With most music festivals, you know exactly what to expect. Chips as soggy as your clothes, stuffed into polystyrene boxes already falling apart. That miserable drudge through a muddy field somewhere in Yorkshire to find a camping spot that just so happens to be next to the loudest group of people known to man, making that hungover stumble in the morning feel like a thousand pans hitting your head. Probably Foo Fighters.

But Roskilde Festival isn't here to bring you the same old same old. Running since 1971, this Danish staple has set itself apart as the Glastonbury of mainland Europe. With a non-profit ethos and a community spirit rarely seen anywhere else, this little slice of Denmark becomes something otherworldly for a week or so.

Before the music even starts, the festival is well underway. It's an odd concept to those of us that like to spend as little time camping at a festival as possible, but it's this that brings the community spirit to Roskilde. Strangers and friends are thrown together in camps, some of which might be themed, and get to know each other. It's something you absolutely cannot imagine happening at Leeds Festival for instance. Impromptu football games, karaoke sessions, gigantic sound systems; you name it.

But then, of course, there is the music. Endlessly varied, with pretty much every genre going catered for, it's a diverse and exciting lineup that throws together the legendary and the soon-to-be legendary. Grime has an impressive showing, with The Godfather himself Kano putting in an appearance, as well as Krept & Konan. Ice Cube stepping into A Tribe Called Quest's shoes makes the fact that ATCQ aren't playing that little bit easier to swallow, while the likes of Fatima Yamaha and Nicolas Jaar are sure to keep you dancing until late. There's even Arcade Fire because of course there is - it is festival season after all!

Whilst Roskilde's isn't a Glastonbury sized bill, sure, but there are very few duds on this lineup. Carefully curated to create an experience to remember, it's a lineup that shows a real love for every type of music going.

To help you choose who to see (though, really, you could probably see all of it), we've picked our 5 artists you have to see.

Angel Olsen

Look, personal disclosure, I've seen Angel Olsen three times in three different cities across Europe this year and we're only in June. The fact that I'll probably be going to see her again at Roskilde is enough reason to go see her, in my eyes. With tracks from the incredible My Woman in her arsenal, no matter the weather, Angel Olsen shines. Funny, emotional and with tunes that dig right into your soul, you may groan, but it's sure to be a heavenly experience.


With one of the greatest comebacks of recent years, Slowdive, out this year, and having already proved themselves still capable of weaving their magic over festival crowds, Slowdive should not be missed. It's a great reminder of how good those old songs really are, even if they were much maligned by the press, and how they still haven't lost that golden touch. Sure, at a festival full of younger acts why would you go see a heritage act? But really, they've proved themselves so much more than that over the last few years. I'll just be in the corner weeping with joy as the incredible 'Souvlaki Space Station' kicks in.


Fatimah Warner AKA Noname is probably best known for appearing on several Chance The Rapper led projects, but her debut mixtape Telefone also happened to be one of the most underrated "albums" of last year. Warm, sweet and starry-eyed, but never naive, it is a mixtape that begs to be dived into. Imagine hearing tunes like 'Diddy Bop' surrounded by your new camping buddies? Sounds like bliss, really.


All eyes might be on her sister now the twins have been born, but it's Solange who really deserves the spotlight right now. Last year's A Seat At The Table was a tour de force of funk, soul and R&B, packed with a powerful exploration of blackness in the 2010s and tunes so rich and moreish it was like eating the best cake you've ever eaten. If you're not dancing in sync with everyone around you to 'Losing You', then there's something seriously wrong.


Something incredible happened when 20-year-old Norwegian Sigrid released 'Don't Kill My Vibe'. This complete unknown in the UK dropped a single the same day as Katy Perry dropped her comeback single and managed to completely overshadow the veteran pop star. Since then her star has only risen, with several incredible appearances on late night TV and an EP that showed she wasn't a one-hit wonder. Believe the hype and catch her while you can!