Damon Albarn Pulled Off Stage After 5-Hour Roskilde Set
Published Jul 06, 2015Although it usually seems like Damon Albarn has approximately a million projects on the go, the UK musician is currently focused on Blur's recent reunion and the opening of his musical theatre production Wonder.land. He nevertheless managed to make some time to play this weekend's Roskilde Festival in Demark — five hours of time, to be exact.
Albarn took the stage with his international collaborative project Africa Express at 11 p.m., only to be dragged off of it when he passed the 4 a.m. mark. Five minutes after the festival's 4 a.m. curfew, Africa Express tour manager Dave "Big Dave" Prentice cracked his figurative Magic Whip and carried Albarn off the stage.
The Guardian reports that the musicians carried on jamming backstage, while the audience members continued to bang against the tent poles chanting for more for at least an hour after Albarn was carried off the stage.
The epic set featured guest appearances from Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and Laura Mvula. Seye Adelekan and Soghoy Blues also joined Albarn's Africa Express on stage.
Their setlist reportedly included covers of Randy Newman, and fittingly, the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
Below, you can see footage [via the Guardian] of Albarn being lifted off stage, egging the crowd on as they chant for more.
You can also head over here to check out a recent retrospective of the artist's career by reading Exclaim!'s Essential Guide to Damon Albarn.