Neil Young + Promise of the Genuine Roskilde 2016 Friday night

Neil Young + Promise of the Real Roskilde 2016 Friday night Photo: Alexia Arrizabalaga

Neil Young + Guarantee of the True gave a triumphant efficiency at Roskilde day 3 last night. Opening with a solo acoustic set that included the classics ‘After The Gold Rush, ‘Heart Of Gold’, and ‘The Needle And The Harm Done’, Young then spent the subsequent two and a half hours blasting by means of a set accented by politically and environmentally conscious songs with his full electric band, who were the most spectacular guitar band of the festival so far.

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Wearing a t-shirt with the logo from his new album reside album Earth, Young’s set – in keeping with the album – portrayed a man nobly stirred by the greatest injustices on the planet. This is a band who really have anything to say. The anti-war sentiment on ‘Western Hero’ shone with devastating realism in the following verse: “And on the shores at Normandy He fought for you/ he fought for me/ Across the land and on the sea/ But now he’s just a memory.”

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Meanwhile, on ‘Mother Earth (Organic Anthem)’ the words: “How lengthy can you give and not obtain/ And feed this world ruled by greed” are a powerful message to be belting out to the tens of thousands of individuals there, and it really is specifically relevant at a festival that’s won an award for its green operations.

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Musically the set was, as already indicated above, a jaw-dropping display of guitar virtuosity. But importantly it wasn’t the Neil Young show. He gave the stage away to Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas, on so a lot of occasions – it was as if he’s showcasing the next generation of guitar greats to the world and providing them his blessing. The extended jam’s for the duration of songs saw Young and Nelson egging each other on to generate the most extraordinary on-stage chemistry. Meanwhile, the rest of the band, are musicians Young seemed to have an immense time playing with, too.

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They only began touring with Young last year when he was touring his album The Monsanto Years but they are up there with the greatest of Young’s backing bands – including Crazy Horse. Their most impresive technical moment was the outro to ‘Seed Justice’ which led into a strong rendition ‘Keep On Rocking In The Totally free World’. Soon after this cut he bowed out with grace as he proudly roared the words Guarantee of the Genuine. Absolutely everyone in the festival was won more than by them and more than the moon to see them return with ‘Love And Only Love’ for an extended encore.

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At most festivals, Neil Young’s set would be the end of the night. But, soon after almost 3 hours of Neil Young, Tame Impala had been merely a five-minute walk away playing to the largest crowd to have gathered at Arena (the second largest stage) all weekend. “We played right here in 2010 but this is next level” stated Kevin Parker as he was humbled by the turnout. It was nearly not possible to get close as the crowed lapped up the blissed out psych pop of cuts like ‘Let It Occur, ‘Feels Like We Only Going Backwards’.

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Elsewhere, new band Vehicle Seat Headrest, led by 23-year-old Will Toledo who made 12 albums on BandCamp ahead of obtaining signed, created a robust case to be hiked up the bill next year. They played to a packed out Pavilion stage at two.15am and there was a sense among absolutely everyone, who eluded the likes of James Blake and M83 to see them, that it was a excellent decision. The Pavement-esque four piece have constructed some impressive songs that are projected with so much vigour thanks to lead guitarist and backing singer Ethan Ives’ power complimenting Toledo’s. Their bassist largely just stands there in a nonchalant cool way while the drummer is self-confident and has a microphone and routinely ups the power of the show encouraging the audience to dance.

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The way their songs construct with the loud quiet dynamic, the sharp lyrics that ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, typically within the exact same song, make them a single of the most impressive indie bands to have come out of America since Christopher Owens’ Girls.

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James Blake’s set, which went on beyond the finish of Automobile Seat Headrest’s, was an emotional experience. Prior to he played ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ he produced a speech honouring his band for generating his electronic music achievable reside but he could hardly get a word out to commence with due to the hysteria in the crowd. The Tv camera on the large screen honed in on certain audience members faces who looked across to Blake with astonishment and also tears in their eyes in reaction to just how brilliant he had been. There was no limit to the adore.

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Earlier, in the day Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufield produced the most impressive sound for two individuals on stage playing acoustic instruments imaginable. The bass from the baritone sax interacting with former Arcade Fire violinist’s playing was the most goosebump-inducing encounter and a fantastic way to expertise the Gloria stage. The Gloria stage is a single of the only indoor spaces to watch bands in the festival and is blessed with mystical decorations and ambient lighting.

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