THE GOVERNMENT has banned the hosting of all events with a capacity of more than 1,000 until 31 August, bringing to an end any hope of a summer festival season in the country.
The move has led to the cancellation of some of Europe’s biggest festivals, including Roskilde (cap. 85,000).
Located in the town of the same name, the not-for-profit festival was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary on 27 June-4 July, featuring Taylor Swift, Deftones, Kendrick Lamara, Faith No More and FKA Twigs.
Ticket-holders can request a refund of carry tickets, priced at 2,250 krone ($320),over to the 2021 event.
“Though we feared this would happen, we have until now hoped that it wouldn’t end this way,” say organisers. “However, the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is too large when many people are gathered, and that consideration is by far the most important.”
Promoted by Down the Drain, the 4-6 June Northside (40,000) and 25-27 June Tinderbox (also 40,000) festivals are also casualties. The line-up for Northside included Green Day, Robyn and Weezer, while Tinderbox would have featured AJ Tracey, Banks and Bring Me The Horizon.
“We stand in a historically difficult and unknown situation, and we of course support the initiatives from the government, in order to do all in our power to take care of one another”, says NorthSide festival director and Down the Drain CEO Brian Nielsen.
Northside ticket-holders will be contacted after Easter by Ticketmaster with details of refund options, but Nielsen has appealed to ticket-holders to retain their tickets for access in 2021.
Meanwhile, Nova Rock (55,000) is among Austrian festivals forced to cancel after chancellor Sebastian Kurz declared that no live events would be permitted in the country before the end of June.