1. Rock in Rio Lisboa 2018
Rock in Rio is one of the biggest festivals in the world and this year it’s coming back to Portugal (this only happens every two years). Headlining the festival are Bruno Mars (tickets already sold out), MUSE, The Killers and Katy Perry.
2. Nos Alive 2018
This is one of the most famous festivals in Portugal. Its proximity to Lisbon and the big names it consistently brings on stage have contributed to making it so popular. Pearl Jam, Queens of Stone Age and Artic Monkeys are some of the bands playing this year.
3. Super Bock Super Rock 2018
This festival has changed location a few times but, nonetheless, it’s still one of the most popular festivals in Portugal mainly for hosting some of the biggest rock stars in the world. This year they will be hosting a more eclectic mix of musical styles and bands like The XX, Justice, Travis Scott and Julian Casablancas & the Voidz.
4. Boom Festival 2018
Boom Festival is the biggest psytrance festival in the world. It features live music performances and a broad variety of visual art exhibits. It happens bi-annually, during August’s full moon, in Idanha-a-Nova and although it’s been sold out for ages now, you can either try to get tickets through other means a.k.a forums and facebook groups or just start planning for the next one.
5. MEO Sudoeste 2018
MEO Sudoeste is one of the biggest Portuguese summer festivals and it happens in the coastal town of Zambujeira do Mar, in Alentejo. Electronic music is the Queen at this festival but worry not, if this is not your style there are always other types of music being played on the different stages around the festival. J Balvin, Hardwell, Marshmello and Shawn Mendes are some of the artists performing this year.
6. Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2018
It’s all the way up north, by Praia do Taboão in Paredes de Coura, that one of the biggest festivals, together with NOS ALIVE and Sudoeste, takes place. This festival is known for bringing into the limelight bands on the brink of worldwide success. This year Big Thief, Fleet Foxes, Skepta and Arcade Fire are the headliners at the festival.
7. Vilar de Mouros 2018
Vilar de Mouros is the oldest rock festival in Portugal and it’s still one of the cheapest to attend, €70 for three days. It happens in Caminha, northwestern Portugal, and it was organized for the first time in 1965. When it was first launched, Portugal was still under a dictatorship regime so the government police would walk around the venue compiling the names of the forbidden songs being played. Elton John, U2, Neil Young, Ben Harper have all played in Vilar de Mouros. This year you can see Human League, The Pretenders, Los Lobos and Public Image Limited.
8. NOS Primavera Sound 2018
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, LORDE, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator are just some of the artists and bands performing at NOS Primavera Sound. This eclectic and alternative music festival takes place in Porto’s urban park and it’s the youngest sibling of a festival with the same name in Barcelona.
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9. Sumol Summer Fest
Joey Bada$$, French Montana, Vic Mensa will be taking the stage in Ericeira, a beach and surf destination where famous hip-hop names converge for a two-night festival. You can buy a two-day pass with camping included.
10. Meo Marés Vivas
David Guetta, Rita Ora, LP, Goo Goo Dolls, Joss Stone, Jamiroquai and many more artists will be bringing the house down with incredible performances at this urban festival located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto.
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