Drake cancels Roskilde gig at last minute

The Canadian hip-hopper has cited "an issue" and pulled out, leaving the festival with a big hole to fill on the final night.

Drake cancels Roskilde gig at last minute
Drake will not appear at Roskilde Festival as planned. PR photo
Just hours before the 2014 Roskilde Festival officially kicks off, the festival lost one of its biggest names.
Hip-hop superstar Drake has cancelled his Sunday appearance at the festival. The Toronto-born rapper, who has sold more than five million albums worldwide, was scheduled to close down the famed Orange stage on Sunday evening.
In announcing his cancellation on Facebook, the festival said it was working hard to find a replacement for the coveted closing time slot. 
According to the festival, Drake offered the following explanation for his cancellation.
“Sorry that I won’t be there with my fans at Roskilde Festival, but unfortunately there was an issue that came up here that is preventing me from being there.”
Drake also cancelled a planned 2010 appearance at the festival.
After four days of warm-up activities, the Roskilde Festival begins for real this evening when reunited hip-hop superstars Outkast open up the Orange stage at 6.30pm. Following the ATLiens will be the legendary Rolling Stones, who will play the 43-year-old festival for the very first time.

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200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival

The clean-up operation after the Roskilde music festival resulted in 200 cell phones being recovered.

200 forgotten phones found after Roskilde Festival
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Festival guests who are no longer nursing hangovers, but still missing car keys, mobile phones or wristwatches can check whether their items are now in the storage room at Roskilde Police Station.

A van-full of lost property from the festival has now been delivered to police in the city, with around 200 mobile phones as well as jewellery, power banks and up to 50 bunches of keys.

“We hope that many festivalgoers will contact us regarding their lost items so we can return them as quickly as possible,” Central and West Zealand Police communications officer Camilla Schouw Broholm wrote in a press statement.

Due to the time taken to register all of the items, police recommend that people looking for belongings initially contact them by email.

It is a good idea to include specifications and descriptions of the lost items in the email, as well as a photo if possible, police said.

Lost keys and spectacles are an exception to this, with police advising festivalgoers to call in at the station so that lost property can be examined in person.

Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

It could take up to three months for all the lost objects to be sorted and registered.

“We also have a lot of lost items with names on, so with these it’s easier to find the owner. Once these are have been registered, the owner will receive a message in their (secure digital email system) e-boks,” Broholm said to Ritzau.

“That also applies to telephones with IMEI numbers,” she added.

Up to 130,000 people attended last week’s Roskilde Festival, making the event temporarily Denmark’s fourth-largest city.

The festival generates over 2,000 tonnes of waste.

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