The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Garbage are the first two acts announced to participate in this year's eclectic Roskilde festival. The four-day event will take place June 27-30 in the 1,000-year-old Danish town of the same name, according to organizers.
The festival's 2000 incarnation was marred by tragedy when eight attendees were trampled to death and 26 others injured during Pearl Jam's set (see "Pearl Jam Fans Crushed To Death At Danish Show").
Although organizers were distraught by the accident, Roskilde '01 persevered with a greater emphasis on crowd safety and security, a commitment the organizers say won't be forfeited this year.
"The tragedy of 2000 will not be forgotten," they said in a statement posted on the festival's official Web site (www.roskilde-festival.dk). "Nor will its victims. That something so catastrophic could happen so quickly stopped everybody in their tracks and forced them to reflect on what exactly had taken place. Music should be a positive and joyous experience. So get going. Celebrate life. Don't stop the festival."
Roskilde '01 took place June 28-July 1 and featured Tool, Beck, Deftones, Bob Dylan, Robbie Williams, Neil Young and PJ Harvey.