Despite the tragic deaths at last year’s Roskilde Festival, the Denmark show will go on this year, with several major artists set to perform at the June 28-July 1 event.
Guns ’N Roses, Tool, Beck, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Robbie Williams and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are all on the bill, according to festival organizers.
Sweden’s Hammerfall and Hâkan Hellström, Denmark’s Filur, Ireland’s JJ72, Norway’s Mayhem and England’s Ski Oakenfull also are tapped for the event, to be held at a field 30 miles from Copenhagen.
This year’s festival follows one of the most disastrous concerts in history — nine people were crushed to death during a performance by Pearl Jam.
There were reports of poor communication among volunteer security guards at the front of the stage where the trampling occurred. Roskilde officials held several investigations, and festival organizers were not found responsible for the incident.
Promoters have promised to improve safety at this year’s event and have outlined their plans on their official Web site (www.roskilde-festival.dk).
First staged in 1970, the Roskilde Festival is the world’s longest-running outdoor music event and has attracted as many as 90,000 people.