RF2000-ticket winning story
about the Roskilde Chatgang
- by Püffi &
Another Roskilde Festival
is coming soon, slowly but steadily, and this one will
be my 18th Roskilde Festival in a row. I have been visiting
this Festival ever since 1982 and I have seen it grow
from 48.000 visitors to 90.000 and shrink back to 70.000
(thank you for that). After all these years I want to
give you a feedback on the festival and I want to tell
you a story ... a story that is closely connected to
the Festival, a story about friendship, about meeting
people from other countries, about a certain "Roskilde
Festival feeling", and last but not least about
understanding other people from other countries and
.....This is the story about US!
US being "the worlds best chatgang".
I think you should know this story, because it is a
special one, and it has only happened because of the
Roskilde Chatroom. But lets start with the Festival
itself: Its my most liked Festival :-) and here are
only some reasons.Its an engaged organisation behind
it. People work there for fun, music and social intentions
not for money, which gives a nice atmosphere and which
makes a real BIG difference to other festivals/concerts
arrangements. It's not only
about music. There are street performances, Theaterplays
and Comedies going on all the time. If you walk around
on the Festival area you never know what will happen
to you... that alone is a reason to stroll around. There
have been so hilarious things going on, like 2,5 metre
tall alienlike dressed up people, starting to examine
a totally drunk person, taking away his beer, inspecting
and "analysing" it ... after that they started
inspecting the crowd gathering ... great fun :-)
Another reason is, that you never know what kind of
music you will get to hear. This happens to me quite
often: I walk over the area, pass a tent, a band is
playing, I stop and listen a moment ... and if the music
is to my liking, I get my programme out and take a look
which band it is ... and listen to them for some time.
I have become to like quite a few new bands over the
years this way. Where else do you have this wide range
of music to choose from, but at Roskilde? I even took
a look at some techno Bands, which I would have never
done otherwise. Its well organised,
which means lots of toilets (although there can always
be more of these), drink- and foodstalls, pharmacy,
handicapped facilities ...People ... its incredible
... this amount of people and so little fighting ...
Roskilde Festival is so friendly ... even if a drunk
swedish guy shouts: "I piss on Denmark" every
time he has to pee ... no fighting, not even arguing.
This is only a selection of reasons why I love Roskilde
Festival, and I just wanted to let you know in order
to give you some kind of feedback on your hard work.
The Festival itself is really about meeting people ...
known ones and unknown ones from different countries.
Normally during the Festival, I experience short and
really nice encounters and a couple of friendly words,
maybe a couple of beers and we will get drunk side by
side ... but very rarely real actual friendship will
come out of this. Through the Roskilde Chatroom things
have changed ... here it is possible to meet people
from different countries (like it is at the Festival
itself) .. but through Cyberspace we can meet again
and again......throughout the year, day as night, and
not only once a year at the actual Festival!! And its
a fascinating chat, because of the people that turn
up there .. they are Roskilde Festival visitors .. which
means they are not hostile, we have this one great thing
in common. They are friendly and always give a warm
welcome ... . I have experienced that various times
myself. The above mentioned seems to be the great difference
compared to other chats. Often you hear of hostility
between people and their discussions on other chats
(I have never tried another chatroom, to be honest,
so I pass on this information only).
Now, to come back to the chatgang
story from my point of view: Sometime
in April or May 1999 I entered the chatroom for the
first time and met there a guy from Norway, called Wolf
and a girl from Canada, called CDN girl. We started
chatting and only a few days passed and I got to know
other people as well, who had already been at the chat
weeks before me... . It was great fun and we were joking
around and after a couple of weeks we decided to arrange
a chat meeting at the festival. Thursday 15.00h at the
bridge. We were going to meet in actual Real Life (RL)!!
This is how dorte (d_grrl) from
DK described it on her homepage:
It happened in the year of 1999, when a bunch of pööörv
people met in a chat room in Cyberspace. The purpose
of meeting was then unknown, but while the space was
the very famous Roskilde Festival chatroom, the group
of electrons decided to meet up in RL at the festival.
The Chat-gang is (Nov. 1999):
|Benny C (Slimmest etc.)
|Personal Jesus (and many others)
|Wolf (and many others)
More people have been
visiting the chat, but the above are the ones who actually
Finally we all met: Cat was
standing with the yellow Cat-sign (one she had mailed
us a pic of a couple of weeks before the festival) by
the stairs crossing the train tracks. Actually, it was
rather odd to meet a bunch of people, whom you've never
before seen in RL (Real Life). The only thing everyone
of us knew, was that we liked each other on the chat...
and then of course... we all loved Roskilde Festival.
Meeting the gang was great. The Swedes and the Norwegians
arranged the good, cheap beers... cheap Carlsberg eh!!!
(directly bought on RF (Roskilde Festival) campus..
for me that was above legal price level... but they
were happy!). During Roskilde Festival 1999 we met a
few times. It was nice, great, and wild, almost like
online, just a lot better!!! Unfortunately, we didn't
get to meet up with Piercing Queen and Dark Grief during
the festival (They met each other, though without us
:-) It was really nice in the sun on the grass with
plenty of supplies of Carlsberg. After Roskilde Festival,
which of course was excellent (even though the critics
might state different) we started chatting again. This
time it was even better... we became more and more fond
of each other. It turned into a chat with old friends....
including everything... personal problems, joys, and
sorrows alike. We just lobe each other.
Until here it is a nice but not too exciting story (although
living it was lots of fun :-)), but now we showed we
have more in common than "just" the Festival
... . We are good at partying, but we are also good
at talking, sharing thoughts, feelings, problems and
happy moments. We are also good at helping each other,
giving assistance to people in need, supporting people
in their personal or work problems. I found some VERY
good friends here
But here Dorte continues the story
...: During the summer we were online night and
day. Dark Grief, whom most of us hadn't met in RL yet,
and Püffi suggested we should arrange a mega RF-chat
party. It was first meant to take place in Odense, Denmark,
but the final decision was Tønsberg in Norway
at Cat's place. We did a lot of planning, since most
of us are just students or less rich people. Püffi
sponsored a car, fuel, and beers from Germany, through
Sweden, to Tønsberg. Grant took a flight from
North-Norway to the south, and Beth was sponsored by
Wolf to take a flight from Finland..... for this one
evening only!!! The rest of the people came by car from
Oslo. Talking, hugging, crazy people, good music, and
lots of beers!! The toughest of us insisted they stayed
up until 7am (they didn't drive 14 hours to get to Tønsberg!!).
Noone went dead of beer, Danish or German, but without
mentioning any names.... someone had to sit at the loo
for about two hours (according to rumours) because of
Connie!! Did we all sleep in each other's arms that
night??? The tragedies, the comedies, and the dramas
of the chatroom were transferred to RL... a bit frightening.
But supposedly it only means that we mean a lot to each
other! Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to get Benny,
Joey Boy, Tigress or Cdn to come to the party in Tønsberg.
Joey had to work (poor thing), Cdn is kind of far away
(Canada) and Tigress is pregnant - a chat-baby... the
first one!!! (And the beautiful babyboy Sebastian was
born 3rd of March 2000 - cat)
Another Chat-gathering is planned next spring in Sweden
at Piercing Queen's place. We have arranged a savings
account, that supports people who otherwise cannot come
to the parties. Purpose: To get everyone to the parties!!
Can't wait till the next one!!! No one is tougher than
This is what Dorte from Denmark wrote on her homepage,
(thanks for letting me have it Dorte)
Can you imagine what my "RL" friends said,
when they heard I was going to Oslo for a weekend, by
car ... driving 2.400 km, which took altogether 26 hours
for both ways? They called me crazy ... but it was worth
every Penny and every minute I spent on it !! As the
first chatparty was a big success we thought about having
another one in Sweden at PiercingQueens place .. and
We gathered at her place in Klippan from 4-6 of February...
and it was even better, we had two nights to party and
to talk. In between these two chatpartys some of us
- fredde (S), PiercingQueen (S) and Dark Grief (DK)
- went to Oslo in November to meet the "Oslo-section"
and for a Madrugada (N) concert. D_grrl (DK) and Piercing
Queen (S) went to Malmö visting Fredde for a Bloodhoundgang
concert. And fredde and PiercingQueen and maybe some
more will go to Oslo again around Easter for another
smaller gathering ... . These Swedes are just lucky
.. they are right in the middle of everything ... for
them its only 600 km to go to Oslo and just 300 km to
go to Roskilde. So, we keep in contact all the time,
and not only through the chat, but also through personal
meetings, letters and phone calls ... .
All this wouldnt have happened without the Roskilde
Chat, so thanks again for putting it up :-)
New people keep coming into the chat. Great people like
heksesanne and ZapArt from Norway, Lamb and FC Kølle
from Denmark, but I guess its going to take until RF
2000 until we all actually meet ... but its only just
over 4 months to go ... Meeting these people at the
chat - and in Real life - gives me the typical Roskilde
Feeling, one of freedom and friendship ... so because
of the chat and these great people I have the "Roskilde
feeling" many times a year, not only once :-) And
that is sooooo nice.
So, finally: Thanks again for all your work and efforts.
We really appreciate that !!!!