Barcelona Beach Festival 2023 canceled after not being granted license 

Organizers claim Sant Adrià de Besós council does not grant permission to hold music festival

Image of the 2019 Barcelona Beach Festival, on July 13, 2019 (by BBF)
Image of the 2019 Barcelona Beach Festival, on July 13, 2019 (by BBF) / ACN
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January 18, 2023 05:19 PM

January 18, 2023 05:32 PM

Barcelona Beach Festival (BBF) organizers announced on Wednesday that the 2023 music festival is canceled after not being granted a license by the Sant Adrià de Besós council.

"With great sadness," a written statement starts, promoters of one of the biggest electronic shows in Barcelona announced that no other location was found for the gigs to take place.

The festival has been taking place for seven years, and despite organizers' claim they "have not made any trouble, and have respected all security measures," last year's edition was also on the hinge of not taking place.

In 2022, authorities rejected the permit for the show to take place only one day before it started based on a lack of punctuality in filing paperwork. Something organizers ruled out, and the festival doors opened to fans after a last-minute deal.

During the past editions, famous DJs such as Avicii, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Alesso, Axwell & Ingrosso, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas, and Like Mike, Oliver Heldens, and many others have performed in Barcelona.

BBF promoters, Live Nation, expect to return in 2024 "wherever it is, so the music never stops to accompany us and celebrate life."

"Long life to dancing and being happy," the statement ends with.