The Algarve hosted The BPM Festival on 14, 15, 16 and 17 September, after the festival’s 10 year story in Mexico ended with the tragic events at Blue Parrot earlier this year. Truthfully, however, Portugal had already been announced as the first country chosen for BPM’s expansion. Located in Portimão and Lagoa, The BPM Festival’s first foray in Europe was greeted by the temperate Mediterranean climate, providing the public with spectacular sunsets and pleasant evenings.
Naturally for a first-edition festival there were still some kinks to be ironed out, especially as far as traffic, congestion and general logistics were concerned, but overall the festival delivered and delivered with class.
Of note was the presence of globally requested acts the likes of Art Department, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Jackmaster, Loco Dice, Nastia, Nicole Moudaber, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot and Seth Troxler as well as pioneers of underground dance music such as Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia, Dubfire, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin and Victor Calderone.
The BPM Portugal’s first year featured almost 200 artists, 20 showcases and 4 days of house, techno and their respective offshoots in one of Europe’s best beach destinations.