Doctor Music Festival, Idle Since 2000, Announces 'Heavenly' Return

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Doctor Music Festival, a greenfield music festival set in an idyllic mountain valley in Northern Spain, previously headlined by David Bowie, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, is to return after an almost 20 year absence.

Also known as the Festival of the Cow or the Woodstock of the Pyrenees, the festival ran from 1996 to 1998 at Escalarre, in the Vall d'Àneu, in the Catalan Pyrenees. After a one year absence the event returned in 2000, when it was staged in Asturias, in the North West of Spain, before being shelved indefinitely.

Now it is to be reborn, although music fans will still have a lengthy wait if they wish to attend with the return edition set to take place July 12-14 2019 at its original location of Escalarre.

"The Doctor Music Festival is an ecological Shangri-la. An unspoilt valley providing limitless space to roam and surrounded by mountains, where we will welcome tens of thousands of lovers of peace, music and nature," said festival founder and CEO of Spanish promoter Doctor Music Concerts Neo Sala, announcing its return at London's Groucho Club Feb. 20, attended by a number of agents and executives from across the live industry.

"The combination of the stars right above our heads, the greatest music legends and the most outstanding young talent, will create a heavenly experience," Sala went on to say, promising an event that will make a lasting contribution to the sustainable development of the region.

To that end, there will be a zero waste policy with all food consumed at the festival to be sourced from organic agricultural and livestock farming free from any kind of toxins, say organizers. World famous chef Albert Adrià has also agreed to temporarily relocate his famed Barcelona restaurant Tickets and its entire staff to the site for event's duration.

The Doctor Music Festival site will occupy more than 140 hectares, containing five stages, VIP camping and general camping zones, with a capacity of between 40,000 and 50,000.

The first 6,000 tickets for the so-called 'Reincarnation Edition of the Festival' will be available from May, priced at €175 ($185), with a €50 ($52) discount for attendees of previous editions.


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