The first macrofestival of this year, Spring Soundhe has doubled dates and concerts and will coincide with performances in Barcelona of artists like Dua Lipa, Red Hot Chilli Peppers Y Raww Alexanderon tour in Spain, at the start of a summer with an avalanche of live musicafter two years of drought due to the pandemic.
“This year the concentration 2020 tours canceled and the new onesand there is certain saturation -acknowledged the president of Live Nation, Robert Grima-, but the public is responding very well because there is a lot of desire for live music and going out”.
“Next year will be even more powerful -Grima predicted-, since some bandsespecially the American ones have postponed to 2023 because in January we still had a pandemic and they need to plan ahead of time.”
“In any case, it will not be a problem if some North Americans do not 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 the Spring Soundwhich in this edition multiply 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.
With so many consecutive days of festivals it was impossible for any coincide with the big tours passing through Barcelona and, indeed, patty smith will be in the Pedralbes Gardens on June 16 and Mark Anthony in the field of Espanyol on the 17th, both in the middle of Sónar.
Primavera Sound will also have top competitors: Dua Lipa Y Pussy Riot they will coincide with their welcome day, on June 1; Red Hot Chilli Peppers will perform at the Olympic Stadium when the festival is crossing its equator, on June 7; Y Raww Alexander Y Juan Magan They will be at the RCDE stadium in Cornellà when Primavera is at its peak, on the eleventh.
They will also fill stadiums that same month in Barcelona Fito & Fitipaldis, Camilo Y Alicia Keysand other major stages will be filled by Pat Metheny, Wilco, Andres CalamaroTom Jones, Madness and raphaelamong many others.
“It will not be noticed that many Americans have postponed until next year because there is a very extensive offer” -The president of The Project has valued, who like the one of Live Nation believes that the fifth wave of December has been decisive in these postponements, but adds that the ukrainian war.
“There are tours that were not officially announced but unofficially it was known that they were going to come to Europe, like those of Bruce Springsteen Y bob dylanthat finally were not announced and others that have been cancelled, like Joe Satriani”, he comments.
“Nobody says clearly why it cancels and in many cases, especially those that were no longer announced, the determining element was that in January there were still restrictionsbut in other cases it has probably been the ukrainian warwhich has led them to suspend concerts in Moscow, Ukraine and nearby countries and it no longer pays for them to come 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 coincide in Catalonia with Barcelona beach-festival, Pedralbes Gardens Festival, Life Festival of Vilanova i la Geltrú, Canet Rock Y RockFestwith the long-awaited performance of Kiss.
Then Cruïlla will arrive, Rosalia 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.
“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”.