The Libertines played their first show in mainland Europe in over a decade at Lisbon’s Nos Alive festival on July 12. Arriving onstage on time at 12.15am, their hour and a half long set included ‘The Good Old Days’ and ‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’ – songs they were not able to complete in full at Hyde Park as the show was briefly stopped in order to calm surging crowds.
Drawing a significantly smaller crowd to the main stage than the previous evenings’ main draws at the festival, Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys, the band’s entrance followed Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ playing over the PA. Pete Doherty was dressed in black and sporting a military cap whilst Carl Barat wore the band’s trademark red guardsman’s jacket.
Opening with ‘The Delaney’, the band kicked off a 24-song set, which also featured impromptu sung snippets of ‘Jolly Holiday’ from Mary Poppins and Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’, courtesy of Doherty, who changed the lyrics of the former to “It’s a jolly holiday with Carlos…” and “When Carlos joins your band”, instead of “When Mary holds your hand”.
Barat was the first to address the crowd, staying “Hello Portugal, here’s one we knocked up for you” ahead of the fourth song of the set, ‘Time For Heroes’. During ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ Doherty played harmonica as well as guitar before finishing the track wearing a Portuguese flag as a cape.
Drenge played a typically ferocious set at the Lisbon festival.
Not only do Drenge win prizes for being one of our favourite bands, Rory Loveless definitely has the best hair in rock.
Crowds gather as the sun sets at Nos Alive.
Caribou brings the Sun to Lisbon.
Cass McCombs played tracks from recent 2013 album ‘Big Wheel And Others’.
Mark Foster from Foster The People.
Foster The People finished with ‘Don’t Stop (Colour On The Walls)’.
MGMT 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.”
SBTRKT in his trademark mask.
Oops, we can see past your mask, Aaron Jerome.
Parquet Courts joined Caribou and SBTRKT on the bill. Or is that Will Ferrell?
Earlier in the day Imagine Dragons covered Blur’s ‘Song 2’. The band’s frontman Dan Reynolds introduced the track by saying it was by one of the Las Vegas group’s favourite bands.
Before closing track ‘Radioactive’, from their 2012 debut ‘Night Visions’, Reynolds said that the group would soon be taking some time out to work on their second LP, commenting: “We’re going to go away for a while to work on our new album”.
The War On Drugs performed one of NME’s most-loved sets of the weekend.
Here’s Adam from The War On Drugs playing loads of songs from recent album ‘Lost In The Dream’.
NME spoke Ruban Nielson from Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Nos and he revealed 70 per cent of the next album is written.
Ruban wouldn’t give much away save that the album is analogue and wouldn’t be described as ‘lo-fi’.
Watch out for other video interviews with Sohn, Toddla T and Temples on NME.com soon.
Arctic Monkeys performed for an hour and a half on the main Nos Stage, playing 20 songs in total, including ‘Fireside’, which frontman Alex Turner introduced by saying: “Lisbon, I want to play you a love song right now. It seems the right thing to do.”
Turner kept banter to a minimum during the headline set, though before ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ he commented, “This is an old song… It’s for the girls.” Later, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ was dedicated to “the booty call you’re going to make later on.”
The Black Keys 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’ and ‘Money Maker’ 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’.
Interpol played a selection of material from their upcoming fifth album ‘El Pintor’, including the album’s first three tracks, ‘All The Rage Back Home’, ‘My Desire’ and ‘Anywhere’.
The band opened their set with ‘Say Hello To The Angels’ from their debut album, 2002’s ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’. Frontman Paul Banks entered the stage sporting a white fedora and black suit, with the band playing in front of a backdrop that featured a large-scale picture of the artwork for ‘El Pintor’.