This year’s first macro-festival, Primavera Sound, doubled dates and concerts and will coincide with performances in Barcelona by artists such as Dua Lipa, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rauw Alejandro, on tour in Spain, at the start of a summer with an avalanche of live music , after two years of drought due to the pandemic. “This year the canceled 2020 tours and the new ones are concentrated, and there is a certain saturation -acknowledged the president of Live Nation, Robert Grima-, but the public is responding very well because there is a great desire for live music and to go out”.
“Next year will be even more powerful – predicted Grima -, since some bands, especially the North American ones, postponed to 2023 because in January we still had a pandemic and they need to program with a lot of time”. “Anyway, it won’t be a problem if some North Americans don’t come,” added the president of The Project, Tito Ramoneda. There is a lot of offer this summer”.
The first big festival of this intense season is Primavera Sound, which in this edition multiplies the number of days, concerts and spectators. If before the pandemic it occupied four days at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona, now there are twelve that include two weekends, the first and second of June, with more than 500 concerts.
NO TIME TO CATCH YOUR BREATH
With no time to catch your breath, Sónar arrives the following weekend, with The Chemical Brothers, The Blaze, Moderat, C.Tangana, Arca, Morad and Nathy Peluso, among many other artists and groups. With so many consecutive days of festivals, it was impossible for any of them to coincide with the great tours that pass through Barcelona and, indeed, Patti Smith will be at the Pedralbes Gardens on June 16 and Marc Anthony at the Espanyol field on the 17th, both in the middle of Sónar .
Primavera Sound will also have first-rate competitors: Dua Lipa and Pussy Riot will coincide with its welcome day, on June 1; Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at the Olympic Stadium when the festival crosses its halfway point on June 7; and Rauw Alejandro and Juan Magán will be at the RCDE stadium in Cornellà when Primavera is at its peak, on day eleven.
They will also fill stadiums that same month in Barcelona Fito & Fitipaldis, Camilo and Alicia Keys, and other important stages will be occupied by Pat Metheny, Wilco, Andrés Calamaro, Tom Jones, Madness and Raphael, among many others. “It will not be noticed that many Americans have postponed until next year because there is a very extensive offer”-valued the president of The Project, who like the one of Live Nation believes that the fifth wave of December was decisive in these postponements, but he adds that the war in Ukraine also had an influence. “There are tours that were not officially announced to the public but that were unofficially known to be coming to Europe, such as those of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, which ultimately were not announced and others that have been cancelled, such as Joe Satriani”, comments the President of The Project.
The war in Ukraine, a reason for last-minute cancellations
The president of Live Nation, Robert Grima, assures, in relation to the cancellations, that “nobody says clearly why they cancel and in many cases, especially those that were no longer announced, the determining element was that in January there was still restrictions, but in other cases it has probably been the war in Ukraine, which has led them to suspend concerts in Moscow, Ukraine and nearby countries and it is no longer worth coming to Europe”, he adds.
Actually, these absences will not be noticed because, after a month of June with concerts every day of the week, an equally crowded July will arrive, in which the supply of the capitals will be complemented by those of the summer areas.
The first weekend of July coincides in Catalonia with the Barcelona Beach Festival, Jardines Pedralbes Festival, Vida Festival de Vilanova i la Geltrú, Canet Rock and Rock Fest, with the long-awaited performance of Kiss. Cruïlla, Rosalía at the Palau Sant Jordi, Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden and the festivals in the province of Girona, which last until August, such as Cap Roig, Castell de Peralada or Porta Ferrada, will follow.
“We have worked the agenda carefully, fine-tuning so that all the bands find their audience -explained Robert Grima-, but it is true that those in the middle of the table can suffer with so much offer”.
The president of Live Nation thus assures that the pandemic has left many wanting to enjoy live music, since the summer programming will cause an avalanche of music.
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Spain prepares for an “avalanche” of live music
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