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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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Copenhagen attraction Tivoli cancels concert due to crowd concerns

Iconic Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli said on Tuesday it was cancelling a planned concert this weekend due to concerns related to crowd disturbances.

Copenhagen attraction Tivoli cancels concert due to crowd concerns

Tivoli has cancelled this week’s “Friday Rock” (Fredagsrock) programme, the amusement park said in a statement. The Friday night shows on Tivoli’s concert stage are a regular feature of the park’s programme during its summer opening season.

Tivoli said it was cancelling this week’s concert because a booking system recently introduced to control crown numbers at the concerts was not ready for this week’s event.

Last week’s concert, which features popular Danish nineties pop band Aqua, was the first to use the new reservation system, introduced after several episodes of crowd trouble earlier in the spring.

Although the system is reported to have work well during its first use, this Friday’s programme has been cancelled.

That is because Tivoli management expected a younger crowd to attend this week’s concert due to the different appeal of the acts that had been scheduled to play.

“We have had particular problems with some of the younger elements of the crowd during the first two concerts this year,” Tivoli culture director Frederik Wiedemann told news wire Ritzau.

“We have therefore decided to cancel the next Friday Rock while we create the best setup for concerts, including for a younger, more party inclined crowd,” he said.

“We must make sure it’s fun for everyone to go to Tivoli, including when there’s a big concert in the evening,” he said.

The park “hopes” no further concerts will be cancelled, he said. US rapper 50 Cent is scheduled to play at Tivoli on June 24th.

READ ALSO: Why are there crowd disturbances at Danish tourist attraction Tivoli Gardens?

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