Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival has officially pulled the plug on plans for a 2021 iteration of its planned five-day event. The festival, which was slotted to take place from June 2-6, was to feature Tame Impala, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, FKA twigs, Charli XCX, and Gorillaz.
Primavera Sound Festival was postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, and the impact of the virus has once again shelved plans for the event this year.
“We have reached this painful decision due to the uncertainty surrounding the legal framework for large events on the original dates of the festival (June 2-6), which, added to the restrictions that currently exist, mean that we cannot work normally on the preparation of the festival nor ensure that, once the date arrives, it can be celebrated,” organizers said in a statement.
Primavera Sound Festival organizers had previously held trial events in Barcelona in an attempt to move forward with the five-day concert. Traditionally, the festival has welcomed crowds in excess of 220,000 people.
“We are really sorry for all the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. We will make it doubly good in 2022,” organizers said. “Because yes, really, we will dance together again… and like never before.
“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.”
Ticketholders will have the option of holding their tickets for 2022, though a 2021 refund option will reportedly be available in early June 2021, when the festival is expected to reveal lineup plans for 2022.