Festival Press Meeting Oslo, April 20th
- by Catgirl -
Catgirl signed up for
some volunteer work for Norsk Rockforbund in the name
of Roskilde Festival. Can't say no to our favorite festival
now ey? A pressmeeting was being held in Oslo and Copenhagen
at the same time, and we got to listen in to all the
dog and "en grøn"
We started out at the club Garage (formerly known as
SoWhat) with two big casseroles and a cooker. The Danish
delegation from Roskilde were bringing the famous red
hot dogs and Catgirl was in charge of getting that "riktig
dansk" taste to them. We had been told that whole
black peppers, onion and meat broth in the water would
Other than preparing a Danish
feast of hot dogs and beer Garage was being redecorated
with posters, a big RF banner, printouts with pictures
from the festival. And flyers everywhere. We got our
very own Roskilde T-shirts to wear along with the grins
that appeared after reading the flyers. Around 14 everything
was set and ready. People were getting their drinks
and food, then settling down. Guro from Norsk Rockforbund
enters the small stage and welcomes everyone (around
25 people) to the event, telling a bit about what they
do for RF. Then it's time for the big news...
A huge amount of new bands was ready to be annouced
and among them were The Strokes, Death Cab For Cutie,
Editors, Him, Kaiser Chiefs, Kaizers Orchestra, Damian
Jr. Gong Marley and dEUS. Complete
bandlist is available at Roskilde's website.
The namedropping continues
and they talk about bands in different genres. I am
taking some photos in between serving beer and hotdogs.
But unfortunately had no chance to take notes on anything.
So the following news goes by heart.
The Good, the Bath and
Shuttle bus. The word has
made us tremble with disgust for a while, but I am here
to soothe your quivering little souls. The Caravan camping
has been moved to an external area - also known as Luxury
Camp! Anyone can buy a tent there and have the newspaper
and their breakfast delivered to the tent. Woweee..The
only catch about staying in this nice, clean, posh place
is that you have to take a bus to the festival area
to go to concerts and such. And you don't have to stand
in the horrible queue on Sunday morning to camp there,
you can come later. That is good.
The bath and the ugly...another VERY good outcome of
the endless digging of the gravelpits on the grounds.
Roskilde is this year making one of the pits into a
little lake where we can swim and frolick in lovely
lovely water. There will even be a pool bar. Yes! I
am not telling lies.
The other pit will be transformed
into a fishing pond (fish are ugly...get it? Ok..bad
joke). At this fishing pond you can borrow equipment
and get some expert tips on how to fish your own fish,
and then a cook helps you turn it into a delicious meal.
Funny little deal. I am pretty curious about this one
myself. The name of this fantastic event of the year
is: Roskilde Swim/Roskilde Fish.
Lounge will be situated around the area of "Ovalen",
but new this year is that they will also include some
of the fixed buildings on the grounds for this purpose.
Lounge will serve you fresh and hot electronica along
with a few numbers of sing-songwriters in very intimate
Like earlier years there
will be art and performance acts all over the festival
area. You can join discussions or get information from
different stands and you can help the world become a
better place by giving all your empty bottles to the
official collectors. This year your money will be used
in the "Act
After finishing telling us
about all the things to expect at this year's festival
there was an opening for questions from the press/audience.
A few questions were asked - among them whether we can
expect major masses of people outside the gates from
Sunday morning, and how to get a spot on West. And there
will be no big change from last two years, except for
those heading for caravan camp. A lot more people will
queue up for West this year, and the camping is not
any bigger than last year.
Kaada came on stage and told
us a little bit about his experience playing with Mike
Patton last summer. He told us that they hadn't rehearsed
the material with Patton before coming to Denmark, so
Roskilde Festival was kind enough to set them up in
a great fascility in Copenhagen some days before the
show. This being one of the things that made working
with the festival a really good experience for the band.
He could also tell us that the concert was probably
the best he'd ever played and that getting to play gigs
in DK is a bit easier now after the show at Roskilde.
(Which was Catgirl's absolute favorite concert as well.
Later Catgirl had a chance
to talk with the happy Danes herself and they're all
psyched up to give you the best festival ever this summer.
Sunny weather has been ordered...
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