McCartney gig causes partial Roskilde sell-out

If anyone doubted the selling power of Paul McCartney anno 2015, the ex-Beatle has quickly proven the haters wrong.

McCartney gig causes partial Roskilde sell-out
Those wanting to see Paul McCartney at the Roskilde Festival will have to buy a full ticket. Photo: Antonio Lacerda/Scanpix
The Roskilde Festival said Wednesday that one-day tickets for Saturday July 4th, the day McCartney will grace the Orange Stage, are already sold-out. The tickets disappeared just days after the festival confirmed the British icon’s headlining appearance
According to festival organizers, ticket sales are brisk all around for their 2015 arrangement.
“The ticket sales for this year's Roskilde Festival is top three of best selling years in the festival's history,” the festival said in a press release.
In addition to Saturday’s tickets being gone, several of the festival’s “convenience camping” options are also sold out. 
Tickets for the full festival are still on sale and regular camping spots and some pre-pitched tents are still available. 
The Roskilde Festival has now announced 79 of the 169 acts that will perform at this year’s festival, which gets underway on June 27th. 
The festival announced a major change to its schedule this year, opting to end on a Saturday rather than a Sunday. 
“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,” organizers said in September.

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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.