We kept our Summer Tour rolling this past weekend in Arganda Del Rey, Madrid, at A Summer Story festival. From the land of our fellow Spanish neighbours, we brought lots of great memories regarding many unique festive moments, in one of the best, if not the best, Iberian festival of its kind.
Undoubtedly, it was an interesting festival. The space is ideal for hosting such characteristic event, as Ciudad del Rock (Spanish for “Rock City”), is a countryside park designed by Madrid’s autarchy for festive purposes.
The action happened across three different stages, namely Inside City (the main one), Burn Village, and a much more underground-ish Budweiser Town. However, let’s not compare the stages by their “undergroundness” because, for instance, on the first day of the event, techno was on the Main Stage while a more commercial sound got “relegated” to Burn Village, a secondary scenario. Such example is very appraisable, meaning A Summer Story emphasized a bigger plethora of dance music’s several strands.
As mentioned above, it was a two-day event. On the first one, and in what concerns to the Main Stage, Summer Story brought the techno/tech house scene to the Main Stage, with Inside City hosting household acts like Loco Dice, Paco Osuna, Martinez Brothers, Amelie Lens and Vitalic, as well as less known artists such as the Portuguese Gonçalo. A great night at that stage was closed with a very special B2B between Joris Voorn and Kölsch, ending by sunrise. Likewise, but at the smaller Burn Village stage, we highlight the performances of CID, Michael Calfan, Kryder, Vini Vici (in the pic below), and the end of the party with the rising Progressive House talent Corey James. At the third, most alternative “arena”, the Budweiser Town, Ale Mora and the local Spanish boys Les Castizos were also very good. The groove was there!
In the second day of pure fiesta, it was time for the most known and more commercial names to make their way into the Main Stage – which, by the way, was huge and had beautiful LED screens – and the techno was “relegated” to the secondary structures. In the “big one”, we enhance a very fresh set by Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – playing new tracks called “King”, “Phantom” and “Shadows” -, a beautiful concert from Axwell Λ Ingrosso in which the Swedish duo’s biggest hits made waves, and a sensational performance by Mr. ASOT himself, Armin Van Buuren, in the middle of the likes of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, CYA, and Brennan Heart, who concluded the festivities with some hardstyle. In other stages, honorable mentions for Gouryella (Ferry Corsten) bringing the nostalgia on Burn Village, and the likes of Stephan Bodzin and Maceo Plex that packed Budweiser Town, where, in the beginning of the day, was again Gonçalo playing in a B2B with Spanish DJ Raul Pacheco.
Outside the artists’ universe, and talking about the festival itself, we have to mention its efficiency in aspects such as the F&B (food and beverage) department that worked through a well-planned system of tradeable tokens, and the Avicii Memorial, a real class-act from the organization to honour a great loss to the industry. There were also other features that we can’t erase from this review, related with the festival’s sponsors, such as a mindblowing light and sound tunnel – the Barceló Experience – and a small slide trip to the interior of a tent with content that we’ll obviously not be revealing – the Burn Unexpected Experience.
Relatively to transports and accesses, everything seemed alright as well: there were bus routes dropping fans at Ciudad del Rock, lots of space to park vehicles, whether in designated areas or at the VIP park by the entrance, where there was a good balance between a small queue and meticulous security checks, assured by the Spanish authorities that also made alcohol tests for drivers leaving the festival.
The only negative feature of the event was on the impossibility of the press agents (or at least some of them) on photographing artists from the stage, only being possible for us to access the pit at the time of the performances, something that can be changed on future occasions. However, we give a very positive note to A Summer Story. It was a wonderful experience to witness such event, and we certainly recommend it to our followers.
See you next year, A Summer Story. Until next time, Madrid!