The biggest day at the Orange stage, at least in my opinion, at Saturday didn’t in any way disappoint!
Nikolaj Nørlund (4/6)
A rather big crowd had decided to wake up to a concert with Nikolaj Nørlund at Arena, and the amount of people singing along shows just how big this artist really is. He is one of the greatest, and I think Roskilde tried to proof it by giving him a two and a half hour spot on the program. In order to do that the best way, Nikolaj Nørlund had invited several Danish artists on stage with him (not at the same time, that is). Artists he had worked with before, and some rather new constellations – for instance when Raske Penge came on stage. Weird, but surprisingly good!
Still, the absolute highlight of the show came when Nørlund was standing alone on stage singing ‘Ensomhedens Gade nr. 9’, a cover of the old John Mogensen song.
Bottled in England (3/6)
It’s been a while since hearing from these guys, and earlier on I’ve had some good experiences at their live shows, so I was actually really excited about going to this concert – but for two reasons: 1. It’s always entertaining 2. I wanted to see I’ve their new material was an improvement. It had, not much, but it sounds like an improvement. Their album is just around the corner, and it’s definitely something to look forward to. Either way, the sound wasn’t loud enough, so the fun part never really got to me. The highlight of this show was when Troels Abrahamsen came on stage, as we all knew would happen actually. I think maybe Apollo had an off day?
Psyched Up Janis (5/6)
The return of the kings was a celebration of a sound and a style that’s missing in modern music. Only three men on stage filling out the huge Orange stage, only one guitar and still so much sound. It’s minimalistic in a way, it’s all about the music. After 15 years without playing at Roskilde as Psyched Up Janis, this was a pleasant return.
Manu Chao (5/6)
With so much energy and passion, Manu Chao slowly took over the crowd. After some time, the entire crowd was dancing around and having a good time – from the front pit to the back. Their many hits was somewhat of a sing along party, but the concert had some periods where songs where braided together, and things seemed a tiny bit confusing. Manu Chao definitely lived up to the spot at Orange stage, and they are welcome back whenever they want.
Arctic Monkeys (5/6)
It was a great honor to see Alex Turner and his gang back at Roskilde, and for the first time with their ‘AM’ album! With 5 albums out, it’s difficult to pick a setlist that fits everyone – so I’m guessing that they’ve picked a setlist that they like playing the most. Opening with Do i Wanna Know? was a great way to start the party, and from then on the hits kept coming. I’ve talked to a lot of people about this concert, and seems like the performance from Alex Turner split the audience in two: Those who doesn’t care about his arrogance, and those who hate it. No one loves it, it seems, but if you can see past it, this was really a great performance from a band. I mean, this band is the biggest rock band of my generation. They’ve released 5 great albums after their EP from 2006. Back to his arrogance: his style is somewhat a mixture of Johnny Cash and Elvis, two people who were more than capable of being in contact with the audience. Alex Turner goes in the opposite direction, but I’m one of those who see past it and pay attention to the music – and it was good!
Major Lazer (6/6)
A good friend of mine called it this: the perfect plastic performance. He’s right, because this is not a concert as much as “just” a party. No ordinary party though. They had the crowd in their hands, and all the way back to the wall that symbolizes the end of Orange, people did whatever they were told to do. This was the biggest party I’ve ever been to in my life, and everyone seemed to have a blast. Except for those who couldn’t take being a part of it, and were carried out of the pit. Major Lazer gets 6/6, but Roskilde Festival gets a 0/6 for being weird. I mean, it seems like Major Lazer had been giving permission to break all the safety rules there are at Roskilde, and even letting the security people help breaking the rules by helping a man up so he can crowd surf. When the audience were told to get up on someones shoulders and rave, someone should’ve stepped in – that seemed incredibly dangerous. So, good luck getting that respect back about crowd surfing and what not, Roskilde!