Arguably the biggest and best music festival in Portugal, join MEO Sudoeste as it celebrates its 18th birthday this year with an eclectic array of musical talent.
Everything from the big electro house rhythms of Alesso will go up against the smooth jazz sounds of Jamie Cullum over five days of world beating acts.
More than 30,000 people will descend upon the coast of Southern Portugal for five days of live music and stay longer for a camping experience like no other.
Over the years Daft Punk, Kanye West, Oasis, David Guetta and Snoop Dogg have all played at the festival, which this year will welcome two Brit awards winners: Ellie Goulding and Tom Odell.
MEO Sudoeste has become a rite of passage for locals, so take the opportunity to experience it for yourself and find out what makes this festival such a Portuguese institution.
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Situated within the boundaries of the southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, MEO Sudoeste occupies a beautiful festival site which is only 10 minutes from the town and beach of Zambujeira Do Mar on the Alentejo coast.
There are three musical stages across the greenfield site and by day festival-goers can enjoy the fresh-water canal that runs through the festival ground, perfect for a quick dip or some water sports.
The currency in Portugal is the euro.
Yes, there will be cash machines onsite, available near the campsite from 1st August until the end of the festival. A fee will be charged to use the machines, though, so consider taking money with you.
You are welcome to take food into the festival as long as it is not in glass containers.
The two nearest airports to MEO Sudoeste festival are Faro, to the south of the festival, and Lisbon to the north. From Lisbon, Porto and Braga you can travel directly to the festival site via Rede Expressos buses, which run on each day of the festival.
Funcheira, the nearest railway station to the festival is served by Regional, Intercity and Alfa trains departing daily from Lisbon's Gare do Oriente station towards Faro.
Anyone travelling by car should head towards Odemira and then follow signs to Porto Covo and Vila Nova de Milfontes. Arriving in Vila Nova de Milfontes, continue on until the sign for Cabo Sardão, where you should turn right. After 2 km turn left into Zambujeira, then after 4.6 kilometers, located on your left at Herdade da Casa Branca is the festival.
The music might only be programmed for five nights but the real way to experience MEO Sudoeste is by spending more than a week camping here. Locals in particular treat the festival and the extended campsite opening hours like a summer camp, staying under canvas for up to nine nights.
The Canal of Herdade da Casa Branca is a great way to escape the Portuguese sun during the peak hours and you can go for a splash safe in the knowledge it's all supervised by certified lifeguards. The canal will be accessible from 0900-1900 (1-5 August) and 0900-2000 (6-10 August).
During the festival a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the festival and the local town and beaches for shopping, eating and bathing in the Portuguese sun.
Don't forget to make the most of the shade around the festival site during the peak of the midday heat. August is one the hottest months of the year in Portugal and daytime temperature reach an average high of 29°C, although major heat waves occasionally occur and temperatures can peak in excess of 35°C.