ROSKILDE GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

Local police approve safety provisions drawn up by festival organisers...

ROSKILDE FESTIVAL has been granted a full licence to take place this year, organisers confirmed at the weekend.

A conditional licence had been granted on March 20 by local police, on the proviso that the organisers provide a full care and safety assessment which must be approved by police before a final licence is granted.

In accordance with conditions, the festival’s organisers delivered a detailed safety assessment to police in Roskilde on May 7, and the authorities gave it the green light.

This is understood to be the first licence to be granted by Danish authorities under new regulations, which stipulate that festival organisers will not be given a full licence until police approval has been given to safety measures.

The new rules were introduced following the tragedy at Roskilde last summer, when nine people died as a result of a crush at the front of the stage during Pearl Jam‘s set.

Details of safety measures which will be deployed around the stages and on campsites are to be posted today (May 21) on the festival website, www.roskilde-festival.dk.

Festival organisers have been carrying out extensive safety work for several months and they are happy that the event has now had the final go-ahead: “The care and safety assessment is the basis for the good experience Roskilde Festival wishes to give its audience. With the licence from Roskilde police and the publishing of the care and safety assessment on our website, we hope to put doubt and distrust about our safety work behind us. Together with the audience, we are now looking forward to the exciting music experiences that await us this summer.”

Artists lined up to appear this year include Beck, The Cure, Robbie Williams, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and

Nick Cave.