Wu-Tang Clan to form like Voltron at NorthSide

For one evening in June, Aarhus will transform into Shaolin with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. The hip-hop group is one of three new acts added to the NorthSide Festival.

Wu-Tang Clan to form like Voltron at NorthSide
Wu-Tang Clan has been added to the NorthSie bill, but will all nine of them show up? Photo: Jonathan Weiner
The Aarhus-based music festival NorthSide already pulled off a major coup in booking The Black Keys and now the three-day extravaganza has added one of the biggest names in hip-hop history in the form of the nine-headed monster Wu-Tang Clan. 
“We have always wanted to have hip-hop acts on the bill, and earlier this year we had great success presenting A$AP Rocky and Jurassic 5 at NorthSide. But there can be no doubt that with the Wu-Tang Clan, we have moved up into another league. They are legendary, not just in hip-hop circles, but across all genres and can rightly be described as one of the ‘90s’ most influential acts,” NorthSide spokesman John Fogde said.
Out with their first album in seven years, ‘A Better Tomorrow’, the Staten Island (or Shaolin in the kung-fu tinged Wu-Tang parlance) collective was one of three new acts added to the NorthSide Festival. 
Joining Wu-Tang as the new additions are American singer-songwriter Matthew E White and Danish psych-rock group Spids Nøgenhat. 
The Wu-Tang Clan last visited Denmark at the 2013 Vanguard Festival, but as anyone who has followed their career can attest, the supergroup does have a history of not showing up for gigs. In 1997, an internal dispute among the group members led to the cancellation of a Roskilde Festival headlining appearance, so NorthSide attendees may be left holding their breath until they actually see RZA, Raekwon, Method Man, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and Ghostface Killah step on 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.