MIL – There’s a new music festival in Lisbon and it starts today!

The best Portuguese bands will all be in Lisbon for two days

The music scene in Portugal is getting more and more exciting everyday. However, it can sometimes be slightly closed in itself. The organizers of MIL – International Music Network – decided to create an initiative that will generate dialogue between the music industry from Portuguese-speaking countries and the international sector. 

It will take place in Cais do Sodré, which is a must-go for any Lisbon visitor. In two days, more than 50 concerts will go down in the stages of some of the hottest bars of the city like Musicbox, Sabotage and Tokyo.

There will also be a special program for music professionals, with talks and conferences on big topics of the music industry like The Creative Force of Independent Labels on the Music Market and The Art of Programming. 

For the first edition, France is the lucky special guest, so there will be lots of french artists and professionals around. Hopefully many great projects and connections will come out of this 🙂

As for the concerts, you have plenty of good stuff to choose from, but we have a couple of suggestions:


Lounge, 22h30: Surma 

Fall in love with this one woman band project. She says that her music goes from jazz to post-rock, from electronic to noise. Give it a listen:


Tokyo, 23h30: Da Chick

This chick will take you in a funky journey back to New York between the 70’s and the 80’s. It will be impossible to resist to her awesomeness, you will even find energy that you didn’t know you had in the first place.


B´leza, 1h30: DJ Firmeza

If you’re into the batida sounds, a genre that is boiling in Lisbon, don’t miss DJ Firmeza in B’leza.


B´leza, 21h45: You Can’t Win Charlie Brown

They are a band with 6 very creative members who play a bunch of different instruments, so it’s really hard to get bored with them. Get lost in their indie rock tunes:


Tokyo, 21h: Golden Slumbers

Thomas has told you before about Golden Slumbers, the folk band of the two sisters Margarida and Catarina. Their voices are beautiful and they make some great music with it.


Tokyo, 22h15: Éme

Although he might not be one of the strongest names on the list, his new album is about an afternoon in Graça, where Tings Lisbon is! So you should check him out, even if just for that 😉


So this is a great opportunity for you to visit if you’re an artist, a band manager, a producer, a journalist…or if you just want to get to know some of the best Portuguese bands. The tickets cost 40 euros for access to the full event and 20 euros only for the all the concerts.


Check the full program here!

mil map

A map of all the venues where MIL will be taking place. The green marks are for the concerts


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