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  • Writer's pictureAnna Athena Erdel

Best music festivals in Portugal

The festival season has already started! Enjoy the amazing festivals this summer and find a perfect combination of partying, dancing, and relaxing in the sun! We are bringing you some of the best places to celebrate music while listening to world-famous artists and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Portugal! Which ones have caught your eye?

Discover with us:

🎼 NOS Alive

🎉 Neopop


Boom Festival

Multiple music stages, an art exhibition, lectures, workshops, and a week camping by the lake are all part of Portugal's Boom, an independent culture festival dominated by psytrance and other non-commercial styles.

This festival's history began more than ten years ago, and during that time, the event underwent a long development, during which it had the opportunity to improve constantly. Every other year, the event takes place. The location is a beach on Lake Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal, part of the Naturtejo Geopark.

One of the festival's most important ideas is that the organizers care about harmony with nature, the sustainability of natural resources, and responsibility to future generations. The artistic component is also crucial. The decorations are inspired by Mexican Indian art. Painting concerns ancient symbols from various cultures and how they express reality. Live theater performances and film screenings are also available. The workshops provide a range of experiences, from yoga or kung fu exercises to practical skills in health and ecology and teaching the artistic expression of human emotions. Another point to mention is the panel discussions. One of the main topics is trance and its musical expression in psytrance, all of which will be examined from an anthropological, musicological, and historical standpoint.

The musical options will be highly diverse. The organizers promise stimulating music that arouses emotions and inspires new ideas, rather than empty megabytes with nothing to say, as is often the case in the Internet age. There are multiple music tents available for example in Dance Temple people can come together to celebrate what it means to be human and in Sacred Fire people can be nourished by Mother Nature's love, grateful for her replenishing energy, and inspired by her strength to evolve as we bring forth the best version of ourselves. This and much more types of tents can be found at Boom Festival. The following artists will perform and many more:

  • Akashalab

  • Pinky Promise

  • Memo Pimiento

  • Yaz and much more

Super Bock Super Rock

Super Bock Super Rock is a popular music festival that takes place in July. You will immediately recognize the name of the festival because Super Bock is one of the most famous and delicious beers in Portugal. The festival takes place in various locations, this year’s event is held in a trendy area called Parque das Nações.

Super Bock Super Rock music festival is perfect for all music lovers, as it has artists from various genres. It might be the right festival for you if you like rock, pop, hip hop, metal, and electronic music. Some of the most famous artists that have performed at Super Bock Super Rock:

  • Blur, Sting

  • Stormzy

  • Lana del Ray

  • Kendrick Lamar

This year the headliner will be Asap Rocky, one of the most well-known and talented rappers. It’s guaranteed you will have the time of your life listening to the world's best artists.

NOS Alive

NOS is a Portuguese telecommunications and media company that offers mobile and fixed telephony, cable television, satellite television, and Internet access. One of the most popular companies in Portugal, this company organizes a summer music festival in Lisbon.

This music festival focuses on indie and alternative music. Every year, the program is different, and the performers who appear at this festival also change. This is one of the most popular festivals in all of Portugal, and it's no surprise given that they have a fantastic lineup of artists every year!

This festival takes place in Lisbon and lasts four days, with the program divided between headliners and other artists. There will be music for everyone, including modern music, alternative music, rock, and indie music. This festival is usually held in early July, but due to the global pandemic, it was not held last year. This year's performers included names like:

  • The Strokes, Florence + the Machine

  • Metallica

  • Imagine Dragons

You won't be able to see it this summer because it was held in early July, but mark your calendars for next year because the program will be packed with stars again!

Sumol Summer Fest

If you are into surf or skate culture, Sumol Summer Fest might be the perfect place for you. This summer festival usually takes place in July and brings together some of the biggest names in hip hop and dance music. The past lineup included some of the most famous names in modern hip hop and dance music, such as:

  • Burna Boy

  • Trippie Redd

  • Eixo Norte-Sul

  • Young Thug


  • French Montana

  • Joey Bada$$

  • Sean Paul

  • Post Malone

  • Robin Schulz

Following the summery festival vibe, the 2-day event takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Ericeira. Therefore, between the lineups, you can enjoy the beautiful surf spots or have a great day at the beach. This festival undoubtedly brings the best of open-air music festivals.

Rock in Rio

Rock in Rio is one of the hottest festivals in Portugal, it attracts you with its futuristic vibe and phenomenal lineup. The festival originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and due to its popularity, it branched out all over the world including Portugal's capital Lisbon! The festival lasts 4 days and takes place at the end of June in Parque Da Bela Vista.

Various top artists from around the world can be expected to be present. Some of the most famous names that have performed at the festival are:

  • Post Malone

  • Black Eyed Peas

  • Ariana Grande

  • Avicii

  • Maroon 5

  • Justin Timberlake

The festival area makes you feel like you are in another world. In addition to enjoying the music, you can dine and have a drink in Continente Chef’s Garden, enjoy fun activities in ESC Online Sports Bar, take a ride on the Roda Gigante Pisca Pisca's wheel, and much more! You will never run out of activities to do at Rock in Rio.


For 15 years already, Neopop has been one of the most well-known festivals in Portugal. This event is taking place in Viana de Castelo, to many partygoers known as the “The Capital of Techno”. The electronic festival lasts for 4 days and brings together people from all over the world with one great mission - to celebrate music.

Some of the names on the NEOPOP lineup:

  • Richie Hawtin

  • The Blessed Madonna

  • Nina Kraviz

  • Loco Dice

  • Paula Temple

  • Dax J

  • Ricardo Villalobos

Still not convinced? Besides a great atmosphere, Neopop also offers a dash of amazing scenery surrounding Viana de Castelo. The place is surrounded by Forte de Santiago da Barra fortress and is in the proximity of the Rio Lima river. Therefore, you get to party to some of the biggest names in electronic music while also enjoying what beautiful north Portugal has to offer.

EDP Cool Jazz

EDP Cool Jazz Festival's motto is "high quality and high mix," and it features leading contemporary singers and instrumentalists in unique locations near Lisbon. The performances will take place in beautiful open-air settings. Most importantly, the line-up of the Cool Jazz festival never fails to disappoint as throughout the years the festival has featured such artists as:

  • John Legend

  • Lionel Richie

  • Jessie J, Kraftwerk

  • The Roots, and many other international as well as well-known local artists

We encourage you to take the opportunity to learn more about this region before or after the shows. This area used to be the pleasure grounds for kings and noblemen. There are numerous attractions to choose from, including beautiful palaces and museums, busy and quiet beaches, fine restaurants, and plenty of amusements. Trust me, you’ll find it difficult to leave!

MEO Sudoeste

MEO Sudoeste is a spectacular five-day summer festival held in Zambujeira do Mar, a coastal town in southern Portugal. The festival features a diverse range of artists, with a strong emphasis on electronic and pop music. The fabled Alentejo coast is nearby for festival-goers to swim and explore.

The lineup, which is primarily focused on dance music, frequently features EDM and big-room house titans. However, the musical offerings also include hip hop, pop, and reggae favorites as favorites from each scene come together for the massive summer party.

Aside from the music, the festival's coastal location allows music fans to relax on the beach or swim in the waves between sets.

We are sure this summer will be one worth remembering! Good vibes, great company, nice weather, and amazing music is all Portugal has in store for you for the perfect festival season! And if you get hungry on the way, make sure you check our Portuguese Food Guide. Finally, follow us on Instagram @thewalkingparrot to never miss out on the best tips and tricks for the summer! Have fun partying!

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