Roskilde Festival - Denmark - 26/6-3/7/11 [PART 2]

14 Jul 2011

Part two of Gudjon Emilsson’s traipse around the Roskilde Festival has him bumping in to Bright Eyes, The Raveonettes, Kurt Vile and Portishead, as well as finding to his surprise that M.I.A. has tunes other than ‘Paper Planes’ that are, to quote, “OK!”.


Friday, July 1st.

Bright Eyes could easily have filled the Orange stage. Playing at 2pm, he fixed peoples first night party hangovers with a lively set, throwing in couple of ballads in between the more raucous numbers. An adoring crowd loved it, rapturously cheering the beginning line of each song.

Local heroes The Raveonettes got a warm welcome from their fellow Danes, but they had sound problems right after their first song, the crowd waiting patiently for 3 long minutes before they were back in business. The first quarter of an hour or so was a little dull in honesty, but then they rocked it with ‘Dead Sound’ and really had a stew going when they played ‘Love in a Trash Can’. Minor sound problems occurred once more however (time for the 2nd guitarist in ‘Lust’), but after that they were back on the highway and, all in all, delivered a pretty decent performance.

Mathew Dear at the Cosmopol stage was like stepping into an Ibiza night club and thus not quite my thing, so I kept walking on to Mastodon. They were loud. I was there because I’d been told to check out their drummer.  I did, and then moved on.  Thinking that I wouldn't mind to know how to dress well so I went to see How To Dress Well (oh, you're still reading?). They were playing at the tiny Gloria stage like Ólöf Arnalds the day before. And just like earlier that day, it was so packed inside I could´t go in.  A disappointing hour or so.

Yet I then headed to see Kurt Vile & the Violaters. On my way one bloke asked me for direction to Gloria stage but I told him it was a hopeless case. He rewarded me with few sips of Jim Beam whiskey I talked to him for too long during the concert so I didn't really know if Kurt was any good.  The Roskilde Press gave him a full house though. I had better send that Jim Beam fellow to the Gloria stage.

Charming Beth Gibbons was the leader of the pack when Portishead played on the Orange stage, forever pointing at her band mates asking that their volume should be cranked up in her monitor. In the beginning, her voice was too low (she should have pointed at herself) but after three or so songs, things were just right, and Portishead delivered a set filled with classics (even the new ones are classics – is Third their best record?). ‘Wandering Star’, a make out song for the couple in front of me, had Gibbons prove yet again just how breathtaking a singer she is, and whilst the reception for the newer, more drone-based material was a little muted, ‘Sour Times’, ‘Glory Box’ and ‘Roads’ were there to leave me and others in a daze.

It must be hard to follow Portishead, but M.I.A. tried and succeeded.  Though I have to admit I didn't know anything about her except for that ‘bang bang bang’ gun song (I hope you're not too shocked about my ignorance), I took a look at few tunes and hey, she’s OK!  Her light show was an orgy for the eyes and hey she did play that gun song ...apparently it's called ‘Paper Planes’.

At this point it was late in the night with only minor artists left to play, so I headed to someone’s camp for some heavy drinking to prepare myself for an action packed Saturday.




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