July 4 marks the beginning of this year’s Roskilde Festival, where for four days the event grounds just south of the Danish city it’s named for become the center of the live music universe. This year’s festival features nearly 200 bands from across the globe playing on eight stages. Anyone who finds themselves at Roskilde will be impressed by the headliners topping this year’s bill — the list includes legendary acts like Kraftwerk and Metallica, the pop star Rihanna, and indie stalwarts The National, among others. But its full lineup is an all-star cast for any music lover, whether they’re into blissed-out rave music, genre-defying hip-hop, or more introspective acoustic fare. Here’s ARTINFO’s picks for who you can’t afford to miss this year.
Ingrid Featuring Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, Coco, J. Åhlund, and Guests
Like Swedish indie pop? Then don’t skip Ingrid’s early Thursday morning set, when a who’s who of the scene’s biggest stars take the stage as one large and incredibly talented band. Performances by the collective are rare, making attendance that much more necessary.
Thursday, 1:00 a.m., Orange
A lot has changed over the last six decades and Bobby Womack has seen it all. While his voice has understandably aged over that time, he’s proven himself to be resilient and his latest work with the Gorillaz and on last year’s “The Bravest Man in the Universe” shows that he’s as relevant as ever.
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Orange
The Copenhagen punk group has been one of Danish music’s most well received exports of the last few years — we really enjoyed catching them in New York earlier this year — but it’ll be good to see the explosive foursome perform before thousands in their home country.
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Arena
Numbers Featuring Rustie, Jackmaster, Oneman, Spencer, Deadboy, Redinho, and Sophie
Ingrid isn’t the only collective who will be performing at festival. Fans of the dance music coming out of the U.K. (especially Glasgow) are in for a treat, as some of the scene’s brightest young stars — including two of our favorites: Rustie and Sophie — take the stage together for what will surely be one of the festival’s most ecstatic sets.
Saturday, 8:00 p.m., Apollo
Anyone who’s listened to Miguel’s sophomore album, “Kaleidoscope Dream,” knows that the Los Angeles crooner can sing, but as we learned when he saw him perform at CMJ last fall, he’s also the consummate showman. Show up for the music, stay for the spectacle.
Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Arena