NOS Primavera Sound is the celebrated offshoot of Barcelona's world-famous indie giant. The majority of Primavera Sound's rock, pop and electro lineup heads over to Porto each year for a more intimate, more compact re-run on the Atlantic coast.
Marking its fifth birthday in 2016, NOS Primavera has been an unqualified success – huge names, great setting and that renowned focus on indie and up-and-comers. You'll find heroes past and present alongside rising stars, extending the Primavera party and soaking up the Portuguese summer sun.
Last year's headline sets from Patti Smith, Ride and Interpol were balanced out by the likes of Jungle, FKA Twigs and Run The Jewels. Expect the same high standard in 2016, and possibly some special surprises too…
Porto is a typically historic European city, located on Portugal's Atlantic coast and at the estuary of the Douro river. Parque da Cidade is the largest urban park in the whole of Portugual, and has hosted NOS Primavera Sound since the festival started in 2012.
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
The festival will also be providing a special service to help people travel between Praça Cidade Salvador and Av. dos Aliados (City Centre). The service will include stops along the route and will function during the early hours of the 10, 11 and 12 June between 12:20 am and 07:00 am.
Bus route 200 will also be extended to Praça Cidade Salvador between 4pm and 9pm, and route 205 will operate in the early hours between Praça Cidade Salvador and Areosa.
Ticket holders will be entitled to a 30% discount on travel (2nd class) on the Intercities, Regional or inter-regional services, departing from any station with destination Porto Campanhã or Porto São Bento, as well as the return journey. This discount is valid between 8 and 12 June 2016.
Once again boasting some of the most charismatic eateries in Porto, festival-goers will be able to sample the famous “cachorrinhos” (little hot-dogs), Chiparia, with its irresistible Belgian chips, Fresca Inspiração, with nutritious soups and fresh salads, or Prazeres da Bairrada, unbeatable in the art of roasting suckling pig, all washed down with some of the regions finest wines.
The popular Primavera Market is back, featuring over 22 brands showing off their work, including the maritime inspired men’s clothing brand Litoral, Feelflows’ unique surf boards, Velo Culture’s elegant bicycles, and the irreverent pieces by PORTOBRANDS or Barbearia Porto.
For the third year running, NOS Primavera Sound will be hosting a free event inside Virtudes, Porto's popular bar, on Wednesday 8th June. Playing will be Holy Nothing, X-Wife, Batida DJ Set and Mister Teaser.