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Sold-out Copenhell to be heaven on earth for metal fans

Bolstered by the legendary Black Sabbath's final appearance in Denmark, the metal festival Copenhell gears up for its biggest year yet.

Sold-out Copenhell to be heaven on earth for metal fans
Get your metal horns ready – Copenhell kicks off on Thursday! Photo: Philip B. Hansen/PhilipBH.com
Copenhell is fast becoming a Copenhagen institution with seven years of constant expansion in both its line-up and size. With this year’s edition, which begins on Thursday, the heavy metal festival has reached a new milestone. For the first time ever, all tickets to the gates of hell have been sold in advance. 
 
Drawing the record crowd to this festival situation on an industrial shipyard is the ultimate headliner for metal fans in the form of the legendary Black Sabbath, fronted by the Prince Of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. 
 
 
Despite being well past middle age, the old crooner has proven time and again that he can withstand his years of drug abuse and still manage to make a worthwhile performance on stage. 
 
Yours truly witnessed Sabbath perform to critical acclaim back in 2005 at Roskilde Festival. Let’s hope the quartet gives a hell of a performance on Saturday, as it will be the groundbreaking band’s last ever performance in Denmark. 
 
The mighty Sabbath is far from the only established metal and hard rock names that will grace Copenhell. Another classic headliner this year is the German band Scorpions, best known for their hit number 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. Megadeth will also be performing with Dave Mustaine bringing his shredding skills to the stage and hopefully playing some classic material instead of more recent and largely underwhelming work. 
 
 
Every year, Copenhell books an odd-one-out punk headliner and this year it is none other than the legendary Dropkick Murphys who will surely provide the obligatory mosh party with their irish-tinged folk punk, jampacked with melodious bagpipes and flutes. 
 
Ex- Mercyful Fate vocalist King Diamond will also returns to his home base in Copenhagen to perform a solo gig promised to be the most theatrical horror show to date from the revered falsetto champion. Another master of disguise comes in form of Alice Cooper, who with 40 years on the road has plenty of experience to ensure an entertaining set filled with melodious classics such as ‘Posion’ and ‘School’s Out’. 
 
 
On the blues rock front, Copenhell has booked one of the most exciting acts in form of Rival Sons, a band that has been compared to the likes of Zeppelin and The Doors. Immortal vocalist Abbath will supply the blackest of black in Norwegian metal this year, whilst Clawfinger will ensure some 90’s rap-metal for the sake of nostalgia. 
 
While this year’s line up is filled with classic acts from a bygone era, there also a number of upcoming and established newer acts such as Beartooth, Monument, August Burns Red and Tremonti. 
 
But Copenhell is much more than just an array of metal concerts. The festival area is tailored directly to satisfy the carnal needs of metalheads. As a metal sanctuary, the festival area has a themed biergarten, a Viking land with pork roasted on a spit, a so-called ‘Destruction Land’ where you can smash the hell out of cars and stereos, and of course a massive merchandise area for the shoppers. 
 
Copenhell will open its gates on the June 23rd and run for three full days on the island of Amager, in Refshaleøen. Get ready for a lot of lager-guzzling and intense moshing in Denmark’s favourite metal paradise! 
 
Click on the photo below to relive the 2015 edition of Copenhell.
 
Photo: Philip B. Hansen/PhilipBH.com
Photo: Philip B. Hansen/PhilipBH.com

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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.

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