Roskilde has been ever changing along with modern musical tendencies, no doubt. Thats a given, and thats a beauty. I am not sure the growing old-issue is the one rubbing me badly this time around. Actually especially the last say, ten years, I've realised that the classic indie-rock shows I used to go for, just arent that intersting live, unless it is a band you really know and love beforehand OR the band has an approach to their music that is distictively edgy, challenging, curious, teasing or even provoking. Last year had C'mon Tigre, Föllakzoid, Blood Sport, Los Piranas and Ex Eye to name a few highlights. Fat White Family, Fossils, MAKU Soundsystem, Kippi Kaninus + more in '15. Over the years: The Chap. Suuns. Goat. Parqet Courts... Don't get me started on Meridian Brothers and all the interesting music THAT particular band has opened my ears to. All discovered during announcements, all highly anticipated, then extremely fulfilling livebands and all leading to other discoveries later. All thanks to Roskilde!
And all the while my heavy rocking and my booty-shaking friends have had their thrills and fills, and willingly followed me (and vice versa) and opened up to these things too. They too seem snubbed this year, as far as I can tell. I hope they see it differently...
Right now I would be happy to find just one danceable (as in: ass shaking) AND hard hitting LIVE (as in: no drum-machine) act. Mambanegra could be it. Residente is not really convincing on live youtube-clips. Ifriqyya electrique maybe, but its hard to tell. Romperayo perhaps, but Im not enirely sold. I will be visiting them all, but that heavy anticipation is just missing. That UMPH, I was talking about. I just cant help but feel, that all those "the next MØ"s and dime-a-dozen electropop-acts are taking up space for those truly interesting things out there. And they are there!
But I find it comforting, that you guys disagree. I may be missing something. I hope so!