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Denmark’s Tivoli considers booking system after chaos

Copenhagen's famous theme park, Tivoli Gardens is considering a booking system for big concerts, after there was chaos on Friday evening as a result of too many concert-goers.

Crowds watching Danish Andreas Odbjerg in Tivoli garden during Friday Rock on 22 April 2022.
Crowds watching Danish Andreas Odbjerg in Tivoli garden during Friday Rock on 22 April 2022. Friday Rock (Fredagsrock) in Tivoli has its 25th anniversary in 2022 with 25 concerts planned. Photo: Torben Christensen / Ritzau Scanpix

Friday evening’s weekly concert in Tivoli, called Friday Rock (Fredagsrock), attracted thousands of people this week when singer Andreas Odbjerg and rapper Artigeardit performed. 

Shortly before 8.30pm, the amusement park had to close its gates as it had reached capacity, which meant that thousands of people gathered on the streets around Tivoli in Copenhagen without being able to enter.

Several police patrols were sent out in an attempt to manage the crowds around the park.

According to press manager Torben Plank, the gates were closed, as announced, to ensure a good concert for those inside Tivoli.

“We announced in advance that we would close the gates if we thought it was sold out, and we did. This then meant that a number of guests went in vain, and we are sad about that, but that is the price of a good concert inside the gardens.

“Then we saw that some people forced the fence, and that is completely unacceptable. We will report this to the police going forward,” he said, after the management of Tivoli held an emergency meeting on Saturday morning.

Tivoli is now considering what efforts can be made in the future.

“We will do more of the same: encourage people to arrive in good time, we will do checks, and then we will consider a form of seat reservation for the big concerts. That’s one of the things in the toolbox.

“During Covid-19, we had success with guests booking in at special times…so it is a useful tool that one can consider using.”

The press officer did not confirm reservations would definitely happen or give a time-frame for it. He emphasised that Friday’s concert went much better than the previous week’s, when the rapper Icekiid performed and fights erupted in front of the stage. This caused the concert to be interrupted for several minutes.

“In general, guests behaved much better yesterday and our impression is that those who were in the gardens had a really good experience.

“It also helped that a number of younger people were with parents and adults.” 

Andreas Odbjerg performing at Tivoli Gardens during Friday Rock on 22 April 2022.Singer Andreas Odbjerg performing at Tivoli Gardens during Friday Rock on April 22, 2022. Friday Rock in Tivoli has its 25th anniversary in 2022 with 25 concerts planned. Photo: Torben Christensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Plank encourages parents to talk to young people about how to behave at concerts, as due to the pandemic, there are quite a few people going to concerts for the first time.

Friday Rock (Fredagsrock) in Tivoli has its 25th anniversary in 2022 with 25 concerts planned.

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Two streaming services quit production of Danish-language content

Streaming service Viaplay is to stop producing Danish content, following a similar decision by Netflix earlier this year.

Two streaming services quit production of Danish-language content

Viaplay announced the decision in an open letter to the Producentforeningen and Create Danmark unions, which represent producers and film industry workers such as writers.

The two Danish unions recently reached a rights agreement in January which intended to ensure that filmmakers and screenwriters receive a larger share of the profits if a series or film is distributed widely and is successful. 

Both Netflix and TV2 Play have already ceased production of Danish fiction programmes as a result of the agreement.

“Until we have reached a sustainable agreement, we cannot see any immediate alternative than putting further production of Danish fiction projects on hold,” Viaplay chief content officer Filippa Wallestam wrote in the statement.

“In the long term, we hope we can find a viable way so that we can again produce fiction in Denmark and thereby achieve our ambitious goal of becoming the leading provider of Danish-produced films and series,” Wallestam said.

Viaplay’s chief content officer also said that the rights agreement and a new governmental policy requiring production companies to pay 6 percent of their profits as a “cultural contribution” to support Danish public media could make Denmark “a low priority market in relation to investments in local content.”

The cultural contribution is a recent introduction by the government and specifically requires streaming companies to pay a 6 percent levy on their profits in Denmark.

The agreement between Producentforeningen and Create Danmark runs for two years.

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