The Black Keys play storming rock set at Nos Alive in Lisbon

MGMT, Sam Smith, Parquet Courts also performed on the second day of the Portuguese festival (July 11)

The Black Keys play storming rock set at Nos Alive in Lisbon

Photo: Andy Ford

The Black Keys played a heavy set drawing from their last four albums at Nos Alive festival - formerly known as Optimus Alive - last night (July 11).

The Nashville based band performed a 19-song, hour and a half show on the main Nos Stage in Lisbon, Portugal, kicking off with 'Dead and Gone' from their 2011 album 'El Camino'. Despite releasing a new album earlier this year, 'Turn Blue', the band's set drew most heavily from 'El Camino', including 'Gold on The Ceiling', 'Run Right Back', 'Money Maker', 'Nova Baby', 'Little Black Submarines' and 'Lonely Boy' from the Grammy Award winning LP.

Singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney – who were accompanied by two additional musicians – waited until the sixth song of the set to play a track from their latest release, airing 'It's Up To You Now'. New material 'Bullet In The Brain' was later followed by 'Turn Blue''s title track and the classic rock of 'Gotta Get Away' as well as the record's first single 'Fever'. The rest of the set was made up of material from 2008's 'Attack & Release' and 2010's breakthrough LP 'Brothers', with the band playing nothing from any of their four albums released prior to 2008.

The band, who will headline Latitude Festival next weekend (July 18-20) alongside Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn, kept chat to a minimum during the set, which took place on the main Nos Stage. However, after 'Run Right Back', frontman Auerbach – who started the set dressed all in black and sporting a jacket with a badge bearing the CND peace sign - told the large crowd: "Lisbon, thank you. We are the Black Keys - thank you for hanging out with us tonight." Then, before 'Fever', he called the dancing audience "amazing".

A two song encore capped the performance, made up of 'Little Black Submarines' as well as 'I Got Mine', from 'Attack & Release', which they performed as a duo, and featured an extended drum breakdown before the band's name appeared in huge lettering on the screen at the back of the stage.

The Black Keys played:

'Dead and Gone'
'Next Girl'
'Run Right Back'
'Same Old Thing'
'Gold on the Ceiling'
'It's Up to You Now'
'Strange Times'
'Money Maker'
'Bullet in the Brain'
'Turn Blue'
'Howlin' for You'
'Nova Baby'
'Gotta Get Away'
'She's Long Gone'
'Tighten Up'
'Fever'
'Lonely Boy'
'Little Black Submarines'
'I Got Mine'


Earlier in the day MGMT also appeared on the Nos Stage, playing a set that included their super-long rave version of 'Kids' as well as 'Electric Feel', 'The Youth' and 'Time To Pretend' from their debut album 'Oracular Spectacular'. Frontman Andrew VanWyngarden dedicated a song to the moon, which was visible during their sunset show. "That one's dedicated to the moon," he said, pointing at the sky. "Look at it. It's right there."

Sam Smith bought his powerhouse vocals to the Palco Heineken stage. In front of a screaming crowd he performed his cover of Arctic Monkeys' 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?', which sparked a huge sing-along. "I hope you know this song," he said before his rendition of the track, which Arctic Monkeys themselves had performed the previous evening at the festival.

"This is unbelievable," commented the Number One album artist earlier in his set. "I'm still so pleasantly pleased and surprised when there's people here." He then introduced 'Leave Your Lover' from 'In The Lonely Hour' as "one of my favourite songs". He also played singles 'Lay Me Down' and 'Money On My Mind'.

Parquet Courts, SBTRKT and Caribou also played yesterday. Nos Alive concludes today (July 12) with sets from The Libertines, The War On Drugs, Foster The People, Jungle and Drenge.

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