Top 10: Music Festivals in Portugal

9 March 2017 09:41

From the indie-tastic NOS Alive and Super Bock Super Rock, to the pulsating EDM heavyweight that is MEO Sudoeste and underground house and techno delight NeoPop Electronic, Portugal's music festival circuit is bubbling as strongly as ever.

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 are our pick of the best.

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#10 Sumol Summer Fest

Headliners: Sean Paul

Residing at the Ericeira seaside resort just north of Lisbon, Sumol Summer combines beachside relaxation with some of urban music's most exhilarating stars.

When & Where: 30 June - 1 July 2017, Ericeira

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#9 MEO Mares Vivas

Headliners: Scorpions, Sting, Bastille

A varied lineup sees artists from the worlds of rock, pop, urban and electronic music come together on the banks of the Rio Douro estuary in Vila Nova de Gaia, just south of Porto.

When & Where: 14-16 July 2017, Vila Nova de Gaia 

#8 Lisboa Dance Festival

Headliners: Hercules & Love Affair, Marcel Dettmann, Mount Kimbie

Returning to Lisbon's hip, creative hub – The LX Factory – for only its second edition, Lisboa Dance Festival has already got a reputation around the city. Laying on a selection of innovating music, talks and masterclasses, the two-day festival is all about exploring the trends of dance music culture.

When & Where: 10-11 March 2017, Lisbon

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#7 EDP Beach Party

Headliners: Hardwell

EDP Beach Party is hosted by Porto's popular radio station Rádio Nova Era, and therefore follows the trends that the station sets. EDM and big-room house stars collide on the lush sands of Praia de Leça da Palmeira under immense staging and even better production.

When & Where: 30 June - 1 July 2017, Matosinhos

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#6 NeoPop Electronic Festival

Headliners: Moderat, Kraftwerk, Rødhåd

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 innovative and genre-pushing names at the historic and charming port town of Viana do Castelo.

When & Where: 3-5 August 2017, Viana do Castelo

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#5 Vodafone Paredes de Coura

Headliners: Foals, At-The-Drive-In, Beach House

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 we haven't even mentioned the top-drawer lineup yet...

When & Where: 16-19 August 2017, Paredes de Coura

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#4 MEO Sudoeste

Headliners: The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix

Only the best and biggest in EDM and pop touchdown on Herdade da Casa Branca for five days of high-adrenaline partying. And just like Vodafone Paredes de Coura, MEO Sudoeste boasts a riverside setting, meaning festival-goers can cool off in its waters between DJ Snake and Martin Garrix.

When & Where: 1-5 August 2017, Zambujeira

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#3 NOS Primavera Sound

Headliners: Bon Iver, Aphex Twin, Justice

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 wanting the musical taste of Primavera Sound, but don't fancy the sprawling metropolis that is Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum.

When & Where: 8-10 June 2017, Porto

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#2 Super Bock Super Rock

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Tyler, The Creator

As expected with our silver medalist, we're talking the biggest artists from around the globe. Now one of Europe's foremost rock and pop festivals, SBSR revels in the coastal urban sprawl of Portugal's capital city, showcasing artists such as Blur, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes on its creative staging.

When & Where: 13-15 July 2017, Lisbon

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#1 NOS Alive'17

Headliners: The Weeknd, Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode

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 underground names such as The Weeknd and Blossoms. Also, just ten minutes away from from some of Europe's best beaches and surfing spots, NOS Alive has become much more than just a music festival.

When & Where: 6-8 July 2017, Lisbon

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