NOS Alive: The Music Festival of The Summer
This week, from July 6th till July 8th, Lisbon is again hosting what has been considered one of the best music festivals in the world: NOS Alive.
This is also one of the trendiest festivals in Europe, offering music for all tastes, from commercial to alternative, to clubbing, to Fado (the traditional Portuguese music that is UNESCO world cultural heritage), on seven different stages. There is even a stage dedicated solely to performances by Portuguese comedians.
On the main stage, the headliners this year certainly do not disappoint: Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Phoenix, The XX and Alt-J, to mention just a few, are all performing. But the festival goer will have problems deciding which stage to attend to, because there are several other concerts happening in other stages at the same time. Trust me, it’s a tough choice. On the Heineken Stage, names including Ryan Adams, Bonobo, Glass Animals, Royal Blood, Wild Beasts, Peaches, Cage the Elephant, Fleet Foxes, among several others, will be playing. Still, regardless of which stage you choose, you can be sure that the energy from the audience will be something to remember.
One of the best things about this festival, besides the great music, is the food and restaurants available. From typical Portuguese cuisine, you have several other options of international food, from Mexican, to Israeli, to German, among others. In addition, there are healthy food restaurants, because festival food does not need to be just junk – although fast food is also available. You can find the link for the complete list of the festival food court here.
The third best thing about NOS Alive is its location: in Passeio Marítimo de Algés, it’s just 15 minutes from Lisbon by train, and 15 minutes from the beach. And since the first bands will not start playing before 3 p.m., you have plenty of time to go surfing or sunbathing before heading there, where the weather has been nice in nearly every edition since it began. So prepare those tops and shorts and sunglasses and get going. From 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. in these three days, it’s all about music. The tickets are sold out by now, but there’s always next year, and it’s always good.