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Flood report forces festival to move

Festival News
May 1, 2019

The revival of the Doctor Music Festival after a break 19 years has faced a setback, with the risk of flooding forcing a site change.

The 50,000-capacity event was due to be held in the Escalarre Vall d’Àneu valley in the Pyrenees on 11-14 July. But a Catalan Water Agency (ACA) report in late March warned the site was at risk of flooding and imposed restrictions which left no option other than relocation.

It will now take place at the Formula 1 racetrack Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in Montmeló, and has been cut from four to three days (12-14 July).

Opening headliners Smashing Pumpkins agreed to move their show from the Thursday to Sunday, while Parquet Courts’ performance has moved to the Friday. The line-up remains much the same, apart from the loss of The Prodigy, which cancelled all performances after the death of singer Keith Flint. 

“There has been a very over-exaggerated and destructive interpretation of the regulations surroundings theoretical flood risks in the valley, which has never before flooded in summer (at least as far as current data shows),” says the festival’s founder Neo Sala of promoter Doctor Music.

“The stringency levels which have been applied in this case far surpass the norm and we have therefore been forced to abandon the original location, in order to ensure that all artistic commitments made are complied with.”

Other acts on the bill include Texas, Johnny Marr, Luciano, Empire Of The Sun and Kamasi Washington. Tickets are €62 ($70) for one day or €170 ($191) for three. 

People with four-day tickets are being refunded the difference, while anyone not wanting to go to the new location is being offered a full refund.

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