For the Orange Stage you cannot just show up at the photo pit like at the other stages, you need a special access sticker and there is only 30 (at the most) per concert and hundreds of photographers. I managed to get access to quite a lot Orange Stage concerts, but that one sticker for Moderat was kept in my bag in a waterproof casing until we finally got to Saturday night and the very last concert of the Orange Stage. The total takeover by Berlin. I had waited in line to be first into the pit for 45 minutes or so and while I am normally fairly chill before a show, for this one I had the butterflies and was somewhat lost to the outside world, mostly inside my own head. I don’t really remember the last hour leading up to it.
Cue those first beats. Cue Moderat appearing. And cue those 3 songs over way too fast and we are led away again, away from the stage and I run (well, walk) into the crowd and make my way to the middle in front of the stage. I am in ecstacy, the Orange has been transformed into a monster-size nightclub, with incredible sound and spellbinding visuals by the crew Pfadfinderei. It was actually the only concert at Roskilde I listened to from start to finish, even missing a show I wanted to shoot but I could not drag myself away (story in the caption of the last image). After 1.45 hours of Moderat, they changed setup to just being Modeselektor and they proceeded to tear apart the entire festival ground with their mad tunes. I must admit I did not catch all of this, I tried to get into the Sort Sol concert, failed, needed food, got cold, needed coffee etc. Story in the caption of the last image below. I am also more of a Moderat fan than a Modeselektor fan I must admit.
It was magic. My only gripe is the screen gets a bit lost on such a massive stage, and the Pfadfinderei visuals are such an integral part. I would like to see the show again in a slightly smaller indoor setting. But it was still really damn awesome amazing friggin cool.
To get a small taste of Moderat live and those visuals, check out the live in Berlin and live in Prague videos. Then imagine that transformed to the scale of the Orange Stage, my pictures really do not do the show justice, but here we go: