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Music Festivals In Portugal

Portugal has plenty to offer festival-goers with a diverse musical taste. The long warm summers mean that the season starts in May and extends to the end of September.

For techno lovers, NEOPOP festival in Viana Do Castelo brings the creme de la creme of techno artists to play over a 4-day period. Waking Life is garnering a reputation as one of the finest boutique events in Europe with its Burning Man feel on a more intimate scale.

Nova Batida is Lisbon’s most intriguing new festivity by including many genres on the program as well as offering street art, yoga, and much more.

Travel

A country steeped in the history of a once-mighty colonial power. The naturally rugged landscape of Portugal is a reflection of those fearless seagoing explorers.

Portugal portrays the beauty of this faded history in its cities and towns as you can easily give into exploring the wonder of their medieval streets and alleyways.

Its coastline is the last frontier before the vast expanse of the Atlantic ocean, and the sea shapes much of its culture. From the melancholic fado music about everyday life to the diversity of seafood in their culinary dishes.

Stretches of coastline such as the Algarve are just begging for your exploration. Portugal has plenty to offer festival-goers with a diverse musical taste. The long warm summers mean that the season starts in May and extends to the end of September.

Music

Portugal features two traditional genres on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. Namely Fado and Cante Alentejano with the formers most well-known star being Amália Rodrigues.

 More recently the emergence of the electronic scene has delivered a creative burst within Portugal’s musical community.

Since Rui Da Silva went number 1 in the UK with ‘Touch Me’ electronic music has had a significant platform in Portugal. Scores of producers followed in his footsteps after that famous 2001 summertime anthem.

Acts like Sam The Kid and Da Weasel have grown in popularity by fusing hip-hop with reggae/ska to appeal to the mainstream Portuguese audience.

Kuduro is a type of uptempo electronic music initially started in Angola. Characterised by a rapid 4/4 tempo with added techno elements and lyrics (typically in Portuguese). Acts like Sam The Kid and Da Weasel have grown in popularity by fusing hip-hop with reggae/ska to appeal to the mainstream Portuguese audience.

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