The well-known Rock in Rio Lisbon festival will no longer take place as planned in Lisbon, Portugal this year, and will instead be moved to 2022.
Rock in Rio Lisbon is one of the world’s biggest music and entertainment festivals, transforming Bela Vista Park in Lisbon into a ‘city of rock’ during the 4-day action-packed event which sees over 12 hours of performances each day on the various stages.
However, it was announced this Thursday that the event will not happen this year as planned, and will instead return to Parque da Belavista in 2022, on the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th of June. The organisation is already contacting the artists in order to try to have as many reconfirmations for next year’s line-up as possible, and all tickets already purchased remain valid for the new dates.
Rock in Rio Lisbon, as with many other major music festivals, requires months of preparation, meaning if it were to happen this year the assembly of the structures would have to start in the next few days. This is of course difficult given the severe restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Regarding events in the future, it was recently reported that the Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto could receive ‘pilot events’ in medium-sized rooms as a way of studying measures and preparing which, as well as how, musical events could go ahead in the summer. However, this remains to be seen and despite regular meetings that have been taking place between organisations and the Ministry of Culture, the prolonged pandemic situation and accompanying uncertainty are increasingly complicated.