For a country smaller in size than the likes of Iceland, Cuba and even Nepal, it's fair to say Portugal punches above its weight when it comes to music festivals,
Across the year, and particularly over summer, the Iberian nation hosts some of European's most respected events, from multi-genre giants like NOS Alive and Super Bock Super Rock, EDM heavyweights like RFM Somnii, and underground electronic delights like Neopop and The BPM Festival. Special mention should also go to newcomer Afro Nation, the hype around the first edition unlike almost anything else in the festival world this year with tickets selling out immediately.
Spanning idyllic riverside locations and inner-city creative hubs, the country really does boast something for everyone, whatever genre or vibe you're looking for. Here is our pick of the best.
Sumol Summer Fest
Lineup (2020): Burna Boy, Trippie Redd, Piruka, Julinho KSD, SAINt JHN, Nenny (+ more TBA)
Residing at the Ericeira seaside resort just north of Lisbon, Sumol Summer combines beachside relaxation, surfing and skating with some of urban music's most exhilarating stars from both sides of the Atlantic.
When & Where: 3-4 July 2020, Ericeira
Lineup (2020): Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alan Walker, Alok, Vini Vici, Sean Paul, MORTEN, Miss K8, Tropkillaz
Hosted by a popular radio station, on a beach, in the glorious Portuguese sun, RFM Somnii is three days of high-octane partying soundtracked by a lineup that features EDM, house, hardstyle, DnB, rap, reggaeton and more.
When & Where: 10-12 July 2020, Figueira da Foz
Lineup (2020): Bad Bunny, Major Lazer, Ozuna, Migos, blackbear, Profjam, MEDUZA, Melim
The best and biggest in EDM, pop and rap touchdown on Herdade da Casa Branca for five days of high-adrenaline partying. Boasting a riverside setting, festival-goers can cool off in the water between energy-packed sets.
When & Where: 4-8 August 2020, Zambujeira
The BPM Festival: Portugal
Lineup (2019): Loco Dice, Laurent Garnier, Paco Osuna, Dubfire, Stephan Bodzin, Apollonia
Having brought the brand across the Atlantic from Mexico, The BPM Festival is now an established fixture of the European electronic music calendar. Showcases from revered record labels, promoters and clubbing brands offer a chance to see underground house and techno's leading lights and rising stars across four days of late-summer partying.
When & Where: 2020 Dates TBA, Portimão
Lineup (2020): The Black Madonna, Loco Dice, Honey Dijon, Paco Osuna, Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos, Dax J
Having been once known as AntiPop, it's no surprise that Neopop fixes it spotlight firmly on underground house and techno. Now the country's most celebrated electronic music festival, expect only the most influential and genre-defining names at the historic and charming port town of Viana do Castelo.
When & Where: 12-15 August 2020, Viana do Castelo
Vodafone Paredes de Coura
Lineup (2020): Pixies, Mac DeMarco, IDLES, Soulwax, Parquet Courts, Floating Points, Daughter, The Comet Is Coming, Ty Segall
Kick back riverside, or even jump on your inflatable dinghy when you're not listening to Vodafone Paredes de Coura's indie-filled lineup. Set inside the idyllic woodland of Praia do Taboão, this has to be one of Europe's most unique, and most relaxing festival locations. And the lineup is suitably inviting.
When & Where: 19-22 August 2020, Paredes de Coura
Super Bock Super Rock
Lineup (2020): A$AP Rocky, Foals, BROCKHAMPTON, Rex Orange County, Kali Uchis, GoldLink, Kevin Morby, Son Lux, Slow J
When it comes to SBSR, we're talking the biggest artists from around the globe. Now one of Europe's foremost multi-genre festivals, Super Bock Super Rock celebrated a landmark 25th anniversary edition last year by returning to a former home at Meco Beach, to the south of the country's capital.
When & Where: 18-20 July 2020, Meco (South of Lisbon)
NOS Primavera Sound
Lineup (2020): Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator, Pavement, Beck, Bad Bunny, King Krule, FKA twigs, Mura Masa, Chromatics
The Portuguese sister of Spain's revered indie festival, NOS Primavera draws from the same pool of artists but invites them to a more stripped back, intimate setting – the country's largest urban park. Straddling between city and sea, NOS' blissful retreat is the perfect antidote for those who want the musical taste of Primavera Sound, but don't fancy the concrete of Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum.
When & Where: 3-5 September 2020, Porto
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Lineup (2020): The Strokes, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Faith No More, Da Weasel, Khalid, alt-J
Packing in an ultimate lineup and a kickass location, NOS Alive really does have it all. Spend your days lapping up the sun and cooling off in the Tagus river, and your nights partying away to a mixture of international and more underground names. Also, just ten minutes away from some of Europe's best beaches and surfing spots, NOS Alive has become much more than just a music festival.
When & Where: 9-11 July 2020, Lisbon
Lineup (2020): Beenie Man, Chronixx, French Montana, Wizkid, Aya Nakamura, Naira Marley, Olamide, Dadju, Teni
The flagship festival of the now global brand – which also boasts festivals in Ghana and Mexico – Afro Nation Portugal is a huge beach party soundtracked by the biggest and best from the worlds of Afrobeats, dancehall, bashment, hip hop, R&B and more.
When & Where: 17-19 July 2020, Portimão
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