The BPM Festival Launches Successful Inaugural Portugal Edition

Guest post by Desires LA

The Algarve hosted The BPM Festival on 14, 15, 16 and 17 September, the first time the festival touched down on European land following its 10-year history in Mexico. 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.

Of note was the presence of globally requested acts the likes of  Art DepartmentHot Since 82Jamie JonesJackmasterLoco DiceNastia, Paco OsunaPan-Pot and Seth Troxler as well as pioneers of underground dance music such as Carl CraigDanny TenagliaDubfire, Paul KalkbrennerRichie Hawtin and Victor Calderone.

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Photo Gallery: The BPM Festival Portugal

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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 DepartmentHot Since 82Jamie JonesJackmasterLoco DiceNastiaNicole Moudaber, Paco OsunaPan-Pot and Seth Troxler as well as pioneers of underground dance music such as Carl CraigDanny TenagliaDubfire, Paul KalkbrennerRichie 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.

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The BPM Festival Portugal: 10 Acts You Shouldn’t Miss

Author: Desiree Ann

This coming September 14-17, powerhouse electronic music brand The BPM Festival hits Europe for the first time. Hosted in Portimão and Lagoa, Portugal, The BPM Festival: Portugal more than doubled its lineup with the addition of over 80 of the world’s top underground talent. New additions include Anja Schneider, Art Department, Cassy, Danny Tenaglia, Eats Everything, Guti, Josh Wink, Paco Osuna, Paul Kalkbrenner and more to an already impressive lineup comprised of artists such as Apollonia, Chus & Ceballos, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Lee Burridge, Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber, Richie Hawtin, and Seth Troxler. Also announced are The BPM Festival: Portugal’s showcase lineup as it brings the most in-demand party brands and label showcases to the southwestern edge of the European continent at newly revealed indoor and open air venues.

Whether you are dance music lover or in the industry, there is something in store for everyone with the variety of beach side, open air venues, and nightclubs featured in the programme.

Tickets are available at travel, accommodation, and ticket packages are available via The BPM Festival’s official travel partner Choice Holidays, a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and an Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) protected and insured company.

Below are our top 10 artist picks for you to catch at The BPM Festival: Portugal:

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The BPM Festival Cancels Brazil Edition


The BPM Festival has posted a new statement following the deaths at Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen on the last night of the festival earlier in January of this year.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of six wonderful lives that were cruelly cut short,” begins the statement, naming all six victims killed during the shooting at the club that was hosting The BPM’s closing Elrow party. “The dance floor is where people come together to share joy, be with friends, create memories, and celebrate life. While our festival and dance community have experienced a tragedy, we’d also like to remember the magical moments, new friendships, and beautiful landscape of Mexico that we’ve all shared over the last 10 years.”

As part of the statement, The BPM Festival has announced that it will be canceling its plans for the inaugural Brazil edition of the event, plans that were announced during last month’s BPM Festival in Mexico and originally scheduled for April of 2017. The Portugal expansion plans, announced at the same time as those for Brazil but taking place in September of 2017, will continue.

The BPM Festival is not likely to return to Playa, as local Mexican officials there have banned the festival from taking place after 10 years of operation.

The victims of the tragedy were Rafael Penaloza Vega, Giovanni Arturo Amparan Saragossa (both of Mexico), Daniel Pessina (Italy), Alejandra Villanueva (USA) and two security staff, Kirk Wilson from Canada and Geovanni Francisco Ruiz Murillo (Mexico). Kirk Wilson was a well-known member of the Canadian nightlife scene as a respected doorman that had worked in the industry for years. A GoFundMe has been organized to support his family.

Read the full statement below:

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Local Cartel Claims Responsibility for BPM Shooting as Violence Escalates in the Area

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Five people were confirmed dead on Monday morning after the Blue Parrot shooting and it seems the situation only continues to grow worse in the Cancun region.

According to Mexican news outlets, earlier today Cancun, Quintana Roo declared Emergency Code Red after an attack by armed men on the Attorney General and the Control, Command, Computing, and Communications Center (C4) at Av. Xcaret, in downtown Cancun, Quintana Roo took place.

See video of the shooting standoff at the federal center.

Additionally, the hotel zone of Cancun and the exit to Playa del Carmen are closed to traffic.

Early Tuesday, the Zetas cartel claimed responsibility for the Blue Parrot killings with these statements:

In Playa Del Carmen:

“This is to show that we are here. It was for not paying, Phillip BPM. This is the beginning. We will cut the heads off Golfos, Peloness and Chapulines.” Signed The Old Fayo Z(etas).

In Cancun:

“Heads will roll if you don’t pay up. This is just the beginning. We’re coming for you Golfos y Pelones. Authorities, don’t get involved! BPM, be on your toes bitches, we’re coming in strong to recover the plaza.” signed Fayo y El Indio Zeta Vieja Escuela”


Local Officials Cancel The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen Following Shooting That Left Five Dead

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Cristina Torres Gómez, the Municipal President of the Business Coordinating Council of the Riviera Maya and Mayor of Solidaridad, has made the public announcement that The BPM Festival and all events of this nature are categorically canceled in the area. The news came following the murder of 5 people with 15 injured in the early hours of this morning at Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen.

The news of the deaths of five people, four foreigners and a Mexican, at the hands of a single person who has since managed to flee, has already gone around the world, adding spotlight to the incident and, ultimately, the festival’s future.


Cristina Torres Gómez said, “At this moment, our general stance is not to allow BPM to perform here. It is a decision that we have to make together; we have to analyze the type of destination that we want to have, what kind of events we want to…promote and, above all, what that event entails, what the regulatory framework will be for these kinds of events.”

Maria Helena Mata Pineda, President of the Business Coordinating Council in the Riviera Maya told El Universal, “We’re asking for these kinds of events to go away. Don’t let in anymore. We don’t want BPM here anymore, or any other similar event. We don’t want it and we thank the authorities who are listening.”

The decision to remove BPM, according to Mata Pineda, is not related to any kind of drug violence. With BPM gone, local businesses will ultimately prosper.

“We want to generate jobs in a healthy environment, that healthy tourists come and leave here their currency in an atmosphere of warmth and health in which families and we can live in peace.”

According to the State Attorney General, Miguel Angel Pech Cen, initial investigations into the shooting reveal that the shooting was carried out by a person who was denied entry to the Blue Parrot nightclub for carrying a firearm.

A partial list of the injured, according to El Universal, is as follows:

1.- Héctor Estrada Rivera, 25, of the State of Mexico. It has bullet impacts on the left shoulder. Is recovering
2.- Ateel Jacobo Chavez Luna, 26, of the State of Mexico. Has Shock Impacts on right arm. It is in recovery.
3.- Wendy Isabel Ramos Pasos, 26, of Chihuahua. It has multiple bullet impacts. She was admitted to the operating room.
4.- Geovanny Amparan Zaragoza, 30, of the State of Mexico. Bullet impacts on the eye.
5.- Isaías Montejo Sánchez. It has projectile scrap by gun in the back.
6.- Heather Parham, a 29 year old woman from the United States. It has bullet impacts on the left buttock. She was taken to ER.

1.- Michael Angel Palenque, 32 years old. Originally from New York, United States. He has a wound in his left arm.
2.- Bria Didzo, 47, from the United States, has a wound on the right side of the waist.
3. Robert Griffin, 33, from Canada, has a wound in his left arm.
4.- Mario José Juan, 47 years old, originally from Canada. He has a wound on his right arm.
5.- Andrés Rivera, 30, from Colombia. He has two wounds on both arms.
6.- Ignacio Busto Valencia, 26, of Texas. He has two wounds on both wrists.”

Our thoughts and love go to those affected by the shooting and their loved ones.

Source: LOPEZDORIGA and Jornada

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting at The BPM Festival Closing Party, 5 Reported Deaths

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We are receiving news from the ground at The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen that a mass shooting took place during the Elrow party tonight, part of the closing parties on the last night of the 10-day festival.

Initial reports talked of 8 dead, but the confirmed toll reported by news agencies around the world such as CNN and The Telegraph point to 5 dead. The shooting took placed at Blue Parrot with a second shooting at The Jungle also reported by some and denied by others. As these reports came in fresh The BPM Festival officially closed all parties for the night and advised everyone to stay inside.


We received a text from our team on the ground at 12:52am PST on the morning of Monday stating:

“Mass shooting at Blue Parrot during the El Row party. 4-6 confirmed

All BPM party got shut down

Now it’s confirmed at 8″

As the news broke out, The BPM Festival and Jackmaster tweeted about the incidents, as you can see below. Early rumors suggest that this was a cartel-related incident although nothing official has been confirmed yet.

UPDATE: Since, The BPM Festival has released the following statement:


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Music Monday: Listen to 6AM’s BPM Festival 2017 Live Set Playlist

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Monday blues? Some of you may be back in the office after days spent dancing on the beaches and jungle of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, while others still suffering from severe cases of FOMO that were only partially dissipated (or augmented) by the extensive coverage of The BPM Festival by

Regardless of how your day is going, we decided that for this week’s edition of Music Monday we ought to provide the largest selection of BPM Festival live set recordings we can find in the form of a continuous playlist for your enjoyment. While we will be adding more sets as they get posted during the week, the current selection includes over 30 sets from Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, Art Department, The Martinez Brothers, Adriatique, Steve Lawler, Solomun and many more.

Enjoy the stream directly below. Don’t forget to show it love by liking it and sharing it on SoundCloud!


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The BPM Festival Set to Cross the Pond in September 2017 for Debut Portuguese Edition

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With The BPM Festival’s first weekend of 2017 complete, news is coming from Playa del Carmen that the festival is now ready to cross the pond for its first edition outside of the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya.

In September of 2017 The BPM Festival will host its first Portuguese Edition, another beach festival affair that we expect will be similar in sound and feel to the original in Mexico. No further information has been released, but we expect details on exact location and dates to be forthcoming.

Meantime do not forget that you can enjoy the 10th Anniversary of The BPM Festival via live streaming all week thanks to Be-At.TV:

See the full schedule below:


The BPM Festival Announces Full 2017 Lineup: 460 Artists & 80 Showcases

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he BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen has now released its full lineup for 2017, featuring a total of over 460 artists and 80 separate showcases.

The 10th edition of the annual gathering will take place between January 6th and 15th 2017, a week filled with some of the most revered names in house, tech house and techno from around the world. On top of its already vast selection of label and party brand showcases, this year The BPM Festival is launching a new signature event for 2017 called The BPM Festival presents Solamente, a party which highlights the skill of marathon sets by billing The Martinez Brothers for an open-to-close performance.

The BPM Festival has also launched a selection of “Vamos A La Playa” pre-parties, with stops in Canada, the United States and Brazil and performances by Mexico’s Hector and Detroit techno pioneer Stacey Pullen.

Select individual event tickets are now on sale with full showcase lineup announcements and other breaking news occurring daily. Be the first to know exclusive showcases and party details by following The BPM Festival’s official Snapchat account for exclusive sneak peeks at lineups, artist takeovers, and behind-the-scenes looks (add @TheBPMFestival here).

The BPM Festival passes (3-day, 7-day, and 10-day) and single event tickets are on sale now while supplies last via

The BPM Festival 2017 –  Vamos A La Playa Global Tour Dates

December 26  Toronto, Canada @ NEST with Stacey Pullen
December 30  El Paso, Texas @ 301 with Hector
December 31  Las Vegas, NV @ MNTRA Presents with Hector
January 1  Toronto, Canada @ NEST with Hector
January 5  Itajai, Brazil @ Warung with Hector
January 7  Jaguaruna, Brazil @ Warung Presents at Place Beach Club with Hector

For official set times, festival map, late-breaking news and pop-up parties — download the official The BPM Festival Mobile App, now available for iPhone and Android. Get the app now to receive special guest DJ announcements during the festival, plus a handy event scheduler, BPM Radio featuring exclusive DJ mixes from BPM artists, weather forecasts, and a convenient Get Tickets feature to purchase tickets to the festival.

See the full list of artists and showcases below, as well as the trailer for The BPM Festival’s Official Documentary: Dancing In Paradise.

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