The Local’s semi-live Roskilde blog

The Local is at the Roskilde Festival. We'll be periodically checking in with updates from Denmark's biggest party.

The Local's semi-live Roskilde blog
With a masterful performance, Jack White closed out the 2014 Roskilde Festival in grand style. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

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OK, going to try to do this through Twitter from here on out. Feed above.


I just spoke to a representative of the mobile phone carrier 3 about my connection problems yesterday. According to her, there have been no other reported issues.

"We have upgraded the network 1,000 percent since 2011, so we have done everything we can to make it better," 3 spokesperson Hanne Damgaard told me.

I'll be back on the festival grounds in a few hours, so time will tell if last night's problems were a strange fluke or will continue today.


Check out our gallery of Roskilde Fashion.


Wow, this helps shake the morning cobwebs off! Jack White has just been announced as the Sunday night closer in place of Drake. Read more

Friday, 12.19am

Well, after a short first night that is all for me, but I'll be back tomorrow for a full day. There's a really great line-up of music ahead and I have a mission:

The Rolling Stones make their first Roskilde appearance. Photo: David Leth WIlliams/Scanpix
The Rolling Stones make their first Roskilde appearance. Photo: David Leth WIlliams/Scanpix


Following the Stones' classics It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It), Tumbling Dice and Wild Horses, Jagger's second attempt at Danish – "Det er vores 17. koncert i Danmark" ("This is our 17th concert in Denmark") – wasn't quite as smooth as his first, but was nonetheless again lapped up by the crowd. 

A bit later he reminisced, in English this time, back to the Rolling Stone's first gig in Denmark, which the legendary frontman said was in 1965 at the Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli Gardens. 


Rock icons the Rolling Stones are playing to a massive audience at the Orange stage. After opening with Jump Jack Flash and Let's Spend the Night Together, a purple-sequined Mick Jagger displayed some pretty passable Danish skills.

"Dejligt vejr I har her i dag. Vi er stolte over at spille på den berømte Roskilde Festival for første gang," Jagger said to the adoring public.
Jagger's Danish is seemingly on par with his Norwegian.

Chance the Rapper will not perform at planned, the Roskilde Festival has just announced. The Chicago rapper was scheduled to perform in mere minutes on the Avalon stage. 

Atlanta legends Outkast opened the Orange stage. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Thursday, 8.15pm:

The 2014 Roskilde Festival is officially underway. Two legends were brought together when Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast opened the legendary Orange stage with a triumphant performance. 

That's the good news. The bad news is that The Local has no internet connection, unless we're in the press center. 

Because it would be incredibly boring for everyone, not least The Local, to report about what's going on in the press center (wifi! free drinks!), that's all for now. 

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200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival

The clean-up operation after the Roskilde music festival resulted in 200 cell phones being recovered.

200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Festival guests who are no longer nursing hangovers, but still missing car keys, mobile phones or wristwatches can check whether their items are now in the storage room at Roskilde Police Station.

A van-full of lost property from the festival has now been delivered to police in the city, with around 200 mobile phones as well as jewellery, power banks and up to 50 bunches of keys.

“We hope that many festivalgoers will contact us regarding their lost items so we can return them as quickly as possible,” Central and West Zealand Police communications officer Camilla Schouw Broholm wrote in a press statement.

Due to the time taken to register all of the items, police recommend that people looking for belongings initially contact them by email.

It is a good idea to include specifications and descriptions of the lost items in the email, as well as a photo if possible, police said.

Lost keys and spectacles are an exception to this, with police advising festivalgoers to call in at the station so that lost property can be examined in person.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

It could take up to three months for all the lost objects to be sorted and registered.

“We also have a lot of lost items with names on, so with these it’s easier to find the owner. Once these are have been registered, the owner will receive a message in their (secure digital email system) e-boks,” Broholm said to Ritzau.

“That also applies to telephones with IMEI numbers,” she added.

Up to 130,000 people attended last week’s Roskilde Festival, making the event temporarily Denmark’s fourth-largest city.

The festival generates over 2,000 tonnes of waste.

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