Copenhell Proves Its Point

With a major national newspaper calling the festival “Copenhagen’s best event,” Live Nation promoter Jeppe Nissen was happy that Denmark’s Copenhell Festival lived up to its reputation.

“It was the best one we’ve staged,” Nissen told Pollstar, pointing out that it was largely thanks to site improvements and the fact his team has “learned a lot” over the years.

Last year, Copenhell was voted the Danish capital’s best bash by readers of Politiken, coming out ahead of the 2011 world road-cycling finals and De Kobenhavnske Smutmesterskaber, a pebble-skimming competition held at the city harbour.

“This year we had tour managers who’ve been in the past asking what we’d done to the site. They said it’s improved so much they barely recognised it,” Nissen explained. “We had over 10,000 people who were Danish drunk and we didn’t have a single problem.”

He says he was happy with the numbers, which are marginally up on last year, given the festival didn’t have a huge rock headliner.

The Copenhell lineup June 14-15 included Alice in Chains, King Diamond, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Testament, Parkway Drive, Accept, Newsted, and Every Time I Die.