In a statement shared on social media, the Primavera team noted that emergency guidances would prevent them from adhering to the necessary production timeline. “We have tried everything, but we have now made this very painful decision due to the uncertainty surrounding the legal framework for large events,” they wrote, explaining that “we cannot work normally on the preparation of the festival nor ensure that, once the date arrives, it can be celebrated.”
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— NOS Primavera Sound (@nos_primavera) March 2, 2021
The statement said that 2021 tickets will remain valid for the 2022 edition, but ticket holders will also have the option to request a refund starting June 2nd.
2020 would have marked the 20th anniversary of Primavera Sound, which originally took place at Poble Espanyol before relocating to the Parc del Fòrum in 2005. Its 2021 cancellation follows those of Glastonbury, Movement Electronic Music Festival and Ultra Music Festival, all of which also previously pulled out of their 2020 events.
Primavera’s organizers attempted to give would-be attendees hope for the 2022 edition. “We owe you the best edition of Primavera Sound, and we are already working on it,” they wrote.