The Local’s Roskilde Festival wrap-up

We take a final look at the 2014 Roskilde Festival and present our choices for the best concerts and the best photos snapped along the way.

The Local's Roskilde Festival wrap-up
Tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses and waste were left in the camping area at the Roskilde festival on Monday. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
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:

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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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