Liam Gallagher heading to Aarhus as Danish festival makes major announcements

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will perform at the Northside festival in Aarhus this summer.

Liam Gallagher heading to Aarhus as Danish festival makes major announcements
Coming to Aarhus: Liam Gallagher, Susanne Sundfør, Mike D and Mashrou' Leila (photo credit: Tarek Moukaddem). Composite photos: Northside

Gallagher, along with brother Noel, was one of the leading figures in the Britpop movement of the 1990s, when the Manchester band were arguably the biggest name in contemporary music in the UK.

Liam Gallagher's distinctive voice and posture helped songs like “Wonderwall”, “Live Forever” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol” leave an indelible mark on British music.

Now a solo artist, Gallagher was one of a number of impressive names revealed on Friday by the Aarhus festival for its summer programme.

Mike D, formerly of legendary hip hop group the Beastie Boys, was also announced by Northside, which will hope for better weather conditions than during the 2017 edition of the festival.

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“There should be no doubt about the fact that we have been hugely looking forward to adding Liam Gallagher and Mike D to our poster,” Northside spokesperson John Fogde said via a press release.

“Both have been trailblazers and have had a huge influence over the last three or four decades and have produced an array of classics,” Fogde added.

In addition to the two hugely popular veterans, Northside also announced Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør and American synthpop act Future Islands.

A further exciting addition to the programme is the Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila, who will be performing in Denmark for the first time.

The Beirut group, with music straddling a striking range of Arabic, Armenian and Western influences, use satirical lyrics to address issues including politics, religion, sexuality and gender in their home region. The band gained international attention for their musical and societal message while touring in Europe, North America and the Middle East in 2017.

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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.