Music Festivals in the best country in Europe – how does that sound?

Thomas… I need to find an excuse to get out of Copenhagen and visit you.

If I crash at Tings isn’t there a festival near you in 2018 with interesting music I can go to nearby?

Any suggestions?

Allan Christensen on Facebook


I don’t remember the number of Music festivals I have been to in my life – in and outside Denmark. But its a LOT!

So a few days ago – when I got this message from my friend Alan in Copenhagen – I got a lot of flash backs to all the bands and parties I have seen and joined since my first Roskilde Festival back in 1977.


Most international bands touring Europe visit Portugal Like Bob Dylan who plays in Lisbon in March

Its funny, I don’t miss them anymore. At least not the ones in Denmark where the weather is just too unpredictable.

But I miss the music.

That’s when I realized that besides the fantastic weather, the beautiful country, the good food and the cheap prizes we have one more advantage living here.

All the bands and music events that tour Europe each summer also hits Portugal. The coming months will get visits from Roger Waters, Metallica, Bob Dylan, LCD Sound System, Ozzy Osbourne, Arcade Fire and a lot of other international superstar acts. Check them out on Viagogo.

So Allan’s idea about combining a Lisbon visit to Tings with a couple of days of music instead of the usual muddy and rainy events in Denmark is excellent!

I promised to get back to Alan after New Year with relevant festivals. So just spend the morning checking out the possibilities.

So Allan – this ones for you


The big festivals

#1 NOS Alive

WHAT: Rock & Pop: (2017: Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Pearl Jam)
WHEN & WHERE: 12-14 July 2018, Lisbon

#2 Super Bock Super Rock
Super Bock Super Rock

WHAT: Rock & Pop: (2017: Blur, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes)
WHEN & WHERE: 19-21 July 2018, Lisbon

#3 NOS Primavera Sound
NOS primera sound 2018

WHAT: Indie (2017: Bon Iver, Aphex Twin, Justice)
WHEN & WHERE: 7-9 June 2018, Porto

#4 MEO Sudoeste

WHAT: EDM (2017: The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix)
WHEN & WHERE: 7-11 August 2018, Zambujeira

#5 Vodafone Paredes de Coura
Vodafone Paredes

WHAT: Indie (2017: Foals, At-The-Drive-In, Beach House)
WHEN & WHERE: August 2018, Paredes de Coura

#6 NEOPOP Electronic Festival

WHAT: Electronic (2017: Moderat, Kraftwerk, Rødhåd)
WHEN & WHERE: 9-11 August 2018, Viana do Castelo

#7 EDP Beach Party

WHAT: Pop & Party (2017: Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Carnage)
WHEN & WHERE: June 2018, Matosinhos (Porto)

#8 Lisboa Dance Festival

WHAT: Dance (2017: Nao, Midland, Joe Goddard)
WHEN & WHERE: 9-10 March 2018, Lisbon, LX Factory

#9 MEO Mares Vivas

WHAT: Rock, Pop, Urban& Electronic (2017: Jamiroquai, Kodaline, Goo Goo Dolls)
WHEN & WHERE: 20-22 July 2018, Vila Nova de Gaia

#10 Sumol Summer Fest

WHAT: Dance (2017: Nao, Midland, Joe Goddard)
WHEN & WHERE: 6-7 July 2018, Ericeira


And then we have the biennals

Rock in Rio 2018

Rock in Rio LOGO

WHAT: Rock & Pop (2017: Muse, Bruno Mars, Killers)
WHEN & WHERE: 23, 24, 29 and 30 of June, Bela Vista Park, Lisbon,


Boom Festival 2018

Boom 2018

WHAT: Transformational festival, Trance music
WHEN & WHERE: 22 – Jul 29, 2018 Idanha-a-Nova


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