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Aids At Roskilde 2012: Preview

I allow myself to splurge and and treat myself to a summer music festival once a year. Usually, that's Sasquatch at the magnificent Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State, but seeing as I'm in Europe this summer, this year I've picked Denmark's Roskilde festival. With an attendance of 110,000 in 2011, 200 bands and 8 stages, it's a pretty big event. I leave on Monday to catch some of the warm-up (five days of camping before the main festival even kicks off are included in the price) and on Thursday I begin what I definitely anticipate to be 4 of the best days of my life. I've been preparing in a few ways. Before I go to a festival, I always have a look at the schedule and see when I have time between bands I like to see other stuff. Over the past couple of weeks, I've checked out a few bands that I had previously not listened to, and I am even more pumped now than when Refused and Mew were first announced. List is artists I want to see at the festival, ranked according to how excited I am for their show.
21Yelawolf
Radioactive


Day 4 - His début LP was absolutely dreadful, yes, but I know that this kid can rap and has loads of potential. When I first heard him featured on a Big Boi song, I immediately liked his flow and style. His studio stuff since then is overproduced, chessy, and just plain bad, but I have a bit of faith that Yelawolf will at least be able to put on an entertaining show. His is the first set on Sunday I have any interest in seeing though, and if I'm feeling a bit shitty after Day 3 (glorious Satuday, will be the best day of my life), then I won't rush to catch this set.
20Araabmuzik
Electronic Dream


Day 1 - I'm not a huge fan of the general trend of hip-hop that is evolving around these guys, Main Attrakionz, and others, but I am nonetheless excited for this show because a. I do enjoy Araabmuzik's ..um....muzik, and b. it's the very first set I will see at Roskilde.
19Perfume Genius
Put Your Back N 2 It


Day 1 - I heard they sounded like The Antlers, so I checked them out. They kind of do, but aren't nearly as good. I wouldn't mind seeing some of their set, but unless A$AP Rocky bores me enough that I skip some of his show, it seems unlikely that I'll catch these guys.
18tUnE-yArDs
w h o k i l l


Day 3 - Classic summer hipster-fest music, but I will probably decide to see The Roots in this time slot instead. Sorry lady!
17Cerebral Ballzy
Cerebral Ballzy


Day 3 - I checked them out because they have a silly name. They're playing early on day 3 (well, noon is early in drugged-out-and-partying-hipster-land) and I may need time to recover from Oneohtrix Point Never the night before, and more time to rest up for Saturday's epic lineup, but I hope I can muster the strength to get a nice mid-day mosh on at this set.
16Martyn
Hello Darkness


Day 1 - Oh man dat BASS. gon dance.
15Bjork
Vespertine


Day 4 - Bjork is the festival's closing act. I enjoy her music, but not nearly as much as most people seem to. That doesn't stop me from expecting big things from this show however. She starts at 10PM and no one is scheduled after her, so I have a hunch that this maybe be a 3 hour+ set. I also have a hunch that, like Bjork, her live show will be crazy as fuck.
14ASAP Rocky
Live.Love.A$AP.


Day 1 - I wasn't the biggest fan of this guy at first, but I've grown to quite like his stuff. Hopefully he brings Lana Del Rey around.
13Shlohmo
Vacation


Day 4 - One of my most anticipated electronic shows of the week, even if I've only heard 3 of his songs. this guy's music is chill as fuck.
12Baroness
Yellow and Green


Day 2 - I trust Baroness will help me fill my m/ quota for the week.
11The Roots
undun


Day 3 - In my opinion, The Roots are some of the most interesting hip-hop musicians in today's scene. I'm curious to see how they'll approach the concept of undun in a live setting.
10 Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)


Day 1 - This set conflicts with A$AP Rocky and Perfume Genius, but I will probably spend my time at the main stage to see Janelle Monae.
9Jack White
Blunderbuss


Day 2 - His newly released solo début (sort of) is good, but I'm obviously not so much looking forward to hearing songs from Blunderbuss, but rather classics by The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and whatever else White feels like playing. I started liking this guy more after seeing the film It Might Get Loud and seeing his unique outlook on music and guitar playing. He's quite a character, and one I will be happy to be able to say I've seen live.
8The Shins
Oh, Inverted World


Day 1 - Some may be shocked to learn that I'd never listened to The Shins before this month, as I generally lap this brand of indie rock right up, but it's true. Seeing their name get announced to this festival was what finally prompted me to check out their music. I started with Oh Inverted World and loved it immediately. Songs like One By One All Day and Know Your Onion have been stuck in my head all week and I am very excited to, hopefully, see them performed live. I wasn't a big fan of the other two albums by them I checked out, one being their newest. They will most likely focus on 2012's Port of Morrow, but I'm still looking forward to hearing some stuff from Oh Inverted World.
7Pretty Lights
Passing By Behind Your Eyes


Day 4 - Pretty Lights have the task of closing a day that includes The Roots, M83, Bon Iver, Refused, and Mew, but I have faith that they are up to the challenge. Mew's set may run long and reduce the amount of time I'll be able to spend Pretty Lights, but that's just a win-win situation really.
6M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming


Day 3 - I'm not sure if I'll be able to calm down enough to enjoy this set after just getting my shit destroyed by Refused, but I expect big things from this set. I would rather this set was later on in the night (instead of 8PM) but I'll deal with it. I hope the strange sounds on M83's albums will be captured well in a live setting, as I plan on getting my groove and/or dance on during this show.
5Nasum
Shift


Day 4 - In my race to hear as many bands on this year's lineup as possible, Nasum are the best find. I don't really listen to grind besides the obvious "essentials" like Discordance Axis and Pig Destroyer, but something about Nasum's music really clicked with me. They are a legendary Swedish band that have accomplished about as much as a band such as them could ever hope, and this is their farewell tour. It's too bad it took me this long to hear their music, but I'm glad I did, and I think this show will be excellent.
4Oneohtrix Point Never
Replica


Day 2 - Friday is the day that I know/care about the least number of bands. Jack White and Baroness will be sweet, but besides that, it's free time for getting drunk and maybe high on several different drugs. Oneohtrix Point Never's set starts at 300AM, at the very end of what I hope will be a bender to write home about. I hope he plays into the morning the next day. Really, really excited for this one.
3Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


Day 3 - I've seen Bon Iver before, but this was at a small art festival in Galway, Ireland, in 2009, with a small crowd. It was a breathtaking show, and the atmosphere that the band created made the show feel very intimate and emotional. I'm hoping that they are just as moving three years later, as one of the biggest indie bands on the planet, in front of 100,000 people. Oh and I also hope the songs from st/st sound good live.
2Refused
The Shape of Punk to Come


Day 3 - That's right, I'm one of the lucky motherfuckers that gets to see Refused on their reunion tour. With what I've heard from people that have seen their shows in North America earlier this year, and with the already legendary Coachella 2012 stream, I am about as excited for a show as I could possibly be. When they start playing New Noise...holy shit...nothing matters but that. Look out pit.
1Mew
And the Glass Handed Kites


Day 3 - Hometown heroes Mew are, rightly so, the main headlining act. They are only playing two shows in 2012, and this is one of them. Their set is on Saturday's stacked lineup, following Bon Iver and playing (potentially) on and on into the night (though I would like to catch a bit of Pretty Lights' set, which starts one hour after Mew's on a different stage). Mew are just a band who you know will be good live; they just have that sound. I've been a fan of their music for a long time, but when I met a this English guy named Paddy last fall when I was in Kenya, his intense love of the band made me like them more and more. He's seen them twice, and assures me that words can't begin to explain how big their sound is, and I imagine this effect will be maximized playing in front of over 100,000 (mainly Danish) fans. Mew have become one of my favourite bands over the past year or so, and this rare opportunity to see them, let alone in such a magnificent set of circumstances, is definitely my most anticipated moment of Roskilde 2012.
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