In a statement, the organisation claims to be following "the Portuguese government directive of May 7, which prohibits large-scale events in the country until September 30" due to the covid-19 pandemic, revealing that "all tickets purchased for 2020 remain valid for the new dates ”.
The promoters also opens the possibility for customers to “if they wish, they can offer their tickets for sale through an official resale platform”.
According to the festival director, Obi Asika, quoted in the statement, the organisation has "been working hard on a solution and studying all possibilities", ensuring that the festival will have an "even more incredible line up for 2021".
In addition to the headliners announced for 2020 as “Wizkid, Beenie Man, French Montana, Tory Lanez, Diamond Platinumz and Chronixx”, in 2021 the festival will also feature “Burna Boy, Davido, Skepta, Yemi Alade and Mavado”.
In the same note, the Mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, says she is in solidarity “with the decision to postpone this great event”, guaranteeing to share with the organisation “the demand not only in the quality of events” provided to visitors of the municipality “ as well as their security ”.
Also mentioned, the president of Turismo do Algarve, João Fernandes, welcomes “the decision made by the festival's organisation”, reinforcing that “Portugal has just won international recognition for its ability to prevent and control the pandemic” considering this measure as yet another “ contribution made to strengthen the security of the destination and the confidence of tourists ”.
The promoters of the event end by stating that they will “wait for the legislation to be approved”, guaranteeing that they will comply “scrupulously with Portuguese law and all consumer rights”.
The Afro Nation Portugal Festival took place for the first time in 2019, at Praia da Rocha, in Portimão, welcoming more than 25,000 people mainly from the United Kingdom.