IN PICTURES: Vanguard Festival 2014

Copenhagen area music fans didn't need to go far to get the festival experience this weekend. For the second year in a row, the Vanguard Festival brought some of music's biggest names right into the heart of the city. Our photographer was there to catch the action during the two-day festival.

IN PICTURES: Vanguard Festival 2014
Headliners The Roots got a bit of help from their friend Mos Def. Photo: Bobby Anwar
Copenhagen’s Søndermarken park was transformed into a music lover’s paradise this weekend, particularly for fans of hip-hop. 
For the second year in a row, the Vanguard Festival brought the festival spirit right into the heart of the city, with a diverse line-up of music split across two days and two stages. 
Following the model established last year, Friday offered an eclectic line-up, featuring a mix ranging from funk legends George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic to Danish rock band Mew, while Saturday was strictly for the hip-hop heads. Some of the biggest names in the genre's past and present  – including Large Professor, Mos Def, Method Man & Redman, and The Roots – had hands swaying and bodies rocking. 
Our photographer was on hand to catch the action both on and off the stage. 

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Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade

The possibility of large-scale music festivals taking place in Denmark this summer has been described as “unrealistic” following the publication of expert recommendations for coronavirus-safe events.

Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade
The Roskilde Festival during the glorious summer of 2018. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix

Music events such as the Roskilde Festival, the largest of its kind in northern Europe, would not be able to take place as normal and must be without overnight guests under the recommendations, submitted in report form by an expert advisory group to the government on Friday.

The group, appointed as part of the national reopening plan, was tasked with looking at how festivals and other large events can take place this summer.

The recommendations will provide the basis political discussions which will form an agreement over large events which will be integrated into the reopening plan.

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Seven various scenarios, including one for outdoors, standing events, were considered by the expert group in forming its recommendations. Two phases have been set down for eased restrictions on large events, which are currently banned due to the public assembly limit.

In the final phase of the restrictions towards the end of the summer, a maximum of 10,000 people would be permitted to attend an event. All attendees would be required to present a valid corona passport, and audiences would be split into sections of 2,000.

Although that could provide a framework for some events to take place, Roskilde Festival, which normally has a total of around 130,000 guests and volunteers including sprawling camping areas, appears to be impossible in anything resembling its usual format.

The festival was also cancelled in 2020.

Roskilde Festival CEO Signe Lopdrup, who was part of the expert group, said the festival was unlikely to go ahead should it be required to follow the recommendations.

“Based on the recommendations, we find it very difficult to believe it is realistic to organise festivals in Denmark before the end of the summer,” Lopdrup said in a written comment to broadcaster DR.

The restrictions would mean “that it is not possible to go ahead with the Roskilde Festival. That’s completely unbearable. But that’s where we’ve ended,” she added.

The news is potentially less bleak for other types of event with fewer participants, with cultural and sporting events as well as conferences also included in the recommendations submitted by the group.

Parliament has previously approved a compensation scheme for major events forced to cancel due to coronavirus measures this summer.