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Another Large Portuguese Festival, Rock in Rio, Postponed to 2022

Rock in Rio Lisboa is the second large Portuguese festival to move its 2021 dates to next year.

The festival was originally set to take place in June 2020. The COVID pandemic pushed that to June this year, but on Thursday the festival was again rescheduled, for June of 2022.

“At this time, we should have been working at full-steam to prepare another Rock in Rio Lisboa, which would attract around 20,000 tourists to the country, generating a positive impact of more than 70 million euros for the economy and we would be infusing over 5.8 million people with energy, hope and joy through music and entertainment,” the festival’s organizers say on their website. “We have also dreamed of a 2021 with more freedom and we continue to believe that this summer we will be able to walk the streets hand in hand. But for that, we cannot relax yet.”

The announcement comes just days after Porto’s NOS Primavera Sound, which was also set to take place in June, announced its “painful” decision to move the festival to 2020.

Portugal’s music and festival organizers were scheduled to meet with the government yesterday to discuss the possibility of going forward with this year’s festival. There were also plans to run “pilot” events in April to determine whether the larger summer festivals could take place. Earlier this month, a spokeswoman for Super Bock Super Rock told Atlas that the organizers are “absolutely aware that it all depends on how the pandemic will evolve, but also confident that things are moving in the right way and we are prepared to go ahead as soon as the time is right.” 

A spokesperson for NOS Alive did not respond to our requests for comment at the time.

Both festivals’ websites still show 2021 dates as of this morning.

Related: The Show Must Go On? Portugal May ‘Pilot’ Live Music Events in April

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