Roskilde Festival: Final Impressions

By on Friday, 23rd July 2010 at 2:00 pm

By now if you’ve been following the action at TGTF over the last 2 weeks, you’ve read my recollections of this year’s Roskilde Festival. I’m happy to say that for some minor blisters on my feet from wearing wellies for 4 days, I came away from my first massive musical festival experience pretty much unscathed, and I now have some incredible, incredible memories I know that won’t be topped for years to come.

Should you consider going to Roskilde next year, here are some of my personal observations:

The good:
Friendly and incredibly helpful security. Everyone who works at Roskilde Festival has a smile. And except for the Biffy Clyro set, I never once felt really worried for my safety. Security at the Miike Snow set easily took care of one guy who fainted backward and fell – hard – on the bare ground. Know that you are being well looked after.

Being offered water at the front of the stages, as well as water being available nearly everywhere to keep everyone hydrated.

Most punters were eager to be helpful even if their English wasn’t that great. Considering how nervous I was about the language barrier, most were happy to meet me halfway with my not-so-good Danish. Know the two basic phrases: ‘tak’ – thank you, and ‘undskyld’ – excuse me.

The bad:
Pricey food and drinks. It didn’t make much difference to me as I didn’t eat a lot to begin with because of the heat but yeah, £3 for a Coke is tough for me to get used to. Tip: bring your own food (you couldn’t bring your own drinks into the festival this year). And while you’re packing the essentials, bring lots of wet wipes and plasters.

Waiting a long time to use the toilets. (Granted, what facilities I did use never ran out of toilet paper. I was surprised. I never once had to bring out the rolls I had scuttled away in my backpack.)

Watching girls and guys too impatient to use the toilets (hope I don’t need to spell this out for you). If you have a delicate and/or particularly sharp nose, do what some girls I saw did – bring a handkerchief to cover your olfactory senses.

Moshers with no regard for anyone else (see note above about the Biffy Clyro set) and people who deliberately picked fights in the pits. Let’s all be friends, eh?

The ugly:
Mates ganging up together to push other people out the way to get desired real estate at the front of shows. This is not cool, no matter if it’s at a festival or a regular gig, no matter the country. I don’t care how much you want to be close to LCD Soundsystem, you should respect your fellow gig-goers.

People who thought I was weird for travelling from America for this festival. If I got a pound every time someone said to me ‘you’re weird’ or ‘you’re crazy’ for coming this distance…

Header photo by Jens Dige/Rockphoto

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