We thought this day would come. Barcelona based festival Primavera Sound, one of the most important European festivals, announced which the the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona edition will take place from 26th to 30th August in the Parc del Fòrum. You can check the full lineup announcement here and maybe if the festival will happen, it won’t be the same lineup.
The current global COVID-19 health crisis is something really hard to face. Health is the first thing. No doubt. But in the meantime we have to start to think what will happen after all this hell. And I think with this new situation, without a history of that, nobody knows what it is the right thing to do. Because uncertainty is the only certainty right now.
Please leave apart every judgment right now. We aware which maybe this festival won’t happen in August, maybe we will not able to take a flight, but the postponement and not the cancellation is good for two reasons: for our mood to hope which our favorite festival will happen and to allow to the promoters to take time and also re-think this decision with a perspective, and loss containment, which will allow to the festival to survive for the upcoming years.
I know there’s no info about the refund but I assure you which if you want refund, you’ll be getting that. But this is the time to support live music, your favorite artists and indipendent circuit. Let’s think things in a different ways. If they decided in this way, there will be good reasons behind it. I can assure that. Here the statement which announced the postponement:
“There are things that only happen once in a lifetime. The current global COVID-19 health crisis is, unfortunately, one of them. But it won’t be the only one. The spirit of solidarity and collective response of society in the face of this emergency will live on for a long time, and will allow us to embrace exceptional situations and overcome the challenge… and to literally embrace each other once it is over. Faced with this constantly changing scenario, the restrictions imposed by the authorities on the celebration of public shows and on the free movement of people (making the participation of the announced artists difficult and in many cases impossible) and in coordination with the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council and the Sant Adrià de Besòs City Council, we are forced to postpone the upcoming edition of Primavera Sound Barcelona for reasons of force majeure known to us all. Our absolute priority has always been to guarantee the safety of our audience, artists and all the people involved in the festival.
For this reason, given the exceptional nature of the situation in which we find ourselves, Primavera Sound Barcelona 2020 will take place from 26th to 30th August. We feel obliged and responsible to contribute insofar as we can to the survival of the live music scene, whose role will be key to the return to normality after this absolutely unprecedented situation that has never been faced before by the cultural sector and all its agents: artists and their teams, agencies, promoters, venues, festivals, stage builders, technical and production teams, bar staff, cleaning and security staff, and in general the thousands of people involved in the sector. We thank all of them for their perseverance and contribution. On our side, and with the indispensable support of Pull & Bear, Heineken® and Desperados, adidas, Aperol, Lotus and all of the festival sponsors, we will make every effort to ensure that this change, imposed as a result of the current global health crisis, affects the festival’s programme as little as possible.
The tickets already purchased for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2020 will continue to be valid for the new dates. Once the state of alarm decreed by the Government of Spain is over as well its possible extensions, we will give you more information and will reactivate the ticket sales. Moreover soon we will give you more details about NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding in the face of this unprecedented situation.
Let’s all face this together. We will get through this together. And we will celebrate our 20th anniversary together. We are waiting for you in the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona at the end of August. Primavera in summer, for once in a lifetime.”