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16 Feb 2010, 21:19

Do., 3. Jul. – Roskilde Festival RF Website says:"A much needed sunny year. As it is often the case when following a rainful year, it was difficult to sell tickets to Roskilde Festival in 2008. 2007 had flushed many people away, and the result was that only 68,000 of the 75,000 available tickets were sold.
This did not put a damper on the party, though. In the camps there was persistent talk of a "party revenge". The weather helped with lots of sun from the first Sunday and all the way through the week until the final Sunday when a paltry 3.5 mm of rain fell. That may explain the impressive sale of ice cream at the festival – more than 80,000 stick ice creams were sold.

”Roskilde rocks! The best festival in the world!” Neil Young declared during his concert on the Orange Stage Saturday night. He scored raving reviews. So did Radiohead, Nick Cave's band Grinderman, the revived noise kings My Bloody Valentine and The Streets who – lead by a small Englishman on the Orange Stage – got 60,000 people to sit on their heels, only to jump up again at his command.
Roskilde proved to be perhaps the most peaceful festival in the world. According to the local police, the festival was safer and more peaceful than an average Danish provincial town – despite the fact that everyone parties in this festival town."

I could see whole gigs from Supersilent, Bonnie “Prince” Billy (uuuh, strange american folk, that was not for me) , MGMT, Kings Of Leon, Judas Priest (kind of ridiculous...) , Duffy (quite good festival opener on Odeon Stage, nice singing, but a plastic studiomusician show band), Band Of Horses, The Notwist (again a fantastic gig), Cat Power, Battles (big noise, instrumental postrock showdown, rocked the tent), Tina Dicow (beautiful lady, great voice), Mogwai (good as always!), Radiohead (incredible!), Grinderman (Nick - again - won in his Grinderman outfit) , Motorpsycho (of course Bent and Snah, brilliant show, always surprising, instrumental mastery makes you tumblin) , Neil Young (during a short break he stood at the stages edge - hands high, victory sign - and called "Roskilde - the best festival in the world!" - this was so impressing.... this gig we won't forget, Neil!)

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