This year, Portugal’s biggest music festival, Nos Alive, celebrates its tenth birthday with what might just count as one of the most massive festival line-ups of all time. Taking place only eight minutes from Lisbon’s vibrant downtown and 15 minutes from the beach, Nos Alive is one of the loudest, latest and liveliest parties in Europe. Some of your favourite bands will be there, but will you? Head to NME.COM/win for the chance to bag tickets, and head to nosalive.com/en to buy. And read on for ten great reasons to go.
Win, Regine and co have played only a handful of dates since wrapping up their stunning Reflektor tour in August 2014. In the meantime, they’ve played a tribute show for their fan and one-time collaborator David Bowie, accepted a humanitarian award (for Regine, at Canada’s Juno awards) and launched a Haitian restaurant. This headline slot, one of just four shows in their diary, finds them back where they’re at their best – on stage.
The Manchester four-piece are riding high on the strength of a second album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’, that scored them a Number One on either side of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, their last UK theatre tour packed an arena-sized production into theatre-sized venues.
The Scots rockers release their new album, Ellipsis, on July 8, during the festival, meaning they’ll be in celebratory mood. They’ve described the album as being “dirty” and “leaner and meaner than the last”, which should make for one hell of a rock show. Taps aff? No doubt.
The Chemical Brothers
Nos Alive’s arena is bordered by the Tagus river, meaning they can crank up the volume safe in the knowledge that they won’t get any complaints from the neighbouring fish. Perfect conditions for the audio-visual onslaught of the iconic UK dance duo, who released eighth album ‘Born In The Echoes’ in July 2015.
At the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas, you lot voted Wolf Alice Best Live Band thanks to a winning combination of brilliant tunes, impeccable rock ‘n’ roll cool and the fact that if you stand anywhere near the front you’ll more than likely have at least one of the band surf directly over you. They’ll bring all this and more to Lisbon.
It’s entirely likely that by the time Radiohead take to the stage at Nos Alive they’ll have released their hugely anticipated ninth album, meaning this is an early chance to catch the modern masters performing their latest work. Tickets for their upcoming shows were snapped up in minutes.
Years & Years
Last week’s NME cover stars make compelling pop house that’s perfect for a sun-kissed party. Nos Alive, typically, is blessed with plenty of rays. Expect lots of dancing.
Led Zeppelin never made it to Portugal during their 12 year career. Ask nicely and Robert Plant might play a few tracks by the heavy rock juggernauts. But Plant’s modern-day show with his band The Shapeshifters is about far more than retreading the past – expect a sound incorporating rock, folk, bluegrass and world music influences, all topped off by that signature howl.
Perth’s masters of the psychedelic have had a very big year indeed – third album ‘Currents’ gave them a smash hit, they packed out huge venues on their last UK tour and someone called Rihanna covered one of their songs (‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’, on her 2016 album ‘Anti’. Catch them in celebratory mood, then.