Rugged return to music festivals and concerts after the pandemic

Madrid/València, Jul 15 (EFE).- The return of the festivals after the toughest stage of the pandemic predicted a return to paradise for the followers of these events but, although most are being celebrated successfully, there are also others, such as Puro Reggaeton in Madrid or Diversity in Valencia, which have been cancelled.

This Friday the Community of Madrid announced that it was denying the license to the Puro Reggaeton festival, whose celebration was scheduled for today and Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, because the plan presented by the organization of the event – where the music legend was going to perform Latina Daddy Yankee on his retirement tour from the stage – does not meet the necessary security requirements.

This is stated by the Community of Madrid in a statement, in which it underlined that when making the decision on the license “it has acted in accordance with current regulations on security following the usual procedure in holding this type of shows”.

But it has not been the only one that, in the absence of hours or a few days to get going, has had to communicate its cancellation, because last Monday the Diversity de València music festival, which was going to celebrate its first and ambitious edition with a eclectic line-up of big international names in the City of Arts and Sciences, had to back down after failing to guarantee that it would take place “under the necessary conditions”.

For this festival, which was to take place from Thursday, July 21 to Saturday, July 23, they were going to pass from Iggy Pop to Karol G through Maneskin, Black Eyed Peas, HER, Zaz, Armin Van Buuren, Christina Aguilera, Ezra Furman or Martin Garrix.

“We have come across the complex situation that the culture sector and more specifically the music sector is going through at a global level,” the organization acknowledged in a statement.

For its part, and with 24 hours to go before its celebration, the Barcelona Beach Festival was finally able to open its doors at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, on the Fòrum beach, after reaching an “in extremis” agreement between “all the parties involved,” as confirmed by promoter Live Nation.

Specifically, what brought this festival to an extreme situation were the disagreements between the City Council of Sant Adrià de Besòs (Barcelona), the promoter Live Nation and the Generalitat due to the security protocol and the delay in the activity file.

The musical summer also has postponements, such as the concert that the Canadian Bryan Adams was going to offer this July 14 in Vigo and that, due to “insurmountable” technical problems related to the assembly, has been postponed to July 19, date this in which he was going to perform in the Marina de València and which, due to unforeseen events and problems in technical production, has been cancelled.

Not due to technical problems, but health problems, another musician who has postponed his tour of Spain has been Alan Parsons who, among his concerts, had one planned in Madrid on July 3.

In addition, and although it was finally held last June on its dates, the “O Son do Camiño” festival hung by a thread when days before three workers suffered injuries of varying severity when part of its stage collapsed during the assembly.

Of course, Jason Derulo and Tiësto, Khea, La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol, Rigoberta Bandini, Nicki Nicole or the Madrid artist C. Tangana were finally able to perform. EFE


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Rugged return to music festivals and concerts after the pandemic