With a schedule full of acts, it can be difficult to make choices. Our music writers give you their picks for today’s must-see concerts.
Plenty of choices for music fans on day two of the 2013 Roskilde Festival (Photo: Scanpix / Torben Christensen)
Although it is known as much for the camping, the partying and the “orange feeling”, believe it or not, for some people the Roskilde Festival is still all about the music.
With a full schedule across the festival’s seven stages, it can sometimes be hard to know when to go where. The Copenhagen Post offers our picks for each day’s best concerts, but any Roskilde veteran would caution against planning your schedule too carefully. Part of the beauty of the festival is stumbling across new acts and stepping outside of your musical comfort zones.
But if you are unfamiliar with some of the names on the schedule and want to know a little more, here are our picks for Friday:
It’s early in the day, so don’t be high as a kite when you watch Highasakite
Flying on top of the skies is Norwegian indie pop band Highasakite. Vocalist Ingrid Helene Håvik, who writes most of the group’s music, is known for her mesmerising voice. The band just released their debut album All That Floats Will Rain last year which the music critics received with open arms and flattering reviews. The band prefers to dress in Indian clothing upon entering the stage and are said to put on very memorable shows. They are known for their catchy tracks and the EP In and Out of Weeks, which was released this spring, is no exception. Sigrid Neergaard
Of Monsters And Men
Chamber pop, a sound popularized by the enigmatic Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, looks set to become a genre in its own right thanks to Icelandic sensation Of Monsters And Men. The six-piece will be making only their second visit to Denmark, having played at Vega late last year. Expect plenty of epic sing-along moments and a concert that will linger in your mind for a very long time to come. Allan Mututku-Kortbæk
Catch living legend Bobby Womack on the Orange Stage
An active recording artist since the late ‘60s, the veteran soul singer Womack has had an enduring influence on the world of funk, deep soul and R & B throughout the decades. Sharing similarities with some of soul’s most prestigious figures – including Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and Otis Reading – Womack has been a part of a modern reemergence of nostalgic funk during the last few years along with such acts as The Temptations, Charles Bradley and Cody Chestnut. Daniel van der Noon
One of very few African acts at this year’s festival, Rokia Traore is part of the modern wave of Malian musicians that includes Amadou & Mariam, Ali Farka Toure and Salif Keita. The widely travelled Traore has recently released her fifth album, Beautiful Africa, a work that represents a coming of age of sorts for her. This marks her third visit to the Roskilde Festival. Allan Mututku-Kortbæk
This Swedish act got its Scandinavian breakthrough with the release of the upbeat hit ‘Alla som inte dansar’ (Everyone who doesn’t dance) in 2007. The song was impossible to miss in Denmark, but the Swedes have not been very visible since. They have toured in the US and Brazil but are now trying to get back on the Danes’ playlists. Their mixture of pop, rap, bass and electronic sounds are sure to start a huge party and you don’t need to understand Swedish to appreciate their beats and energy. Sigrid Neergaard
Easily the most controversial name on the bill this year, the pressure will be on Rihanna (and festival organisers) to deliver a strong show
One of the main names at Roskilde Festival this year is R&B mega-star Rihanna. She will be set to rock the crowd at the festival’s largest stage despite many Roskilde Festival enthusiasts being displeased with the booking, as the pick is more pop-orientated than the festival’s traditional picks. The young woman from Barbados broke through with her hit ‘Pon de Replay’ in 2005 and has since then delivered hit after hit. Over the years she has transformed from a sweet innocent girl into a sultry sex icon. Sigrid Neergaard
Reggaeton is a genre that can easily become tediously repetitive, generic and flat-out boring, but not if you look towards one of the pioneers of the genre who sought to bring the Latin vibes from the poor neighbourhoods of Puerto Rico to a widespread global audience. Tego Calderón performs his steaming reggaeton with dignity, always pushing to open the boundaries of the hedonistic party music. Put on your dancing shoes for this year’s Latin party. Michalis Nielsen
Canadian punks Ethan Kath and Alice Glass form one of the most unique bands around, with their radical concoction of ethereal boundary-pushing electronic music. Their sold-out show at Vega earlier this year was one of the best the venue has played host to, replete with epic moments of crowd-surfing, as it cruised the fine line between untamed chaos and sheer genius. Crystal Castles have been touring non-stop for the last two years, so to say that they are an act in top form is a gross understatement. Allan Mututku-Kortbæk
Simian Mobile Disco
Simian Mobile Disco may be a bit past their prime but are nonetheless still a force to be reckoned with in the intricate, erratic world of electronic music. Their live show is a maelstrom of chaotic musical arrangements strung flimsily together with aplomb. The duo have released a consistent string of albums over the years and collaborated with the likes of Florence and The Machine and the Arctic Monkeys and are an active component in the UK’s effervescent music scene. Brace yourself for a wild and hedonistic late-night show. Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk