Long babbling, point of thread is in bold below.
So, the fabled "Much more accurate unofficial Roskilde history" has been back in high gear for a while now.
Most recently, been adding actual musician line-ups to concerts (which is a lot
of work, but pays off in fun at times). Just to show the scope a bit, here's a collage of info windows as they look now, for various concerts:
That kind of stuff starts to turn "established fact" upside down. At the moment, with far from all concerts being researched yet (have around 800 with participants added so far), Sune Wagner's status as the record holder in terms of number of festivals he's played is actually in danger. Lars H.U.G. is very close to surpassing him (if he hasn't already - he's only two concerts behind and may still appear in places I haven't looked yet). Mikkel Nordsø is close behind too.
Anyway, stuff is based on:
- reviews and accounts of the concert, or stuff found in the festival papers (using comparative, critical reading of course)
- looking through concert footage
- actual band presentations during the concert (e.g. Lily Allen)
- photos from the concert
- (for recent stuff) shout-outs on social media (e.g. a soloist thanking her live musicians on twitter right after the concert)
- inference - looking at the reports of line-up at concerts before and after Roskilde on the same tour
In all cases, the references are being kept track of so it's not a big pile of un-sourced information
Most listings, however, will obviously have to based on the band member line-up as it looked around the time of the concert.
Most times it would be accurate. But, of course, not always - a member might be ill (as was the case at the Black Sabbath concert in 1998), failed to get a visa, whatever. Also, quite a few world music bands are pretty damn hard to track down (not to mention the sheer amount of musicians many of them tend to employ).
Also, surprise guests are always fun.
So, let's get to the point
... Anything and everything helps: Do you have any favorite surprise guests or unexpected band line-ups through the years?
Also, just known band members of "solo acts" can be interesting, since the "soloists" are often reluctant to credit them. For example, I think Morgan Nicholls (best "known" as Muse's fourth guy) was also the live bassist for The Streets either in 2003 or 2006 at Roskilde. But don't know for sure, although I was there in 2006. :p And Mike Skinner sure ain't telling. He'd like to forget Leo the Lion was there if he could.