Rihanna was booed on the second day of Roskilde festival last night (July 5) after she arrived 30 minutes late for her set.
The Danish festival got underway on Thursday of this week (July 4) with Rihanna playing on the Orange Stage yesterday evening, but she was jeered by punters for turning up onstage half-an-hour after her slot was scheduled to begin.
Sporting a baseball jersey with the word ‘Poison’ emblazed on it, she began her performance with the track ‘Phresh Out The Runaway’ from her most recent album ‘Unapologetic’ before running through a set that included ‘Birthday Cake’ and ‘Talk That Talk’. “Wow! What the fuck? Denmark, this shit is crazy,” she told the crowd, before delivering renditions of ‘Pour It Up’, ‘My Love Is Your Love’, ‘Man Down’ and ‘Rude Boy’.
Paying tribute to the festival’s fans, she later said to them by way of introducing ‘Say My Name’: “Denmark, I love you man. I feel the love, Denmark. I don’t just say these things. There’s just one thing you have to do right now, and that’s to say my name.” She signed off by performing a medley of hits which included ‘Take A Bow’, ‘We Found Love’, ‘S&M’, ‘Only Girl In The World’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Music’, and later returned for an encore of ‘Stay’ and ‘Diamonds’.
Crystal Castles then closed out the second day of the festival over on the Arena stage. Opening with the tracks ‘Plague’ and ‘Baptism’, their night-time gig saw frontwoman Alice Glass brandishing a bottle of spirits and singing while lying down on the stage, as well as becoming repeatedly caught up in her microphone wires and venturing into the front row of the audience. She and her bandmate Ethan Kath closed their set with their 2010 single ‘Not In Love’.
The opening day of the festival, meanwhile, had seen Sheffield duo Drenge play their first gig in Denmark on the Pavilion Stage. Siblings Rory and Eoin Loveless – who made the headlines this week after being described as an “awesome band” by MP Tom Watson in his open letter declaring his resignation from the Shadow Cabinet – ripped through a frenetic set. They were then followed by Savages, with the post-punk outfit delivering a similarly intense performance – although they did have to pause briefly after singer Jehnny Beth forgot the words to ‘I Am Here’. “It happens, you know,” she told the crowd. “It just happened right now. I’m tired.”
Jake Bugg drew a large crowd to his set at the Odeon Stage, which he kicked off with ‘Fire’, ‘Kentucky’ and ‘Love Me The Way You Do’. The Nottingham singer-songwriter played a glut of songs from his debut album in addition to acoustic renditions of ‘Country Song’ and ‘Broken’ and new tracks ‘All Your Reasons’ and ‘Slumville Sunrise’, which he also performed at Glastonbury last weekend. He closed his set with his single ‘Lightning Bolt’.
Dance duo Disclosure provided the final show of the festival’s opening day on the Apollo stage. Accompanied by a dynamic light show, they told the audience they were the “most crazy crowd we have ever seen” as they performed tracks including ‘F For You’ and ‘Latch’ from their debut LP ‘Settle’.