Vida Festival will compensate the public affected by the problems in the screening process

A technical incident caused queues of three hours to access the concert site

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Access to the Vida Festival screening area.

Vilanova i la GeltrúFirst an hour, then two, then three and some even had to turn around and go home. While inside the enclosure the concerts of the first day of the Vida Festival were developed with normality pre-pandemic, the ship where the antigen tests were made collapsed. Several problems converged. On the one hand, an incident in the Vida Test application that recorded viewers' data. On the other hand, there was a drop in connectivity. Thus, the forecast of doing 1,500 antigen tests every hour went down the drain. "We feel very responsible for everything that happened yesterday and we want to thank the public for their patience", said the director of the Vida Festival, Dani Poveda, to TV3. Poveda has also assured that they will compensate the public affected by the problem in the screening.

The problem began shortly after five in the afternoon. The incident halted the process for almost an hour, which affected the pace of access afterwards. As more people arrived, more waiting time accumulated. By 10 p.m. a good part of the public was already inside the enclosure, but there were still hundreds of people queuing outside the industrial building. Then the day of the health staff who had been working since the morning was over, and only a few volunteers were left to continue with the screening. Some spectators left due to the lack of certainty about whether they could get in before 10.50 pm, the scheduled start time for the concert of Vetusta Morla (who finally started playing at half past eleven). Others waited and managed to get into the venue after midnight, when 12 of the 17 scheduled concerts had already taken place.

According to Poveda, the festival organization has worked "so that everything works", and wanted to communicate "a message of tranquility" for the public to go to Life this Friday and Saturday. As for the results of antigen tests, 10 positive tests were detected among the 8,200 attendees and 2 among the 1,200 people involved in the activity (festival workers, musicians and journalists).