The Algarve hosted The BPM Festival on 14, 15, 16 and 17 September, after 10 years in Mexico, Portugal was the first country chosen to enter Europe. More specifically in Portimão and Lagoa, the temperate Mediterranean climate was felt, not being those warm Algarve days, it provided the public with spectacular sunsets and pleasant evenings.
Of note was the presence of globally requested names such as Art Department, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Jackmaster, Loco Dice, Nastia, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot and Seth Troxler to pioneers of underground dance music such as Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia, Dubfire, Paul Kalkbrenner, Richie Hawtin and Victor Calderone.
The lineup was filled with huge names, almost 200 artists confirmed in the 4 days, pleasing people, quite diversified, more than 30 showcases, something different from the other festivals that Portugal welcomes.
Despite the existence of shuttles linking various locations, and the recurring taxi service, the congestion was huge, which made made life difficult to get transportation for the festival goers. It is estimated that, among ravers and organization, there were 12,000 attendees from 90 countries.
It is estimated that, on average, each foreign participant spend about €1,000.00, including travel expenses, accommodation and ticket, to be in Portimão during these four days, thus boosting the local economy at a time which is no longer considered “high.”
Another relevant aspect but that the festival promptly warned attendees, was different locations capacity caps, that is, who had general pass for the event had not ensured entry to the events with more adhesion and / or less crowding, as there were those who precave – opting to enter earlier, rather than waiting for high traffic hours the general public decided to enter, thus avoiding the long waiting lines to enter some venues.
At security level, looking at it in a holistic manner, the security presence at the festival felled very positive, effectively resolving any mishap that happened. Except for an incident that became mediatic due to video capture on the last day of the event, at NoSoloÁgua, where much was said about abuse of power by the authorities in the venue, but that in no way erases the work done by the security in the remaining days of the event.
The BPM Festival has since released an oficial statement which states:
“We are appalled by this incident and are doing our best to take action against the perpetrators. They have been identified as members of the private security firm PSG – Seguranca Privada, S.A., hired by the venue NoSoloAgua. This is completely unacceptable professional behavior and we are working with local authorities on the matter. We cherish our fans that come to BPM and they deserve the utmost respect and hospitality as our guests. If you have any information about this incident or can put us in touch with the victim”
Expectations regarding spaces have been overcome, almost always with spaces arranged and decorated in a dazzling way, thus involving even more the public, promoting a perfect symbiosis.
The opinion is unanimous, this festival has a different philosophy from all others, ending up enriching and energizing our country, brought artists who had never been to Portugal, and others who haven’t been to Portugal for a long time, and tourist who came to know one of the most beautiful places in our country, due to the great choice in terms of location of the event.
Wide Future also leaves a very positive mark for compliance with the stipulated schedules.
See you next year at The BPM Festival: Portugal.
Written by: Daniel Sousa