27 de March, 2023
All it takes is for the temperatures to rise a little for the music festival season to begin in Portugal. The country has excellent music festivals, aimed at the most diverse audiences. There are options for the more sophisticated and elegant consumers, and also for those who prefer to camp out with their tribe to exchange positive energies to the sound of good music. From jazz to rock n’roll, there are options for all ages. Portuguese music festivals usually attract people from all over, since ticket prices are cheaper than the average in other European countries. This makes these events even more special, as they allow for an incredible mix of accents and cultures.
If you really like all of this, take note, because we’re going to gather here the best music festivals in Portugal in 2023. This year, big names like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Chemical Brothers, New Order, Blur, Robbie Williams, Bad Religion, Pet Shop Boys, among others, will pass through the country. Did you feel a little smell of 80’s and 90’s in the air? The attractions don’t stop there! There will also be The Script, J Balvin, Rosalía, Machine Gun Kelly, The Black Eyed Peas, Arctic Monkeys and much more!
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It is an obligatory stop on the European festival scene. It was considered the 5th best in the continent by the Best European Destinations website. The festival first appeared in Spain, then arrived in Portugal in 2012 and now also gains editions in Los Angeles, Santiago, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. Similar to what has happened since 2001 in Barcelona, Nos Primavera Sound Porto aims to disseminate the latest trends in music, mostly independent artists, of varied styles, who are standing out on the world stage for the quality of the sound they produce. Sometimes not all the names on the posters may be recognisable to the general public, but have faith: you will be surprised by the talent of the attractions. Of course, the line-up always features renowned international artists, who act as a magnet to attract the general public, but be on the lookout for bands you don’t know: they might be the ones that will impress you the most in the nick of time. The event provides an app where you can follow the start of each show, mark favourite attractions, schedule alarms, and maintain everything well organised.
When: June 7th to 10th
Where: City Park, Porto
How much: 70€ for the day or 170€ for the 3 days
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem, Alison Goldfrapp, Rosalía, Bad Religion, Fred Again, Pet Shop Boys, Central Cee, Darkside, New Order, Blur, Halsey, Bleachers, Daphini.
NOS Alive is an alternative music festival that takes place in Oeiras, on the outskirts of Lisbon. Despite being young (it started in 2007), it is already considered as one of the best festivals in Portugal, with the motto of having “the best lineup ever”. In 2009 it was even considered by the British magazine NME one of the 12 best European festivals outside the UK. Tickets are usually sold out in advance. Since February there are no tickets available for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ performance day, but there are still tickets available for the other days. The capacity of the venue is 55,000 festival-goers per day. In 2023 it will last only 3 days, unlike the previous year, when it offered 4 nights of performances.
When: July 6th to 8th
Where: Passeio Marítimo de Algés
How much: 74€ per day or 179€ for the 3 days. The 4-day pass is sold out.
Who: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Black Keys, Lil Nas X, Arctic Mokeys, Lizzo, Sam Smith, Queen of the Stone Age, Machine Gun Kelly
On the Gaia side, at the mouth of the Douro river, very close to the beaches, the Meo Marés Vivas Festival has been held since 1999. The festival is known for its star-studded line-up, with big names, especially in pop music. Besides that, with a capacity for more than 30 thousand festival-goers per day, it has a good infrastructure, with alternative stages and a food court. In its last editions it even had comedy shows and performances by young local bands. Despite being located near the beach and always taking place in July – in the middle of summer – make no mistake: the new space that hosts the event is usually cold and windy, and a warm coat is always recommended.
When: July 14-16
Where: Cabedelo, Vila Nova de Gaia
How much: 45€ per day or 90€ pass for the 3 days.
Who: Pablo Alborán, The SCript, Os Quatro e Meia, Jorge Palma, Da Weasel, J Balvin, Carolina Deslandes together with Bárbara Tinoco, Black Eyed Peas, Xavier Rudd, Fernando Daniel, Slow J.
With over 25 years of existence, Super Bock Super Rock is one of the most well-established, acclaimed and popular festivals in Portugal. During that quarter-century, the festival has changed location several times: from various venues in Lisbon and to Meco Beach. But one of the things that hasn’t changed over time is the commitment to presenting impressive headliners, with artists from all over the world. The event has 4 different stages. In addition to rock, the festival also hosts renowned stars and rising talents from pop, electronic music, hip-hop, indie and alternative music.
When: July 13th to 15th
Where: Meco, Sesimbra
How much: 60€ per day or 115€ single pass with camping for the 3 days.
Who: The Offspring, The 1975, Steve Lacy, Franz Ferdinand, Father John Misty, Wu-Tang Clan, Charlotte de Witte, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Sam The Kid with Orchestra and Orelha Negra…
The compass points north, warns the North Music Festival, which proposes to mark the beginning of the festival season, still in the month of May. Despite being born in the city of Guimarães, this festival migrated to Porto in its 2nd edition. It is already part of the calendar of major events in the country. It takes place in the beautiful Alfândega do Porto, on the banks of the Douro River, with an enchanting view. It is even possible to take a cruise on the river in between concerts. Its attractions are eclectic and do not disappoint. This year, it is betting on Brazilian music and brings a night only of artists from this country: the carnival singer Ivete Sangalo, besides the sertanejo pop of Ana Castela and Gustavo Mioto. Another highlight of this year’s event is renowned star Robbie Williams.
When: May 26th, 27th and 28th
Where: Alfândega do Porto
How much: 55€ per day (26th or 27th), 95€ (28th) or 145€ the pass for 3 days.
Who: The Chemical Brothers, Pedro Abrunhosa, Tiago Nacarato, Ivete Sangalo, Ana Castela, Gustavo Mioto, Robbie Williams…
“Join the tribe” is the slogan of this festival, which concentrates a wide range of renowned artists from musical styles ranging from Reggae to Rock, electronic music, and even Fado. The festival had its first edition in 1997, in a historical edition that was marked not only by the great attractions (Marilyn Manson, Blur and Suede), but for being set up for only 11 days, after the organisers had a disagreement with the owners of the space originally dedicated to the festival. Since then the event has grown quite a bit. Its campsite resembles a “mini city”, with waste collection and management, a supermarket, around 500 showers, community kitchen, fire station, a medical center and GNR. Bathing in the canal at Herdade da Casa Branca is a tradition among campers. Young people are the majority, but it is also possible to go with the whole family. Those with children aged between 6 and 12 can benefit from a space with children’s entertainers and ensure greater peace of mind during the concerts.
When: August 9th to 12th
Where: Herdade da Casa Branca, Zambujeira do Mar.
How much: Daily ticket: 55€. General pass: 120€.
Who: Ivandro, David Guetta, Nial Horan, Bizarrap, Metro Boomin, L7nnon, Slow J
This year Summol Summer Fest has a new address. With its growth, the producer Música no Coração decided to change location to Costa da Caparica, a space that promises to offer better conditions and accessibility.
Targeted at a young audience and in tune with new trends, the event brings together big names in rap and hip hop. When purchasing the two-day pass, festival-goers can choose the camping option
When: June 30th and July 1st
Where: Inatel Camping Park, by Praia de São João, in Costa da Caparica
How much: Daily ticket: 32€. 2-day pass without camping: 40€. 2-day pass with camping: 50€.
Who: Popcaan, Matuê, Profjam, Bárbara Bandeira, Mishlawi and Children of Zeus, Wiz Khalifa, Aya Nakamura, Iann Dior and Mizzy Miles & Friends.More: https: //sumolsummerfest.com/
Do warm summer evenings spent in beautiful gardens to the sound of high quality music sound like a perfect mix to you? EDP Cool Jazz is the best jazz festival in Portugal, with an elegant and cozy atmosphere, in symbiosis with nature. The event takes place in the beautiful town of Cascais, and the great stars of jazz, soul, pop and even other jazz-inspired genres have already performed there. It attracts an older and sophisticated public.
Its first edition took place in 2004 and for 2023 great stars such as Norah Jones and Lionel Richie have been confirmed. As happened with Primavera Sound, Cool Jazz has also lost its previous title sponsor, in this case ADP.
When: July 8, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29.
Where: Marechal Carmona Park and Manuel Possolo Hippodrome, Cascais
How much: 35.00€ to 75.00€ per day, depending on the chosen area (grandstand, audience, box).
Who: Ben Harper, Snarky Puppy, Norah Jones, Lionel Richie, Van Morrison, Kings of Convenience.
We could not end our list without including the oldest festival in Portugal! Vilar de Mouros was born during the New State, in the summer of 1971, when it welcomed international stars such as Elton John and the Manfred Mann. Inspired by the Woodstock model, it was the target of much criticism, in a country still under dictatorship and with a conservative society. This historic festival has also had in previous posters attractions such as Iron Maiden, Neil Young, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant and even U2!!! In 2021, on its 50th anniversary, the VIlar de Mouros got a special free edition, despite the pandemic.
For 2023 nothing is known about the event yet, no attractions have been revealed so far, as well as ticket prices.
When: August 24th to 26th
Where: Vilar de Mouros, Caminha, Viana do Castelo