It’s always a funny thing with these warm-up days. I mean, 90 % of the people at Roskilde don’t really care about the music, and they’re pretty much warming up by drinking hundreds of beers, yelling ‘tigermis’ (!) and not caring about others.
Being back at Roskilde is a special feeling, though, and yesterday did hold some incredible concerts. We’ve decided to highlight some concerts from yesterday, and here’s what we witnessed.
Masasolo (Rising Stage – 15.30)
Morten Søgaard is quite the phenomenon. With only two singles out, it’s pretty remarkable that he’s playing Rising alongside his talented companions. That’s pretty much the downside, when it came to this concert; he’s in need of more songs.
He’s an excellent song writer, and on stage he’s quite the charismatic front figure, and when they did best, they were incredible. But there’s a bit too much of playing around with genres and trying to figure out the right sound. You can’t blame them, though, since they’ve been booked on such an early stage in the history of Masasolo, all we can do is give them time to write new songs and release an album. I’m pretty sure the outcome will be something extraordinary.
Palace Winter (Rising Stage – 20.00)
They’ve been described as the best new act on the alternative rock scene, but in my mind, they’ve been described as that for quite some time now. I sort of had that feeling, that playing Rising could be the time for them to step up and take it to the next level, and you know what, it certainly felt like they’d had the same thought.
Carl, Caspar and their friends on stage did a really good job, no doubt. Even though most of the audience didn’t know much of their stuff, they really had them going – and especially the ending could make it feel like you were standing at a much bigger stage, and not the terrible looking Rising stage.
I guess this is what Oasis should’ve sounded like, if you ask me.
Kasper Marott (Countdown – 21.00)
He’s been at it for a long time now, this guy, and by now he’s quite the name when it comes to delivering techno and house to the people. Yesterday you should’ve gathered all wanna be house DJ’s in front of Countdown, and Kasper could’ve given them a lesson in how you create the perfect electronic show.
He’s managed to build up a show around his 909, a legendary drum machine, and incredible visuals rich on tasteful images. If the visuals hadn’t been there, his attitude or lack of presence could’ve made it a different show (for the worse), but luckily for us, there’s really not much negative to say.
The more Kasper played, the more he got to the audience. It was simply impossible not to dance around and do your best moves.
It’s a problem at Countdown this year, that the best acts on the stage are placed as early as they are. In my opinion, Rising shouldn’t be closing the day with a terrible Norwegian wannabe punk-act, they should’ve let a guy like Kasper Marott control the night at Roskilde.
Emilie Ramirez (Rising – 21.30)
We had her on our ‘Class of 2016’, without knowing much about her. Still, we were certain, that she was gonna make it – and make it big. Yesterday at Rising, she certainly looked and performed like a star.
She’s got a unique, powerful vocal, one of those you for a second compare to the X-Factor segment, and then she does something that makes you forget about that stupid TV show again. Sadly for us and for her, the sound at Rising aren’t that good, and her singing had tendency of drowning in uncontrolled noise. It wasn’t that bad, but it’s what makes the difference between a good and a perfect show.
Especially ‘Tranquilizer’ had the massive turn up going bonkers, and during that song one couldn’t help thinking, that she’s the next big pop sensation in Denmark. Well done, Emilie Ramirez.
All in all a great first day of concerts at Roskilde. In general, the quality on stage was incredible, whereas the stages and sound didn't always live up to that.