ROSKILDE TRAGEDY REMEMBERED

NME.COM reports that the mood is sombre at the Danish site, with tearful embraces and floral memorials near the site of last year's nine deaths...

Tomorrow (June 30) marks the first anniversary of the ROSKILDE FESTIVAL tragedy which saw nine PEARL JAM fans crushed to death during a crowd surge during the band’s show.

NME.COM’s reporter in

Roskilde reports that the mood is restrained but celebratory in Denmark at what is considered by many the only serious rival to Glastonbury in the Euro-rock calendar.

Although it officially began yesterday (June 28) with low-key sets

from the likes of Deftones, Wyclef Jean and Placebo, tomorrow’s anniversary of the tragedy has special significance. Emotions are clearly running high among younger fans, with tearful embraces and floral memorials tied to trees near the site of last year’s deaths.

The festival’s official website Oasis and Pet Shop Boys as a goodwill gesture after both pulled out of last year’s July 1 shows in the wake of the Pearl Jam deaths. After a day at on site NME.COM has yet to see a copy, but it is clear that the festival organisers are taking no chances on safety.

The main Orange stage, where the accident occurred, now has no less than five layers of crash barriers in front of it, a ‘traffic-calming’ filter system which still allows fans to get close to the action. The Orange stage sound system, which was eventually blamed by the Danish police for partly causing the events of last year, has also been sharpened up considerably. Meanwhile, there is a full noticeboard on the festival website for condolence messages, and the official Roskilde 2001 T-shirt bears the slogan: “How fragile we are. Take

care.”

But with three more nights of music to come, including potential big crowd-pullers Robbie Williams , Bob Dylan and The Cure, the true test of Roskilde’s new ultra-safe regime still lies ahead.