The Community of Madrid has denied permission to hold the Madrid Puro Reggaeton festival less than a day before its start, sources from the organization have confirmed to this newspaper. The event was scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium and has not received a license from the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso due to the flaws in its security plan, which they will try to correct in the next few hours so as not to leave the nearly 40,000 attendees stranded.
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The organization announced that it was moving to the Wanda last Wednesday, two days before the start of the festival, which had been scheduled for months at the Caja Mágica. A change associated with this transfer was that all people with general admission would go to the stands (almost 30,000), except those who had paid the ‘platinum’ and ‘gold’ ticket. However, there was no distribution in the stands and the Community of Madrid demanded a stricter plan for those thousands of people who would hang around the amphitheater for ten hours straight.
The Community of Madrid argues that there is a report against the Municipal Police because the minimum security standards are not met. Puro Reggaeton alleges, for its part, that they have not had time to gather the documentation required of them.
These same sources receive the news with “shock and surprise” because they assure that the stage was already set up on the Atlético de Madrid soccer field. “It is incredible that they do this to an undeniable historical and cultural event, such as the farewell of the legend of Latin music, Daddy Yankee,” the organization lamented late on Thursday, since it was one of the two only concerts that the reggaeton player will give in Europe before retiring.
The organization assures in a statement sent to the press that the festival was “ready” to open its doors at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, that it had the certificate of cultural interest from the Madrid City Council and that it had already paid the celebration fee to the community. However, late Thursday night, Madrid Puro Reggaeton had not yet informed the attendees of the cancellation or made a statement about it on their social networks. The only clue they received was when the festival website stopped working and the press release began to circulate.
“From this promoting company [Con la música a otra parte 2020 AIE] We cannot understand or accept that the announcement of preventing the celebration of this festival is due to technical issues”, they say, arguing that the Wanda Metropolitano hosts events with the same or greater number of attendees without “registering incidents or causing problems for the security of the people”. In fact, they accuse them of “a clear lack of will in the regional administration for this event to take place” and of having asked for “more and more documentation.”
“First thing tomorrow, July 14, we are going to present, at the request of the Community of Madrid, a new improved and expanded security plan, and it will depend on the Administration whether the festival is held or, on the contrary, is cancelled”, they warn. They also offer to receive the press on Friday morning to prove the state of the scenes and the preparation.
A bumpy festival
Although they point to the Community of Madrid, the festival has been lurching during the previous months. Neither the artists, nor the venue, nor the conditions or the price of the tickets were those that were announced in 2020, when it was first released.
The last minute changes and the losses of the poster have set the tone for an event in which Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, Morad, Bad Gyal and other banners of the urban genre were going to meet. For this reason, the Madrid Puro Reggaeton festival had already angered a large part of the attendees and registered the first consumer complaint by Facua.
The Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where everything was ready to open the doors this Friday, was a location announced two days in advance, last Wednesday. Until then it was going to be held in the Caja Mágica. “As you know from other events, in the previous venue we had certain limitations that were going to prevent you from enjoying yourself in the best possible way”, they announced without mentioning what those limitations were and before revealing that they were moving to the Atlético de Madrid.
The great change was not accompanied by a display of information. Nor did they have a plan that reflected the restaurant areas, bars, bathrooms or emergency exits. The only thing that Madrid Puro Reggaeton reported is that they did not allow food or drink to be introduced, not even a bottle of water, which cost them a complaint by the consumer organization Facua.
“It is an abusive clause that we have denounced before the Community of Madrid, the Consumer Office of Madrid and Andalusia, since the organizing company has its headquarters in Granada”, declared its president, Rubén Sánchez. “It would have to be stopped because, as long as it carries out this practice, it can be subject to a significant fine,” Facua’s spokesman warned.
Also a group of attendees created a campaign on Change.org, hours before the cancellation, to request compensation for successive changes in dates, location and ticket conditions. They threatened to ask for letters of claim and to file a joint lawsuit. They also denounced that the festival had made artists, such as Ptazeta, Jhay Cortez or el Jincho, disappear from the poster without announcing it and that with the changes there were consumers who had lost money.
For this reason, they also opened an Instagram profile –MadridReggaetonEnfurecido– to legally advise those who request the return of the tickets or want to put a claim sheet.