The Danish authorities have prolonged its prohibition against larger assemblies until August 31st 2020. The prohibition also affects this year’s Roskilde Festival. The 50th edition of Denmark‘s Roskilde Festival will have to wait until 2021.
Roskilde Festival’s CEO, Signe Lopdrup, says: “We are devastated. Though we feared this would happen, we have until now hoped that it wouldn’t end this way. 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.”
As the 50th edition of Roskilde Festival, this summer festival was meant to be something very special. It was to mark and celebrate the roots of the festival by looking forward to the future. It should have been a celebration of art, community and of the urge to make a difference. A celebration of all that we so strongly need and seek in these unbearable times.
Roskilde Festival no. 50 must now wait until 2021.
Signe Lopdrup says:
“Our ambitions have been sky high. We have all worked hard and made an extraordinary effort to make Roskilde Festival truly special. Even under quite extraordinary conditions during the last weeks. The preparations looked really promising, and now they will be a great foundation for next year’s edition of the festival.”
Tickets can be transferred to 2021
If you have bought a ticket for the festival in 2020, you will be able to transfer it to Roskilde Festival 2021. Should you not wish to transfer, your ticket can be reimbursed. The festival expects to have the more specific conditions regarding this ready as soon as possible.
Severe consequences also for others
The consequences of Roskilde Festival not being held this year are severe. Roskilde Festival is in especially difficult position.
The festival is a non-profit organization who arranges a festival in order to collect money for initiatives supporting children and young people. Every year, all profits from the festival are donated in full to this purpose, which means that there are no big savings to draw upon. The festival starts up from zero every year, so to speak.
Signe Lopdrup says:
“It is still too soon for us to say anything specific about the economic consequences. They depend on the conditions that the Danish government has put forward to help us and others and which we will now look into. There is no doubt that we are facing an extremely serious situation, but the consequences go far beyond us. Artists, the volunteer societies, cultural partners, businesses, and organizations that are running the different stalls, servicing the festival guests, securing production and supplies, or are contributing to the festival program; they will all be severely affected. Many of them are already suffering by the current situation.”
Ultimately, the Roskilde Festival Charity Society, the organization behind the festival, will not be able to live up to its purpose of supporting children’s and young people’s opportunities. This will affect a large number of organizations and initiatives in and outside of Denmark. They are also in extra need of help in these times.