The Weeknd to play NOS Alive 2017

He joins The xx, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams

The Weeknd is the latest artist to be confirmed for NOS Alive 2017, joining the already-announced Depeche Mode, The xx, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams.

Set to play the Portuguese festival’s NOS Stage on Thursday 6th July, 2017 will mark the festival’s eleventh year.

2016 saw Radiohead and Arcade Fire headline the tenth anniversary, with The Chemical Brothers and Pixies also playing.

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The Weeknd recently spoke about his touring set-up, revealing that he wants his gigs to “feel like [the] opera.”

The Toronto artist released his third studio album, ‘Starboy’, last month. The album, which features Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk and Lana Del Rey among its credits, performed exceptionally well commercially upon its release – every track from the record charted in the US.

In a new interview with Billboard, The Weeknd gave an insight into what kind of stage set-up he’ll adopt when he sets out on the road next year in support of ‘Starboy’ on the ‘Legend of the Fall World Tour’.

“Environment is very important to me,” The Weeknd said. “Sometimes I have to perform during the day for festivals, and my music does not work in the daytime. It is nighttime music. When you come to my show, I want it to feel like opera, like a theatre. The darkness is ­important for me.”

He also revealed that he’s working with set designer Es Devlin for his tour – Devlin has notably worked with Kanye West, Beyoncé and Adele on their live set-up.

“Her real passion is theatre and opera. She looks at the job different than every other set designer,” he said. “It’s art – it’s not about ­lighting or crazy effects. It’s about what you’re looking at, and the audience is part of that moment. It’s very three-dimensional. Look at Kanye’s [Saint Pablo] shows – he changed the game. We’re looking at floor seats differently now in arena shows. I want to animate the space like that on this tour.”