Still taking people’s money when they don’t have the permits to host the festival.
Every day that the Music Music Festival has more complicated to settle in the fields of Escalarre, since the second report that the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) has to send to the Hydrographic Confederation of the Ebro has not yet been completed, as declared to This newspaper sources the second entity. The ACA issued a first negative report for the celebration of the festival because it took place in flood zones and "given the vulnerability of people's safety in the face of possible avenues derived from its location." To that report the promoter of concerts Doctor Music, organizer of the festival, presented allegations, which are the ones that would be currently being evaluated in the ACA in order to send a final report.
Sources of the Department of Territory and Sustainability, which is the one who has assumed the issue given its impact, declined to do and referred to an official statement that will be issued "when a decision has been made." The issue is that time passes, and with four months to go before the festival on July 11, 12, 13 and 14, it still does not have the necessary permits, which the ACA itself collected in its first report, is to say, the risks of flooding of the zone, sheltering in some laws and hydrographic norms that did not exist when the festival made its first editions in the fields of the Guingueta, Esterri d'Àneu and Escalarre, 24 years ago.
The pessimism about the celebration of the festival is palpable in the area, as indicated by the mayor of Esterri D'Aneu, one of the towns that contributes more land to the festival, Josep Antoni Cervós: "At this moment the information is uncertain and we will know Something in the coming days At the moment, I can bring forward the outrage in the territory in the absence of collaboration from the administration, which has not helped in the processing of permits. "
The main burden of the festival is the aforementioned danger of flooding areas, catastrophic if they occur in an area that expects the presence of thousands of attendees. In this sense, Cervós said: "I know that in their allegations the festival raised the relocation of services, since the area of celebration is huge, but I do not know if these variations will be considered sufficient by the ACA." Asked if these allegations the transfer of the festival to another nearby non-flooding area was contemplated, the mayor said no, and Joan Vázquez, president of the IPCENA environmental association, said: "The Hydrographic Confederation will resolve based on the report's meaning. ACA, and given the characteristics of the area, its margin of maneuver to accept the allegations of the promoters of the festival are minimal ". Vázquez accused the promoter of the festival of "arrogance", since "he began selling tickets before having the necessary permits, perhaps trusting that the economic impact in the area would open doors." In the hypothetical case that the ACA varied its opinion to the allegations of Doctor Music and later the Hydrographic Conference of the Ebro endorsed this variation allowing the celebration of the festival, Vázquez reserved the right to undertake all kinds of protest actions to prevent its conclusion .
Thus, and in the case more than likely that the reports are negative, the festival is opened two options, cancellation or transfer to another area. This last one seems the most feasible, since Doctor Music has been confirming the performance of new artists, and it would be suicidal to do so without having a new location, probably close to Barcelona. Among the venues that could be considered is the Montmeló circuit.