The grounds at Roskilde Festival resembled an apocalyptic scene out of a futuristic dystopian fairytale on Monday afternoon as The Local bid a fond farewell to this year's event.
Ripped tents, bulky heaps of air mattresses and cans of mackerel and tuna lay strewn like stardust across now derelict camping areas patrolled by a niche section of die-hards riding the wave to its very end.
The scene told the story of eight days of pure freedom – broken norms and mended souls summarized in a seemingly unappealing pile-up of junk.
But look closer and you'll find a clear success story. From the record attendance to the nearly perfect weather, the 2014 Roskilde Festival was one of the more memorable of recent years. No small part of that was due to an astute band schedule that raked in crowds ranging from the golden oldies there to see The Rolling Stones to tweak-obsessed kids going nuts during Major Lazer's emblematic performance.
Where some, like Danish DJ supreme Trentemøller, failed to create a stir, there were others, such as Deftones, Darkside, Outkast, Stevie Wonder and Manu Chao, who conjured up performances that charmed reviewers, hard-core fans and new aficionados alike.
Beyond the music, the Artzone basked in the aura of its ever-increasing popularity while both Game City and Street City in Roskilde West provided apt alternatives to the full-throttle party vibe.
All in all Roskilde, was a well-organized and well-executed event and there can be few complaints of poor concerts, a fact epitomized by the cancellation of Sunday's Orange stage star act, Drake. While younger R&B and hip-hop fans were left disappointed, for the omnivores and rock fans, Jack White's amazing step-in performance was a true sight to behold.
Take one last look back at the 2014 Roskilde Festival: