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 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 …

Roskilde Festival 2005, day 1 (in English)

The day started with perfect sunny weather, which amazingly ended up lasting for the entire festival. On the station I met Hans E. Madsen, whom I know from my Århus days. It turns out he was the mastermind behind (among other installations) the orange neon sculpture in front of which Morten and I were posing Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2004, day 4 (in English)

The Von Bondies from Detroit played the Odeon stage: Oh my – more retro garage rock of the massively noisy and uncompromising kind. They do have a good (almost danceable) groove going at times, but to often they fall back into a grungy blues feel. Canadian Broken Social Scene play against all odds: Their complex Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2004, day 3 (in English)

It may be me, but I don’t really understand the hype surrounding I am Kloot. Sure, he writes decent songs and has a pleasant voice, but to me it’s just another singer/songwriter thing. Someone gave me a tip about Lali Puna from Munich, Germany, and I’m glad I went. It’s rare to see a rock Read More …