This week, Duran Duran announced their third live date for 2020. For this one, they will be headlining the Jelling Musikfestival in Denmark on May 30th. Here’s the press release on the band’s official website:
British music icons Duran Duran to headline Jelling Musikfestival 30th May 2020
In their only Danish performance in 2020, global hit-makers Duran Duran will return to Scandinavia to headline the iconic Jelling Musikfestival. On Saturday, the 30th of May, singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor will perform on the main stage in front of an audience of 35,000 people.
With a rich and extremely influential four-decade career, Duran Duran have sold more than 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 21 UK Top 20 tunes and consistently perform to huge concert audiences around the world. Their last album, 2015’s Paper Gods, was their highest-charting release in 22 years and was hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in more than two decades. Produced by Grammy Award-winners Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, alongside Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, the record featured collaborations with Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Kiesza and the Danish singer Jonas Bjerre from Mew.
First catapulted to success in the 1980’s, Duran Duran quickly became a household name around the world, fusing their infectious brand of music with art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style. Proving themselves timeless, they have continued to always innovate and reinvent
Duran Duran are currently working on their follow-up to Paper Gods, which is set for release later this year.
”I’m extremely pleased that Duran Duran will play in Jelling this year. They have an amazing catalogue of songs and are one of most significant bands to come out of the UK in the last 40 years. Now playing better than ever, this will be their only show in Denmark in 2020,” says Lars ‘Charlie’ Mortensen from Jelling Musikfestival.
Jelling Musikfestival takes place on the 28th – 31st of May.
Tickets and more info on www.jellingmusikfestival.dk
The other shows scheduled are: St. Anne’s Park in Dublin on June 7 and the Isle of Wright Festival at Seaclose Park, Newport, UK on Jun 14.
When I saw the latest date announced, I found myself with some mixed emotions. On one hand, I love that the band is planning to play. To me, seeing them active like this reassures me that there is a lot of life in them and that my fandom continues onward. Sad to say but I cannot help but be worried that someday there won’t be any more shows. I know that my fandom will struggle to continue after that. Looking back at my Roswell fandom, I know how hard it was to keep it up after the show got canceled. Even though, there has been a long and glorious history with Duran, it will be still be tough if I could not look forward to more new music and shows.
The other emotion I had was relief. I know how weird that sounds. Why relief? Relief about what? I cannot attend this show for multiple reasons. First, I can’t go because that is at the very end of my school year. If it was closer, I might be able to go as I wouldn’t need a ton of time away but…Europe is out of the question. In 2011, I was so determined to get to the UK to see some shows that I was willing to fight my district to allow me to go. Eventually, I got the approval but not without cost. It stressed me out in a time that was already beyond anxiety inducing. On top of that, it forced me to spend a lot of time and energy with making phone calls, trying to find people wiling to help me, etc. Now, that doesn’t mean that I regret it. I don’t. Not. At. All. That said, I’m a lot older now and I can only fight in so many directions at once.
On top of this particularly show being at a bad time (as are the other ones), this is also a festival. Festivals mean fewer songs, more well-known songs, people who are not Duranies, and standing for a long freaking time. Did I mention that I’m feeling pretty old these days? Yeah, I just don’t think I could do it anymore. More importantly, I don’t know that it would be the right setting for me to have the most fun possible.
So, this show is not a go for me. I appreciated, though, that I didn’t have to sweat the decision. I saw the date and the fact that it is a festival and knew that I could not do it. There was just no way. I didn’t have to debate with myself or seek others’ advice. I didn’t have to check my budget two, three or ten times. There would be no brainstorming about how to do in the shortest amount of time or the cheapest. No, I have to hope that there will be shows that just easily fit with my schedule and with the kind that they are.
This doesn’t mean that I’m upset about it. Of course, I would love to see the band perform but I get that it cannot always work out. That’s okay, especially since I have been so lucky before. The cool part is that I just get to be excited for those who can go. I look forward to hearing about their experiences. I’m already excited to see what songs they play and to check out whatever video clips I can find.
On that note, who is planning on going to this show or the other shows happening in June? Who will I need to be excited for?