Featuring sets from DJ Koze, Sasha, Honey Dijon & more, The BPM Festival's first foray into Israel was a walk in the park.
It would be a cliché to call The BPM Festival Tel Aviv a walk in a park, if that wasn't exactly what it was. Taking place Monday (Sept. 30) evening in a cordoned off area of Tel Aviv's 865-acre HaYarkon Park, the latest incarnation of the venerable electronic music event was a distilled and condensed version of BPM's flagship show, which went down two weeks ago and a continent away in Portimão, Portugal.
While the European iteration of this festival spread more than 100 artists over four days, BPM Tel Aviv delivered its lineup in just nine hours -- stacking legends and up-and-comers including DJ Koze, Honey Dijon, Acid Pauli, Danny Tenaglia, Âme and Sasha across four stages, from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. This was BPM's first outing in Tel Aviv, and the show fell on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, giving the evening an extra sense of holiday excitement.
While the 10,000 people in attendance certainly turned up to celebrate, the size of the festival was eminently manageable, requiring minimal walking between stages -- two of which carried over the naturalistic stage design that's been a BPM signature since the festival got started years ago in Mexico.