Primavera Sound festival has been postponed until the end of August as the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim more events across the summer.
Originally intended to take place between June 3rd and 7th, when it would celebrate it’s 20th anniversary, a statement from organisers described the postponement as a “once in a lifetime ‘occurrence’ in the face of this emergency.”
Now, it’ll take place between 26th and 30th August, meaning it’ll clash with Reading & Leeds’ current 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,” the festival explained.
“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.”
“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.
“…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.”
The Strokes, Lana Del Rey and Tyler The Creator are just some of the acts set to play this year’s festival, with the likes of Beck, Bikini Kill, Caribou, Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Disclosure, King Princess, The National, Kacey Musgraves, Pavement, King Krule, Brockhampton and Young Thug also on the bill.