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Primavera Sound Barcelona festival postponed until 2022

Primavera Sound Barcelona organisers say they've reached the "painful decision" to postpone the festival until next summer

  • Seb Wheeler
  • 3 March 2021
Primavera Sound Barcelona festival postponed until 2022

Primavera Sound Barcelona has been postponed until 2022.

Organisers made the "painful decision" to move the festival to next summer "due to the uncertainty surrounding the legal framework for large events on the original dates of the festival".

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In a statement on the festival's website, they say it was impossible to prepare for the event, due to take place in early June, because of current lockdown restrictions and as well as uncertainty over what kind of events will be able to take place in Spain this summer, not to mention rules on international travel and rates of vaccination.

Part of the statement reads:

"We have left no stone unturned: we led the clinical trial carried out at the Apolo in Barcelona last December and we have been in constant contact with the health authorities to explore all possible solutions. But the twentieth anniversary of Primavera Sound deserves a party like the ones we are used to, and the global situation does not seem favourable to allowing something like this to happen this summer. At least not in a way in which we can live the full Primavera Sound experience."

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Primavera Sound had conducted a successful non-socially distanced gig this winter which was a promising result for the international events industry moving forward into 2021.

Spain's Prime Minister and Tourism Minister have also been positive about opening Spain to tourists from the spring – however it is unclear whether this means events will resume quickly too.

Here's our recent feature on whether festivals will take place this summer and everything we know about the 2021 festival season so far.

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