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The BBC's Michael Voss in Copenhagen
"The victims were crushed against barriers or trampled to death"
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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Roskilde: Leading European rock festival
Emergency crews
More than 20 people were reported injured
The death of eight people is the first tragedy in the 30-year history of the Roskilde music festival in eastern Denmark.

The four-day festival, which opened on Thursday, is one of Europe's biggest music festivals, drawing crowds of around 90,000, largely from the Nordic countries and Germany.

A total of 175 bands were performing this year on eight stages, with star attractions including Pearl Jam, The Cure, Oasis, Lou Reed, the Pet Shop Boys, Willie Nelson and Family, and Iron Maiden.

The festival, first held in 1971, was inspired by the 1969 Woodstock Festival in the United States.

It is held annually on a farm in Roskilde, 25 miles west of the capital, Copenhagen.

Concert tragedy

The accident is one of Europe's worst concert tragedies. Last year, 52 people were killed and 150 injured at a concert at Minsk, Belarus.

A hailstorm hit and hundreds of fans rushed for a nearby subway station, an exodus that quickly became a deadly stampede.

In 1979, 11 people were trampled to death in Cincinnati as they rushed for choice seats before the start of a concert by the British rock band The Who.

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