BEONIX Music Festival is an electronic showcase that takes place in Limassol, Cyprus from September 22-24th, 2023 with high production values and an incredible lineup of international and local artists.
Some favourite names are headlining the festival, including Black Coffee, Stephan Bodzin (live), Oliver Huntemann, Maceo Plex, Jan Blomqvist, Brina Knauss, Joyhauser, Innellea, Luna Semara and Larla Blum.
Here we get an insight into the festival, how it is put together and much more.
How are you, what’s good and bad in your world?
We’re in a full-preparation mood. The festival is in 2 months, so the whole team is working on offering the best experience possible to those who will join us at Beonix.
How hard is it to put on this festival each year?
It’s challenging, and you can’t be prepared for every problem that will eventually occur, even if you have a great experience in this field. However, everyone in a team will choose this over the standard work in an office. It’s hard, but at the same time it’s fascinating and things can take an unexpected turn every single day. But, you have to be able to work under pressure, that’s for sure.
What are the best bits of working on it all year?
We’ve put a lot of effort into the atmosphere of the festival. This year’s festival will be very different from the previous one. We’ve changed the location, it’s not a beach anymore, but the industrial place in Limassol called ETKO, which has a very rich history in Cyprus. We also divided stages according to music genres. For example, on the main stage, you will hear headliners and mainstream music, Angar stage is for those who prefer more ʼheavy’ electronic music, and on the Organic stage light melodic techno will be played.
What informs the line up this year?
We wanted to make it musically diverse so that every person could find what they are looking for. Of course, there are a lot of nuances like artists’ schedules, but we’ve managed to get great names in lineup: Black Coffee, Maceo Plex, Paul Kalbrenner, Stephan Bodzin are incredible.
What are you most proud of having achieved over the years?
Well, it’s only the second year for the festival, so for now it’s that the festival grows, and our greatest achievement is still on its way
What else have you got coming up?
You have to see the stage we came up this year. BEONIX will present one of the largest music stages in the world, with a huge screen which width is 44 meters.
Why should people come in where they haven’t been before?
It’s a great opportunity to explore something new. Plus, it’s Cyprus. The weather here is great in September, the island has a fascinating and rich history. During the day you can see landscapes of the Cyprus, or chill at the beach, swim in the sea, and at night come to Beonix and dance all night long.
How important is it to use local dj talent and how do you tap into that?
Part of our lineup is local DJs. We’re really proud of collaborating with them and having them on our stages. It’s a great opportunity for festivalgoers to be introduced to a local scene, and for DJs to find their new audience.
What about diversity, how important is it to have a good mix of genders, races, sexualities on the lineup?
One of our values – be free, drop all the masks and be your truest self. It goes for the people at festivals and artists. So yes, it’s really important to have different artists, because they will tell you different stories. And those stories are making history much more interesting and truthful.
What is there to do outside the music?
There will be plenty of bars and food courts from the best places in Cyprus, a tattoo and make-up station, where anyone can make festival make-up or a tattoo to remember this day forever. There will also be a fantastic sunset point and interactive zones from our partners.