Roskilde Festival 2008 Preview

author PP date 24/06/08

It's that time of the year again, what all Danish music fans and party goers alike have been waiting for since the Roskilde Festival gates closed last year. The warm up starts this Saturday/Sunday (depending on which way you look at it), and the festival area itself opens on the following Thursday. The lineup this year isn't much to hooray for, bar a couple of incredible acts on the bill, but we've gotta live with what we've got and hope that the extra twenty million kroner mean some massive surprise act being added to the bill at last minute. We're working hard on trying to get an interview from the Roskilde Festival spokesperson during the festival so we can get some explanations on exactly what happened at the booking department this year.

Last year, we only brought you a preview article with predictions on how the band's will do, but this year we've gone much further, previewing the whole festival experience from the queuing to the weather forecast. This should help those who are coming to the festival for the first time, and get the veterans more excited about the biggest party on Danish soil. Speaking of party, don't forget to come to k49/k38 to drop by the massive Rockfreaks.net camp sporting over 30 people this year. Just walk below the massive power lines towards the swimming lake, and look for a camp with a giant inflatable penguin. But I won't hold you longer, here it is, our comprehensive Roskilde Festival 2008 preview article.

Queue

Seeing how most repeat Roskilde visitors usually testify that they start missing the festival within a week after they come back home from it, it can hardly be a surprise that it's become tradition for a boatload of people to show up a day before the festival even opens its gates, simply to make sure they get in and are able to start the partying as soon as humanly possible. Effectively, the Saturday before the band's start playing at Roskilde, the gate areas are flooded with people, setting up picnic tables all over place and spending time pre-partying until midnight when the gates open, after which a long torture of a wait begins to the big yellow structures, where the tickets are exchanged for the characteristic wristbands. People, who aren't fortunate enough to have cars or nearby residences to store their stuff in, have to mount up all their camping gear and get to their feet for hours of waiting before they can enter the final "Limbo zone" where those with wristbands await the opening of the actual festival gates on Sunday morning at 8 o'clock. Last year I for one stood in line for 7 straight hours.

Fortunately, this year the festival hasn't sold out yet, meaning that the amount of eager festival attendees queuing up in advance should be somewhat smaller. The festival organizers have also promised that the gates beyond the limbo area have been fortified, so they won't, as usual, be tipped over some hours ahead of the scheduled 8 o'clock opening. While I think that's about as likely as a good release from Limp Bizkit, I hope to the higher powers that it's true. The whole point of all this queuing madness is, after all, to be set for the running match that takes place in the morning, when the most seasoned and enthusiastic of guests grab the bare necessities and race for the best camping spots. Anyone who witnessed the rainy hell of last year should recognize the advantage in having your campsite located on high ground. Be it all as it may, the negative tone you might have found in some of my words about the queue phenomenon are only there to be as cynical as possible. Sure, we all hate standing in line for several hours through the night, when the beer makes us need to piss and when our eyes can barely stay open - but all that really doesn't measure up to the fact that for us, the festival starts one day earlier and that its ending is one day further away. For us, there's just this little something extra, both in the added time spent together here and in the perfection of our campsite, and if it wasn't because I am hoping to spend less time in the queue on Saturday, I'd recommend you all to come queue up as well.

Camping

Once you've gone through the queue process and the gate breaks/is opened, you should already know where you are camping at. Our recommendation is, as always, to stay on the East side, as that one gets least flooded if it rains. It might be slightly longer away from the festival area, and have fewer facilities and extras than West, but it also has the swimming lake which is a God's gift to mankind if it's sunny as hell (like in 2005). Don't stay right in front of the entrances to Arena either, both because they will get muddy/dusty from all the people walking by, and also because of the massive noise you'll get to experience at all times of the day (and partially, night). You're better off walking away those extra calories caused by extensive beer drinking, anyway. As for the atmosphere, everyone will be in a great mood, and you are sure to find a party in every direction you look.

Weather

This is the part where we act as weathermen and tell you that you'll get 100% sunshine and 32 degrees Celsius for the entirety of the festival. Just kidding. But we do have a weather forecast you which is valid as of 23:00 CET of today (Tuesday) for the next nine days. Here's a couple of nice illustrations photoshopped freely into English from the Danish Meteorological Institute:

The above picture illustrates the regional forecast for western Sjaelland (where Roskilde is) as well as Lolland and Falster (the islands to the south). Although its' looking kind of bleak in terms of sunshine, there's a few extremely positive points I'd like to raise right here. The first one is the minimum temperature. Note how even the nighttime temperature doesn't go below 10 degrees, and slowly gets warmer and warmer as the days go by. This is great news to all late-night parties. Second of all, look at how little it will rain on each day for the weekend that the festival starts. Translated into real terms, 1-3 mm means it'll either be 1-1½ hours of extremely light rain, or 20-30 minutes of average rain. A quick reminder from last year: it rained something like 283mm during the festival, if my memory serves right.

The last picture shows the current weather forecast for days 7-9. Again, although it looks bleak especially on Monday, we are talking about only one or two millimeters of rain. I doubt that will cause any mud to occur to the festival, and if my prediction is right, Tuesday and Wednesday next week are already much better and the sun is starting to seriously peak, with only a tiny 16% chance of rain on Wednesday. So fingers crossed that the weatherman will act in our favor, and we won't have to worry about using wellies and rain gear.

Band Previews

A Kid Hereafter/In The Grinding Light [DEN]

Stage: Astoria (with the slaves to the truth) & Pavilion

Genres: Indie rock, pop, grindcore, symphonic

What to expect: Not one, not two, but three performances. One on Thursday, where the band puts on its indie pop outfit and plays silly, catchy songs, second one on Friday, where the band shows up in all white and plays a brutal grindcore set while jumping around like primal gorillas fighting for territory, and a third one on Sunday, where the band supplements their simple indie pop universe with a full symphony orchestra backing them. Ambitious? Yes. Will it succeed? Almost certainly yes.

Predicted Grades: [6] for indie, [7] for grindcore, [8] for symphony

When: 19:00 on Friday, 14:00 on Saturday, 16:30 on Sunday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Soft indie rock, grindcore with indie attitude

Anti-Flag [USA]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Political Punk Rock

What to expect: Massive singalongs, possibility of real circle pits, lots of rants against Bush and the US government, and just insanely catchy punk rock songs. The band has recently taken a jump toward the mainstream on their previous two albums, but you can expect them to throw a couple of golden olschool songs to the list as well. They're used to dealing with crowds much larger than these, so seeing them at such an intimate venue is amazing. The organizers should never have put them on at the same time as Enter Shikari, as they draw largely the same crowds.

Predicted Grade: [7½]

When: 16:00 on Sunday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Propagandhi, Rise Against, The Unseen, Strike Anywhere

At The Gates [SWE]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Gothenburg Metal, Melodic Death metal

What to expect: A frenzy live show where your neck will tire from endless headbanging. These guys are legends, and can be credited as the pioneers of the Gothenburg metal sound that In Flames helped make popular later. Now they're re-united, and you have a chance to see "Blinded By Fear" live. That's a chance too good to miss, even if you're not a fan of death metal.

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 14:00 on Sunday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: The Haunted, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity

Band Of Horses [USA]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Pop rock

What to expect: Don't worry guys, Coldplay is back, only they've changed their name into Band Of Horses! Okay, sarcasm ends here, because even though these guys sound like exact clones of the band that brought us "Beautiful World", they sound almost equally good as they did back in the day. Their stage show will probably be boring as hell, the nailed to the floor thing that massive bands like them normally have, but there will be people... a lot of fucking people. Expect Roskilde Festival to close the nearest festival gate to Arena because there'll be way too many people.

Predicted Grade: [6½]

When: 16:00 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Coldplay

Battles [USA]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Experimental, Progressive, Math Rock

What to expect: A retardedly good & fast drummer, songs that have more akin to telepathic jamming, and a hypnotic stage show that will show Pelican just how they should've looked like live when they performed at Roskilde last time. They sound really freaking weird, and if you're able to get into their experimental sound universe that oozes strangeness, it will no doubt be amazing. One of the most hyped underground acts of recent times.

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 00:00 on Friday Night

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Pelican, Mogwai, The Mars Volta, Minus The Bear

Bullet For My Valentine [UK]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Metalcore

What to expect: Honestly? A show that in no way lives up the bands reputation nor its material. That and hordes of screaming emo-kids. It's not that Bullet For My Valentine are that bad, but their novelty has just worn out ages ago. In the days where they blew up their bittersweet and emotive take on metalcore earned them legions of dedicated fans, the problem is simply, that every time I've seen them live, they haven't seemed to deserve the massive appreciation. Top that off with the fact that their new album sees them try to be harder and more genuinely metal and fail miserably and you have a recipe for disappointment. Sorry, but someone's gotta say it.

Predicted Grade: [5]

When: 20:30 on Thursday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: As I Lay Dying, I Killed The Prom Queen, All That Remains

Clutch [USA]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Stoner Rock, Hard Rock

What to expect: A lesson in traditional stoner/hard rock from some of the most acclaimed musicians of this genre. Their sound is extremely heavy and is driven forward by the crushing guitar riffs and the angry bark of vocalist Neil Fallon. Some might even call them groovy as hell.

Predicted Grade: [7]

When: 17:30 on Thursday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Helmet, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Down

The Dillinger Escape Plan [USA]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Mathcore, Extreme hardcore, metal

What to expect: Total fuckin' destruction. If you go see Dillinger, you better be ready to have your head blown clean off by a band that's arguably the most uncompromising one out there. They play the heaviest, meanest, most insanely technical shit ever and they do so while flying all over the stage in complete and utter frenzy. They're known for climbing everything on stage, vaulting into the crowd and generally causing riots. Dillinger is one of the few bands no-one can ever have any shit on, and even if Roskilde's usual pussy-restrictions might limit their show a bit, it will be a cold day in hell before The Escape Plan gives a bad show.

Predicted Grade: [9]

When: 21:00 on Saturday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Being hit by the sonical equivalent to a derailed freight train

Enter Shikari [UK]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Trancecore, Electrorock

What to expect: A 50/50 split of scenekids and glowsticks, all rocking arena like there's no tomorrow. Enter Shikari's techno/post-hardcore fusion has made their name rage across the UK and here in Denmark more and more people are becoming aware of them. Personally I have boatloads of friends who're looking more forward to this show than any other, and Enter Shikari deserves it as they are more than a riot on stage. Famed for arranging human pyramids and instigating raving as well as moshpits, I can't see any way for the mad Englishmen to fail. Trust me, it'll be awesome, and now read on while I go buy some more fingerlights!

Predicted Grade: [8½]

When: 16:00 on Sunday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Pendulum, The Klaxons

The Fashion [DEN]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Indie pop/rock

What to expect: Now I only have experience with The Fashion's early singles "Let's Go Dancing" and "Roller Disco Inferno", but if they can be taken as pointers towards what they're capable of live, then their show will most likely be a dance-party like Alphabeats except you won't feel as embarrassed to be a part of it. The band has a naive happiness in their sounds that simply makes want to forget about the world and move your feet, and if they're at all capable of translating that in a live environment as big as Arena, then their show is one to see. My limited knowledge of them does make me question if they have enough good songs to be consistently interesting, but then the ones I know they have will no doubt make me nothing less than ecstatic.

Predicted Grade: [7]

When: 17:00 on Saturday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Kaiser Chiefs, The Ark, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Gossip [USA]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Punk, Blues, Soul, Disco

What to expect: With almost no other knowledge to the band than their Myspace page, it's hard to say what you should expect from them, other than that they are insanely popular on the other side of the pond. Not MTV popular, but scene popular, and usually that's a guarantee for something at least worthy of checking out. Plus, how many other bands do you know that mix punk with blues, disco and soul together seamlessly?

Predicted Grade: [6½]

When: 21:30 on Thursday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Le Tigre, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, You Say Party! We Say Die!, !!!

Grinderman [UK]

Stage: Orange

Genres: Garage Rock, Alternative Rock

What to expect: So Grinderman is basically just a side project of Nick Cave, or is it Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. They've just barely released a debut album, which touches both on garage and alt rock with the usual Nick Cave quirkiness attached. But does having Nick Cave justify a slot on Orange stage? I know a lot of people who surely would argue in favour of this, but I don't belong to one of them. Grinderman is a small name on all other festivals than Roskilde Festival, so the money could've been used to book someone much better. For Nick Cave enthusiasts only

Predicted Grade: [6½]

When: 22:30 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Nick Cave, The Velvet Underground, The White Stripes

The Hellacopters [SWE]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Straightforward rock'n'roll

What to expect: With the band's already planned break up and an final album out, written by external songwriters instead of the band itself and being sawed in half by critics, The Hellacopters smell like another band that's passed its expiration date. That being said, they have songs made of pure hellraising rock'n'roll attitude and that might be enough to get the party started somewhat. If the band are capable of proving all the expectations wrong and go out with a bang, then the show could be fuckin' sweet, but I'm afraid that I'm among the skeptics.

Predicted Grade: [5]

When: 22:30 on Thursday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Rock Hard Power Spray, The Blue Van, Queens Of The Stone Age

Holy Fuck [CAN]

Stage: Pavilion

Genres: Experimental, Electronica, Post-Rock

What to expect: You liked the description I laid down for the experimentalism of Battles? Meet their electronica rock equivalent, whose sound universe is a much more joyous and positive one. Pull out some of your coolest and trendiest electronica dancing moves and enter their hypnotic live show, which often resembles more of a jamming session than an actual concert.

Predicted Grade: [6½]

When: 23:00 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Slagsmålsklubben, Efterklang, Battles

Job For A Cowboy [USA]

Stage: Pavilion

Genres: Deathcore, Death Metal, Extreme Metal

What to expect: Bruisingly brutal death metal delivered to a modern audience as opposed to the 80s/early 90s audience. These guys know how to appeal to 14 year olds as much as they do to those in their late twenties, and perhaps more importantly, they know how to play their technically precise death metal assault with enough dedication and passion to convince even the biggest nay-sayer of the relatively new genre "deathcore". Don't miss one of the best stageshows Roskilde has to offer this year.

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 13:00 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Animosity, The Black Dahlia Murder, See You Next Tuesday

Judas Priest [UK]

Stage: Orange

Genres: British Heavy Metal

What to expect: A massive stage set up, lots of leather, and plenty of heavy metal attitude from these British pioneers at the genre. They used to be fast and angry, but have also been spotted as mellow and enjoyable, and on their latest album, epic. These guys are the real metal headliner this year, and are sure to draw an insanely big crowd. They are also fronted by one of the most iconic heavy metal front men in history, Rob Halford. Can you afford to miss that or their incredible guitar solos that are still causing derivative bands to surface even today? I think not.

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 19:00 on Saturday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Accept, Dio, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath

Kings Of Leon [USA]

Stage: Orange

Genres: Indie/garage rock with some country flavours here and there

What to expect: From what I've been able to gather and from fact that they're playing Orange stage, Kings Of Leon is a big deal. Landing themselves in the indie-garage corner of the genre jungle, they should be a perfect match for any fans of those genres' heavyweights like The Vines, The Raconteurs or The Strokes. I have friends who tell me that this is an amazing band to see in concert, so I guess having above average expectations are in order. That being said, I'll see for myself before I fully succumb to the hype.

Predicted Grade: [7½]

When: 19:30 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: The Raconteurs, The Strokes

Liars [USA]

Stage: Pavilion

Genres: Experimental, Post-punk, Indie Rock

What to expect: Adding to the boat of experimentalist acts on the bill this year, America's Liars are another hyped up band in the scene, perhaps the most hyped out of the underground experimental acts on display this year. Whilst Battles reaches more towards a metallic rock audience, and Holy Fuck appeals to the indie rock audiences, Liars leans definitely more towards indie rock. They sound a bit like Radiohead on LSD and crack at the same time, so going to this show sober and attempting to understand anything from their sound will be hard. I'm not convinced yet by the hype, but anyone into experimental music shouldn't miss these guys.

Predicted Grade: [6½]

When: 19:30 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Battles, Holy Fuck, Animal Collective, Sonic Youth

Mogwai [UK]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Post-Rock, Ambient Indie Rock

What to expect: Ambiance, ambiance and more ambiance, fitted in a post-rock atmosphere similar to that of Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros and the likes. There are a few vocals but their eerie melodies are sure to lull you into a state of a trance - they did on record for me anyway back when I reviewed their album a few years ago.

Predicted Grade: [7½]

When: 21:00 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky

Motorpsycho [NOR]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Psychedelic Rock

What to expect: Holding the flag high for Norwegian experimental music are Motorpsycho, the psychedelic rock act from Trondheim, whose lengthy arrangements are surely a great, epic way to end a long day. My biggest concern is that because their music is so psychedelic in its nature, starting at 2am might be a tad bit too late to keep people awake. No high expectations for this band, then.

Predicted Grade: [6]

When: 02:00 on Friday Night

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: JR Ewing, Battles

My Bloody Valentine [UK]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Shoegaze, Alternative, Indie

What to expect: I think it's safe to say that UK's My Bloody Valentine take the title for being the dreamiest band on the bill this year. They are also considered living legends by many, especially because of their hit "Loveless" which almost everyone will have heard in one form or another. If these guys are able to create a similarly overwhelming instrumental landscape as Sonic Youth in 2005, they will score one of the best ratings easily. But it's all too easy to see them fail and be boring on stage, hence the predicted grade.

Predicted Grade: [6]

When: 21:00 on Saturday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Radiohead

Neil Young [CAN]

Stage: Orange

Genres: Classic Rock, Alt-Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

What to expect: Feel good atmosphere with a wide variety of people ranging between 16 and 50 years old, rocking out to tunes that have influenced countless artists and songwriters over four decades. His music is massively atmospheric, which will suit perfectly for a 60,000 strong Orange Stage crowd. But why are they playing at the same time as My Bloody Valentine?

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 21:30 on Saturday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, etc

Path Of No Return [SWE]

Stage: Pavilion

Genres: Metallic Hardcore, Metalcore

What to expect: a metallic hardcore act that strikes through with their urgency and tendency to destroy rather than to please, combining metal and hardcore together into something resemblant of metalcore but not quite. This is your best chance of experiencing metalcore done right at this festival.

Predicted Grade: [7½]

When: 15:00 on Sunday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Parkway Drive, Burst, Heaven Shall Burn, Evergreen Terrace

Pilgrimz [DEN]

Stage: Pavilion

Genres: Metallic Hardcore, Danish Metal

What to expect: one of the fiercest metal acts in Denmark that have previously been nominated as one of the best live acts in Denmark. Their debut album might not have met the huge expectations that their label laid on them, but a part of the reason is that these songs are designed to shred live. Their first ever Roskilde Festival performance will surely gather a crowd of Danish metal scenesters, and if we are to believe a hype, they will be great live. I'm not so sure if I'm convinced yet, though, because thus far only The Psyke Project has put on a metal performance worthy as "great" in Denmark, but lets see.

Predicted Grade: [7½]

When: 20:30 on Thursday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: As We Fight, Unearth

Raunchy [DEN]

Stage: Odeon

Genres: Hybrid Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Disco-Metal

What to expect: Like their Danish colleagues in Pilgrimz, Raunchy have a lot to prove at this year's Roskilde Festival. They've just released an incredible album with as many singalongable choruses as thrashy bits, so expect a great atmosphere with plenty of mosh pits all around. The guys also told us in an interview that the crowd are "gonna be in for a treat".

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 12:00 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Darkest Hour, In Flames, The Arcane Order

Radiohead [UK]

Stage: Orange

Genres: Ambient Indie Rock, Alternative, Electronic

What to expect: The best concert at Roskilde Festival this year bar The Dillinger Escape Plan causing Odeon to collapse during their performance. Radiohead have written more classics than most modern bands put together, starting from the electronic "Everything In Its Right Place" and "Pyramid Song" to the newer "Bodysnatchers" and "Nude". This is a band nobody in their right mind should miss, because their performance is poised to be a magical experience.

Predicted Grade: [9]

When: 22:00 on Thursday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Muse, The Arcade Fire, My Bloody Valentine

Slagsmålsklubben [SWE]

Stage: Pavilion Jr

Genres: Live Electronics, Club Hardcore

What to expect: about four or five times more people that can fit in the tent. Wherever these crazy live electronics dudes from Sweden go, they're known to set an atmosphere akin to being in a massive London club like Ministry Of Sound or something. Imagine them as the Pendulum of Sweden, only focused purely on electronic music without the rock element. Describing how they sound like is impossible, a quick peak at their Myspace is definitely recommended, and although they might seem like an unusual band to cover on this website, they bring the party wherever they go, kind of like us.

Predicted Grade: [9]

When: 21:00 on Monday (Warm Up)

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Pendulum

Slayer [USA]

Stage: Orange

Genres: Bay Area Thrash

What to expect: The most evil band you'll ever get to see. They are fucking fast on record, even faster on live, and Hanneman/King/Araya combination still works like a dream even after over two decades of its creation. A lot of people base their impression of metal to Metallica (hopefully most readers of this article will have gotten past them already), and Slayer is the next step for many. Like At The Gates, these guys are legends in their own right, helping to create the 80s thrash metal revolution with seminal albums like "Reign In Blood" - and their last album "Christ Illusion" was pretty good, too!

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 17:00 on Sunday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Sepultura, Exodus, Testament

Spleen United [DEN]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Electro

What to expect: Being another one of Denmark's hyped up electronica groups, you can at least expect a pretty good turnout despite the late hour of the show. Spleen United has at least a handful of great songs to deliver, and a highly recognizable style, so in musical terms they've got things covered. If I manage to stay up late enough, it will however be the first time I catch them live, and thus I have to fall back on what I've read about them, and if my memory serves, they're a decent act that gives you your money's worth but then not that much extra. Time will have to tell.

Predicted Grade: [6½]

When: 02:00 on Friday Night

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Veto, Depeche Mode

Veto [DEN]

Stage: Arena

Genres: Melancholic eletro/rock

What to expect: If the one time I've seen Veto speaks anything of their abilities then the answer is one hell of a show. Troels Abrahamsen can sing and scream like a demon and his band are not only some of the tightest but also some of the coolest outfits around. They've got not only the singles but also the sound and the attitude to make sure that no-one's bored for a second during their performance. The only danger is that they might get lost in the density of their own expression and neglect the crowd-connection, but probability says they're already way too seasoned to make such a mistake

Predicted Grade: [8]

When: 18:30 on Friday

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Spleen United, The Klaxons, Depeche Mode

Vira [DEN]

Stage: Pavilion Junior

Genres: Metal, Hardcore, Metalcore

What to expect: Breakdown, Lamb Of God riff, aggressive scream, awesome riff, great melodies. Need more convincing? They won the "demo of the month" competition at Gaffa, the largest music magazine in Denmark.

Predicted Grade: [7]

When: 15:00 on Monday (Warmup)

Listen: Myspace

See them if you like: Lamb Of God, As I Lay Dying, Converge

Epilogue

And that concludes our preview article for this year's festival. Fingers crossed for little rain, much sunshine, and some amazing performances from the handicapped roster this year. Don't forget to go see Dillinger Escape Plan's ridiculously destructive stage show that has gotten them banned from a multitude of venues around the world, or the polar opposite dreaminess of Radiohead. Drink responsibly (yeah right), enjoy the warm up atmosphere, and meets lots of new friends.

The Rockfreaks.net camp is located in East side on either k38 or k49 (depending on which one we snatch first), so if you want to come by and say hi, maybe enjoy a cold beer or seven, you are more than welcome to. Just look for a huge camp with a giant inflatable penguin in our camp and just say hi to anyone and ask for Rockfreaks, someone will point you to one of our writers, and we'll take care of the rest!

See you all at Dyreskuepladsen!

Written by PP & TL

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