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.

Security at Tivoli
Security at Tivoli during Aqua's concert last Friday. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

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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Management at Tivoli Gardens on Tuesday that it was introducing a booking system for big concerts, after recent episodes of chaos and unrest caused by concert-goers.

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.

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The decision was might in the wake of several incidents of crown unrest at Tivoli during the early part of the Spring 2022 opening season.

Earlier this month, a Friday concert by the rapper Icekild was disrupted by fighting among spectators.

A week later on April 22nd, thousands of people attended the amusement park to see singer Andreas Odbjerg rapper Artigeardit perform. 

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. Some did not accept the decision by Tivoli to close its gates and tried to force their way in.

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

Tivoli’s commercial director Niels Erik Folmann told news wire Ritzau that the park had experience a change in atmosphere among its concert guests since business returned to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Compared to before corona, we have seen a lot of young people deciding to come to our Friday Rock. And they are very inebriated,” Folmann said.

“It’s very unusual for an otherwise upmarket artistic programme that we see people do almost anything, instead of just finding another party to go to, so to speak,” he said.

Tivoli expected high interest in the concerts after a period when, due to Covid-19 restrictions, live music events have been few and far between. But the extent of their draw has been surprising, Folmann said.

“It has surprised us that this has accelerated so much. I had a colleague who said it seems like it’s New Year’s Eve every Friday. Not just for us, but in nightlife generally,” he said.

“It seems like there’s an ‘on’ button and when it’s pressed, people drink as much as they can. People are falling over themselves in a way we’re not used to,” he said.

It should be noted that the disturbances at Tivoli have only been reported during Friday concert events and that daytimes, when families enter the park to use its rollercoasters and carousels, have not been affected and do not require special reservations.

“We want to make sure of a safe experience,” Folmann also said.

“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.