The Portuguese sister of Spain's independent music gala
Born in 2012, Primavera Sound's Portuguese little sister might be smaller, but it packs the same punch as its older brother.
Sharing their indie rooted lineup almost entirely, albeit it scaled down a tad in NOS' case, the siblings instead differ in setting. Where Barcelona's Parc del Forum is a sprawling, hyper-modern space, Porto's Parque da Cidade is grassy and wooded, straddling between city and sea.
Its musical offerings are also a delight, with both Patti Smith and Ride due to head west from Barcelona to sprinkle their touch on the Atlantic shores, making Primavera's more intimate counterpart impossible to overlook, comparing a lush coastal setting with the distinctive and eclectic Primavera stamp.
Taking place in a large city park between Porto and the Atlantic, NOS Primavera is nestled in the spectacular Douro river estuary. Porto's beautiful age-old buildings, port cellars and cuisine (check out the meat sweats) may not be high on your radar when booking your NOS Primavera ticket, but it really is a glossy city-break and a world class music festival rolled into one.
Parque Da Cidade, Parque Da Cidade, Porto, Portugal
BY PLANE: Porto's international airport is called Francisco de Sá Carneiro, and is approximately a 45 minute journey away from the festival site. To reach the site from here, take Metro Line E south until Senhora da Hora, then change onto Line A till Parque Real. Once here, follow the signs to the festival.
BY TRAIN: The city's main station for national and international services is Campanhã, which is again 45 minutes from the festival. If you're arriving into Campanhã, take either Metro Line B or C until Senhora da Hora before changing onto Line A to take you onto Parque Real. Once here, follow the signs to the festival.
BY BUS: The festival has published a list of buses that you can use to reach the festival site. They are:
200: Bolhão - Pr. Cidade Salvador, between 6pm and 9pm
202: Lóios - Castelo do Queijo, exit: Castelo do Queijo
203: Marquês - Castelo do Queijo, exit: Castelo do Queijo
205: Campanhã - Castelo do Queijo, exit: Pr. Cid. Salvador
500: Loios - Matosinhos (Mercado), exit: Pr. Cid. Salvador
501: Sá da Bandeira - Matosinhos (Praia), exit: Matosinhos (Praia)
502: Bolhão - Matosinhos (Mercado), exit: Pr. Cid. Salvador
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