The Local’s top ten Roskilde concerts

Original article published in The Local Denmark

Roskilde Festival 2015

The Local's top ten Roskilde concerts

Whether it was at the expansive Orange stage or one of the festival’s more intimate settings, there were no shortage of good concerts. Photo: Sophia Juliane Lydolph/Scanpix

The Local’s top ten Roskilde concerts

Published: 05 Jul 2015 21:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Jul 2015 21:34 GMT+02:00

Roskilde Festival has once again come and gone, leaving a trail of smiles, laughs and memorable experiences in its wake. This year’s lineup was more commercial than previous years, with less rock and metal on the billing, but there was still more than plenty to satisfy all musical tastes.

A testament to the Roskilde Festival’s diversity can be found here in our picks for best concert. Our two writers, Justin Cremer and Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk, have quite different tastes and there isn’t a single repeat among their respective choices for the year’s five best performances.

Justin Cremer’s top five 2015 Roskilde Festival concerts:

5. Africa Express
Arena, July 4

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I caught parts of 28 different concerts at this year’s Roskilde Festival, so getting it down to five picks is no easy task. Several others could have just as easily taken this spot – Dolomite Minor, Father John Misty, The Gaslamp Killer Experience or Mastodon, to name a few – but Africa Express gets the nod as it is where I closed out the 2015 Roskilde Festival, surrounded by good friends and treated to an impressive international jam session that had been going strong for nearly three hours when I packed it in.

4. St Vincent
Arena, July 2

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Photo: Simon Læssøe/Scanpix

I knew basically nothing about St Vincent before strolling in to the Arena stage on Thursday afternoon and when I left I wasn’t quite sure how to describe what I’d just seen. I think my feeble attempt to explain it to a friend later was something along the lines of “robot pop-rock” and perhaps that’s as good as anything. This was a tightly-performed – even occasionally choreographed – and very high-energy performance, highlighted by a final song played on the shoulders of a security guard with St Vincent sporting an ear-to-ear grin that revealed that she had just had as much fun as the audience.

3. Chelsea Wolfe
Gloria, July 4

Photo: Justin Cremer
Photo: Justin Cremer

The intimate Gloria stage was the perfect setting for an absolutely hypnotic performance by Chelsea Wolfe. Her particular mix of dark folk mixed with occasional blasts of rage may have on the surface been a strange pick for a hot and sunny day at Roskilde, but the enchanting Wolfe delivered one of my best musical experiences of the four days.

2. The War on Drugs
Arena, July 1

Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix
Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix

This was the show I was looking most forward to heading in to the festival and Adam Granduciel and company certainly did not disappoint. The setlist was very heavy on last year’s stellar album ‘Lost in the Dream’ with the performance putting just enough new nuances into the songs to really bring them alive. This was a powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll performance.

1. Goat
Friday, July 3

Photo: Justin Cremer

It is perhaps fitting that I don’t have a particularly good photo to go along with my top choice. The late night performance from these costume-draped Swedes who mix experimental psychedelic rock with African beats didn’t seem to be on the radar of too many, but those of us who were there were treated to what felt like a blissful mix between occult ritual and raging dance party. In a Roskilde Festival full of unexpected musical surprises, this one was the best.

Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk’s top five 2015 Roskilde Festival concerts:

5. Timbuktu
Arena, July 1

Photo: Bobby Anwar

Consistent, calm, confident. Those are the words that underline the show of veteran Swedish rapper Timbuktu. It’s never easy for Swedes to perform at Roskilde and earn critical acclaim, but Timbuktu put on a solid show good enough to scrape into our top ten anyway.

4. Kendrick Lamar
Orange, July 3

Photo: Bobby Anwar

Kendrick Lamar epitomized the booking policy at Roskilde this year: bombastic, commercial and appealing to the youth. Orange stage host Per Vers introduced him as the man he thought is the best rapper at the moment before his show and whilst some of us may disagree with such a grandiose claim, Kendrick did put on a top-notch performance before a packed Orange stage.

3. Mew
Orange, July 3

Photo: Simon Læssøe/Scanpix
Photo: Simon Læssøe/Scanpix

Danish rock band Mew played at Roskilde’s Orange stage missing one of their frontmen, guitarist Bo Madsen, who left the group just last week after 20 years. On their sixth appearance at the festival, this time as a trio, Mew were brilliant and endearing, backed by the solid Danish following that they’ve built over the years.

2. Die Antwoord
Orange, July 2

Photo: Bobby Anwar

South African duo Die Antwoord brought the Orange crowd to its knees with an emblematic, raucous performance that few expected would be as good as it turned out to be. Given that they are not well-known locally, their psycho blend of Afrikaans rap and trashy shrill vocals proved to be an even bigger hit. Frankly, Roskilde has rarely seen something of this nature.

1. Florence and The Machine
Orange, July 2

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – not only is that the title of indie band Florence and The Machine’s remarkable new album, it’s also a good descriptor of their show at Roskilde’s Orange stage. The voice of Florence Welsh, the singer at the forefront of the band, is a force to be reckoned with – she found herself at home at a packed Orange stage, with the big, blue beautiful sky above a sea of smiling fans.


Rf15: Sustainability never tasted so good

Roskilde Festival 2015 reaches its closure on Saturday for one last day of revelry under the summer sun. Temperatures will reach their highest point of the festival and this year’s biggest name, Paul McCartney, will lead a massive sing-along on the Orange stage.

After three full days of music, we’ve seen acts like Pharrell Williams, The War on Drugs, Goat, St Vincent and Sarabi play to popular approval whilst others like Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Mastodon have disappointed somewhat.

But Roskilde is more than just music, as the organizers of the annual event constantly reaffirm.

One of the increasingly important aspects at the festival is its focus on quality food and beverages. Last year’s event saw 700,000 kilos of food and approximately one million litres of beer sold. Given Roskilde’s environmental focus, the organizers of the event have become stricter when it comes to the sorts of food products that are sold on the festival grounds.

According to Mikkel Sander, Roskilde Festival’s sustainability leader, the festival has for many years “explored different avenues and set higher demands with regard to sustainability initiatives.”

This has entailed an inclination to donating leftovers to charities, in an effort to curb waste. Last year alone, over 27.5 tonnes of food was donated to the homeless in the form of 65,000 meals – an initiative that earned special praise at the European Festival Awards.

See also: Leftover festival food feeds thousands

At least 45 percent of the food stalls at Roskilde Festival sell organic food. This figure is set to rise to 90 percent by 2017 and as you may expect, is easier said than done. Organizers say that it is harder to procure organic products and suppliers than traditional ones. This is is especially true of beer, one of the most consumed products at the event.

In addition to its ambitious organic agenda, Roskilde has also made an effort to integrate the consumption of food and beverage into the overall festival experience. To this end, the festival has staged several food events, from a communal street kitchen during the warm-up days to educational palette-tickling experiments by Michelin-star chefs. The Local was particularly impressed with the Food Jam in the centre of the East city. Now a fixture within the Roskilde experience, the food jam presents an opportunity for groups and individuals to cook together, using high quality organic ingredients and costing a mere 50 kroner.

Roskilde’s organizers were kind enough to take us on a guided tour of some hand-picked initiatives at the festival. Here is some of what we saw on our culinary foray:

Dixie Burgers: Lean production gurus Dixie Burgers are located in the food area by the music stages. With over 315 volunteers, they produce up to 12 burgers a minute. The profits generated from sales at stalls such as these are reinvested into the association that staffs them. One of the challenges of meeting the organic demands at the festival is that most associations contract volunteers to operate their stalls. These volunteers, while incredibly hard working, tend to be less experienced than food industry professionals, which can complicate matters when it comes to ordering exact quantities of organic products.

Big A’s Diner: It may lack the Pulp Fiction-like diner seating, but Big A’s is about as good as it gets when it comes to the American culinary experience at Roskilde Festival.  This stall, located by the Avalon stage, is run by professionals from the food industry and outsourced to 140 volunteers. Fries, deep fried chicken and milk shakes are some of the items on their menu. A good place to grab a bite on Saturday, which in addition to the final day of the festival is also the major US holiday Independence Day.

Bus Bus: Located near the Orange stage, Bus Bus serves traditional Danish meals such as the revered Flæskestegssandwich (roasted pork sandwich). Their version has been heralded by several foodies as being the festival’s best. Our insider tip is to queue in the line on the left-hand side of the building (looking away from the Orange stage) as it moves way quicker than the one on the opposite side.

The Food Court: Offering a lot of different food concentrated in one place, the food court houses 18 stalls and two bars. Of these, two are Michelin-star eateries, a fact that takes Roskilde a cut above many other European festivals, The organic produce demands in this particular area of Roskilde Festival are higher than the overall demands: 60 percent of the ingredients used by each stall have to be organic.

Peter Larsen Coffee: Located in the food court area, the folks behind Peter Larsen Coffee are masters in the coffee department. One of their specialties is their cold brew coffee, pictured here. Originally from Japan, cold brew coffee contains twice as much caffeine as a can of Red Bull. And as anyone out here at Roskilde with us can attest, a heavy dose of caffeine can be just what’s needed to clear out the preceding night’s cobwebs and get you ready to face another full day eating, drinking and making merry.

Volunteers at the heart of Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival’s success year after year lies in much more than the music and its famed orange feeling. The event simply couldn’t go on if it weren’t for the small army of volunteers who handle projects big and small and ensure that the festival-goers have a fun, safe and memorable time.
Some 32,000 people volunteer during the week-long event, either giving their time and services directly to the Roskilde Festival or to one of the more than 200 clubs, societies and organizations that operate on the massive site.
See also: ‘Diversity is what brings me to Roskilde Festival’
The ardent volunteers partake in everything from toilet duties to manning VIP check-ins to cleaning up the sizable mess left behind after a week-long party with around 100,000 guests.  the festival is one example of the magnitude of properly-employed voluntary manpower for a good cause.
Backed by an urge to support initiatives that benefit children and the youth within humanitarian and cultural work, Roskilde Festival relies on the efforts of numerous volunteers to keep it living and breathing as an organisation dedicated to churning its profits into efforts that have a positive impact on society.
See also: The Local’s ten must-see Roskilde gigs
On a Wednesday that marked the opening day for Roskilde’s grand stages, with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Noel Gallagher making appearances at the sold-out festival, we wanted to find out more about who is making things run smoothly behind the scenes.
Besides the free ticket, what drives these volunteers to donate their time and energies to the Roskilde Festival? The Local caught up with some of the volunteers at this year’s festival. Here is what they had to say:
Nadia Muhammad, first-time volunteer from Valby. 
“Being a volunteer is hard and demanding at times, but also a lot of fun.”

Anne-Katrine Greenwik Jensen from Glostrup is volunteering for the second year in a row.

“The ticket is free and it’s nice to get a break from the festival ground.”

Ole Schou from Næstved is volunteering for the fourth time. 

“We have such a good time at the Roskilde Festival and I really like it out here in Street City.”

First-time volunteer Nadia Behzadi
“I am happy for the free ticket, I have great colleagues and it is really fun work.”

The Local’s ten must-see Roskilde gigs

The month of June has been quite a ride. With Distortion, Tinderbox, Northside, Copenhell and the general election now in the rear-view mirror, July is finally upon us, and with it comes the summer’s highlight for many, the Roskilde Festival.

Musically, Roskilde has shifted from its rock and metal roots to a more commercial programme this year with a lineup that’s heavy on the hip-hop. There is no doubt that its headline acts in the past have been grander, but there are still several exciting names to look out for and surely a few surprises lie in wait as well, as they do every year.

We’ll be covering this year’s edition, enjoying what promises to be the summer’s best weather thus far and maybe even contributing to future beer. With 169 acts catering to pretty much every musical taste, the Roskilde Festival will have something for everyone. Here are ten gigs that we are particularly looking forward to:

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
July 1 at 8:30 pm, Arena
Although Oasis’s ‘Wonderwall’ continues to be a karaoke bar staple, the Gallagher brothers’ days as a duo are now long gone. The feuds of Noel and Liam Gallagher are well-documented and both have tried their hands at solo projects. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are musically not all that different from the seminal Britpop sound that he helped cultivate in Oasis’ 90s heyday. If anything, there is a more mature, comforting appeal to it – make no mistake, if Gallagher can recapture some of his previous magic, this has the potential to be one of the best concerts at Roskilde this year.

Young Fathers
July 1 at 8:45 pm, Apollo
Young Fathers hail from Edinburgh with roots in Nigeria, Scotland and Liberia. Having won a Mercury Prize last year, Young Fathers are steadily evolving into a force to be reckoned with. Flying the flag for British experimental music, Young Fathers draw on trippy universes flanked by a blend of sharp hip-hop lyricism and epic choruses. Their sound that draws quite a few parallels with the music of trip-hop artist Tricky combined with a witty dosage of J Cole-esque influences.

The War on Drugs
July 1 at 11pm, Arena

Some music seems like it was tailor-made for a summer night in Roskilde. Such is the case with The War on Drugs, whose particular brand of American rock mixes a retro feel with indie cred and sprawling sensibilities. Their 2014 album Lost in the Dream was hyped to the heavens with very good reason and should sound even better when infused with Roskilde’s famous ‘orange feeling’.

July 2 at 12pm, Pavilion
Sarabi (a Swahili word for mirage) hail from the Eastlands slums of Nairobi, Kenya and are one of Roskilde’s wildcard entries this year. Socially-critical lyrics alongside well-strung instrumentation and a talismanic lead singer with an exceptional work ethic on stage are what you can look forward to when they take to the Pavilion stage at noon on Thursday.

Steve Gunn
July 2 at 4pm, Pavilion
One of the lesser-known names in this year’s lineup, Steve Gunn’s music is artistic acoustic wizardry at its best. The sorcery behind it lies in complexly-woven guitar motions drowned in a dark tunnel with strange echoes and ticks flanked by comforting vocals every now and again. Gunn is a deft guitarist and his vocal techniques have a Bon Iver-type quietness to them; music for a more tender, comforting moment at Roskilde.

July 2 at 8.30pm, Arena

Roskilde Festival always delivers the goods for metal fans and this year is no exception. Perhaps the biggest name among the metal acts at this year’s festival is the mighty Mastodon, who should be coming with something to prove. Their 2011 performance on the too-big and too-sparsely-crowded Orange stage was something of a letdown and didn’t come near to the powerful performance they deliver in smaller venues. Better placed at Arena this year and having taken a trippier and softer turn since their last appearance, the progressive metal veterans are sure to be a tour de force.

July 3 at 10.30pm, Orange
The last time Disclosure played at Roskilde, they were billed as an interesting act to look out for. After countless gigs around the world since, the two brothers from London are now established festival headliners despite having a rather slim repertoire of their own music. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Basement Jaxx and Faithless, Disclosure have taken UK garage and dance music back to the top of the charts, which in an age dominated by trashy EDM is a welcome addition of quality to the electronic music narrative.

Chelsea Wolfe
July 4 at 8.30pm, Gloria

Chelsea Wolfe is something to the antithesis of Nicki Minaj, who will be playing Orange when goth queen Wolfe takes the stage on Gloria. Her music is both incredibly dark and beautiful and will take listeners on a journey that goes throws blasts of crushing rock into quiet and eerie soundscapes. Her unique style of gothic folk has been embraced by underground rock and metal fans and she earned herself wide exposure when her track ‘Feral Love’ was used to soundtrack the season four preview for Game of Thrones.

Paul McCartney
July 4 at 10pm, Orange
At 73 years of age, Paul McCartney is surely past his prime, if you ask most. Then again, once you’ve sold over 100 million records and won 21 Grammy awards, surely things are only supposed to go downhill from there. The only former Beatle to return to Roskilde’s Orange stage, Knight McCartney has recently collaborated with the likes of Rihanna, Kanye West and Nirvana and is back to touring the world. The Orange scene will be all his come prime time on Saturday.

Africa Express
July 4 at 11pm, Arena
Africa Express is a terrific example of how cultures can be brought together through music. Featuring a varied palette of artists from Africa and Europe, their shows have seen artists like Fatboy Slim, Amadou & Mariam, Paul McCartney and Rokia Traore perform in various venues around the world. Befittingly, this year, Africa Express will be closing Roskilde on Saturday, with names such as Trentemøller, Damon Albarn, Spoek Mathambo and other unannounced acts lined up for what should be a memorable performance.

The Local’s Roskilde festival wrap – up

Original article here :

The Local Denmark


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The grounds at Roskilde Festival resembled an apocalyptic scene out of a futuristic dystopian fairytale as The local bid a fond farewell to this year’s event. Ripped tents, bulky heaps of air mattresses and cans of mackerel and tuna lay strewn like stardust across miles on end of now derelict camping areas patrolled by a niche section of die-hards riding the wave to its very end.

The story of 8 days of pure freedom- broken norms and mended souls summarized in a seemingly unappealing pile-up of junk.

Look beyond the veneer of all things apocalyptic and anarchic epitomized by this scene and you’ll find the success story of a festival that gathered over 100’000 people together for concerts by 166 bands from 30 different nations, generating an expected profit of between 200 and 270’000 Euros that will be donated to charity. Predominantly dry conditions that were interrupted by the odd shower every now and again made it all the more memorable, as did an astute band schedule that raked in every one from golden oldies for The Rolling Stones to tweak-obsessed kids for Major Lazo’s emblematic performance. Where some, like Danish deejay supremeo Trentemøller, failed to create a stir, there were others, such as Deftones, Darkside, Outkast, Stevie Wonder and not least of all Manu Chao, who all conjured up performances that charmed reviewers, established fans and new aficionados alike. Beyond music, the art scene around the Orange stage basked in the aura of its ever-increasing popularity and both Game city as well as Street city on Roskilde’s Western wing provided apt alternatives to the full-throttle party vibe. All in all Roskilde was well-organized and co-ordinated this year and there can be few complaints of poor concerts, a fact epitomized by the cancellation of Sunday’s Orange stage star act, Drake, who was replaced by the totally different Jack White. Whilst younger fans of r & b were left disappointed, for the omnivores and rock fans, Jack’s show was a sight to behold.



The Roskilde party is already underway

Original article here :

The Local Denmark, Roskilde coverage

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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


Ten Things you did not know about Roskilde festival

original article here :

The Local Denmark


It’s that time of the year again ! The streets are filled with the tooting of trucks packed with hordes of newly graduated students in the mood for a party. With Northern Europe’s largest festival creeping over the dawn horizon, many of the newly graduated will be joined by thousands of others, young and old, for up to eight days of cathartic chaos that does away with the conformity and structure of the everyday. In its place, everything from naked runs to tears of ecstasy and indelible crowd surfing moments are sure to normalize that which one would otherwise consider bizarre and even unbecoming.

Roskilde started out as an early 70’s idealist experiment modeled on the ethos of marquee counterculture happenings such as Woodstock and Isle of Man. Since then it has evolved into one of Europe’s giants on the festival scene, joining the likes of the U.K’s Glastonbury festival as one of the world’s most revered gatherings, both due to the eclectic music profile it maintains and the fact that it is primarily volunteer-driven. Now a swank 43 year old, Roskilde shows few signs of entering into a mid-life crisis, beaming with the very same creativity and cultural sparkle that she aims to inspire amongst the 160’000 plus people that are part of her universe. Here are one or two things you may not know about this beast :

  1. Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller are the reason you’re reading this. High school students at the time, this dynamic duo aided by music promoter Carl Fischer organised the first Roskilde Festival back in 1971. 20 bands played over 2 days, at what was known as Sound Festival at the time.

  1. Orange: Roskilde’s official colour, inspired by the indomitable Orange stage. With space for 60’000, the Orange stage was originally purchased from England in 1978, where it had been used by the Rolling Stones as part of their European tour a couple of years before. 36 years later, The Rolling Stones are set to rock this stage again.

  2. Apollo: Inaugurated in 2012 to cater for the rising demand for electronic music in the modern-day, Apollo is the Orange stage’s humble country cousin, with space for a modest 5000. During the warm up days, this powerful little satellite has been known to wander around different camping areas creating havoc.

  3. Nudity: In addition to the famous naked run held every year, nudity is a common sight at every Roskilde festival, as conformity flies out the window. Dr Hook famously performed nude in 1976, at a festival whose future hang in the balance at the time, on account of some conservative loons who proposed putting an end to Roskilde.

  4. 32’000 volunteers, which is approximately equivalent to the population of Hillerød, rally to make the festival what it is every year. With only 50 paid employees, Roskilde is one of the world’s best examples of volunteer-driven initiatives. The majority of volunteers hail from cultural and sporting organisations from Roskilde and Copenhagen.

  5. We are the champions : As Denmark rejects the European union and its football team wins Euro 1992, word of their triumph reaches the festival, broadcasted in these iconic words at one of the main stages. Unsurprisingly, beer drinking records are broken and total pandemonium breaks lose as the nation celebrates.

  6. Safety pits: Inspired by the well-documented deaths during a Pearl Jam performance at Roskilde in 2000, festival security in Europe tightens. Crowd sections are now divided into pits, separated from each other by steel fences, in order to prevent surging and to aid the flow of people in and around stages.

  7. 100mm in 35 hours. The weather in Denmark is always a gamble, more so at a festival such as Roskilde. As the heavens broke, thousands of revelers were soaked to the skin creating scenes that resembled the trenches of world war one. Some went home defeated but many soldiered on in the muck.

  8. 25.4 million has been donated to charity organisations such as Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International, Support the Victims in Iraq, Save the Children and The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and many others. Who would have thought that dancing the night away for days on end could create global economic value of such proportions ?

  9. Dream city is the name of one of Roskilde’s biggest initiatives aimed at promoting co-creativity and sustainability into the ethos of the festival. This audience-propelled section of one of the camping areas gives people the opportunity to share the uniqueness of their festival abodes with other “dreamers,” in a sky-is-the-limit sort of way.


Roskilde Festival Tops

Sigur Ros: I didn’t see or hear Sigur Ros, I experienced them. A purifying, serene concert that reverberated with an other-worldly character that no other musicians can pull off. Sigur Ros had the crowd spellbound from the word go.


Chinese Man : The dons of French turntablism, Chinese Man were on peak form at their show at Cosmopol, in a performance that straddled the territories of dub, drum & bass, dubstep, classic reggae and hip-hop and included a visual show of epic proportions.


Of Monsters and Men: Another Icelandic band whose music is a beautiful live experience. The Chamber pop visionaries showed why they are as popular a band as they are know with a well crafted performance at Roskilde’s arena


Chase n Status: To think that drum n bass would headline one of the shows at the Orange stage and do so with such panache. A seismic cover of Rage of The Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name of’ was the highlight of their late night furore.


Animal Collective: Animal Collective are the epitome of the modern day psychedelic band, complete with a trippy, kaleidoscopic show that transformed Roskilde’s Arena into a brilliant journey through sound and space. 


Roskilde Picks: Day 4

With a schedule full of acts, it can be difficult to make choices. Our music writers give you their picks for the must-see concerts of the festival’s final day.
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Although the energy may be running low by the last day, Roskilde fans always rally for a strong finish (Torkil Adsersen/Scanpix)
Although it is known as much for the camping, the partying and the “orange feeling”, believe it or not, for some people the Roskilde Festival is still all about the music.
With a full schedule across the festival’s seven stages, it can sometimes be hard to know when to go where. The Copenhagen Post offers our picks for each day’s best concerts, but any Roskilde veteran would caution against planning your schedule too carefully. Part of the beauty of the festival is stumbling across new acts and stepping outside of your musical comfort zones.
But if you are unfamiliar with some of the names on the schedule and want to know a little more, here are our picks for Sunday, the final day of the 2013 Roskilde Festival:
12:30, Odeon
Pick up your swords and shields, and get ready for Ensiferum! The folk-based quintet Ensiferum is as melodic as it is heavy. The Finns have always been known to produce some of the best melodic metal, and this folk/Viking metal outfit are no exception. Their songs are folksy in the most crucial of terms, get ready to dance and sing your hearts out with these patrons of Viking lore.  Michalis Nielsen
Dub step's reluctant poster boy delivered a memorable Roskilde performance in 2011Dub step’s reluctant poster boy delivered a memorable Roskilde performance in 2011

James Blake

14:30, Orange
The dub-step producer made a name for himself as he sauntered off the beaten track jigsawing together an eclectic blend of sombre dub-step, electro and Thom Yorke-inspired elements in the mid-‘00s, leading to his place as the poster boy for dub-step’s new generation. Although Blake is hardly comfortable in the limelight, he has perhaps unknowingly matured into one of the figureheads of the current renaissance of electronic music alongside the likes of Nicolas Jaar, Jamie Woon and Four Tet. His status has only gained greater momentum following the release of his new album Overgrown (2013), which further blurs the boundaries between dubstep and electronica further with light piano loops, gospel-folk choir sections and emotionally taxing lyrical themes. Daniel van der Noon
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Azealia Banks

16:00, Cosmopol
Promoting herself through the internet, this Harlem rapper was discovered at the age of 17. The now only 22-year-old has just one way ahead of her: success and fame. She is best known for her coarse and unpolished language on tracks like ‘212’ from 2011. Azealia Banks claimed the third spot in BBC’s ‘Sound of 2012’ and released the album Broke With Expensive Taste in April, making her name smoking hot, especially for the hip-hop happy festival guests. Sigrid Neergaard
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
16:45, Orange
The San Francisco garage band have distinguished themselves from their contemporaries with an edgy style of neo-psychedelia. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and The Stone Roses, the trio pride themselves on an equal balance of long, drawn out distorted instrumental sections, thoroughbred rock ‘n’ roll lyrics and a nostalgic New York Dolls goth image. Daniel van der Noon
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Queens of the Stone Age

19:00, Orange
Even before the release of the band’s sixth album, … Like Clockwork, in June, this was one of the most promising picks of the 2013 Roskilde Festival. But with a month for an album that is arguably the band’s best since 2002’s Songs for the Deaf to grow on fans, the anticipation for this show has been upped substantially. With consomate cool dude Josh Homme at the forefront, QOTSA will be looking to put a strong end to the Orange Stage’s rock offerings for this year. Teamed up with the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show before it, the festival’s main stage is going to be rocker paradise on the last day. One can only hope that when we hear ‘My God is the Sun’, we are actually bathed in the sunlight that was promised but has been slow to come. Justin Cremer
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22:00, Orange

Kraftwerk first started making music in the 70s, and the Germans are considered to be one of the most influential musicians in modern music, with an impact on the global scene that is close to that of The Beatles. Musicians the world over have been inspired by Kraftwerk’s music, style and image, which has garnered praise from the likes of Depeche Mode, Afrika Bambataa and even David Bowie. Featuring a highly revered 3-D show, Kraftwerk are more of an experience than a band. Roskilde’s decision to slot them as the final act on the Orange Stage will surely leave many revelers with a positive aftertaste of the festival that will help tide them over until next year. Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk

Dubioza Kolektiv
24:00, Arena
Dubioza Kolektiv are a band of crazy Bosnians known for their energetic amalgamation of Balkan rhythms, reggae, rock and dub. Their musical backdrop is brassy and euphoric, yet their lyrics contain political undertones of anti-nationalism, making them spokespeople for unity and peace in the Balkans. They will be performing their Balkan frenzy at this year’s final party. Catch them at the large Arena stage alongside Californian ska-champs Voodoo Glow Skulls.  Michalis Nielsen