Known as one of the biggest and most important summer festivals in Portugal, along with NOS Alive and Super Bock Super Rock, MEO Sudoeste is, undoubtedly, the most electronic festival of those three. Even with a weaker line up, comparing with those of the previous editions, this year, Música No Coração brought to us, big names such as Yellow Claw, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix or Steve Angello.
The first day of the festival (August 3rd) was the reception to the campers, thousands of ravers waited for the sets of Yellow Claw and DVBBS.
The start of the evening came by the hands of the Angolan DJs Darcy and Callas, both with a pretty solid warm up set, followed by the Portuguese duo Club Banditz, who brought some of their songs and a big set, which fired up the crowd.
The fourth act of the night was Yellow Claw. This was their return to Portugal, just one month after their gig at EDP Beach Party. Besides a lot of technical problems, it was a set that did not disappoint any of the fans of the duo who were in the crowd waiting. A set with a lot of tracks out of their latest album “Blood For Mercy”, a lucky fan had the chance to catch the jacket that one of the members of Yellow Claw was wearing during the performance.
Next, the headliners of this night: DVBBS. The Canadian duo brought an amazing set to the Mainstage. With a lot of similarities to their Tomorrowland set, yes, but still an amazing set. Explosive, powerful and with a new track: a collaboration with Steve Aoki.
Day 2: Martin Garrix night.
The kid was on fire. Without a doubt, one of the best sets of the entire festival. With a consistent set, basically, with originals, remixes and mashups all produced by him, it was a consistent set, with a few surprises, amazing visuals and lots of feelings and goosebumps all over the body. The end of the set was amazing, with the track “In The Name Of Love” being sang in unison by thousands of people, with fireworks in the background. In the end of the track, Martin left the stage, only to return once more to play “Break Trough The Silence”, the collaboration with Matisse & Sadko.
Day 3: Portuguese power.
It was the night to celebrate the Portuguese language with three singers in the Mainstage and a secondary stage filled with Portuguese hip-hop. Kura was responsible for closing the Mainstage, and he did it well. As in EDP Beach Party, Kura brought us the big room and electro that we are used to listen from him. But, suddenly… Something more powerful. In the middle of trap sounds and even some hip hop, Kura showed us the up and coming collab with Laidback Luke, that will be out soon.
In Moche Room, it was Dynamic Duo who brought electronic music to the secondary stage, killing it as only they know how.
Day 4: Aoki’s night, and a couple of surprises.
The electronic scene of the night started right away with Diogo Piçarra’s concert. The Portuguese singer invited our good friends Karetus to the stage to play with him some songs, one of them, their collaboration and new Karetus’s single “Wall Of Love”.
The end of the night was with Steve Aoki. The superstar DJ returned to the Mainstage, after last year’s presence. This year set was a lot different than last year. He murdered the stage, put it in flames with a lot of fireworks and took the crowd to a high excitement level and of course caked people…
In the secondary stage we had the gigs from our girl Von Di Carlo, representing Wide Future on the MSW’s stages, and killing it, and the Portuguese DJ Overule, who was in the EDP Beach Party as well.
Day 5: The last day.
The fatigue was visible on the ravers faces, but that was just a small detail. Lots of hours were waiting for them, with a lot more electronic music as well.
The first electronic act of the night was Cali Y El Dandee, who, surprisingly, brought to the stage half an hour of EDM, mixing Bingo Players, per example, doing some sort of warm up for Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, who were next on stage.
Unfortunately SJ & RM didn’t had the crowd they deserved. After an amazing set last year at Nova Era Beach Party, this year they returned to Portugal to fill MEO Sudoeste with a lot of groovy sounds. Despite the few people on the grounds due the early slot they played at, they still gave us pretty good vibes before NERVO.
The sisters Mim and Liv took the stage as their own. With a lot of big room and commercial tracks, and some effects that took a lot to understand, it definitely wasn’t one the best sets out of the NERVO sisters, but with some good compliments by the ravers.
And then… The headliner of this night. The one and only Steve Angello.
Those lasers… Those lights… That tracklist… All the atmosphere created by one of the members of Swedish House Mafia was amazing. Definitely one of the best sets of the festival, along with Martin Garrix’s performance.
That night, in the secondary stage, we had Deejay Telio – who was said to have one of the best performances of the entire festival, by a lot of ravers – and the Portuguese Pete Kinsgman and Ben Ambergen, who invited the Portuguese duo KEVU, to present their new collab, and that way they closed the 2016’s edition of MEO Sudoeste.