Another festival celebrating 40 years, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival is one of the best organised of the big festivals and boasts a famous friendliness (they call it the -orange feeling’ after the colour of main stage). 75,000 people have made 2010 a sell out and while the four-day festival proper kicks off today the truly hardy have, since Monday, been filling the campsites and enjoying what has been superb weather – and it’s set to continue, with 30 degrees promised on Saturday.
The non-profit organisation that runs the festival may not have the massively strongest line up this year but some of the best times at Roskilde are to be had lounging with a cool beer (you can’t move for Tuborg, the sponsor) enjoying the fine weather and watching the beautiful Danes go by (especially if you’re at the annual Naked Race). Should you want something more than this, then you can easily find enjoyment with such acts as Beach House, Local Natives, Kasabian, The Temper Trap, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Florence (of course), Tinariwen, LCD Soundsystem, the Die Antwoord loonies as well as Muse, The National, Gorillaz, Pavement and the purple warrior himself, Prince. Also available for your listening pleasure are Danish favourites Efterklang, The Rumour Said Fire and The Kissaway Trail (they name their bands quite strangely in Denmark).
The personal and crowd safety at the festival is second to none but this year the organisers are keen to mark the 10 year anniversary of festival’s darkest day when 9 people lost their lives in a crush during Pearl Jam’s concert. Patti Smith and guitarist Lenny Kaye will be performing a tribute, and various other events will also take place.
The four sun-kissed (jinx!) days begin at 5.30pm (download band line up here) and you’ll know the fun has started when you get your yearly sighting of the inflatable alien banging the inflatable cow which has been carried around on a pole by a certain group of punters for as long as anyone can remember.
We’ll be posting daily reports from the festival site here on State.ie.
Photo: Jakob Bekker Hansen