Eminem To Headline Roskilde Festival in First-Ever Denmark Show, Arctic Monkeys Return To Scotland
Oslo Sommertid – Eminem
Europe’s festivals have announced the next wave of their lineups. Eminem celebrates his first-ever show in Denmark, headlining Roskilde Festival, July 4. Arctic Monkeys announced new festivals dates as well.
Eminem’s is playing a couple of festivals this summer, his first in Europe will be Obos Oslo Sommertime Festival, June 30. The 45-year-old rapper will then play one night at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, July 2, followed by his highly anticipated first Denmark concert ever.
Roskilde’s head of programming, Anders Wahrén, said he was close to shedding “tears of joy” when he received confirmation that Eminem was indeed going to come. He said Eminem’s significance couldn’t be overstated, recalling last year’s Reading show “proof that he can conquer a festival audience, and we can hardly wait to see him on our iconic Orange Stage.”
Roskilde was born in 1971. Today the non-profit event, which is run almost entirely by volunteers, many of them highly qualified professionals, attracts more than 100,000 visitors. It won two European Festival Awards at the beginning of this year, and has also announced Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, Vince Staples, Stormzy, and many more for its 2018 edition, June 30-July 7.
Eminem’s journey continues to Switzerland, where he’ll return to Frauenfeld Open Air, eight years after his last visit, and for the first time since Live Nation bought the event last summer. The festival’s ticketing system reportedly crashed after the announcement, head of comms Joachim Bodmer said the Live Nation owned event sold several thousand tickets in the first two hours.
The rapper’s homepage states Zurich as the place to be on July 6, but the festival takes place, as the name suggests, in Frauenfeld. Next up are Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, before Eminem plays “the home of English rugby,” Twickenham Stadium in London, twice, July 14-15.
Meanwhile, TRNSMT got the Arctic Monkeys to close its first of two weekends, July 1. The Scottish festival, which earned DF Concerts an award for best new festival at the UK Festival Awards, will take over Glasgow Green for two weekends in a row this year, to accommodate a growing lineup led by Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, The Killers and more.
Owen Sweeney – Arctic Monkeys
Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, N.Y.
The Arctic Monkeys are also headed to Sziget Festival in Hungary. “Indie royalty” is what Sziget’s organizers called the band that joins Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Bastille, MØ and more, Aug. 8-15. The festival received this year’s EFA for Best Lineup.
Spain’s Primavera Sound’s also added the Arctic Monkeys to its star-powered lineup, as did NOS Alive in Portugal, and many other European flagship events, including Best Kept Secret (Netherlands, June 8), Hurricane and Southside (Germany, June 22-24), Open’er (Poland, July 4), Rockwave (Greece, July 6), Rock Werchter (Belgium, July 8), Mad Cool Festival (Spain, July 13), Oya Festival (Norway, Aug. 8), Way Out West (Sweden, Aug. 9-11) and Flow Festival (Aug. 11).