Gorillaz close day one at Roskilde festival with headline set

Damon Albarn and co perform at the 40th anniversary of the Danish event

Gorillaz closed the first day of this year’s Roskilde festival last night (July 1) with a set on the Orange stage.

Headlining the Danish event, Damon Albarn was joined by a number of guests, although the set was not as star-studded as last week’s appearance at Glastonbury, which featured cameos from artists such as Lou Reed and Snoop Dogg.

Opening with ‘Orchestral Intro’, the group quickly followed up with ‘Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach’, which featured Snoop Dogg‘s rap on a screen.

Next up was ‘Last Living Souls’, before the collective performed another two songs from 2005’s ‘Demon Days’ album, ‘O Green World’ and ‘Kids With Guns’.

Backed by The Clash‘s guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon, plus a string section and brass band, Albarn raced between piano and vocals, while also filling in for the guests who couldn’t make it to Denmark.

“We’re a bit short tonight so I’m doing the rest,” Albarn said about a set which didn’t feature Lou Reed, Shaun Ryder, De La Soul, Mos Def or The Fall‘s Mark E Smith.

Despite the lack of high-profile support, the Blur frontman was helped along the way by Bobby Womack, Little Dragon, Bashy, Kano and Bootie Brown.

“You’ve brought us to life tonight,” Albarn said towards the end of the set. “It’s very much appreciated.”

Closing the set with rousing renditions of ‘Feel Good Inc’ and ‘Clint Eastwood’, the group left the stage, ending the first night of music at Roskilde‘s 40th anniversary festival.

Gorillaz played:

‘Orchestral Intro’
‘Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach’
‘Last Living Souls’
‘O Green World’
‘Kids With Guns’
‘On Melancholy Hill’
‘Rhinestone Eyes’
‘Empire Ants’
‘Dirty Harry’
‘White Flag’
‘Superfast Jellyfish’
‘Glitter Freeze’
‘Some Kind Of Nature’
‘El Mañana’
‘Cloud Of Unknowing’
‘Pirate Jet’
‘To Binge’
‘Feel Good Inc’
‘Clint Eastwood’

Earlier in the day, LCD Soundsystem played an electrifying set on the smaller Cosmopol stage.

After kicking off with ‘Us v Them’, James Murphy, dressed all in white, thanked the crowd for coming, before launching into recent single ‘Drunk Girls’.

“Last time we played here it was very wet and very muddy and you guys were great,” Murphy recalled. “And we thought it was because there was nothing to do and that’s why you were great, but the weather is great today and so are you, so thank you all very much.”

Up next was ‘Pow Pow’, which saw an enthusiastic singalong, then ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’, that had the audience cheering at Murphy‘s cowbell playing.

A frenetic performance from both the group and audience, ‘Tribulations’ proved another crowd favourite, before the band finished with ‘Someone Great’ and ‘Losing My Edge’.

LCD Soundsystem played:

‘Us v Them’
‘Drunk Girls’
‘Pow Pow’
‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’
‘All My Friends’
‘I Can Change’
‘Someone Great’
‘Losing My Edge’