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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.

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.
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, 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.
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.
Hello Darkness

Day 1 - Oh man dat BASS. gon dance.

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

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.

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.
Yellow and Green

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

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

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.
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.

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

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.
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.
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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