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Primavera abandons plans for London spin-off in 2020

By | Published on Wednesday 11 September 2019

The Drumsheds

Spanish festival Primavera Sound has abandoned plans to hold an edition in London next year, according to IQ.

The festival was seemingly planning to stage a total of five editions in 2020 to mark its 20th anniversary year. In addition to the main Barcelona-based event, spin-off editions have already been announced for Oporto, Benidorm and Los Angeles.

The planned UK edition would seemingly have taken place at Broadwick Live’s newish Drumsheds venue. It seems that that edition would either have merged with or replaced the Broadwick Live-owned Field Day festival, the 2020 dates for which are yet to be announced.

IQ reports that that plan was put forward by Field Day founder Tom Baker, who subsequently announced earlier this week that he is no longer working on the festival he co-created.

Plans for the UK Primavera event were originally reported back in July by Pollstar, which added that the Spanish festival’s organisers had been hoping to launch a UK spin-off for some time. A London edition of Primavera is still reportedly being considered for 2021.

The Primavera website is currently showing that a fifth site for its 20th anniversary celebrations is still to be announced. Whether another location has been found, or if this will ultimately be cut down to four, remains to be seen.