The festival, which was previously scheduled to hold in Portugal on 17, 18 and 19 of July 2020 will now hold on July 1, 2 and 3, 2021.
The artist lineup for the festival includes such big names like Wizkid, Sauti Sol, Skepta, 2Baba, Kizz Daniel, Olamide, Wande Coal, Niniola, Patoranking, Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Beenie Man and more.
In addition to the postponement, organisers have announced that they will now issue refunds and tickets purchased for the 2020 festival will remain valid in 2021. This, they said, is in line with Portugal’s emergency laws which were put in place to protect the many thousands of people who rely on live events.
The statement shared on the AfroNation Instagram page reads:
“First and foremost, we hope you, your family and friends are keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times caused by COVID-19. Afro Nation has been closely monitoring this situation and working in tandem with partners, local authorities and the Portuguese Government. The safety of our fans, artists, staff and the local community remains paramount.
“In light of the recent Portuguese Government directive regarding large gatherings, Afro Nation Portugal will be postponed to July 1st – 3rd 2021 and all tickets will remain valid.
“On a more positive note, we have been working hard behind the scenes for every eventuality. We have expanded our line-up, and can now confirm the biggest Afrobeats line-up of all time for Afro Nation Portugal 2021. As an independent festival, we are committed to putting on the biggest and best Afrobeats events to take place anywhere in the world for you.”
Read the full statement below: