Press Release
December 30, 2020

Rap star Kendrick Lamar tops the bill at Roskilde Festival


The 33-year-old rapper straight out of Compton takes his place among the headliners in the lineup for Roskilde Festival number 50 in 2021.


Roskilde Festival gives its participants one more thing to look forward to in the new year.


Rapper, songwriter, producer, Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar returns to the festival in 2021.


Kendrick Lamar is certainly among the greatest rap artists of his generation. He has repeatedly impressed audiences as well as critics, and hip-hop icons such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have hailed him as 'The New King of the West Coast'.


Roskilde Festival's head of programme, Anders Wahrén, says:


"We are on the threshold of a new year, and we think there is a need and reason to be hopeful. That's why we're revealing another act for next year's festival." 


"Despite his relatively young age, Kendrick Lamar is a modern legend and he has been one of the hottest wishes among our participants since he made his debut at Roskilde Festival in 2013. He's a show man but also a politically engaged artist with something on his mind, and he appeals to a wide audience without pandering."


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.


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.


Roskilde Festival's head of programme, Anders Wahrén, says:


"An artist like Kendrick Lamar doesn't just make music that fits our current age, he also helps shape it. He is capable of giving a voice to those who might be needing it, and this kind of artist is essential to have right now. With new material on the way, we have great expectations of Kendrick Lamar's show on the Orange Stage."


Sold-out festival
Roskilde Festival has previously announced acts like The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator, Faith No More, HAIM, Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, Anderson . Paak & The Free Nationals, FKA twigs, Mayhem, Megan Thee Stallion, The Whitest Boy Alive, TLC and many more.


Find presentations and schedules on roskilde-festival.dk


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Roskilde Festival and COVID-19 in this Q&A.


Full Festival Tickets to Roskilde Festival 2021 are sold out. The remaining one-day tickets will go on sale in the new year.


Roskilde Festival is organised by Roskilde Festival Charity Society and created by 30,000 volunteers. All profits from the festival are donated to humanitarian, non-profit and cultural work for the benefit of children and young people in particular. Since the beginning of the 70s, Roskilde Festival has donated over EUR 55 million.

Contact information

Malte Vuorela, International press

E-mail: press@roskilde-festival.dk

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