There are not many festivals in the world that delve as deep into electronic music as Lisboa Electronica. Welcoming a selection of artists and labels, the festival explores the industry through a series of concerts, workshops and talks.
After its debut last year, 2018 will see the likes of Nina Kraviz, Helena Hauff and Oscar Mulero touch down as the festival looks to push onto new levels.
Ahead of this April, we spoke to the team behind Lisbon's latest music event to get a feel of what makes this forward thinking festival tick.
Congratulations on a great first festival! How was it for you guys?
Thank you! The first edition was amazing, we had over 20 labels and 80 artists and the feedback was great. First editions don't usually achieve the desired results because of the weight of the initial investment and the fact you're promoting a new brand.
Thanks to the festival's concept and consequent buzz on social media, we almost sold out on the first day. The attendance was higher than expected and extra seats had to be arranged at Ministerium for the talks and workshops.
The next two days followed with showcases at LX Factory. We had four stages, one outdoor and three indoors and the vibe was insane at all of them. You could find all kinds of people dancing, having a great time, enjoying themselves, the music and the festival.
Everything went smoothly, with no major incidents or delays. The following day our presence on social media was quite evident, with loads of people posting pictures and paying compliments to the organisation. We felt that the second edition had just started in the best possible way!
So I'm assuming you're super excited to be returning again this April?
For sure! The positive feedback on the festival is great and we have to exceed expectations. People are counting on more music and more music culture, with talks and workshops, and that’s what we’ll be delivering. We’ll have more labels, more artists and more showcases this year.
How would you describe the ethos of the festival?
Lisboa Electronica Musiculture is an event created by Ourbookings, a company specialized in Event Production, Artist Booking & Label Management. Its goal is to boost the events' projection and systematically help develop the electronic music industry in Portugal, teaming up with Lisbon’s Town Hall to promote the city abroad, attract creative individuals and companies, and involve locals.
The festival's program is divided into a cultural and didactic experience on one hand, and a musical and recreational one on the other. The cultural program features talks and professional workshops led by several speakers and technical performers, while the music program includes live showcases by more than 50 artists from over 20 labels, both Portuguese and international.
In short, Lisboa Electronica's mission is to consolidate the lifestyle and celebrate the culture of electronic music, from Lisbon to the world.
You just touched on the importance of the labels you invite to help curate the festival, through showcases, lectures and workshops. Is going beneath the surface level of electronic music something you were really keen to do?
Yes, of course. Our goal here is to dig deeper than usual. We want to contribute towards the culture and the industry. The only way to do that is go really deep into each subject in order to analyse and discuss it with scrutiny and consciousness.
What's your take on the electronic music industry today? And where do you see it going in the next few years or so?
We believe that electronic music is expected to become a major trend in the next few years. Some festivals already capitalised this phenomenon and the audience just boomed from year to year. The next few years will be the peak of electronic music and our mission is to be able to offer what we believe to be the good music amidst the boom.
Which labels and brands will we find at 2018's festival? The variation must create a really diverse programme.
Lisboa Electronica will will be bringing трип, Clone Records, PoleGroup, Trelik, Melliflow, and other local labels like Ministerium Records, Hayes, Groovement, Pandilla, amongst others, making it a very eclectic program.
We’ll also be working with BE.AT-TV for the Main Stage streaming. XLR8R, Atlas Lisboa and Vodafone FM are also on board as Media Partners. Our sponsors, Carlsberg and Schweppes are very important partners because they help us make it happen.
Which artists are you most looking forward to?
We're really excited about the lineup because you can find almost any kind of artist. We'll have headliners like Nina Kraviz, Oscar Mulero, Legowelt, Raresh or Sonja Moonear and other great local talents like Vil, Temudo, -2 (menosdois), Berllioz, Zoy, Jorge Caiado, and Pandilla LTD.
Is promoting the city, as well as local artists and labels important to you?
It's why we created Lisboa Electronica. The city of Lisbon, record labels and their artists, from our town and the rest of the world.
And on the subject of Lisbon, what should we be getting up to while we're in town? Any cool spots to catch a drink or a bite to eat?
Lisbon is known for its good food and nightlife. Duplex Restaurant & Bar, in Cais do Sodré, is right in the middle of it all and serves amazing food and great cocktails for a fine dining experience. We also like Marisqueira Azul for seafood and La Puttana for pizza. These are our regular places to eat but there are so many good restaurants in Lisbon, from high cuisine to traditional Portuguese cooking, there's a lot of amazing food.
For clubbing, the highlights are Music Box, open six days a week with a great diversity of music and parties, and Ministerium is the place for house and techno, open every Saturday in a historic location with a great crowd and carefully picked lineups.
The city is beautiful and just walking around town is a great experience in itself, plus there are beaches 30 minutes away in Cascais, Sintra and Costa da Caparica. There's always something to do in Lisbon!
Lisboa Electronica will take place on 4-7 April 2018. Find out more on our guide, and book your tickets and accommodation to the festival here.
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