ROSKILDE FESTIVAL organisers have set up the ROSKILDE 2000 TRAGEDY FUND to research safety at gigs in the wake of the deaths of nine people after a crush at the festival on June 30 during PEARL JAM‘s set.
According to the organisers’ official website www.roskilde-festival.dk, the fund will “support research and development of health and security measures for large gatherings of young people in connection with cultural events, especially musical events”.
The fund has been set up in conjunction with the Roskilde Charity Society, which has called on Oasis and Pet Shop Boys – who pulled out of their scheduled appearances on the Saturday night of the festival as a mark of respect to the dead, and because they felt conditions had not been sufficiently improved since the tragedy the previous night – to donate honorariums, which they would have received had they played, to the fund.
The organisers have said their fees should be given to the tragedy fund, “instead of merely becoming an article squandered in a court battle over the graves of the dead”.
However, despite a statement on the festival’s website that “the two bands are presently considering the proposal from Roskilde“, nme.com understands that neither band has yet received any money from the organisers, and that it isn’t clear whether they have yet been approached directly and asked to donate to the fund.
The festival organisers have said that the behaviour of “both artists and audience members” should be taken into account when renewed safety guidelines for festivals are drawn up. They have set up an e-mail link for suggestions on how festival safety could be improved – improvements@roskilde-festival. dk.
Danish police are still investigating the cause of the accident.