Danish music festivals announce 2016 names

Roskilde, Northside and Tinderbox festivals announce headliners for 2016, including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beck and Rammstein.

Danish music festivals announce 2016 names
Red Hot Chilli Peppers set to play Roskilde Orange stage. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix 2011

Denmark’s largest music festival Roskilde has announced that the American band The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (RHCP) will be headlining the 2016 festival.

The RHCP first performance at Roskilde was in 1996 and it will be the first time since 2007 that the band will grace the festival's stage.

The band has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, and the release of their 11th studio album is scheduled for the same year they return to Roskilde.

“There have been persistent rumours about the return of RHCP for a long, long time. We’re thrilled that they finally turned out to be true. We’ve been told that they can’t wait to come back to play, living up to – and underlining – their status as a legendary rock act”, Anders Wahren, Head of Programme, said in a recent press release.

The RHCP last performance at Roskilde in 2007 received poor reviews from critics and audiences alike.  Talking to DR, Roskilde Program Manager Donald Wahren reassured festival goers that;

“When they played in Herning in 2011, they received a really good response from both audiences and critics, so there is nothing to suggest that poor concerts have been a recurring phenomenon.”

Other internationally acclaimed acts such as Courtney Barnett, Mac De Marco and Action Bronson have already been confirmed for Roskilde 2016.

The Aarhus based festival Northside announced that indie-rock artist Beck will be headlining next year. He will be joining confirmed artists Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lukas Graham, Bernhoft, Minds of 99 and Malk De Koijn in 2016.

The Tinderbox festival, based in Odense, also announced last week that the German Industrial metal band Rammstein will be headlining the festival on Funen. The festival has promised that the German band will be joined by another International headliner in 2016, yet to be announced.




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.