Apparatjik entered the Orange Stage at Roskilde like this last night, wearing bodybuilder suits, with silver capes and Martin Terefe masks.
“Considering our experience with fame, this is interesting to explore. Martin is the least famous of us. Therefore we’ll all go on stage looking like him tonight”, Magne and Jonas told Dagsavisen in an interview before the concert.
Starting out in silhouette behind four large screens, before moving onto the stage, the band performed songs like “Time Police” and “Do It Myself” for the first half hour. Then DJ Aretïve appeared on top of a cube out amongst the audience, doing a 20-minute set accompanied by the alien fashion show that Magne mentioned in Wednesday’s interview. This was followed by a guest appearance by Lowell, a young Canadian singer who has been working in the studio with Apparatjik lately (more info on that collaboration here). By now, the guys had changed into their combat disco uniforms, and the concert ended with songs like “Tell The Babes” and “Blastlocket”.
Other songs played during the show apparently included “Combat Disco Music” and “That’s The Thing About Us”.
Apparatjik are getting mixed reviews in social media and in the press after last night’s unique performance.
Reactions on Twitter ranged from “who can review this bizarre concert without getting nightmares?” to “the most amazing thing the world has ever seen” to “mega fail”.
Here are some quotes from the various press reviews that have been posted so far:
“One of the most ambitious “concerts” you can imagine. Visually an amazing experience, musically more uneven, but when it worked it was actually really great.” – rockfoto.nu
“Something was constantly happening on and around the stage. Furuholmen doesn’t spare any expenses when he invites the audience to party – and it was fun while it lasted. It was generous and playful, but unfortunately also easily forgotten.” – adressa.no
“More circus and show than real content.” – gaffa.com (3/6)
“Giving a summary of the events that took place Thursday night on the Orange Stage would take at least a few pages, but describing it as a concert would definitely be an understatement. It was more similar to performance theater or an art installation.” – soundvenue.com (3/6)
“Apparatjik’s show was quite spectacular, but too often seemed like a Nintendo game out of control.” – gaffa.dk (3/6)
“The spaced-out effects often appeared too messy and incoherent, and rarely contributed to creating the artistic total experience that had been prepared.” – undertoner.dk (3/6)
“Apparatjik are known for their unique visual style and well-made music videos. But their music is less fascinating.” – politiken.dk (2/6)
stpaulslifestyle.com (audio review)