The Neopop festival begins its 14th edition at Forte Santiago da Barra, in Viana do Castelo, where, until Saturday, electronic music names such as St. Germain, Jeff Mills and Josh Wink will be playing.
As of 16:00, Nuno Carneiro opens the festival, on the day that Neopop will receive artists ranging from Diana Oliveira to Rui Vargas, to the St. Germain concert, one of the highlights of this year’s edition for organization, and Ivan Smagghe, among others.
On Thursday, the song starts again at 4:00 p.m. on the Anti stage, and continues until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, with performances by Solomun, Recondite, Adriatique, Agents of Time, Nastia, as well as many others.
The next day, the song starts at 18:00 and will be attended by, among others, Paula Temple and Rebekah, Joseph Capriati, Jeff Mills and Ricardo Villalobos, until 09:00 the next day.
Finally, on Saturday, the portuguese Surma joins James Holden on the Sá de Miranda Theater stage starting at 9:00 pm, and then the concerts for the Neopop venue, with Nina Kraviz, Josh Wink and Marco Carola, the latter already on Sunday morning.
On Monday, the organization of the festival Neopop handed the mayor of Viana do Castelo a petition with 1,800 signatures that intends to elevate that city to the world capital of techno.
“We will now evaluate this process and we will see how we can position ourselves, both nationally and internationally to be the capital of techno,” said socialist minister Jose Maria Costa.
The mayor of Viana do Castelo, speaking at a press conference in the center of the city, received a dossier with the petition entitled “All for Techno, all for Viana” and stressed that the festival, of “enormous economic importance” to the city, “is today identified by the specialized press as one of the great cultural offerings of the country”.
On that day, Gustavo Pereira, of the Neopop organization, said that the tickets for “opening of the venue, [today], are exhausted, and the space capacity is 7,500 people.”
Tickets for the first day had to be reserved ‘online’, and the Porto public was the one that most booked, followed by the districts of Viana do Castelo and Braga.
The official added that the 2018 edition will receive visitors from 50 different nationalities, noting that the public of Spain and France records “the largest number of tickets purchased.”
The organization also prepared animation on the river beach of Argaçosa, next to the campsite that serves the festival, activities in the Municipal Theater Sá de Miranda, a sunset on the North beach and two exhibitions, both related to the festival and which intend to honor two collaborators, who died in the meantime: the photographer Carlos Vilela and the graphic José Quintas, responsible for all the posters of the festival until 2017.