The Roskilde party is already underway

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The Local Denmark, Roskilde coverage

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pics:  Bobby Anwar

The Orange feeling is back once again and despite the standard doom prophecies of local weather forecasters, come rain or shine, Roskilde Festival looks set to morph into the annual festive treat that it always is. 160’000 attendees, 32’000 volunteers, 8 days of merrymaking in conditions that range from World War One-esque mud baths to searing summer temperatures that banish the traumas of winter to mere memory. The 43-year old spectacle offers plenty and a dig beneath the surface reveals that, true to one of their slogans, Roskilde is about “more than just music.” The Local was at Roskilde yesterday to get a whiff of some of what to expect:

  • Street City: Picking up on the increasingly favorable sociopolitical strategy of using street culture and sport to generate cultural production, the Red Bull brand have laid claim to the skate park area in the West of the festival. BMX biking, Roller blading and of course, the usual flurry of rising electronic music talents under the Red Bull studios banner. Many Roskilde die-hards have voiced their concern over the increased collaboration between Roskilde and commercially-motivated multinationals such as Red Bull. For them, the skate scene was more “authentic” before it was handed over to Red Bull. For others, the talented lineup of deejays and the varied palette of urban sports on offer are a showcase of quality, irrespective of who’s behind them. These were but a few of many varied opinions at the skate scene yesterday evening, where the stage technicians seemed to have been caught off-guard by the sudden downpour shortly after nine. Despite this hiccough, one can expect some interesting cultural activities from Street city, which runs until Wednesday.

  • Game City: Another zone intent on harnessing the potential of sports as a catalyst for social activity, Game city features organisations such as Hummel, Play 31, Sensational Soccer and Game Denmark, all of whom play host to a plethora of tournaments in beach soccer, volleyball, 3 on 3 basketball, double dutch and other disciplines. For those who fancy running off their hangover, this zone is definitely worth checking out.

  • Art zone : Located near the indomitable Orange scene, this year’s art scene features 21 different projects involving 150 artists comprised of 9 different nationalities. The art cliche of breaking down the distances between performer and participant and of the standard thought provoking properties of art will be in abundance here, giving festival attendees the chance to immerse themselves in immersive interactive experiments. Watch out for the work of Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Marcos Zotes and Maser. Separate from this, albeit not too far off from the art zone, the 1 kilometer of painted graffiti murals that Roskilde festival gives international street artists the opportunity to decorate are also a sight to behold. Free graffiti workshops are also available to all who wish to bring out their inner Banksy.

  • Camping : A back to basics experiment that often involves wet tents, canned mackrel for breakfast, sleeping next to a horde of party-crazed enthusiasts with a 24 hour sound system that will provide you with your best and most irritable festival experiences all at once. Of all the many elaborate camps, one that stands out is the ping pong camp in West, by the famous bridge between Roskilde West. This particular tribe of party animals have their own shaman-esque deejay, clad themselves in yellow and purple and are have been known to frequently douse each other in champagne, a commodity which they seem to have plenty of.

  • Rolling Stones: Yes Roskilde is more than just about music but, at the end of the day, the indelible experience of seeing a good band perform live to thousands of people is one that is well and truly irreplaceable. Where Roskilde’s bookers were lambasted for booking an overtly commercial lineup last year, this year, the general consensus is that they have done a good job. This also creates higher expectations, perilous vices in themselves, but let’s face it, can a band like The Stones end up being a catastrophe at an Orange stage that they had originally used on one of their European tours over 40 years ago ? On that note, Outkast, Manu Chao, Stevie wonder, Drake and The Arctic Monkeys are also surely going to perform impeccably on the orange stage and let’s not forget about the action on some of the smaller, often uncredited, stages – Cosmopol, Apollo, Arena. Fun for the family


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