Roskilde Festival 2009, day 3 (in English)

I’d already caught the excellent Eagles of Death Metal live at Vega (review here), but still – or precisely because of that – I wouldn’t miss the chance of seeing them again. And their humorously down-to-earth rock’n’roll was just the thing to relieve the traditional Sunday fatigue of the Roskilde Festival crowd. And even while Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2009, day 2 (in English)

One would think that pleasant pop melodies and tribal rhythms on acoustic instruments was a winning combination. But somehow The Dodos managed to grind to a halt too often, rather than induce the expected trancelike state. And eventually, they left me cold. Just the other day I was thinking of Steinski and the brilliant 12″ Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2009, day 1 (in English)

I skipped the Thursday of Roskilde Festival, arriving just in time for the reunited Faith No More on the Orange Stage on Friday. Disappointingly plagued by keyboard trouble (apparently a Macbook/software synth setup) they delivered all the raw energy and quirky inventiveness that made them one of my favourite bands in the nineties. Knowing most Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2008 – day 4 (in English)

Sunday I arrived to the Festival in time for Slayer. Well, what can I say? Their power and precision is impressive. But it seems to me they are still playing a style of metal that once was groundbreaking but since then has been copied by thousands of newer bands. But then again, I’m not enough Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2008 – day 3 (in English)

Tokyo Police Club was a great starter for my third afternoon at Roskilde. These young Canadians delivered their hard and fast rocking beat with the casual detachment of The Strokes or (my personal favourites) The Rakes. Danish The Fashion offered a lot of energy as well – but sadly, not much else. Tight riffing, loud Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2008 – day 2 (in English)

The programme described Polarkreis 18 as a German answer to Muse and Radiohead. And they did have the crystal-clear vocals of the former and the brooding chord sequences of the latter, but at times an infectious disco beat lifted their melodies to another plane. I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys made it to the Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2008 – day 1 (in English)

It just struck me: The Roskilde Festival can be seen as an embodiment of the civilized Danish society. Only the Danes could manage to make a huge rock festival so safe and comfortable. I arrived midway through MGMT’s set – but instead of what the programme hailed as “psychedelic electro rock”, I heard a crowd-pleasing Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005 – day 4 (in English)

The Futureheads offered an explosion of pure energy. Absurd as it is to imagine a cross between Devo and The Proclaimers, delivered with the pop-punk simplicity of The Buzzcocks, The Futureheads make it work. I had a great time, but for the rest of the Festival audience 2 p.m. seemed a bit too early for Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005, day 3 (in English)

Some say Efterklang is one of the most interesting Danish bands at the moment. And I always like to check out any mix of rock and electronica. But this brand of shoe-gazing postrock is just too dull for my taste. Efterklang seems lost in a maze of introvert artistic pretentiousness – even stooping to “fragile” Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005, Day 2 (in English)

What would heavy metal sound like played in super-slowmotion? Something like Sunn O))): A deep, almost motionless drone – a primordial soup of distorted guitars and bass synthesizer. From the outside it sounded like the Odeon Stage had been transformed into a huge, electric didgeridoo. And Hungarian singer Attila Csihar managed to make his gritty Read More …