"We regret to inform you that for logistical reasons, Chanquete World Music 2022 has had to be postponed to 2023" reads a communiqué released on Wednesday 3 August by the organisers of the event which was scheduled to be held on 13 August on Nerja’s El Playazo.
The one-day event was postponed in 2020 and again in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, after four successful years, from 2016 to 2019. Before the pandemic the festival had always taken place in mid-September, attracting up to 15,000 people.
However, for this year 13 August had been announced, which had provoked numerous complaints and criticism on social networks. One theory for the cancellation is that it clashes with a number of other big events, including the feria in Malaga city as well as nearby El Morche and Almuñécar.
The line-up included Fuel Fandango, El Canijo de Jerez, Beny RF and Morad, whose free Torre del Mar concert at the end of its fair at the end of July had to be suspended one hour into the event due to the sheer number of people who turned up to see the singer, as well as reports of violence, crushes, panic attacks and drug-taking.
In the communiqué, the organisers say that they will "soon" announce a new date as well as the artists. "All tickets purchased so far will, of course, be valid for the 2023 festival. The organisation also announced that from Thursday 4 August those who bought tickets will receive an email providing options to get a refund with a 14 day period in which to do so. From Friday 5 August anyone who does not receive an email can contact the organisers by email: email@example.com.