The Roots to Roskilde

American hip-hop collective and Swedish pop singer Jonathan Johannson newest additions to line-up

Continuing their string of weekly announcements, the Roskilde Festival on Wednesday added American hip-hop collective The Roots to the festival line-up.

The Roots have earned a reputation as one of the best live hip-hop acts around. With a full band anchored by drummer Questlove, The RootsÂ’ sound swings from hip-hop beats, funk, neo-soul, rock and many sounds in between. Fronted by wordsmith Black Thought, the Philadelphia outfit will be playing Roskilde in support of the tenth studio album of their career, the critically-acclaimed Undun.  

The Roots were formed in 1987 but in later years have reached a new level of popularity thanks in part to their position as the house band on the American late-night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

At Roskilde, which will be the band’s only Scandinavian appearance of the summer, they will join the previously announced hip-hop acts Wiz Khalifa, Royce da 5’9”, and Yelawolf.

Also announced on Wednesday was Swedish singer-songwriter Jonathan Johansson. Johansson, who hails from across the sound in Malmö, performs Swedish-language melancholic pop reminiscent of Depeche Mode and New Order.

The Roskilde Festival takes place July 5-8.