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All About Music Festivals in Portugal

Updated: May 27, 2024
By: Adriana Pinto

The music festival scene in Portugal is vibrant and diverse, offering a wide range of genres and experiences for music lovers. In this article we’ll tell you all about the main music festivals in the country – including dates, names and location – so that you can have the best summer and the best time ever!

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Portugal’s music festivals cater to a broad spectrum of musical tastes. You can find festivals dedicated to rock, pop, indie, EDM, jazz, hip-hop, and more. This diversity ensures there is something for everyone, regardless of their musical preferences. Moreover, they also take place in breathtaking locations, adding to the overall experience. From urban settings like Lisbon and Porto to scenic coastal areas like Ericeira or river beaches in the middle of nature like Paredes de Coura, these festivals offer not only great music, but also stunning surroundings.

Plus, some festivals in Portugal go beyond just music and incorporate unique themes, concepts, or experiences. These can range from sustainability-focused festivals like Boom Festival to events that combine music with art installations, workshops, and cultural activities! Let’s go over all of them by date.

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Primavera Sound Porto 2019 © Hugo Lima

Music Festivals in Portugal: By date (2024)

Primavera Sound Porto, June 6th – 8th

Just like the name says, Primavera Sound still takes place in Spring and is the first big music festival of the year in Portugal! It takes place in ‘Parque da Cidade’ (city park) in Matosinhos. It borrows its alternative and community-driven approach from its original – Primavera Sound Barcelona. It’s also next to the beach, so it won’t be too hot during the day. At night, definitely remember to bring a jacket! This year’s headliners are SZA, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey, Pulp and The National.

Sumol Summer Fest, July 5th – July 6th

Located in Ericeira beach and mostly dedicated to Portuguese artists, Sumol Summer Fest is perfect if you want to get to know the hip-hop music scene in Portugal. It’s rather small and cozy and it’s also pretty much obligatory to camp there (unless you choose to rent in Ericeira)! Some of the names that will be present are Morad, Offset, and Teto.

NOS Alive, July 11th – 13th

This is the biggest and, arguably, most mainstream music festival in Portugal. NOS Alive has a knack for booking some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as showcasing up-and-coming talent, making it a dynamic and exciting event for attendees. This year’s headliners are Pearl Jam, Dua Lipa, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sum 41. It also happens around Lisbon, in Passeio Marítimo de Algés. Even though it is next to the beach, there’s no place to hide from the sun, so it can get quite hot – be careful!

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NOS Alive
EDP Cool Jazz, July 9th – 31st

EDP Cool Jazz is not consecutive- it happens on selected days throughout the month of July. As the name suggests, it’s a celebration of jazz! It’s set in the beautiful gardens of the Parque dos Poetas in Oeiras, just outside Lisbon. The natural surroundings, combined with the cool summer evenings, create the perfect backdrop for the enchanting performances. This year’s main names are Air, Diana Krall, Marina Sena and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Super Bock Super Rock, July 18th – 20th

Also of the Portuguese music festival staples. It has happened in Lisbon previously, but, just like last year, in 2024 it’s set in its original home in Praia do Meco, Sesimbra. SBSR is known for its alternative and diverse approach, and this year is no different. The main names are Måneskin, Royal Blood, 21 Savage and Aminé. It’s also typical to camp for this one, especially since getting there by car can be a little difficult.

MEO Marés Vivas, July 19th – 21st

Once a big name for music festivals, it has fallen down in recent years. But – good news -, that also makes it cheaper! MEO Marés Vivas happens in Praia da Madalena, in Vila Nova de Gaia, right next to Porto and it can be a great way to experience local life! This year’s headliners are Ben Harper, Louis Tomlinson and the popular Portuguese band D’ZRT.

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Paredes de Coura
MEO Sudoeste, August 7th – 10th

MEO Sudoeste takes place in Zambujeira do Mar, a coastal village in the Alentejo. With a beautiful beach and stunning natural scenery, the festival’s location offers a unique atmosphere in the south of the country. However, you should be aware that it is heavily targeted towards younger people and teens as a whole camping experience – the music is a little secondary to the festival. Some of the names this year include Martin Garrix, Don Toliver and Anitta.

Neopop Festival, August 8th – 10th

Neopop Festival is an internationally renowned electronic music festival that takes place in Viana do Castelo, in northern Portugal. It is known for its cutting-edge lineup and immersive atmosphere, attracting electronic music enthusiasts from all around the globe! It is also perfect if you want to explore the lesser known parts of Portugal. This year you can expect to see Freddy K, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin and Amelie Lens.

Vodafone Paredes de Coura, August 14th – 17th

Also great for exploring the lesser known parts of Portugal. It takes place in the village from which it borrows its name – Paredes de Coura. It’s alternative music-oriented, mostly towards a heavier vibe but with great diversity. Especially this year with some of the names being girl in red, Slowdive, Cat Power, André 3000 and Sampha. It gets quite cold at night due to the river, so be aware!

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EDP Vilar de Mouros
EDP Vilar de Mouros, August 21st – 24th

Vilar de Mouros is often referred to as “the Woodstock of Portugal” – it’s one of the oldest music festivals in the country and it never let go of its commitment to rock and alternative music. The intimate and immersive setting and the energy of the crowd, combined with the natural surroundings, create an electrifying atmosphere that is very unique to the festival. Definitely a must for rock fans! The only announced name until now is Queens of the Stone Age.

MEO Kalorama, August 29th – 31st

Also a newcomer to the music festival scene in Portugal, as this will only be its third edition. But don’t be fooled, it has already made a name for itself! It’s rather similar to NOS Alive when it comes to range of genres and mainstream-ability, but a little more niche. Again this year, the lineup is great, with names like LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, The Smile and Peggy Gou. Plus, Kalorama is located right in the heart of Lisbon – in Parque da Bela Vista -, so accommodation won’t be a problem.

Overall, the music festival scene in Portugal is thriving, with a wide range of festivals catering to different tastes and preferences. Whether you’re looking for mainstream acts, alternative sounds, electronic beats, or a fusion of genres, you’re bound to find a music festival that suits your interests in Portugal!

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