From international artists and bands, popular festivals, to national bands and artists, festivals in Lisbon are the opportunity to getting to know new artists, experiencing good vibes, while connecting with the locals.
So are you ready to dance? Ready to rock? Here are the best festivals happening in Lisbon and some honorable mentions right outside Lisbon:
“NOS Alive is one of Europe’s most respected indie, rock and alternative music festivals, held close to the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. Famed for its consistently outstanding lineups, the festival attracts artists and music fans alike from across the globe.In addition to the numerous rock and indie legends that have graced the festival’s stages over the last decade – Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys – the festival’s musical programming also extends into pop, hip-hop, RnB, disco, house and more, with the likes of Disclosure, The Weeknd and The Chemical Brothers headlining in recent years.”
Super Bock Super Rock
“Super Bock Super Rock is one of of Portugal’s biggest and best-loved music festivals, held in the capital city of Lisbon. Over the years, the festival has developed an enviable reputation for hugely impressive lineups that regularly feature some of the worlds biggest music stars. Although strongly rooted in rock music – as the name suggests – the festival has also expanded its reach to include pop, hip hop and electronic music, with appearance in recent years from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fatboy Slim and Disclosure to name just a few. Now firmly settled in its city-centre home of Parque De Nações, the festival offers three days of revelry in the heart of the country’s bustling capital.”
“MEO Sudoeste is a huge summer festival held each year in the coastal town of Zambujera do Mar, Portugal. With a lineup that unites superstar DJs and rap royalty, as well as a selection of reggae, pop, rock and indie, the festival is a perfect party to celebrate the height of summer. Now in its third decade, having hosted the very first edition back in 1997, MEO Sudoeste has deservedly become one of the most eagerly anticipated Portuguese festivals every year.”
NOS Primavera Sound
“NOS Primavera Sound is an eclectic alternative music festival in Porto, Portugal. Founded in 2011, this is the younger sibling to the revered Barcelona festival of the same name. Like its older sibling, the Portuguese outing shares the unerring dedication to showcasing fresh and exciting new music, on a lineup that is consistently one of the best in Europe. Recent editions have welcomed leading lights from an array of styles and genres, including Aphex Twin, Run the Jewels, PJ Harvey and Sigur Rós. Where the festival differs from its Spanish sibling is its setting and surroundings, not simply by virtue of being in another country and city. Rather than the modern industrial surroundings of Barcelona’s Parc del Forum, NOS Primavera Sound nestles among lush greenery in Porto’s picturesque Parque da Cidade.”
Vodafone Paredes de Coura
“Paredes de Coura Festival is an alternative music festival in northern Portugal. Situated in the scenic riverside Praia do Taboão, the festival’s location is almost unrivalled in terms of natural beauty, with picturesque woodland and inviting waters open for exploration.The festival is one of the country’s most established, and across its rich history it has developed an enviable reputation not only for securing high profile performers from across the globe, but also for showcasing exciting new acts on their ascent to stardom.”
Sumol Summer Fest
“Sumol Summer Fest is a two-day music festival in Ericeria, Portugal. With a skate park, a famous surf spot and gorgeous golden sands on its doorstep, Sumol is the perfect combination between music festival and summer getaway. Each year, a lineup of DJs, rappers and performers head to the seaside town for a weekend of big beats and phenomenal partying, as the summer sounds of hip hop, house, reggae and dancehall ring out across the Atlantic coast.”
Missed this year’s festivals? Don’t worry, all of them happen year after year so stay tuned for next year festival season!