Roskilde Festival: Day 3 Roundup

By on Wednesday, 21st July 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

A helpful hint about music festivals: try as you may to see every single band you’ve ticked off the set schedule weeks before you’ve even set foot on the property, you’re going to miss some, because you’re either 1) hungry, 2) thirsty, 3) drunk or 4) just plain tired. While I admit to succumbing to #2 (it was hot, much hotter than it normally is in Denmark) and #4 (the only explanation for Day 2’s epic oversleep), all things considered I was in pretty good shape for Saturday, especially after getting to bed at a decent hour the night before.

I already knew Saturday at Roskilde was going to be a long day. So this time I checked, double-checked, and triple-checked that the alarm clock on my mobile was properly set before going to bed the night before. After filling up on a massive breakfast of several soft-boiled eggs, too many slices of cold cuts that tasted suspiciously (in a good way) of liverwurst and several cups of strong tea, I headed back to the festival. First up on the agenda was the Rumour Said Fire, a Copenhagen indie rock band officially ‘sanctioned’ by the festival organisers themselves by virtue of being the one band chosen to be official guest bloggers for the festival. Think Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons. Pretty good stuff.

They were followed by another local favourite duo, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour and their touring band. The only difference: the Asteroids Galaxy Tour are now world-famous and travel all over the globe. Even you, dear reader, are likely to have heard of them. The festival organisers are quick to point out that this is a band that started out on the emerging artists line-up of Pavilion Junior years ago and now are a global success. Blonde lead singer Mette Lindberg was radiant in hot pink and gold sequins, belting out the duo’s starry-eyed, soulful, psychedelic hits like ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine No More’ and ‘Around the Bend’. Amazing to see them to play to their home audience, Lindberg looking overwhelmed by the marvelous crowd response.

After the cut: this review of day 3 continued with more photos.

Trying to pace myself, I grabbed a tray of sushi and a soda and ate in the shade before heading down to Arena for a triple-header. After Friday’s ‘incident’, I decided it would probably be better to hang out at the perimeter of the pits for these sets. New Yorkers with boat shoes Vampire Weekend put on a fun if not mind-blowing set (read my in-depth review of Vampire Weekend here). But they were pretty much overshadowed by the throwback group of songs from the heyday of Joy Division and New Order proffered by Bernard Sumner and Bad Lieutenant (read my in-depth review of Bad Lieutenant here).

I knew by the general wackiness of the people who gathered early for Pendulum that this was going to be one wild set by the Aussie drum and bass act. I expected the blinding strobes but I did not expect the athleticism of singer Rob Swire as he pumped up the crowd. Total mental crowd response. Wow. I was getting into the music so much, I almost didn’t want to leave Arena. (Good news for us: according to Rob Swire’s Twitter on 19 July, us Americans may not have to wait too long for a tour – he hopes they will come to America for a proper tour in early 2011.) But I had to. I just had to see Muse at a music festival. And if any band was tailor made for music festivals, Muse would be it. The bombastic stadium rock of the Devon trio couldn’t be beat (read my in-depth review of Muse here). What a great ending to Saturday!

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