With festival season now fully underway we have rounded up four of Portugal’s must attend festivals which you must experience this year, each taking place in a different part of the country.
The BPM Festival (Algarve)
20 – 23 September
The BPM Festival is an annual world-class electronic music festival which takes place in Portugal’s Algarve region on the stunning beaches of Portimão & Lagoa (formerly Playa Del Carmen, Mexico). Originally designed as an elite dance music industry networking event, the festival has morphed into an international mélange of electronic music lovers, DJs, producers, revelers and partygoers. With over 145 artists announced thus far you can expect to see DJs such as Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Peggy Gou, Barac, tINI & many more.
Nova Batida (Lisbon)
14 – 16 September
This is the chance to see some of the worlds freshest music across Lisbon’s freshest venues. From the sprawling factory with it courtyards, outbuildings, warehouses, as well as disused tram terminus of LX Factory, to the cool edge of Village Underground – combined with easy access to the bustling heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, and Portugal’s famous surf beaches – Nova Batida has a distinct edge. Lineup includes artists such as Gilles Peterson, Mount Kimbie, Little Dragon & many more.
RPMM Festival (Porto)
28 & 29 July
The much anticipated RPMM Festival in Porto is set to be an expressionist heaven, shaping up to be a tasteful showcase of over 50 local and international underground artists plus production from artistic director Jonny TV. It takes place at the beautiful and historic Alfandega, across a 12th century UNESCO Heritage site, as well as at various other satellite venues around Porto, and will allow you to soak up the music as well as plenty of delights the city has to offer. Artists playing include Matthias Tanzmann, Francesca Lombardo, Margaret Dygas, Guy Gerber, Matt Tolfrey and more.
Waking Life (Crato)
15 – 20 August
Waking Life, a 5-day arts and music festival located near the medieval town of Crato, Portugal, taking place from the 15th till 19th of August 2018. The village is situated in Northern Alentejo, one of the most deserted regions in Southern Europe.
They’ve just finalized the lineup, adding Peter Van Hoesen and Priku to a bill that already includes DVS1, Vladimir Ivkovic, Maayan Nidam, Andy Stott, Inga Mauer, Lone, Call Super, Anthony Linell and plenty more names across techno, house and experimental.