Roskilde 2021: an overview of the biggest rumours

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Photo: Krists Luhaers

Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage this year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Roskilde 2021?

2020 is forcing us to stay home, as festivals around the world are cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In April, the Roskilde organisation announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition. But here at Festileaks, we like to look forward and think about when summer festivals will return. Who will headline Roskilde 2021?

This is the list of the main rumours (in random order).

Headliners of Roskilde 2020

The Strokes

We can safely assume that Roskilde’s first priority is to move its 2020 line-up to next year. Therefore, the biggest rumours are the artists who were supposed to headline this year’s edition. The Strokes and Tyler, the Creator have both announced rescheduled shows for 2021, so they will almost certainly return. However, we are still waiting for news from Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift.

Gorillaz

Foto: Kamiel Scholten / Festileaks (Lowlands 2018)

Gorillaz are back! Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual project will perform at Primavera Sound 2021, and more shows will likely follow. The English band currently release new music every month. For the Song Machine project, Gorillaz have collaborated with acts like slowthai, Slaves, Skepta and Peter Hook. Hopefully some of these guests will also join them on stage!

Arctic Monkeys

Photo credit: Zackery Michael

Arctic Monkeys have been very quiet since they finished the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino tour in 2019. However, rumours are now circulating about possible homecoming shows in Sheffield in 2021. Locals have spotted a licence notice for 4 to 6 June at Hillsborough Park. These early summer dates could very well be the start of a bigger Arctic Monkeys tour. Will they return to Roskilde 2021?

Coldplay

Coldplay

Normally, a new Coldplay album would be followed by a tour around Europe. However, after the release of Everyday Life in November 2019, the English band announced they would only consider touring when this is possible in a climate-friendly way. On the Belgian radio, frontman Chris Martin confirmed that they expect this to take at least 18 months. This means 2021 would be a great year for a third show at Roskilde!

Arcade Fire

Photo: Guy Aroch

Great news for Arcade Fire fans: Montreal’s finest indie outfit are back in the studio! The band’s new record will be the follow-up to 2017’s Everything Now, which was followed by a large tour around the European festivals. It’s easy to predict that shows will also be announced to promote the next album, so Arcade Fire are certainly possible for Roskilde 2021.

Dua Lipa

Photo: Kamiel Scholten / Festileaks (Lowlands 2018)

Dua Lipa could be the hottest headliner of 2021. New album Future Nostalgia is a huge commercial hit, and also received rave reviews from the critics. Singles ‘Don’t Start Now’, ‘Physical’ and ‘Break My Heart’ are all bangers. Although Dua was only scheduled to headline Sziget in 2020, it would surprise us if the British singer does not add more dates to this festival tour next summer.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

RHCP

After Red Hot Chili Peppers announced the return of guitarist John Frusciante, we were all eager to see them perform. Of course, the band’s 2020 shows did not go ahead, but they will now return to Europe in 2021. The Peppers have confirmed headline shows at Pinkpop and Ejekt 2021, in the Netherlands and Greece. With the renewed hype about the band, it is very possible they will add more shows, including Roskilde, to their tour. In the meantime, we can still enjoy their legendary performance at Slane Castle in Ireland.

Nine Inch Nails

In an interview from October 2019, Primavera Sound organiser Gaby Ruiz revealed that Nine Inch Nails were booked for the 2020 edition of the festival. However, even before the global coronavirus outbreak, the American band decided to postpone their tour until 2021. Now the question remains: is this still true, and where will we see Nine Inch Nails next summer?

Roskilde 2021

Foto: Krists Luhaers

Roskilde Festival is the stuff of legend. One of the most historic festivals in Europe, its wonderful atmosphere is world-famous. From its first edition in 1971, the Danish festival has grown into a giant eight-day event with 130,000 visitors. Besides the biggest pop, rock and hip hop acts, Roskilde programs everything from electronic to world music, as well as many local heroes. Not bad for a non-profit organisation!

  • Location: Roskilde, Denmark.
  • Date: 26 June-3 July 2021.
  • Tickets: sold out.
  • For more information, visit the official website.