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Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:47 pm
by Watergirl
Roskilde Festival have a survey on their website where you can submit names of bands you'd like to see appear at the festival.
See .

Roskilde is a great festival. I don't go every year, but really enjoy it whenever I do go. Next year I will go for sure, what with there being no Glastonbury.
Could everybody please submit a vote to get Frank to to be asked to play Roskilde?

P.S. if you are stuck for other names (you can submit up to 5), please add Ryan Bingham and Joe Pug. Thanks!

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:44 pm
by Watergirl
Voting finishes 31 October.

If it works out you'd have a great excuse to check out this amazing festival. ... -requests/

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:11 pm
by Watergirl
Bruce Springsteen has been confirmed to play the Saturday night at Roskilde!!
This is wonderful news. I have been going to Roskilde Festival for 20 years. I never could have dreamed that Bruce would one day play there.
Now if the organizers could invite Frank to play there as well my life would be complete (provided there is no clash..!).

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:56 pm
by marowak
ive always wanted to go there - wont be able to next year tho

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:39 am
by Watergirl
Still hoping.....

Björk and the Cure confirmed meanwhile.

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:53 pm
by Watergirl
Hope fading a bit now with all these other festival announcements.

There is still a gap in the tour calendar though (5-7 July) that would make it possible....

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:58 am
by Watergirl
Full line up now posted. Oh well, it wasn't to be.
Maybe next year...
Thankfully there's Jack White, the Low Anthem, Hank III, Bellowhead, Dry The River, First Aid Kid, Bjork, Cold Specks, several African acts I am keen to see and of course Bruce.

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:25 pm
by Watergirl
It feels like summer is barely over, but Glastonbury tickets go on sale this Sunday and now the Roskilde band request opportunity is back. Thought I'd dig up this thread again. I realize that not many people on here may go to the Roskilde Festival, but it would be great if you could vote for Frank because -
A) Scandinavia will get to see the band;
B) It is a great festival that has been running for as long as Glastonbury;
C) I am going next year, so you'd do me a favour....!

Here are the links: ... ilde-2013/ ... 4772987889

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:46 am
by Watergirl
Many thanks to Valerie for posting this on the DFT fan site!
Voting open until the end of October.

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:49 am
by valderie
Watergirl wrote:Many thanks to Valerie for posting this on the DFT fan site!
Voting open until the end of October.
i got your back!

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:00 pm
by Watergirl
Only five days left to vote.
Good people of the forum - please vote for Frank! Thanks.

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:53 pm
by Watergirl
Toronto festival announcement probably rules this out yet again. Not impossible, but unlikely... Am sad.

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:31 am
by Watergirl
Back with this thread. Perhaps third time lucky?
I am not sure I will even be going to Roskilde next year (went this year!), but could we all please vote for Frank?

Here is the festival website to give you an idea of what an amazing festival this is:

And the link to vote for bands you'd like to see there: ... 2183036368

Thanks for voting!

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:42 pm
by Lupemankell

Would be a good excuse to go there again. Used to go to Roskilde in the 90s.
Saw Some good concerts there. Met the man I lived with for the next 13 years.
Met lots of People from all around the world.
And won't forget that night I tried to see a band, but never made it to
the tent, because of wine and cake and .firework.. and.
I liked the art side of it as well. First thing I saw when going for the first time. 5 naked artist with an mohawk out of needles.

And the best concert ever with Patti Smith.

Re: Frank for Roskilde

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:16 pm
by Watergirl
The post above got me thinking about some of my own Roskilde highlights. Here's a quick list, done from memory:

This was before the internet, so you didn't know most of the line up before you got there. And Townes wasn't even in the program! After putting up my tent I went for a wander around the site and saw a blackboard outside the poetry tent that announced Townes Van Zandt. I had already seen him once before and knew his music, so this was amazing. In fact for years I wondered if I had just dreamed this, but I actually have a photo of him that I took that night.

Bruce never played festivals. I put it down to him being fussy about sound and only wanting to work with his own people. Perhaps Steve Van Zandt played a part in persuading Bruce to give it a go. Anyhow, for a couple of years now Bruce has been doing festivals, which is great a great opportunity to convert potential doubters. For this gig I had a great spot in the second layer of the pit, on the barrier. Bruce came up our way several times and my boyfriend, normally mocking my enthusiasm, got excited about touching Bruce's arm. Highlight of the gig for me was a version of "E Street shuffle" with the Roots, who had been on before them.

This was 1991, my first Roskilde, and it was the Graceland tour, with an extended band with many African musicians. It was the end of a very wet festival and it was a party. They finished with 'You can call me Al' - twice!

The first time I came across throat singing, of which I am now a fan. It was on a Sunday morning in a small tent (then called the White Stage). There was a Bjork-like female singer with them, who is not on any of the CDs I got subsequently.

It took me a while to get into Bellowhead, but when they played Roskilde in I think 2006 I suddenly got it and they are now one of my favourite live bands. Later the same day I found myself shoulder to shoulder with Jon Boden, queueing at a beer tent. We talked for a bit and he was lovely.

Of all the techno acts they were the best live. This was the year 2000 and they clashed with Pearl Jam, whom I didn't like at the time. Underworld were great and because of them I escaped the Pearl Jam incident, which was to change security measures at festivals forever.

Roskilde used to have a great world music tent called the Ballroom. I am sorry it is no longer there, but the organizers argue that all music is of the world and shouldn't be separated, which is a fair point. This gig was a kind of Africa Express thing with three bands and I was won over to the desert blues. I have read since in Songlines that this was a historical occasion as it was the first time that Tinariwen had played outside of Africa.

Come to think of it the only time I have seen Blur. They were on at just after midnight and it was the day (one of them?) that Nostradamus had said the world was going to end. We were still there and there had just been a fantastic fireworks display. Damon came on and said, "Those were the best fireworks I have ever seen. I felt six years old!" Me too. An amazing gig followed.

There is no two ways about it, the weather at Roskilde can be brutal. Nothing worse than waking up in your tent dying for a pee and you have to put on muddy raingear and Wellingtons and all that. On my way back from the toilet I came across a group of drunken vikings standing in the middle of a path singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I joined them and it was a great moment, standing there under my umbrella in the middle of the night (but light already because darkness only lasts about three hours there), singing with these strangers. I reckon they knew the song from Jeff Buckley. This was before the X-Factor tarnished it.

The great thing about festivals is that sometimes you go to see a band you wouldn't normally go to see, because there isn't anything more pressing on, and they turn out to be great. So it was with the Pet Shop Boys. All these hits... they just kept coming.

Always loved their music and it was great to finally see them, and from up close. I had queued for the pit for this one. Roskilde has a great system with a left and right pit, and each side has two 'pockets'. After each gig they empty the pits and new people are let in, so you get a chance to queue for your favourite. A much better system than the pit bottleneck at Glastonbury, which is an accident waiting to happen.

Henry did a spoken word show every morning at this year's Roskilde. I went to three out of the four shows and was so impressed. He was really funny and every one hour rant was completely different. I left the shows full of good intentions to be a better person!

A Pakistani singer from London, whom I had never heard of and have never come across since. He was great. He threw a few CDs into the audience afterwards. I still have my copy of 'Care in the community'.

Sadly this is not among my highlights. I came across an old program sometime ago and looked through it. I realized that in 1992 I had been at Roskilde and Nirvana played. I either didn't know who they were yet or wasn't bothered. What a missed chance... Just to illustrate though what a great festival this is, and that everybody who is anybody has played there.

Please vote to get Frank & the Sleeping Souls on next year's line up.
Links are two posts up.