Music: Summer festivals thrive in face of economic crisis


Next month brings five major festivals. In Algés, Optimus Alive from 12 to 14 July brings big foreign names such as Depeche Mode, Green Day and Editors as well as Portuguese favourites such as O’queStrada.

Culture What's New — 24 June 2013 by Lusa News
Music: Summer festivals thrive in face of economic crisis

Blur at Porto's biggest festival, Primavera Sound (Photograph: Hugo Lima/www.hugolima.com)

The high season for music festivals is approaching, with more than 300 concerts of pop, rock, Portuguese and world music concerts in prospect this year, as events apparently flourish despite a deep recession.

Last month saw Porto‘s biggest festival, Primavera Sound, welcome 75,000 spectators to the city’s Parque da Cidade, but most festivals are clustered in July and August.

This week, from 27 to 29 June, there is the Sumol Summer Fest in the surf resort of Ericeira, northwest of Lisbon, with above all reggae, hip hop and electronica.

At the same time, on 28 and 29 June, Loulé hosts the 10th annual MED festival, with Portuguese bands complementing musicians from Mali, Angola, Brazil and elsewhere.

Next month brings five major festivals, starting with the EDP CoolJazz in Oeiras, near Lisbon, from 4 July, with Diana Krall once more taking part on a roster that includes Brazil’s Djavan and Jamie Cullum, as well as Portugal’s Ana Moura and Luísa Sobral. John Legend is also to play his first ever gig in Portugal.

Closer to Lisbon, in Algés, Optimus Alive from 12 to 14 July brings big foreign names such as Depeche Mode, Green Day and Editors as well as Portuguese favourites such as O’queStrada.

Three festivals kick off on 18 July: Super Bock Super Rock in Sesimbra, south of Lisbon; Marés Vivas in Vila Nova de Gaia, south of Porto; and the world music festival Músicas do Mundo in Sines, now in its 15th year.

There are also more alternative events such as the Milhões de Festa in Barcelos.

August brings the long-established Sudoeste, near Zambujeira do Mar on the Alentejo coast, from 7 to 11 August, and Paredes de Coura in the northern Minho region, from 13 to 17 August.

Even the Azores get in on the act, with the Maré de Agosto running from 22 to 25 August and boasting names such as Oumou Sangaré and Angola’s rising star, Aline Frazão.

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