I would imagine that Refused will have a high billing at this fest given they're a Scandinavian act? Given how high they're placed on Coachella's poster, I'm going to guess they are a subheadliner at Roskilde.
Today we got some world music to the poster, Terakaft and boubacar Traore, the first act is compared to Tinariwen and they had like the best concert of Roskilde 2010 so there are something to look forward to.
They played Coachella in 2008. I didn't end up getting to see them, but there are YouTube videos from their performance. I had listened to them a bit before that Coachella and liked their recorded stuff.
Mew to play Roskilde 2012
The exclusive concert with the Nordic favourites is announced along with Mutiny On The Bounty and Ter Haar.
We proudly present a much welcome Roskilde reunion. An audience favourite plays an exclusive show – one of very few in 2012 – for its Scandinavian fans.
MEW (DK) has developed a unique sound where Jonas Bjerre's choirboy vocals are the human anchor point in a tornado of sophisticated, dreamy, often hard-hitting rock. Amidst these rugged sounds the band has even written some catchy-as-ever choruses that make pop fans cherish this band. Mew is in the studio these days, so maybe we will even be treated with tunes from an upcoming album.
A statement from Mew's HQ says:
"Having sailed the seven seas, Silas, Jonas and Bo are back in the circle, busy building new floors and sections of the castle that Mew inhabits. Airy halls of light and wind, amber-coloured wood radiating from the bottom up, these rooms are future rooms for us all. This is celebrated with few concerts over the summer and autumn."
Two equally challenging, European bands added to the lineup
Along with the Danish favourites we add two European bands who like Mew have a penchant for complexity and edge.
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (LUX) plays progressive, hard-hitting and technical rock. This music out of Luxembourg is not just well-executed and with more ideas in one song than many bands use on an entire album. It is also brutally beautiful, melodic guitar rock that will appeal to everyone who digs music with both balls and brain.
TER HAAR (DE) started out as an instrumental band, which you feel in the musicality and attention to detail in all of the trio’s songs – even after guitarist Philipp Koller has started singing. The ambition is edgy, complex post-rock that makes you want to dance rather than count time signatures. Don't miss this band if you've enjoyed Battles' angular rhythm.
I suppose they are waiting for the final announcement in April before revealing some of the bigger name acts? There hasn't been a significant name released since the Refused announcement all the way back on Feb.1st. Maybe Mew are big in DK but I must admit ignorance about them...
I´m guessing that you are right about this one but with around 200 names in total they need to announce much more bands soon because normally there are around 70-80 bands in the big announcement and 10-20 more after that.
Now there are 39 names on the poster so unless they are revealing more names on the poster day than usual then they have to announce aprox 60 bands in 7 weeks time.
If you want to listen to Mew then try to listen to the songs Am i Wry? No, Comforting Sounds (long Version), Snow Brigade, Introducing Palace Players, Sometimes live isn´t easy, Repeaterbeater, Apocalypso and The Zookeepers boy.
We can hook up during the festival so you won't feel like your all alone :-) but Roskilde is a perfect place to visit by yourself because people are so friendly and open minded so you will not have a problem finding someone to join.
There is a camp called Strangers With Candy than consists of people who to start with was strangers and still today welcomes people who are coming on their own.
Nordic music added to Roskilde 2012 lineup
Dead Skeletons, Sivert Høyem, Niki & The Dove and Of The Wand And The Moon add Nordic darkness and magic to the lineup.
Nordic artists are a central part of Roskilde Festival. Today we present a motley bunch of some of today's most powerful names from the far north.
DEAD SKELETONS (ISL) is like straying into a maelstrom of roaring, echoing guitars, staring skeleton heads, Buddhist trance and cosmic rock'n'roll. "He who fears death cannot enjoy life," is the basic philosophy of psychedelic, death-embracing trance rock band.
SIVERT HØYEM (N) was originally the lead singer in Norwegian band Madrugada, and he continues on his own creating grandiose Scandinavian rock full of inner drama. On the fourth album, Long Slow Distance, he has found inspiration in surprising places (Høyem mentions German kraut rock and French pop as some of them), and the synthesizer often knocks on the door in Høyem’s stormy songs in minor.
NIKI & THE DOVE (S) have already made a big impression outside of Scandinavia with their opulent synth pop. Malin Dahlström’s vocals with the thick Swedish accent are cold and chic, and Gustaf Karlöf’s swarming arrangements are both compact, sophisticated and the perfect backdrop for the duo's melodic songs.
OF THE WAND AND THE MOON (DK) is one of the most prominent bands of the darkened, cultural-pessimistic dark folk genre. The Lone Descent from 2011 frames the mood of an occult mass deep inside a North European forest lit up by torches. But according to the musical mastermind, inspiration is also found in 60s icons such as Lee Hazlewood and Serge Gainsbourg when writing this gloomy doom music.