Our wonderful intern, Rebecca, was at Roskilde festival, held in a field about 40 minutes drive outside of Copenhagen. Here’s her account of the event, and we have some great style shots to follow tomorrow…
The festival is pretty commercially focused, and this year’s line up featured some really big names with Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Strokes and Portishead all making appearances, but its primary focus is still on showcasing new, smaller names. Portishead played an amazing set on ‘the Orange stage’. This stage is the biggest at the festival with a capacity of 60,000 people. This stage has been designed to represent the logo of Roskilde festival, and was actually originally the Rolling Stones’ tour tent- a nice bit of recycling by the Roskilde team! Another great concert was the Charles Bradley gig, which was on one of the smaller stages. The band created a really relaxed and harmonious atmosphere which was really cool after some of the more hectic shows. Overall, the crowd was very mixed, with a slight majority of indie/rock fans, a fair amount of hip hop fans as well as a rapidly growing segment of electro/house fans.
The atmosphere at Roskilde was, as always, very relaxed, friendly and fun. It is, in many ways, a continuation of the hippie traditions and mindsets that founded the festival 41 years ago, and all profits go to charitable causes with a promise from the organizers that it will all be allocated before next year’s festival. The tree like, wooden constructions on some of the pictures were made by architecture students. They were really beautiful and great to hang around and sit on. The festival organizers work really hard to create an atmosphere that feels really calm and safe, with a big emphasis on encouraging the festival-goers to avoid drugs, go easy on drink and instead focus on the brilliant music.
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