By Richard Torné
The Dreambeach dance music festival ended in Villaricos this week amid record attendance figures.
According to the organisers, 160,000 people flocked to the four-day festival – a 15 per cent increase compared to last year’s event, although it was also a day longer.
Organisers claimed the local economy benefited by some six million euros and attributed the success of the festival to a new staging area located closer to the public campsite as well as the draw of having top artists such as rapper 50 Cent and a more spectacular light and sound show.
However, as revellers trickled back home on Monday there were rumbles of discontent from locals, mostly about the standard of refuse collection.