Festival Forte: Unplugged

August 29, 2018
It isn’t every day you get to dance in a castle older than Portugal itself. Dating from the 11th century, the medieval fort at Montemor-o-Velho is a national monument which has seen everything from ancient battles to techno raves.

With centuries of music history, the Montemor-o-Velho demanded a place in the modern Portuguese music scene. And so, Festival Forte was born.

The festival, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year, promises “the most unique experience imaginable” to the lucky ticket holders of this intimate 5000-person event. Despite it’s young age and small size, Festival Forte manages to punch above its proverbial weight. In style and experience, it contends with much larger electronic music events such as OutlookSónar and Tomorrowland. So – what makes it so unique?

More than music…

In addition to embracing some of the world’s most exciting and experimental electronic talents, the festival also exhibits generative and interactive art installations. Each piece of art is produced with leftover materials from the local area that would generally be considered waste. Each year, in a sort of “art reincarnation”, the same materials are re-used and reformed into new works of art by different artists.

The locals love it!

The festival has a unique relationship with the Montemor-o-Velho locals. Many festival-goers reside in home stays in the local town during the festival, creating lasting bonds with the Portuguese families who host the festival goers year after year.

Keeping it Green

Those fearing the welfare of the national monument surrounded by 5000 ravers needn’t worry much. Festival Forte commits a percentage of its profits to the restoration and maintenance of the heritage site.

As music festivals look for new ways to go green, Festival Forte is leading from the front. In 2017, Portugal’s sustainable government program Sê-lo Verde partnered with Festival Forte on pioneering eco-friendly measures. Compostable loos, cup deposit programmes and an active decision to use zero printed campaign materials, Festival Forte is paving the way for all future eco friendly festivals.

Glownet and Festival Forte

Even before Sê-lo Verde, Festival Forte were ahead of the eco-game. In 2015, the festival began theirc ollaboration with Glownet, and we’ve collaborated ever since.

Festival Forte’s unparalleled benefits from adopting Glownet’s live event technology can be seen all across the festival. Our cashless system eliminates the need for festival goers to carry cash and therefore eliminates theft. Our contactless transactions can just 0.5 seconds, meaning less time spent queuing for drinks and more time spent enjoying the festival. Plus, each cashless card is collected at the end of the festival each year and returned to Glownet. The cards are reused the following year to eliminate the plastic waste that would otherwise be produced.

Glownet are proud to have contributed to the digitalization and ecological welfare of Festival Forte for the last three years. We look forward to future editions and to continue our friendship.