On the 8th, 9th and 10th of July the Relógio Beach in Figueira da Foz became a temporary stay for thousands of people. Lured by big names like Hardwell, Dj Snake and Borgore, as well as the different concept, it became, once again, the largest sunset ever.

(Day 1 – 8th of July) 

The French DJ Snake was undoubtedly one of the Friday’s highligts. With a rather bold stance, he featured one of the most hilarious moments of the festival. It was during the sit down in one of its greatest successes – Get Low – the international DJ made the audience scream “fuck you VIP”, refering to the area that did not collaborate with the much desired moment. Hits such as ‘Middle’ and ‘Turn Down For What’ were the most celebrated during the performance with the duration of 1h and 15min.

With the same stage time Malaa left Portugal rendered in his debut. With the sunset as background, the mysterious DJ accelerated the pace at the beach after a not so well conceived set by R3HAB. With a bigger crowd at the festival grounds, tracks like ‘Pregnant’ and ‘Diamonds’ demanded another drink on hand and the environment became quite relaxed.

Considered one of the best performances of the day (and festival), Don Diablo even more timid in the face of thousands of people, won us with one of the best playlists of the weekend.

The start of the first day was given by Ewave, Guest RFM, and Tom Enzy that, to a still calm and relatively empty festival ground, created a very relaxed atmosphere then occupied by Sam Feldt. The Dutch gave the audience deep and tropical house, staying very true to himself, what many sought after at the festival.

(Day 2 – 9th of July)

The 2nd day was the hottest of the entire event. Confirmations (mainly) of Hardwell and Borgore sold out the day which had more than 80 thousand people. Contrary to expectations, Lucas & Steve absolutely delievered, The Dutch were responsible for opening the most desired DJ of the day, Hardwell. Praised with a perfect grade, they will be missed in Portugal. The Future House from the ‘Rockies’ got the sand moving at the Relógio Beach to the sound of ‘Make It Right’ and ‘Can not Get Enough’.

On the other hand, and against expectations, the performance of the current world’s number two seriously dissapointed. The Dutchman who was forced to play at the 17:00 (5:00pm) slot – due to having 3 more performances that day – had a set well below expectations. Overall, a very ambiguous set with plenty of ups and downs.

Known by few, the Brazilian Wao found himself in an unfair position on the card, which saw the crowd reduced to almost half at the beginning of its set, the result (again) of the almost unbearable heat that festival-goers were experiencing at the Relógio Beach. Again more people showed up at the beach for Borgore’s gig. Not even the sea could extinguish the fire of the performance of the already very dear and familiar to the Portuguese. Author of one of the biggest DJ-festival-goers intimacies, the multi-faceted did not stop the madness, going from basic Trap to Dubstep, to the infectious Hip-Hop.

Big Room took place right after with Firebeatz. The Dutch duo did not give rest to the festival-goers and demolished with one of the best sets of the festival. ‘Go’, ‘Invincible’, ‘Sky High’ and ‘Home’ are examples of tracks that left the beach in constant move for 90 minutes.

Menasso and André Henriques were responsible for opening day two. The second night ended with performances by Diego Miranda, once more dividing opinions between the ravers.

(Day 3 – 10th of July)

It would be unfair for us not to acclaim the Portuguese victory at the European championships as the best or at least most intimate moment of the last day at the sunset. After the Tujamo set the festival promotores were forced to stop the festival, only to be resumed after the match which was broadcasted on two giant screens on the festival ground itself.

Because the main screen was located at the end of the festival grounds, it was the German Tujamo who paid the higher price. The cluster of people started to focus early at the back of the beach, which ended in a public rather shortened during the performance of the protagonist of the highly successful ‘Drop That Low’.

Promoters returned with the schedule (and no time to rest) with the performances of Galantis, Oliver Heldens and the North American, KSHMR.

The ‘seafoxes’ reopened with music that brought tears to the fans with a set based on their biggest and viral hits ‘Gold Dust’, ‘You’, the latest ‘No Money’ and, the crowd favorite  ‘Runaway’. The Swedes performance period did not exceed 55 minutes since the European game stretched to extra time, however, before they said goodbye to the passionate crowd, Galantis performed one of the most emotional and charismatic moments of the event by playing “A Portuguesa” (Portugal’s National Anthem). Following up was Heldens with a set that moved everyone. An anthem to Future House, it was the most applauded set of the festival with hits like ‘Gecko’, ‘Wombass’ and ‘Shades of Grey’. There was still time for the traditional shuffle dance during “Space Sheep”.

The farewell could be named “A History of KSHMR”. The Californian, in resemblance to what had already happened in some festivals, transformed his set into a story (accompanied by video and told in Portuguese) which was interrupted by a series of songs until its denouement. Hits like ‘Bazaar’, ‘Touch’, ‘Wildcard’ and the latest ‘Dharma’ led to peak the audience who left the grounds shortly after, already wanting more and eagerly wanting to know what the 2017 edition holds for them.

Day 3 also featured performances by David Souza, Massivedrum and Dutch Joe Stone.

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