Tributes have been paid to “visionary” Boom Festival director Alfredo Vasconcelos, who has died aged 58 following a lengthy illness.
Vasconcelos, who had been suffering from cancer, was one of four partners in Good Mood Productions, the company behind the 39,000-cap electronic music festival in Portugal.
The biennial transformational event launched as a psy-trance gathering in 1997, with Vasconcelos coming on board seven years later. Remembered by colleagues as a “great friend” who brought “20 years of great intensity and joy”, he is credited as a driving force in its success.
“Alfredo was a permanent supporter,” a spokesperson tells the Lusa news agency, as per Portugal Pulse. “Attentive and available, he always made a point of taking the relationship with Idanha and the region a little further, a commitment to the roots.”
“We will all cherish his memory, presence and the good times together”
The Centro de Portugal Regional Tourism Authority hails Vasconcelos as a “visionary” who devoted himself to the event “wholeheartedly and with great generosity”. Describing his death is “an irreparable loss” for the region, it adds: “Boom is now a festival recognised all over the world.”
Vasconcelos, who passed away on 2 January, was said to be “very active and very involved” in Boom’s sellout 2023 edition, which took place from 20-27 July in Idanha-a-Nova.
Posting on Boom’s Facebook page, the festival team writes: “He passed away surrounded by love. [A] member of Boom since 2004, he has been a passionate advocate of the connection between Boom and the Idanha-a-Nova region. He was one of the four directors of Boom, they are a cell within an organism, a large team of dozens of visionaries and hard-working people.
“Boom is more than the sum of the parts, a truly collective project. We will all cherish his memory, presence and the good times together.”
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