Roskilde Festival gets new Odense competitor

A three-day festival in Denmark's third largest city will offer up yet another chance for Danish music fans to party next summer.

Roskilde Festival gets new Odense competitor
The Odense festival will try to give Roskilde a run for its money. Photo: Bobby Anwar
The Danish summer music festival scene just got a bit more crowded. 
Odense Council announced on Tuesday that a new three-day festival will be held in June 2015. Right out of the gates, it sounds as if it has set its sights on challenging the Roskilde Festival, which is traditionally held over the first week of July. 
“The ambition is for the festival to be of such a high quality and with such an attractive program and set-up that it within a few years can be one of the country’s largest and can help to brand Odense as a big city with a very strong cultural offerings,” the city’s mayor, Anker Boye, said in a press release. 
According to the press release, “several recognised actors in the Danish and European festival scene” are behind the coming festival, which will be held in the 74-hectare park and forest area Tusindårsskoven, near the city centre. Although the press release didn’t reveal the festival’s name, industry rumours say it will be called Tinderbox.
The new festival will join a crowded field. In addition to Roskilde Festival, the granddaddy of them all, Aarhus’s Northside Festival has grown increasingly popular over its four year history and has expanded from a one-day affair to a full three-day festival. Copenhagen’s Vanguard Festival has already announced that it will be back for a third year in 2015, while the city’s heavy metal themed Copenhell will be celebrating its sixth year in 2015. Meanwhile, a number of festivals featuring primarily Danish music acts, such as Smukfest and the multi-city Grøn Koncert festival, also continue to draw large crowds. 

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Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022

The new Light Rail (Letbane) in Denmark’s third-largest city Odense will not open until next year. It was scheduled for completion in 2021.

Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022
Construction of the light rail in Odense. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The delay was confirmed by transport minister Benny Engelbrecht in a written notification to parliament.

 “The beginning of operations at Odense Letbane will be delayed from September 1st 2021 until around New Year 2021-22,” the statement reads.

“This is because the company [Odense Letbane, ed,] can confirm that the [contractor] cannot live up to agreed schedule for handover of the transport system, apparently as a consequence of Covid-19,” Engelbrecht also wrote.

In a statement, Odense Letbane said that the primary contractor, Comsa, had recently given notice that the development would be delayed.

“We have recently been able to see that it would be more difficult for Comsa to finish in time for the planned opening. We have naturally maintained pressure on Comsa for as long as possible,” Odense Letbane CEO Mogens Hagelskær said in the statement, which was reported by TV2 Fyn.

“But the primary contractor has now presented a new schedule… and we must unfortunately concede that the light rail will not be able to open until around New Year,” Hagelskær added.

Spanish firm Comsa has said that the ongoing situation related to the coronavirus across Europe has resulted in difficulties in supplying labour and materials for the project in Denmark. The company has also had to adapt its working methods, which involve housing labourers in small groups, TV2 Fyn reports.

In 2017, a light rail system in Aarhus opened after also experiencing construction delays.