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Top 10: Music Festivals in Portugal 2018

Top 10: Music Festivals in Portugal 2018

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 EDP Beach Party

Headliners: Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeSteve Aoki, Timmy Trumpet

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: 29-30 June 2018, Matosinhos

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#9 Sumol Summer Fest

Headliners: French Montana, Joey Bada$$, Vic Mensa

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: 6-7 July 2018, Ericeira

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#8 RFM Somnii

: Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Yellow Claw, Steve Angello

Like EDP Beach Party, RFM Somnii is a festival hosted by a popular radio station, on a beach, in the glorious Portuguese sun.

The only things putting this festival higher up the list is the extra day of partying, and the bigger lineup that comes with it – featuring EDM, hardstyle, future-bass and more.

When & Where: 6-8 July 2018, Figueira da Foz

#7 NEOPOP Electronic Festival

Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock, Jeff Mills, Ricardo Villalobos

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: 8-11 August 2018, Viana do Castelo

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#6 Vodafone Paredes de Coura

Headliners: Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Skepta 

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: 15-18 August 2018, Paredes de Coura

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#5 MEO Sudoeste

Headliners: Marshmello, Hardwell, Shawn Mendes, Lil Pump

Only the best and biggest in EDM, pop and rap 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 energy-packed sets.

When & Where: 7-11 August 2018, Zambujeira

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#4 Super Bock Super Rock

Headliners: The xx, Justice, Travis Scott, The Voidz

As expected with a festival this high on the list, 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 a lineup of stars from a diverse array of genres.

When & Where: 19-21 July 2018, Lisbon

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#3 Rock In Rio Lisboa

Muse, Bruno Mars, The Killers, Katy Perry

The European edition of one of the world's most famous music festivals only comes around every 2 years, but when it does the organisers know how to make up for lost time. With bona fide megastars topping the bill and a huge effort put into creating a magical environment, the festival is one of Europe's best.

When & Where: 23-24 & 29-30 June, Lisbon

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#2 NOS Primavera Sound

Headliners: Lorde, A$AP Rocky, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tyler, The Creator

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: 7-9 June 2018, Porto

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#1 NOS Alive

Headliners: Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Pearl Jam

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 such as Queens of the Stone Age and Wolf Alice. 

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: 12-14 July 2018, Lisbon

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