Portimão and Lagoa, Portugal is the beautiful resort that BPM now calls home. From September 20-23 the dance world descended on it and a wealth of great parties splayed out. The likes of Cuttin Headz, fabric, Hector, Ryan Crosson, Neverdogs, Magda, Seth Troxler, Peggy Gou, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, The Martinez Brothers and more all played sets in a range of great venues.

The whole thing was blessed with gorgeous weather which meant there were plenty of opportunities to dance under the stars, relax on the beach and generally soak up a friendly vibe across the whole weekend. Here is our round-up of the five best things we learned at this year’s standout event.

The Venues Are Amazing

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The parties at BPM took place in a range of ‘proper clubs’ as well as outdoor structures on the beach.  These were built out of what looked like washed up wood collected from the beach, with all sorts of organic decoration and palm trees, straw and bamboo making them pop. The sound system at each was on point and the lights and lasers all added to the occasion.

Portugal Is Hot

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Good weather can make an average festival amazing. Great weather can make a brilliant festival absolutely out of this world. And so it was at BPM. Even this late in the year temperatures get well into the mid-thirties and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. It meant that the open air parties were stunning, the whole place looked amazing and you could chill on the beach until well into the next day.

..And Has Amazing Sunsets

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Located right by the sea, the festival enjoys a special location with even more special views. With the hot sun baking down by day, and starry, cloudless skies by night, the weather really was one of the headliners of the whole event. But stealing the show each evening were the sunsets. As the yellow ball of fire turned flame red, the sky over the sea turned similarly deep and colourful and really took our breath away each day.

..And Is Very Affordable

 

It can be a pain in the arse if you’re having a lovely time at a lovely festival with lovely music but can’t really afford to eat and drink properly. No one wants the vibe kill of having to constantly check the bank before getting a beer in, but in Portugal, no one has to. The whole thing is very affordable, meaning you really can have a top time without coming home and being utterly broke.

Slap Funk Records

SlapFunk Records made their The BPM Festival debut at Villa Mariazinha! and really made a great impression. From 9pm until well beyond sundown, Ingi Visions (Samuel Deep & Julian Alexander), Leo Pol (live), William Djoko and Boris Werner all served up infectious tech house sounds that kept a wild and up for it crowd going hard. It was a real talking point of the festival and will surely now become an annual event.