Danish attraction Tivoli to launch booking system after concert chaos

Copenhagen's famous theme park, Tivoli Gardens on Tuesday said it was introducing a booking system for big concerts, after episodes of chaos as a result of too many concert-goers.

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Crowds during a concert by rapper Artigeardit at Tivoli in Copenhagen on April 22nd 2022. Photo: Torben Christensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Attendees of the weekly concert event Friday Rock (Fredagsrock) will now need a special reservation in addition to their entry ticket. The reservation will specify a time at which the guest will arrive at the concert.

It will no longer be possible to attend the Friday concerts without a reservation unless they have another specific Tivoli reservation, such as for one of its restaurants.

The new system will take effect from this Friday’s event, a concert with nineties pop band Aqua.

“We want to make sure of a safe experience,” Tivoli’s commercial director Niels Erik Folmann told news wire Ritzau.

“There’s always someone in such a crowd on a Friday evening who doesn’t behave themselves. But it’s the amount of young people whose behaviour has crossed the line that has surprised us,” he said.

In addition to the booking system, Tivoli will have more staff present during the Friday concerts, it said.

Last Friday’s weekly concert in Tivoli attracted thousands of people 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.

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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.