Tremors in the mountains
Ross Belfer traveled to the relatively unknown island of São Miguel in April this year to attend Tremor Music Festival. The annual event marks a gathering of an eclectic mix of musical talents traveling from all over the globe to celebrate performance and artistry in the midst of majestic views. São Miguel is the largest and most populous island that is part of the Azores off the coast of Portugal – an untouched landscape in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The festival is aptly named to pay homage to the volcanic island it takes place on.
Unlike its other music festival counterparts, Tremor does not occur in the middle of the desert à la Coachella, nor does the audience pack themselves into a muddy field Glastonbury-style. Instead, patrons are treated to obscure landscapes and terrains. Volcanic thermal pools, centuries’ old auditoriums, old-style restaurants and nature parks serve as the event space, which perhaps reflects the diverse sounds of the performers.
Tunes of R&B, jazz, techno and chill-wave are all on offer at the four-day event, which attracts around 3000 attendees each year. The majority of those who attended this year hailed from São Miguel itself, a demonstration of the festival’s celebrated presence in the community.
Although the Azores are made up of nine islands Belfer visited four during his trip.”one might only understand its primordial beauty by seeing for yourself,” Belfer says of the experience.
Tremor Music Festival takes place during the spring every year.