Whether or not music festivals this summer remains unknown remains due to Covid-19. NOS Primavera Sound, whose next edition is scheduled for June 11-13, is the first major festival of the season. This Monday, without accounting for any postponement, the organization issued a statement suggesting that the festival may not happen exactly on the scheduled date, due to the evolution of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Portugal.
Referring to the “safety and well-being” of everyone as a priority, the organization of NOS Primavera Sound is attentive to “the evolution of events” and “in contact with local institutions and health authorities, with whom we are always connected. we coordinate before making any decision ”.
At this moment, we continue to work, from home, on planning and organizing this year's NOS Primavera Sound and Primavera Sound editions in Barcelona ”, states the statement.
Indicating that “all the possibilities for the festivals to be celebrated this year” are being studied, the organization of the music festival says that “right now, everyone's priority is to overcome this medical emergency that we are experiencing”. The announcement ends as follows: “As always, we will communicate any news through our usual channels. See you soon ”.
Last Friday, the Observer had reported that the organization of NOS Primavera Sound was considering a postponement of the festival. In response, José Barreiro, of the promoting company, stressed that he could not confirm or deny the information that the parent festival, Primavera Sound Barcelona, was about to announce a postponement. Any decision made by the Catalan counterpart, scheduled for the first weekend in June, will have direct effects on the Porto festival, since the invited bands sign block contracts for performances on successive dates in the same geographical area. “All scenarios are possible”, guaranteed José Barreiro.
For this year's edition of NOS Primavera Sound, which takes place annually in Parque da Cidade do Porto, the organization confirmed in January concerts by Lana Del Rey, Beck, Pavement, Tyler, The Creator, Bad Bunny, FKA Twigs, Eartl Sweatshirt, King Krule, Cigarettes After Sex, Weyes Blood, Dinosaur Jr., Little Simz, Khruangbin and Jamila Woods, among others.
There are other large-scale musical and performance events scheduled for a date prior to NOS Primavera Sound that have not yet been postponed or canceled due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, such as the performances of Bon Iver (April 15), Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (April 19th) and Harry Styles (May 20th) at Altice Arena and the standup sessions by John Cleese, from the Monthy Python group, at Coliseu dos Recreios (May 3rd to 7th).
Among the many events canceled due to Covid-19 are music festivals such as MIL, ID No Limits and Tremor and concerts such as those by singer Mayra Andrade at the Coliseums in Lisbon and Porto.
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