New Danish festival announces its first acts

The newest player on the Danish music festival scene made a pop-heavy initial announcement on Monday highlighted by Robbie Williams.

New Danish festival announces its first acts
Robbie Williams. Photo: Maria Andronic/Flickr
The Odense festival Tinderbox introduced Robbie Williams, Calvin Harris, The Cardigans, D-A-D and MØ as performers for its inaugural edition to be held June 26-28. 
The pop-heavy announcement, highlighted by British superstar Williams, came as a bit of a letdown for those expecting Tinderbox to be a rock festival, with many potential attendees expressing their disappointment on the festival’s Facebook page. 
But pop or not, Robbie Williams is arguably one of the bigger music names out there and always pulls a sizable crowd in Denmark. The Take That member and most successful artist in BRIT Awards history played back-to-back concerts at Jyske Bank in May. 
The additions of Scottish singer-songwriter and DJ, Danish pop darling MØ and Swedish soft rockers The Cardigans also did little to excite rock fans, though the festival tried to appease them with the booking of D-A-D, which Tinderbox called “Denmark’s biggest rock band ever”. 
Tinderbox was announced in September and will try to squeeze its way in to a busy summer festival line-up. The three-day festival, which does not include camping, will take place right after the NorthSide Festival in Aarhus and will overlap with the Roskilde Festival’s ‘warm-up’ days. 
The newcomer has ruffled feathers in the Danish music scene with competing festivals arguing that the team behind Tinderbox – Danish booking firms Beatbox and Skandinavian and German company Scorpio – are in an unfair dual role as both booking agents and festival organisers. 
Scorpio also booked both Williams and Harris for the Swedish festival Bråvalla, where the picks weren't exactly met with enthusiasm

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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.