Jack White steps in as new Roskilde closer

Festival organisers pulled a major coup by getting the rock icon to replace hip-hop artist Drake on two days' notice.

Jack White steps in as new Roskilde closer
White last played the Orange stage in 2012 but returns with a recently-released album. Photo: Leon Neal/Scanpix
For rock fans, Canadian hip-hop artist Drake’s Roskilde Festival cancellation has turned into a regular treat. 
Unquestionably one of the biggest names in modern rock ’n’ roll, Jack White has agreed to take the Orange stage at 11pm on Sunday night to deliver the final concert on the festival's main stage. 
“As one of his generation's biggest rock icons, it’s not just anybody who’s stepping in as the closing act at this year's festival,” the festival said in announcing the change. “We are happy that we have managed to get such a big star to step in this late. Jack White is playing instead of Drake who had to cancel yesterday due to illness.”
White last month released a stellar second solo album Lazaretto, giving him a new arsenal of songs to add to his already-impressive catalogue. The former White Stripes mastermind – and part-time Dead Weather and the Raconteurs member – last played at the Roskilde Festival in 2012 in support of his solo debut Blunderbuss. That concert was plagued by sound problems, so the Roskilde technicians will have a chance to make up for that this time around. 
Drake cancelled his scheduled Sunday appearance on Friday, saying simply that “an issue” had come up. The festival, however, attributed it to illness. 

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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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