It’s been a number of weeks since we came back from our adventures at the Roskilde Festival and while we were at first wondering would we switch it for another festival next year, the heart-bursting joy that kept us going through four long, hot days make it an almost unmissable stop in the early summer. The lack of overbearing security, the effusion of free water everywhere, the ease of exit and entry, the late bars, a complete lack of any menace or bad vibes, the beautiful Scandinavians and the luck of their stunning weather make it worth the trip alone, but you can see all the money up there in the stages and the acts. Plus, it’s non profit and this year they gave over a million Danish kroner (€135k) to charity.
As some festivals swell in size and lose the edge they perhaps once had, to witness one of Europe’s biggest in all it’s glory is worth starting a slush fund for, so when 2016 rolls around you can forego your regular fields and take to Denmark to soak in that ‘Orange Feeling’.
In no particular order, some of this year’s moments:
Discovering Warm Graves.
The vibe at the Apollo stage as Jamie XX closed the weekend with ‘Loud Places’ and ‘Got Your Money’.
Soak at the Gloria Stage. Every minute of it.
Finding out the bars closed at 4am.
Our arrival at Honningbarna, as the band began to climb the rigging and promote a stage invasion.
Ever minute of weather; pure summer perfection.
Perfume Genius playing ‘Hood’.
Jungle bringing the house down.
Damon Albarn not wanting to leave.
And this lose-your-shit moment when Macca dropped ‘Live and Let Die’ to around 80,000 people.
Here’s our final gallery of the final day, photographed for State, yet again, by our tireless wingman, transport supervisor and partner-in-beer Jakob Bekker-Hansen.