Automatically translated from Basque, translation may contain errors. More information here. Elhuyarren itzultzaile automatikoaren logoa

The Self-Defense Network denounces the miserable working conditions of the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz

  • He pointed out as responsible the company Last Tour and the City Hall of Vitoria-Gasteiz, that "finances and legitimizes the precariousness of the workers". LASA collects testimonies from several workers who have worked at the last Rock.
Artikulu hau CC BY-SA 2.0 lizentziari esker ekarri dugu.

21 June 2024 - 07:00
Last updated: 2024-07-09 11:24:56
Zarata mediatikoz beteriko garai nahasiotan, merkatu logiketatik urrun eta irakurleengandik gertu dagoen kazetaritza beharrezkoa dela uste baduzu, ARGIA bultzatzera animatu nahi zaitugu. Geroz eta gehiago gara, jarrai dezagun txikitik eragiten.

On Thursday begins the Azkena Rock macrofestival in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Araba). Like every year, for three days, about 50,000 people will meet at this great event. This year’s edition has also been organized by the company Last Tour, subcontracted by the City Hall of Vitoria-Gasteiz. At the beginning of the festival, the Vitoria-Gasteiz Self-Defense Network has denounced the miserable working conditions that Azkena Rock wage workers must endure.

He explained that Last Tour is a company that hosts multiple international macro-festivals, such as Azkena Rock, BBK Live, Madrid Live, BIME, South Pyrenees, etc. It costs more than EUR 100 million a year "at the expense of the miserable working conditions of workers who have often been reported".

At these festivals there are about 10,000 salaried workers at the disposal of Last Tour. Among the conditions imposed on them, the SAT of Vitoria-Gasteiz has highlighted working hours up to seventeen hours, wages that do not reach EUR 5 per hour, delays in payments, unfortunate conditions for sleeping and eating, occupational risks and accidents, uncontracted practices, etc.

City Hall of Vitoria-Gasteiz, accomplice

Criminal companies like Last Tour are given direct support from public institutions, hiring them, among other things. This is the case of the City Hall of Vitoria-Gasteiz, which has paid 380,000 euros this time to Last Tour, in addition to giving "space and all kinds of facilities". Therefore, LASA has pointed out the responsibility of both the company and the city council, understanding that the latter "finances and legitimizes the precariousness of the workers".

"Initiatives like [Azkena Rock] argue that they are a wealth for the city, but we know well who the beneficiaries will be and which ones will be affected," he adds.

Wealth and misery

LAS members accuse Azkena Rock of being "Last Tour, its subcontractors and the city's hotel and restaurant owners." "The workers of the Festival, on the other hand, are obliged to accept the conditions imposed on us, if we want to be hired again," they report.

In addition, they warn that the hospitality workers will also be "harmed", as "they will have to bear a much greater workload and all kinds of abuses". "The result is clear: entrepreneurs get rich and the working class will be disciplined," they conclude.

They call operators to "deal with the abuses they may suffer during the festival" and organize with LAS.


The LAS of Vitoria-Gasteiz has gathered testimonies from several workers who have worked at the Azkena Rock Macrofestival to make known the working conditions of misery they have suffered. Here you can read some of these testimonies.

You are interested in the channel: Makrofestibalak
Call for a protest at the gates of BBK Live to denounce working conditions
The festival will be held from this Thursday in Kobetamendi, in the Basque capital. It has been reported on several occasions that workers work in deplorable conditions and the Self-Defense Network has called a protest for Thursday, at 19:00, in front of the EiTB headquarters... [+]

Bilbao BBK Live absorbs me the 'life'!

Summer comes and with it the popular festivals of towns, neighborhoods and cities. Festivities have always been the refuge of social and political demands, neighborhood relations and popular euphoria. They take our streets and for a few days they are an example of... [+]

Red winter, announcing catastrophe

On April 30, the Spanish businessman CEOE hung this picture on the networks: on the left is Antonio Garamendi, son of Getxo president of the CEOE, and on the right is the bilbaíno Alfonso Santiago, head of promoter Last Tour in the world of music festivals, member of the Basque... [+]

Nando Cruz
"Capitalism enters festivals."
Nando Cruz (Barcelona, 1968) is a cultural journalist specializing in music and music festivals and a prominent chronicler of alternative cultural activities. This year, Macrofestivals. The black hole in music. The black hole in music) has published a book that shows a... [+]

Device to be exhausted
The Woodstock phenomenon focused on macrofestivities that emerged in the spirit of what counterculture was, and fortunately antithesis still exists, but most have become the ultimate expression of capitalism: they promote mass consumption, they manage the market, speculate,... [+]

A punk rock festival under an investment fund financed by the department managed by Vox
The organizers of the Tsunami Xixón festival meet with the municipal government party department, in which Vox commands. The debate begins and two music groups refuse to participate in the festival.

Urine, sirimiri or waterboarding

They pray to us and say that he is a Sirimiri. Because Bilbao BBK Live cannot be understood as such. In the same pack travel Mediateka BBK, BBK Kuna, BBK Sala, BBkatea at the Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao Bizkaia Pride, BBK Klima, BBK Ja! The Bilbao Prize, the white card BBK, the... [+]

Eguneraketa berriak daude