The bands refused to play following the incident where nine people died at the festival earlier this year...

OASIS and the PET SHOP BOYS, the two bands who refused to play at the ROSKILDE FESTIVAL after nine people died in a crowd incident prior to their performances, have donated their appearance fees to charity.

The two bands have issued a joint statement saying their fees, after expenses, will be put toward “measures to improve safety at future festivals”. The funds will also be donated to five international charities; War Child, SOS Children’s Village, Freemuse (against censorship in music), The Hunger Site and Human Rights Watch.

The statement adds that the organisers of Roskilde now “respect the groups’ reasons for not performing after the tragedy” and “all parties hope that lessons learned from the festival will lead to improved safety for all future audiences throughout the world”.

Both bands refused to play the Danish festival on July 1, the night after the tragedy in which nine fans were crushed to death during a performance from Pearl Jam. At the time, the bands issued a joint statement that said “security arrangements have not fundamentally changed, and (we) are concerned that there could be a repeat of yesterday’s tragedy.”

In other news, Oasis have also confirmed a third South American festival appearance at the Caracas Music Festival in Venezuela on January 21.