelly Lee Owens whose self-titled debut album ended up on most electronic year-end lists last year. Electronic music aficionados can also look forward to an exclusive set by hotly tipped Aarhus collective Regelbau who will take over the indoor Gloria stage for an exclusive three-hour set.


New music additions today also reflect the activist ethos. Uncompromising Danish acts Ond Tro, Nyt Liv and Motorsav (Bad Faith, New Life and Chainsaw, respectively) show exciting new paths for punk in Denmark.


These 11 music acts have been announced for Roskilde Festival 2018 today:


The Blaze (FR) - Wednesday 4 July
Rome Is Not a Town (SE)    
Kelly Lee Owens (UK)    
Juana Molina (AR)    
Sigrid (NO) - Saturday 7 July
Stefflon Don (UK)
Regelbau presents Central + DJ Sports + C.K + Manmade Deejay (DK) - Thursday 5 July    
Ond Tro (DK) - Thursday 5 July
Smerz (NO)    
Nyt Liv (DK) - Thursday 5 July
Motorsav (DK) - Thursday 5 July

Yonaka (UK) - Saturday 7 July


Additions to the arts and debate programme:


Chelsea Manning (US) - Thursday 5 July
±Maismenos± (PT)
Bankslave (KE)


175 acts in total
Roskilde Festival has already announced acts such as Eminem, Gorillaz, David Byrne, Cardi B, Mogwai, St. Vincent, Fleet Foxes, Stormzy, First Aid Kit and Khalid for the 2018 edition that will include a total of 175 music acts. Many more will be announced soon, including headliners and stars of tomorrow from all over the world.


  • About 175 acts will play Roskilde Festival 2018.
  • Roskilde Festival 2018 lasts a full 8 days and takes place from Saturday 30 June to Saturday 7 July.
  • Tickets are on sale on roskilde-festival.dk.
  • One-day tickets for Wednesday 4 July are sold out.


About Roskilde Festival:
Roskilde Festival is 100 % non-profit. All profits are donated to cultural and humanitarian purposes by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society. It's right next to the Danish capital of Copenhagen, also the distance to the nearest international airport (Copenhagen Airport).


With more than 175 music acts in the line-up performing on eight 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.

Contact information

Martin Hjorth Frederiksen, International Press
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