The line-up was in, the gates were open, the weekend was set to be a great one and magic was set to happen…
Overule – It fell to the Portuguese DJ to open the festival this year. There were already hundreds of festival-goers in front of the stage, and Overule was responsible for “heating” of those hundreds. With trap rhythms, electro and Portuguese hip-hop, Overule was an immediate hit as he played some “Portuguese Anthems” .
Jauz – After an aggressive set from Overule, it was time for the American DJ Jauz to step on the stage. Despite some complaints about his set schedule, with festival-goers asking Jauz to play later on the day, Jauz still lit up the crowd that was filling the lawn at EDP Beach Party with touches of future house, bass house and returning to his dubstep roots. The set from Jauz was considered by many one of the best sets of the weekend, it was that good.
Kura – Considered by many the best national DJ. After Jauz, it was the turn of Kura to bring to the party the best of the national big room. On the background the sun was setting and a different side of the festival was coming out, it was beautiful, it was during this set that festival-goers were able to see for the first time the stage in it’s full glory. Already with a good thousands of people, Kura ended his performance with the debut of a new collaboration with Laidback Luke, who played the next day.
Vicetone – One of the surprise names of the festival. They were the artists who drew more applauses out of the public, presenting a very complete set through various styles of electronic music and even trap, something that is not very characteristic in this duo.
Nicky Romero – The producer of Toulouse, one of the “Anthems” of the current electronic music generation, took the stage and thousands chanted the name of the Dutch DJ. With a strong set filled with tracks from his label – Protocol Recordings – Nicky Romero debuted his next release. Despite some technical flaws, the set was very good and consistent.
Blasterjaxx – After Nicky Romero, it was time for Blasterjaxx to come on and take on the stage. The high point of the performance was when the “Duo” called on stage KEVU, a young talented Portuguese duo, which recently launched a song at Maxximize Records, Blasterjaxx’s label. With a set mainly composed of the known typical big room from the Dutch duo. A set full of special effects, with many lasers to the mix.
Yellow Claw – Finally, the moment that thousands and thousands of ravers waited for. The headliners for friday began calmly, with an acoustic version of “Catch Me”, one of the singles from their latest album “Blood For Mercy”. After that acoustic version, thousands of festival-goers jumped to the rhythm of the trap that the Dutch duo has accustomed us. The performance of the now Duo Yellow Claw was one of the sets that was also considered by many one of the best of the weekend.
Karetus – The second day of the festival began with domestic “product”. The Portuguese Karetus took the stage of EDP Beach Party to present their first album “Pinata”. Hundreds of festival-goers that during the performance of the Portuguese trio, raised dust to trap sound, hardstyle and electro made at the request of the MC a “Wall of Love”, referring to the new single of Karetus. When the music’s drop hit, the “wall” closed and a giant hug was seen in the crowd. Yet another set that was considered one of the best that weekend.
Wiwek – The first international name of the second day. With its unique and original style the Dutch transformed the Aterro Beach into a real savannah with its wild drumming. Something unknown to the Portuguese public, the DJ and producer who has been a bet on labels OWSLA and Barong Family, snatched great praise from the crowd.
Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – In the unanimous opinion of the ravers attending the event, this was one of the best sets this weekend had to offer. Not even the high number of technical problems prevented the Swedish duo to have a masterful performance featuring some Dance Music classics, always based on the beautiful melodies that everyone loved. Incredible.
Laidback Luke – Considered by many a “lord of electronic music”, many were those who expected the performance of LbL. With his hands creating the “double L” in the air, Laidback Luke presented the thousands of festival-goers with live scratching and mashups, and with his new single with twoloud “Fuckin Beats”. It was also considered one of the best sets of the festival.
W & W – The Dutch Duo returned to Portugal to put the Portuguese public in ecstasy, playing several tracks during his performance whose release date have not yet been revealed. One of these tracks is titled “What You Need”, which left the public expecting big things regarding their upcoming releases.
Afrojack – Obviously, one of the most anticipated names of the festival, wouldn’t he be one of the greats of the Dance Scene. Very true to his style, he “painted orange” the festival ground with powerful beats of typical Dutch House and the customary Big Room. Mixing the latest tracks from his label – Wall Records – to his eternal classics, Afrojack left the beach in complete “Woow” while still having time to come celebrate, sharing champagne with the public.
Headhunterz – He had been, for some time now, one of the names most requested by the Portuguese public, and frankly, it was probably the best choice to close this party. Starting the set with his latest productions, exploring the more mainstream styles of electronic music throughout the set and ending with its classic hardstyle, Headhunterz destroyed the Aterro Beach leaving the audience in pure ecstasy.
It was a true success, as the weekend went along it was harder and harder to pick a Top 5 for the weekend so we didn’t, we just loved them all in their own way. Check out our review of the festival’s high and low points HERE!