Innovation is perhaps the word that best defines the 9th edition of EDP Beach Party by Radio Nova Era.
This year was marked by the variety of styles of electronic music and all the changes in the technical aspects over the last years, which have given a breath of fresh air to the festival at Praia do Aterro. Starting with the line-up, which in the opinion of festival-goers was full of quality with a number of DJs who have a plethora of different styles: from the typical American trap, through the Jungle Terror, Progressive House, the customary Big Room and this time even with hardstyle – the line-up offered the best in the world to all kinds of tastes. Not so good was the Allaboard bus service offered by Radio Nova Era, which showed a considerable lack of organization on the part of officials and even the drivers themselves.
In this year’s edition, there was, firstly, infrastructure changes, like changing the party site without ever having left the Aterro beach. However, for the first year ever the soil became composed of grass instead of the typical sand, which, in the view of the majority, is a positive change. However, all actions have positive and negative consequences and although the output of the sand was a victory in terms of the reduction of fatigue, many of the “festival-goers” were not satisfied with the high levels of dust the lawn brought, leaving the idea that the planning relating to the location of the floor can improve with Wide Future suggestion the placement of a synthetic grass carpet.
A change seen with very good eyes by the public was the change and consequent improvement of the stage and the increased production level, as Nova Era’s representative Silvia Braga announced on RTP1’s evening news, which allowed the creation of truly impressive visual effects, matching the level of major European festivals during the two days of the festival. In a less pleasant note, the constant electricity and sound failures during the performances of headliners such as Nicky Romero, crowd pleaser Yellow Claw, and especially the Swedish duo Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, took some of the magic that sets could have had, even though they were still world class anyway.
In addition to technical and local changes, this year, as usual, agreements were reached with restaurants and the CP – Trains of Portugal, also, Radio Nova Era reached an agreement with Uber Portugal, crediting the festival-goers that would create an Uber account service with a balance of 10€, if they used the code offered by Radio Nova Era.
On a final note, we would like to highlight the spectacular level of the security teams present at the festival who were present whenever necessary and did not let anything serious happen, as well as the medical team that was clearly good. Overall, people in need were assisted with quality and speed.
Final thoughts: A hugely successful festival with great music and a spectacular atmosphere when compared to previous editions, giving continuation to the good image that Radio Nova Era has shown in recent years, leaving festival-goers wanting more for the next edition in 2017, the year where the festival celebrates a decade since its debut.