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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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.

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