Nova Era proved to be a stamp of quality yet again with its famous party “Melhores do Ano” on the first day of April. The only award event in Portugal stayed faithful to itself as it was another successful edition.

The night started off with an April Ivy performance followed by the presentation of the first award of the night, the “revelation of the year” award. The award was handed out by Diana Bouça Nova and the legendary Portuguese DJ, Pete Tha Zouk. Right after this, it was time for Drum & Bass lover DJ Oder to take over the stage. He did it and stunned the audience with his worldwide recognized tracks and his hip hop roots. The end of his act was highlighted by the delivery of the best single of the year award won by The Chainsmokers with their track “Closer”.

In between a lot of hip hop acts, the winner of the “Best Dance Music” award was announced. The headliner of Nova Era’s next event, Martin Garrix, was the big winner with his blockbuster hit “In The Name of Love”.

A couple more national hip hop artists followed this until the scratching world champions took the reins. The Beatbombers, DJ Ride and Stereossauro, gave life to the whole Party with an energetic, trap filled mini-set. At the end of this act, something usual happened, as Kura received his “Best National DJ” award.

A few minutes later, one of the most special moments of the night happened. Música No Coração lead man Luis Montez presented DJ Vibe with the career award in a heart-warming moment.

The whole beautiful moment was abruptly interrupted by a massive Ninja Kore act. The group absolutely destroyed the stage in their limited set time where the fans went completely mad.

It was then time to announce the two new names for Nova Era’s upcoming event, EDP Beach Party. The ravers went total berserk by knowing that DJ Mag’s number 1 Martin Garrix was coming back to the “Cidade Invicta”, a feeling enhanced by the second confirmation, the Indian-rooted KSHMR.

Still rocked by the announcement of the two big names, the crowd raised the bar higher by giving Karetus all they could handle in their mad set. Karetus ended the pre-party by announcing that Hardwell won the “Best DJ” award.

It was now time for the after party, opened by Kura. The newly crowned best Portuguese DJ gave us exactly what we were expecting, a hard, energetic and passionate performance with some new music. The Spinnin and Revealed alumni mixed some new ideas with his known ones without ever forgetting his typical sitdown.

DVBBS connection to the Portuguese audiences is no coincidence and that was visible from the get go. The Canadian Duo and the fans raved for an hour and half and gave everything they had, creating an amazing atmosphere, capped off with an ID by the Woozy Gang.

With no interruptions, the last DJ of the night stepped right in. The masked DJ Bl3nd continued the path of destruction left by the previous acts. During the set, Bl3nd invited Karetus to the stage to present their collab. Bl3nd would carry on with his act showing off some of his new music, thus ending the night with a bang.

On a final note, Wide Future would like to highlight all of the new features in this new stage that debuted on this festival. It was, certainly, a breath of fresh air and, probably, the best indoor stage that Portugal has ever seen. It was a terrific event with splendid organisation that makes ravers like ourselves want to get in time machines to get to the biggest beach party in Europe. That is impossible, so, all we have left to do is anxiously wait for the next names of EDP Nova Era’s Beach Party.

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