Welcome to PopMid,
the nicest music tradeshow on Earth

Portugal, 23 - 28 September, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

It should come as no surprise that, in light of current affairs, PopMid is facing some uncertainty. There’s no telling what will happen in the coming months
and how the spread of the Coronavirus and the measures to contain it will affect our planning and the tradeshow itself.
However, we’re still almost half a year removed from September 23rd and we’re hoping that by then the world will have returned to some form of normalcy and any travel restrictions will have been lifted.
We want you to know that we are working under that assumption: all preparations for PopMid (at least the ones that we can make under the current lockdown) are being made as planned and we haven’t yet suffered any setbacks in our hard work to make PopMid 2020 a reality.
That is, until now. Because you know, we really wanted to open the registration section sometime this or next week.
Obviously, this is not practical at all at the moment, so we had to decide to postpone registration.
In short:

1. Registration has been postponed to medio May
2. If and when registration opens, of course last year’s sponsors can book first, followed by last year’s attendees, followed by the general public
3. We are still very hard at work, making PopMid 2020 a reality. Nothing has been cancelled yet!

In the meantime, please please please adhere to your country’s restrictions, stay safe, keep others safe and take care. We hope to meet all of you in Portugal in good health. Best of luck to you all!

PopMid 2019 was a tremendous success!

With ever more companies and representatives attending and more business being done, PopMid goes from strength to strength each consecutive year. Add in our famous relaxed atmosphere and we can safely say that last year's edition was the best ever. However, we are pretty confident that the 2020 edition will be better still.

With almost 200 people attending and all hotel rooms filled, attendance was the highest ever.

Meeting

Although packed to the brim, PopMid has never felt overcrowded. The newly renovated lobby played a big role in maintaining a quiet atmosphere.

Display

The private gazebos turned out to be very popular. We can now confirm that there will be four more available in 2020!

Event

What is PopMid actually about?

PopMid is a Music Industry tradeshow with a twist. It has no specific focus or theme and hosts the entire industry spectrum, from physical sales and distribution, content creation, management and licensing, consultancy, to digital services, distribution and promotion.

PopMid is a small-scale and not-for-profit gathering for professionals in the music industry.

Frequented mostly by physical distribution businesses, PopMid really is trade-agnostic; anyone within the entire scope of the industry is more than welcome to come and do business. The compact location and holiday-esque atmosphere make for a pleasurable experience; doing business and meeting peers in the most relaxed way possible. Despite the quiet proceedings and low-key outlook, you get many of the perks of the big tradeshows without any of the drawbacks, at a fraction of the cost.

PopMid is by far the cheapest music industry tradeshow you can attend. We have no incentive to make money from our visitors.

Company

€110  /Company
  • Includes:
  • Company account plus Attendance of 1 person for the entire duration of PopMid
  • Optional transfer from the airport
  • Mandatory hotel reservation (see prices for lodging)

Extra attendees

€40  /person
  • Includes:
  • Attendance of an extra professional under the company account for the entire duration of PopMid
  • Optional transfer from the airport
  • Mandatory hotel reservation (see prices for lodging)

Leisure attendance

€20 /person
  • Includes:
  • Attendance of a non-professional (spouses, children), accompanying professional attendees
  • Optional transfer from the airport
  • Mandatory hotel reservation (see prices for lodging)

Hotel room

€85  /night
  • Includes:
  • Up to two person stay in a spacious 4-star room at the tradeshow grounds, mandatorily coupled to attendance.
  • Breakfast up to 2 persons

Secondary hotels

€TBA  /night
  • Includes:
  • Up to two person stay in a secondary 4-star hotel when the tradeshow place is full, mandatorily coupled to attendance.
  • Breakfast up to 2 persons

No hotel stay

€100 once
  • Includes:
  • The right to partake in tradeshow proceedings and access to grounds, opting out of the mandatory stay in the PopMid hotel(s).
  • Valid for entire company

Who?

The heart and soul of PopMid is Frank van Vliet, a music entrepeneur from The Netherlands. Observing a need amongst his peers for a cheaper and more cheerful music industry tradeshow, he planted - along with some of his fellows - a seed called Sol Musica in Alicante (Spain). This idea would later be expanded into the first PopMid in 2012. Nine years after the first edition, PopMid is now recognized as a force to be reckoned with. Frank receives a lot of assistance from his partner and co-host, Margot Steenman and some further assistance from Ronald Eekhoff and Eric van Oort at The Source (a digital music distribution company from The Netherlands), who also provide the technical backbone of the operation. Locally in Portugal, Frank gets help from music entrepeneur Abilio Silva.

Frank
Margot
Ronald
Eric
Hotel

A lovely place...

PopMid takes place at hotel-resort "Aquashow Park Hotel" in Quarteira, Portugal. Not far from international airport Faro and very close to tourist hotspots Vilamoura and Albufeira, it is located centrally in the lovely Algarve region along the Atlantic coast in the South.

Address: Aquashow Park Hotel Quarteira, Semino, Estrada Nacional 396, 8125-303 Quarteira, Portugal

The hotel grounds are the tradeshow floor! No booths. Just pick a table somewhere in the large outside area by the pool, display your promotional material and sit down with your clients or business partners. There's plenty of nooks and crannies inside as well. Quietly meeting at a table in the restaurant or at the busy outdoors bar. Or rent one of the private gazebos.

Creating new bonds

Thanks to the leisurely pace in which things take place at PopMid, the sun, the fantastic food and drinks, the friendly locals and the lovely surroundings, you will inevitably be in a bit of a holiday mindset when you're here. While there's plenty of good business being done and there's real work involved, you can't help but feel great and make new friends. In fact, you will be welcomed to become part of the intimate PopMid gang that's going back nine years now!
On the Wednesday, there's the traditional opening dinner, for the third time in a row taking place at the stunning NoSoloAgua beach club in Portimão. While this is optional, we wholeheartedly recommend you add it to your itenerary, as this is the event to intimitely get to know your peers.
Yes, attending PopMid is primarily for business, but we'd be surprised if you didn't walk away with a couple of new friendly business partners or even real solid firendships alongside some proper deals!

This year's traditional closing event will include a vinyard tour, wine tasting and very fine dining indeed!

Making sure your needs are met

PopMid has no booths, let alone a traditional tradeshow set-up. Taking place at the outdoor pool, courtyard, bar and lobby areas of a mid-sized resort hotel, we do things differently by keeping a more fluid floor plan. This allows people to mingle a bit more easily and encourages chance meetings and coincidences in a friendly haphazard way. To make sure you still have lots of opportunity and space to set-up meetings, display your merchandize and enjoy some privacy when needed, there are plenty of options to claim your own bit of tradeshow real-estate.

This year, we have nine private gazebos/party tents available for rent. The cost for the whole duration of PopMid is 500€. A very popular option, these are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Gazebo

The old lobby has been significantly increased in size and completely overhauled. Just pick a comfy couch or a free table and meet your business partners there.

Lobby

The newly renovated restaurant offers massive seating and can be freely used at all hours during PopMid, as a private, quiet and airconditioned space to meet your clients.

Restaurant

Great Services

Free Transfers

From now on, transfers to and from Faro airport and/or Loulé train station are free of charge. You can book your transfers via your personal page in the registration section after you've registered your attendance.

Free Connectivity

Broadband Wi-Fi is freely available everywhere on the hotel grounds, including the hotel rooms (which also have a UTP connection for extra bandwidth). Power outlets are sprinkled throughout the place (except some of the outside areas) and are free to use. Keep in mind that you may need convertors to euro connectors and that the voltage is European standard as well (230 Volts, 50Hz).

PopMid is everything music

PopMid oozes music. Everybody in the music industry is welcome. From the smallest indie label to the largest distributor. Digital aggregators, transport companies, legal firms specializing in music industry consultancy, content owners, rights holders and internet music platforms. From physical product, vinyl, CDs and even cassette tapes, to digital audio and video content, band and brand merchandize. You have a need? There's always someone attending PopMid to fullfill it!

Join Our Quest

More and more companies decide to sponsor us. Our sponsors are indispensable; without them PopMid would not be possible! So, if you're contemplating supporting us: THANK YOU! Please make sure to tick the sponsoring checkbox when you register. For the relatively small outlay of 250€ you receive a number of perks:

  • Visibility: your branding and link on this website and on a banner at the tradeshow
  • Your story: your company's introduction and logo in the PopMid Guide
  • VIP treatment: first dibs on an onsite hotel room for next year

Or... Become a Friend of PopMid



Friends

Some of our attendees have been asking if they can make a donation above and beyond sponsoring. As humbling and heartwarming as that offer is, we were initially reluctant, as it encroaches a bit on the phylosophy of the cheapness and cheerfulness of our little tradeshow. However, after some tenacity on the part of these lovely people offering financial support, and some dliberation on our side, we decided to establish the VIP status of "Friend of PopMid" in exchange for substantial financial support.

For a donation of 500€ or more, you receive basically no extra perks, other than lots of karma, our eternal gratitude and the recognition that you substantially contributed to the democratization of the music industry.

Jokes aside, of course we will make sure your contribution will not go unnoticed and we will make sure you receive a special VIP package at the 10 year anniversary party in 2021!

If you are interested in this, thank you, thank you, thank you! Please contact us for more info.


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