Roskilde Festival 2018 – Part II – Return of the Idiot

Happy 40th birthday, dear iconic Orange Stage. X-H1, XF50mm F2

First there was … Roskilde Festival Part I … and now only a few weeks later comes … drum roll…. Part II – Return of the Idiot! Like any bad sequel, it features more of everything in a huge mess without any sort of script! And like any bad sequel, lets just dive straight into the madness! Get a drink, read the captions and be glad you wasted your day on my blog!

Anderson .Paak hit the Arena stage like a funk and rap tornado, bouncing all over the stage, knocking over mike stands and being one of the highlights of the entire RF18. XT-2, XF16mm

Some people cheered wildly when the aliens landed, pick me pick me! XT2, XF16mm

St Vincent on the Arena Stage….and there used to be a mike stand here. I discovered the healing brush in Lightroom is pretty good at cloning mike stands out. So I did a rough version. Digitally altered picture for sure, is it cheating too much? X-H1, XF50mm F2

Saveus was really outstanding, I was positively surprised. Surprising was also that instead of the customary rules of getting to photograph the first 3 songs we were instead told the band had decided we would get the last 20 minutes. This worked really well, the band were free of nerves and on fire and gave it all during these last songs and it was a super good welcome change. X-T2, XF16mm

Zombie Nation – at the Apollo stage! If you don’t known what song I am referring to, you flunked out of my music education class and must go stand at the back! X-H1, Zeiss 12mm

Nine Inch Nails blasting it out in the Arena stage. Because of the stage build there was no photo pit at the Arena stage on day one and we were allowed to stand on this divider platform behind the first audience pit. Lots of people in the crowd yelled at us for 3 songs, but it was a pretty cool vantage point for these kind of shots! X-H1, XF50mm F2

When Saints Go Machine and that magnificent Arena tent. I still really wish they had been scheduled at night. All concerts should at night, end of story. X-H1, Zeiss 12mm

Nelson Can kick ass and I CAN get then entire band in one frame. I have this thing about really wanting to shoot frames with all members in a band. Nelson Can are only 3 but spread out so far on stage it took some effort and a really wide view. XT-2, Zeiss 12mm

Selina Gin, singer in Nelson Can. I super enjoyed their show, one day soon I hope to shoot an entire concert with them. X-H1, XF35mm F1.4

Maria Juntunen, drummer in Nelson Can can work those sticks pretty damn awesome. X-H1, XF50mm F2

The Truth is Out there and it is dusty! Dust meets Arena crowd and mobile phones during the Anderson .Paak concert. This looked really amazing, really surreal. XT-2, XF16mm

Yeah not the best picture ever, but it is actually possible to shoot a stitched panorama and get in a fair bit of the insanely huge crowd in front of the Orange Stage. X-H1, XF35mm F1.4

Anderson .Paak taking in the Arena crowd, spotting me, the idiot in the pit! X-H1, XF50mm F2

“Fire the turbo lasers” at the Orange Stage while some dude from Mars was playing! This looked truly mad! X-H1, XF23mm F2

Putting The Orange One to bed. Goodbye RF18. See you next year, I hope.

And now for a bit of …

Photographing Roskilde Festival 18

I have written in previous post about the challenges and restrictions in the photo pits in Roskilde. But this year, I was just determined to have fun, make awesome pictures, and not be too annoyed with the restrictions. I was really well prepared for the festival this years as I knew way in advance that I had been given the wonderful opportunity to once again make pictures for Roskilde Festival Marketing. I was also really prepared because I just wanted to have 4 days of wonderful escapism. I really, really needed that. I am pretty much still quite devastated by the recent loss of my father. And I just so much wanted four days where I would be completely consumed by music and photography, 4 days away from the world. I am so grateful that I got this, I really had a truly wonderful time at RF18, great music and experiences, fun times with wonderful photo and reporter colleagues and the weather was perfect too. Thank you so much to everyone, especially Anders Hjortkær of RF Marketing and all the fellow camera-carrying nutters in the press center.

Cameras. Oh yeah, I brought cameras! A nice compact Fujifilm setup that of course, worked to perfection! I will say that if you insist on using primes like I do, then you are definitely not making life easier for yourself in the photo pits. You are easier able to react fast to things with a couple of zooms and of course if I had to make close-up pictures all the time, I would need more tele. But I don’t and I like to work with my primes, it fits me and my style, it is my tools and those amazing Fujinon zooms just feel wrong to me. So this is me, my tools:

Fujifilm gear porn for ya. My old trusty and best camera ever, the X-T2, and then somewhat strange mutated new kid on the block, the X-H1. Fujinon XF16mm, XF23mm F2, XF35mm F1.4 and XF50mm F2 lenses + a Zeiss 12mm F2.8. Super awesome, super compact, and Vader and Fett approves.

I am a Fujifilm camera ambassador and I was also invited by the wonderful people of Fujifilm Nordic to do a takeover of their instagram account during the festival. Sure I said, and then I learned during those 4 days just how much work it is to shoot a festival and try and be funny and creative on IG as well. I have respect for people who do social media well, it is a shit load of work. It was a lot of fun too though. Except when I hit my head trying to walk and film. Ouch. You can have a look at the whole saved story here, or click the image underneath.

I had a lot of fun doing a takeover of the Fujifilm Nordic instagram account! I doubt they’d let me have the kings to the kingdom ever again after having me wreck the joing, so I just went all in! Click the image to see the whole story.

Walking through the looking glass, under the Orange Stage and then you pop up into the photo pit. I once tried to live instagram this and I can tell you, all it got me was a huge bump on the head because ducking and filming at the same time, not my speciality!

Simon Kvamm from Nephew and a bunch of cameras and lenses with humans attached! #LasseFlytDig

This is the end. Last man standing, well sleeping, in the press centre Saturday night very late after the last concert.

Yours truly, posing in front of the Orange Stage and faced with the choice of Photo or Podium! Picture by Helle Arensbak.


Yes, finally, this sequel has come to…


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7 Comments on “Roskilde Festival 2018 – Part II – Return of the Idiot”

  1. Wonderful photographs again Flemming! Nelson Can have a special aesthetic, with their black and white scenography, and their logo too. I love your photos of them – you really show the energy they had on stage.

    PS: You got caught playing with your phone in the Live @ Roskilde Festival 2018 video of Stjerner på himlen 🙂

    1. Hi Brett!

      Thanks so much! Yes, Nelson Can have a special energy and their whole stage setup and wardrobe was designed for black and white, so it worked well.

      The entire Minds of 99 concert is on Roskilde Festival Facebook page, and I am in it 500 times or so – of course that one video of Stjerner på Himlen was the one moment where I was very clearly instagramming to the Fujifilm Nordic account HAHAHAH!

      1. No, I was photographing that concert for the band. I photographed the entire festival, working for Roskilde Festival Marketing department.

        But I was also doing a takeover of the Fujifilm Nordic instagram account as well during the entire festival, so I thought it was a cool moment to do a story live from the Minds concert on stage. Now that moment will last forever on Youtube hahahaha!!!

  2. I’ve just read “Photographing Roskilde Festival 2016.” I can only repeat how great your photos are this year, now I understand the constraints you were under. (And you can see the difference that three year’s experience makes.) Did you ever (could you even) change lenses in the photographer’s pit, or did you always know what primes you wanted on the two bodies based on the stage and the band? Did you gain more access as Roskilde Festival Marketing’s photographer? Your shot at the top of the article is so cool – it’s my favourite of your Orange Stage photos. And I always love your photos framing the artist and the crowd in the same shot.

    1. Hi Brett, and thank you so much! Yes Roskilde is a difficult beast to master and 3 years of experience makes all the difference. Some of the great photographers at Roskilde have shot there for 10 or even 20 years. I had exactly the same access as everyone else with photo-pit credentials. The access is actually mostly dictated by artists and their management, not by the Festival. Every major artist have a photo clause in their rider. I shot Minds of 99 from the stage because I know the band and their management and have done projects with them before.

      I changed lenses quite a bit in the photo-pits but it is always a bit harrowing on some of the stages! Not much space and if you drop a lens it will surely roll under the stage! I know all the stages now, so I usually know before a show which 2 primes I will use the most. Also, this year was dusty as hell and my sensors looked horrible after the festival!

      I really appreciate all your comments, thank you so much! And yes that Orange Stage is a bit of a winner too I feel and I work so hard to get the artist and the crowd in the same shot (really difficult on the huge stages when you are in a pit) so I really appreciate you noticing it 🙂

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