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Roskilde left in Northside's wake

Country's biggest music festival has some catching up to do after early announcements

Northside may be the new kid on the block, but its early announcements are stealing all the attention thus far. Here, Bikstok Røgsystem performs at the 2013 festival. (Photo: Morten Rygaard)

December 4, 2013

by Andreas Jakobsen

The country's two biggest music festivals have been battling for media attention this week with confirmations of will appear on their stages next summer. 

The Roskilde Festival has so far confirmed just seven acts, and no headliners, for its 44th edition, which is scheduled for July 3-6 next year.

Indie groups Deerhunter (US) and Haim (US) and Danish electronic pop singer MØ were on Tuesday joined by some great news for head bangers: metal rock bands Carcass (US) and Nails (US). On Wednesday, it was the hip-hop heads who got good news in the form of respected indie rappers Dilated Peoples (US) and relative heavyweight Pusha T (US).
Aarhus's Northside Festival meanwhile added indie rock bands Pixies (US) and The Blue Van (DK) to their 2014 line-up on Tuesday.
However, Northside already began revealing acts a month ago and there are already some major treats awaiting indie rock fans in Jutland, including Arcade Fire (CA), Franz Ferdinand (UK), Mew (DK) and The National (US). For fans who like their rock-n-roll with heavier riffs, Queens of the Stone Age (US) will probably be up their alley, while electronic rock band Turboweekend (DK) will of course be heavier on the synthesisers. 

Other names confirmed for Northside include folk singer Ane Brun (NO), grime rapper Lucy Love (DK) and electronic soul duo Quadron (DK). Northside is scheduled to take place from June 13-15.

In what is perhaps a nod to the fact that the Aarhus start-up (Northside launched in 2010) is stealing a lot of the early-season attention, the organisers behind Roskilde have stressed that its festival's strength is its diversity. 

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