With the attraction of idyllic weather for much of the year, sumptuous food and an electronic music scene that is currently in bloom, Portugal, Porto specifically is seriously booming right now. Sure, Lisbon is sometimes mentioned first but this can often be attributed the fact that it is the capital city of Portugal. Those perhaps looking for a more “underground” experience perhaps look to Porto for those needs. Looking back to our previous discussions with Violet on Porto and João Maria on Lisbon and Portugal, in general, the country as a whole has so much to offer.
It is easy to see why a range of artists are moving to Portugal as a home base, names such as Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, tINI and Guti to name but a few of the big names that are flocking to this thriving coastal country and it is more than just the Port wine.
Porto’s electronic music scene is not just confined to the various clubs and bars, of which there are many but taking advantage of the sizzling summer sun sees an influx of open-air events taking over the parks and beaches to be found all around the city.
Porto is very much a city caught in two time periods, on one hand the city is one of the oldest in Europe with traditionally rustic cafes and various eateries galore, on the other hand, Porto is home to a group of artists, promoters and music lovers who look to push the region subculture in to the future with their forward-thinking events and cutting edge musical ideas. Featuring world-class clubs in Gare Porto and the long-standing Industria Club this city oozes musical heritage.
A great example of this and the culmination of finely crafted musical legacy is Elétrico Festival. Now in its 2nd year and it is shaping up to become a major player in the Portuguese events scene.
Taking place at Parque Da Pasteleira between July 26th and July 28th this 3-day festival perfectly encapsulates the local affinity with electronic music. This event is so well curated that on one stage you might find Theo Parrish and Moodymann laying it down, while on another you will catch Marcel Dettmann pummelling those before him with his trademark techno arsenal.
As well as these megastars of house and techno minimal will also be very well represented by Apollonia, Maayan Nidam and Petre Inspirescu as well as a host of local artists’ worthy of the stage they will be performing on.
Like Porto, Elétrico Festival is something for every discerning music lover.