Organisers of ROSKILDE FESTIVAL in DENMARK have criticised Oasis and PET SHOP BOYS today (July 1) for pulling out of the festival after eight people were crushed to death while PEARL JAM played the main stage last night.
Oasis and Pet Shop Boys pulled out of their scheduled performances tonight, as previously reported on nme.com, voicing fears over safety and saying they did so out of respect for the deceased fans and their bereaved families.
On the official festival site, [url=]www.roskilde-festival.dk.com, festival organisers criticised their decisions, saying: “By refusing to play for their fans in Roskilde, the festival management feel that the bands are actually causing the fans more of a risk as they will now seek out the other smaller stages. Thus the two sides disagree as to what would cause the greatest risk – going through with the concerts or cancelling, and changing the programme without two of the main attractions… The authorities have checked the security conditions and preparations and approved them.
“The Roskilde Festival management are of the opinion that the bands that decide to follow through with their concerts on the existing and approved conditions show both respect and consideration to the dead, their families and the audience. Despite a string of opposing opinions, the two sides [Oasis, Pet Shop Boys and festival management] agree to communicate their sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those killed.”
Meanwhile, several of the artists who chose to go ahead with their performances have paid tribute to the dead rock fans.
According to reports on the official festival website, several artists left the stage during their performances to place flowers in front of the stage, where thousands of flowers and candles have already been placed by fellow music fans at the festival. Other bands have dedicated their sets to the victims of the tragedy and their families.