Roskilde Festival drops Sunday music

Saying it wants to end things with a bang, the festival announced that it is changing its schedule beginning in 2015.

Roskilde Festival drops Sunday music
It's never too early to start thinking about the summer festival season, apparently. Photo: Bobby Anwar
Although summer 2014 came to a close just days ago, summer 2015 is already well on the minds of the nation’s music fans. 
A day after the announcement of a new music festival in Odense that will take place in June, the Roskilde Festival made waves on Wednesday by announcing that it will change its schedule. 
Beginning in 2015 the festival will push everything forward by a day, meaning that the main musical portion will now run from Wednesday to Saturday rather than Thursday to Sunday as in years past. 
“We want to end on a high note, and Saturday is definitely the peak of the week. That means that you can pack down and head back home on Sunday and be ready for whatever you’re doing the following week,” organisers announced via a press release.
The scrapping of music on Sunday not only means fewer hangovers for those returning to work on Monday, it also puts an end to Roskilde’s tradition of offering free Sunday admission to senior citizens. 
“Leaving out the final Sunday is also a goodbye to the free Sunday entrance for +65-year-olds. We still welcome everybody regardless of age to the festival, but everyone has to pay the entrance fee,” the festival wrote. 
Roskilde will face new competition in 2015 in the form of Tinderbox, a three-day Odense festival that will take place just one week before Roskilde begins. Unlike Roskilde, Tinderbox will not offer camping options for festival guests. 

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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.