Primavera Sound has been forced to cancel its eagerly anticipated 2020 event due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
The 20th anniversary Primavera, which was originally scheduled to take place on June 3rd, was later pushed back take place in August as the organisers felt “obliged” to postpone the event as the pandemic shows no signs of slowing.
Now though, Primavera Sound have pulled the plug on the plans entirely and will pick up the festival again next year. The event will now take place on June 2-6, 2021.
The event had previously announced one of their finest line-ups including, Lana Del Rey, The Strokes, Beck, Massive Attack and a hotly-anticipated Pavement reunion.
See the full statement, below.
“Primavera Sound announces the most difficult decision in its history: finally we cannot celebrate the 20th anniversary of Primavera Sound during 2020, as we all would have liked. And it won’t be for lack of trying. When, on March 28th, we announced the change of date to the end of August, we did so under the supervision and with the green light from the local and health authorities, who at that moment validated its celebration this year. However with the evolution of this unprecedented health crisis and faced with the uncertainty of the easing of lockdown measures for festivals, we find ourselves obliged to postpone the next edition of Primavera Sound Barcelona, for reasons of force majeure, until next year: from 2nd to 6th June 2021.
“We are devastated and are terribly sorry for the inconvenience caused, but the health and well-being of our audience and of all the people involved in the festival has always been and still is our absolute priority. We cannot thank you enough for your patience, love and understanding in this very uncertain scenario.
“All tickets that have been bought will be valid for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2021 and will include special benefits for all those who decide to keep them. As well as this option, that rewards the loyalty and faith of the festival ticket holders, it will also be possible to request a refund from next Wednesday, June 3rd, the date on which this year’s edition was originally meant to start. The festival will contact ticket buyers to inform them about the details of the process.
“On that same day we will announce the first artists for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2021, whose line up will still celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival embracing the #bestfestivalforever philosophy thanks to the great commitment and effort of the artists themselves, who have also been greatly affected by the current situation and who will do everything possible not to miss this event. It doesn’t matter when it is: this will be our anniversary party and we want to celebrate it with everyone who was going to come this year.
“Luckily, not everything will have to wait until next year: Primavera Pro, the meeting for professionals in the music industry, will hold a 100% virtual edition this year, from 21st to 24th July, with the aim of analysing, reflecting and debating about the innumerable challenges facing the sector in this new paradigm. More details of this much-needed congress in the current context will be announced soon.
“Until then, please take good care of each other and follow the advice of the authorities at all times. The festival team continues to work intensively in order to be able to celebrate something more than just Primavera Sound’s 20th anniversary: seeing each other again, and dancing together again.”