Live music has been one of the sectors of culture most affected by the pandemic in these two years. COVID-19 has hit hard on the work of many artists, technicians, and music professionals. The European cultural sector lost around 31% of its activity in 2020.
This cessation of work in live music has led to a significant economic decline in the sector. Popular music concerts in Spain in 2020 have suffered a 79% reduction in attendance and their revenue collection is down 73.3%, according to the Yearbook of the performing, musical and audiovisual arts of the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE).
Thanks to the advance of vaccines, during this summer and in the last months of this year, great tours of the most recognized artists in the music scene have been announced. Although, now the omicron variant threatens the first concerts of 2022, as culture is once again affected by the large increase in the incidence of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
C. Tangana has been one of the artists who has most revolutionized music this year with his album The Madrileño. And not only in the musical sense, winning three Latin Grammys, it has also generated more than one controversy … Now, his intention is to return to the stage in 2022 with a tour, which will pass through some cities in Latin America and London. In Spain, the sold out already appears in all cities (Malaga, Zaragoza, Barcelona, A Coruña and Madrid), except Bilbao, for which there are still tickets.
Old Morla he has reaped his success from below, and every time he aims for the highest filling big stages. With the release of his latest album in late 2021, Ground wire, They have already prepared their tour of several Spanish cities, where it stands out one of the most massive concerts for June 24 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. They will also go through Mexico and give a series of concerts in Europe, which had to be postponed previously.
Three years later, Small returns to the stage. Her last tour in 2019, ‘Oxigeno Tou r’, had to be canceled due to a fall of the artist during rehearsals, in which suffered a torn ligament. Now, he returns to present his new album live A thousand battles with several concerts announced. The singer has become the only female artist to fill the Wizink Center four times on the same tour.
Serrat takes to the stage to say goodbye to more than 50 years of musical career. ‘El Vicio de Cantar 1965-2022’ will pass through New York, Latin America and Spain, where will perform the most outstanding songs of his time in music. The public has welcomed this news very well, since, just 24 hours after the first tickets went on sale, 50,000 tickets were purchased. His last performance will take place in his city, Barcelona, on December 23, 2022, at the Palau Sant Jordi.
“I really want 2022 to start to get on stage and not even get down with hot water,” he declared Alejandro Sanz in the presentation of his album Sanz. Along with this new job announced a stadium tour, trying to retake some of the concerts that could not be performed due to the pandemic, such as those in Colombia. After performing in several countries in America, he will return to Spain in June to continue #LaGira.
Most of these tours aim to present the new work of the artists. Y Melendi joins this trend with his new album Likes y Cicatrices. His homonymous tour starts in March 2022 in Mexico And it will continue in May through several cities in Spain.
Vanesa Martin will return to the stage also in March with the reissue of his latest work Seven times yes. A disc that has just been republished, reissued, and that has the original version, plus five extra songs, as well as a DVD that contains the TVE Christmas special ‘Vuela Conmigo’. At the moment, he has confirmed his performances in Palma de Mallorca, Marbella, Seville and Madrid.
Commemorating his musical career is Estopa, who he takes up the postponed tour of his latest album, Fire. A tour with which they will also celebrate more than 20 years in music and that will begin in Orlando, Miami and New Jersey.
International artists who perform in our country
Madrid and Barcelona are par excellence the cities of our country in which the most international foreign artists will perform. Dua Lipa will visit these two cities with the tour of his new job Future Nostalgia, with which he will offer more than 60 concerts in various countries of the world. In the same line of Spanish cities, Alicia Keys come back with a world tour to present his seventh studio album Alicia.
Also on world tour is Red Hot Chili Peppers, in which they include two concerts in Spain, at the La Cartuja Stadium in Seville and at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona. At the European level, The Cure will perform in a total of 44 concerts in 22 countries, also passing through the capital and the city of Barcelona.
Macrofestivals in Spain
If something characterized the music sector before the pandemic, it was because of its wide range of festivals. An activity that stopped short because of Covid-19, and that forced most of them to be canceled and postponed, especially affecting the economy of some small towns that host them. Now, large mass events are just around the corner thanks to vaccination. Since last summer, the promoters have not stopped announcing large posters with several days of concerts and very international artists.
One of the festivals that has revolutionized the music scene has been the Primavera Sound in early June, with eight days of concerts and with all tickets sold out. It features artists such as Massive Attack, The National, Gorillaz and Jorja Smith. Another of the most important international music meetings in our country is the BBK Live in Bilbao. This time he proposes a wide variety of genres, passing from The Killers, Stromae, J. Balvin, Nathy Peluso to the Pet Shop Boys.
After 19 years without giving a concert in Spain, Christina Aguilera will perform at the most international music festival in the Balearic Islands, El Mallorca Live Festival, which includes Muse, Justice and Franz Ferdinand among its headliners. And, finally, another of the most massive festivals in our country is the Mad Cool. After two years of hiatus, the 2022 edition will bring international bands such as Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots y Kings of Leon.
At the moment, all these festivals maintain their posters and hope to be held by 2022. The public has put all its confidence that this is the case, but the evolution of the virus will decide if its realization is possible …
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.