Primavera Sound Barcelona and Porto 2020 reveal new dates as organisers issue coronavirus update

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Primavera 2019

Primavera Sound will switch to August, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on the new dates for the Barcelona festival.

Primavera Sound in Barcelona will now be held on August 26-30.

The Barcelona based festival switched from June 3-7 following the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s event marks the festival’s 20th anniversary with the original line up including PavementLana Del Rey, Massive Attack, Bauhaus, The StrokesBikini Kill among many others.

In a lengthy statement issued today, organisers said: “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.”

Other highlights include Getintothis favourites, Fontaines D.C.Richard DawsonEinsturzende Neubauten and Kim Gordon while there is a welcome return for everyone’s favourite new-age punk stalwarts, Les Savy Fav.

As yet there is no information on refunds or whether the original line up will be changed.

For those wanting a dose of Primavera nostalgia, hit up our review from 2019.

Read the full statement below.

Primavera 2020

Primavera Sound statement in full: “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.

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“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.

NOS Primavera Sound Porto

The festival has also announced the newly rescheduled dates for their NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020 event, which will now take place on September 3-5.

NOS Primavera Sound Porto is the younger sibling of the Barcelona staple held in Porto, Portugal.

The decision to reschedule to event has been made following guidance given from Porto local authorities and Portuguese government. In a statement, organisers said: “The world as we know it today is gradually changing due to the state of emergency resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19. And we, like everybody else, have to adapt to this new world. That is why, facing this constantly changing scenario and all the restrictions imposed by the authorities regarding public events and free movement of persons –making it difficult and many times impossible for the announced artist to participate– we are forced to postpone the upcoming edition of NOS Primavera Sound Porto for reasons of force majeure in full coordination with the Porto Town Hall, which is doing everything it possibly can to support us. Our absolute priority has always been to ensure the safety of our audience, artists and all the people involved in the festival.”

Originally supposed to take place on June 11-13, the festival’s lineup included huge acts ranging from Lana Del Rey, to Tyler the Creator, to FKA Twigs. There is the possibility that the lineup could change, though as long as schedules and availability permits, it should stay the same.

The organisers concluded: “We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding in this exceptional situation. We will face this together. And we will get through this together! We are waiting for you at Parque da Cidade to celebrate another edition of NOS Primavera Sound Porto together. Primavera in summer, for once in a lifetime.”

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