A memorial service was held in ROSKILDE yesterday (July 2) to mark the deaths of eight people at the Danish town’s rock festival while Pearl Jam played on the main stage on Friday night (June 29).
Around 1,200 people attended the 50-minute service at the city’s cathedral, with a large number of festival-goers turning out to pay their respects, some still covered in mud, many sobbing and holding each other.
But as the community and music fans struggled to come to terms with the events of the weekend, in a statement reported by [url=]www.bbc.co.uk, the local police chief appeared to blame for the incident on festival-goers.
Police commissioner Bendt Runstroem is quoted saying that some members of the audience became “over-excited” and added: “We can never give 100% guarantees that there will be no accidents when you have crowds like this in a festival of this sort and groups of young people who have drunk too much or taken drugs.”
After Oasis and Pet Shop Boys cancelled their performances on Saturday night, citing safety fears and their wish to show respect to the dead music fans and their families, American rockers Live also cancelled, blaming ill-health
T In The Park is the next major UK festival to take place, in Scotland next weekend (8/9 July), and organisers say that they are waiting until more details emerge on the cause of the Roskilde tragedy before deciding whether their own security arrangements need to be reviewed. Speaking in today’s Daily Record, festival organiser Stuart Clumpas said: “The T In The Park situation is very different to that at Roskilde but that does not mean we will be complacent. Over the next few days we will be working very closely with our security company and artists to ensure that as many safeguards are in place as possible.”