We say it nearly every year, but once again the organisers of Lisb-ON Jardim Sonoro appear to have pulled it out the bag with their lineup. Whether it's hard-hitting techno or dancefloor-driven disco, live performances or extended back-to-back sets, it is clear just how much has gone into the curation of the programme (you can check out the full lineup here and see for yourself).
Combine that with the beautifully verdant setting, which somehow manages to capture a sense of intimate countryside escapism despite being situated in the heart of the Portuguese capital, and the weekend looks like another hugely inviting prospect.
So with just a couple of weeks to go until the gates of Parque Eduardo VII open once more, we've picked some of our favourite mixes from just five acts from the lineup, all to get you in the mood for another memorable weekend of partying.
In his 25 years in underground electronic music, Ed Upton has accrued no shortage of fans by virtue of his wide-reaching influences, impeccable production, and deep love for the scene. Here, acid house, old-school electro, and chiptune style production that sounds like a game soundtrack from something you used to play on the original Gameboy come together in perfect harmony.
At three hours long, this mix for Resident Advisor's long-running podcast series is not one for the uncommitted, but the hugely influential figure from the UK underground (fabric resident, Houghton Festival founder) delves into the deeper and darker corners of house music with aplomb.
This being a Portuguese festival, it's only right that we – like the organisers – showcase some of the exciting talent from the country's electronic underground. And with her left-field selections, experimental tendencies, and finely tuned ear for captivating electro and techno stylings, who better to include than Lisbon's very own Caroline Lethô.
Horse Meat Disco
The story of Horse Meat Disco is quite something; from a fairly unassuming weekly party at a gay bar in London, the brand has become one of the best known queer nights anywhere in the world, moving from the city's LGBTQ+ underground scene to stages at some of the biggest festivals worldwide. What's more, the team behind it all can pride themselves on having a significant role to play in the increased popularity of disco in their hometown over recent years. Quite an impressive feat.
Part of the so-called 'second generation' of Detroit techno artists – along with the like of Jeff Mills and Carl Craig – for decades Octave One have been representing the sound so intrinsically linked with their hometown, where modern techno was born. Whether DJing or playing live (as they will be at Jardim Sonoro), the fraternal duo are undeniable legends of the game.
Lisb-ON Jardim Sonoro 2019 takes place from 6-8 September. Book the last remaining tickets, packages and extras here.