The Roskilde Festival Coverage: Following in the footsteps of Camp Vienna United

J.N. June 15, 2018

The major event in the music calendar is around the corner and ever since Messed!Up’s editor had his major festival epiphany at his first attendance in 1992, he couldn’t stop coming back and will join the masses for the 27th time together with DJ Pappaledig and DJ Återbruk – it’s time for the 48th edition of the Roskilde Festival.

Roskilde Festival has always had a special position in many people’s lives. Weddings have been cancelled (or had to take place at the festival), major celebrations have had to adapt and childbirths had to be postponed (at least someone tried). I was reminded about this specifically last year when I ran into, to put it mildly, some wacky Germans and Americans going “bonkers” throughout the festival and making people around them happy.

When I applied for the usual journalist accreditation this year to do some festival reviews in general and interviews in particular – yes, there will be five or six interviews at the festival – the idea struck me to do a festival coverage of that wacky camp I just happened to end up in from time to time last year. After making contact with one of their organizers, Olaf Vienna (we only use undercover names), we decided to go for a full coverage of the camp with daily reviews, photo shoots and interviews. And even better, they are usually part of the “Camp of the Year” contest at the festival – amazingly fun to cover, isn’t it!

On Monday during the pre-festival days they organize a massive jam session with a full gig setup – drums, guitars, keyboards and everything else you need to make a performance to remember – and for a cooled down Swede it was a great experience just to hang around for a night – and as it turned out German women were interesting enough to cause a sudden and surprising move to Hamburg.

As such I joined up with parts of the camp in Stadtpark, its Hamburg core of people and those travelling here from exotic places as Bad Schwartau and Rotenburg, for a planning night involving trying out lukewarm/lauwarm Carlsberg beer – the official beer at the festival – discussing which bands you can afford to miss without no one picking on you until next year’s festival and how to get the moves back because you haven’t moved to any kind of rhythm since last year.

For the second year, Olaf tells me, Camp Vienna United will stay at the Settle ‘n Share spot at the festival campsite and will manifest their presence by outrageously big flags – you simply can’t miss it. And the main purpose is of course to set up the Jam Session on Monday evening once again. The story behind their name, Camp Vienna United, is too long to be told while having a six-pack of Carlsberg – nobody could tell the story six beers later – and will thus be one of those interesting topics for an interview on site, but Camp Vienna United is basically neighboring camps from previous festivals that decided to merge into one major camp.

And it’s international! You will find some crazy Americans, quite many freaked out Germans and a few misled and confused Swedes that just don’t know how to escape (I was told), but no Austrians.

So, just pile up a few crates of beer, sit down in your festival chair and join us here during the festival days. There will be interviews and some really wicked stuff passing by the camera!

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Music researcher with an unhealthy passion for music and music festivals. Former studio owner, semi-functional drummer and with a fairly good collection of old analogue synthesizers from the 70's. Indie rock, post rock, electronic/industrial and drum & bass (kind of a mix, yeah?) are usual stuff in my playlists but everything that sounds good will fit in.