The problems arising from the COVID-19 crisis have prevented Spanish festival Bilbao BBK Live from being held this year, forcing the festival to postpone until the summer of 2021. Today, the organisers confirm the dates for next year as the 8th, 9th, and 10th of July of 2021. Many of the artists confirmed for this years event feature on today’s line-up announcement, including PET SHOP BOYS, THE KILLERS, FKA TWIGS, BAD BUNNY, CARIBOU, SUPERGRASS, FONTAINS D.C. and many more.
The festival organisers commented:
In Basque we don’t have a cognate for the Spanish word enamorado (“enamored”, “in love”), our word for it is maiteminduta, a compound of two words that aptly speak for us today. So although when we say “Kobetamendi maiteminduta” our idea is “in love with Kobetamendi”, what we’re literally saying is “love-hurt” or “wounded by love for Kobetamendi.” And that’s precisely how we feel today: in love with Kobetamendi for everything it makes us feel, and absolutely gutted to confirm that this summer we won’t have a Bilbao BBK Live 2020. This year it’s just not to be; while we stay home, the mountain rests and renews itself to receive us with all the more energy next year.
We know that this sadness is shared by the thousands of people who eagerly look forward to their annual appointment with the magic mountain, awaiting us impatiently year after year and inviting us to escape and give ourselves over to total enjoyment of live music. We feel very connected to all of them and we thank them for their support in these times, as we also do you, professionals of the media and communications. Take good care, we can’t wait to see you again in 2021.
Having run out of options, we began to weigh the possibility of transferring this year’s entire bill to 2021. It’s a bill we had invested a lot of time in, one we were especially proud of and it seemed you all were too. Practically all the artists have shown absolute empathy and willingness to work with us in the situation: those we’ve already managed to reschedule are being announced today, and we’re still working together with the rest to try and make it happen as soon as possible. We’ll keep you in the loop.
Among the first names announced for 2021 are THE KILLERS, PET SHOP BOYS, BAD BUNNY, BICEP live, BOMBA ESTÉREO, CARIBOU, FKA twigs, FONTAINES D.C., MEUTE, SUPERGRASS, EL COLUMPIO ASESINO y LEÓN BENAVENTE, and many more, with tickets going on sale this July 9th.
Tickets already acquired for this year’s edition are valid for the 2021 edition, but anyone unable to attend may return theirs via the festival website from the 1st to 14th of June, 2020.