13 Best Summer Music Festivals in Portugal

Looking for a summer festival? Here are 13 reasons why Portugal should be your choice this year.

  1. Rock of Rio Lisbon

Or: Bela Vista Park, Lisbon

When: June 18,19,25 & 26, 2022

Line up: Liam Gallagher, The National, Foo Fighters, Ivete Sangalo, Ellie Goulding, Black Eyed Peas, Bush, A-Ha, Duran Duran, Post Mallone, Anitta, Jason Derulo.

Price: €74 day pass, €121 weekend pass

On: Rock in Rio Lisboa has existed since 2004 and is usually held every two years. As one of the biggest festivals in Portugal, this festival always attracts big names. Held over two weekends, if you want to see all the acts you’ll need to stay in Lisbon for more than a week, but that shouldn’t put you off, it just means you can enjoy the city and a world-class festival. In one time!

More information: https://rockinriolisboa.sapo.pt/en/

  1. VOA Heavy Rock Festival

Or: National Stadium, Lisbon

When: June 30 – July 2, 2022

line up: Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me The Horizon, Sabaton, Megadeath, Mastodon, Rise Against, Kreator, Killswitch Engage, Crossfaith, Sylosis

Price: 50€ day pass

On: This festival has grown from a small village in the north to a huge stadium in the capital. What was once an intimate affair with mostly Portuguese artists has become a haven for heavy rock fans with international names gracing the lineup.

More information: https://www.voa.rocks/index_en.html#home-section

  1. Meo Marés Vivas

Or: Vila Nova de Gaia

When: July 15, 16, 17, 2022

Line up: Bryan Adams, Anitta, Jessie J, Barbara Tinoco, Diogo Picarra

Price: €40 day pass, €80 general pass

On: This festival has hosted big names such as Placebo and Moby in the past and is a great option for anyone looking to base themselves in northern Portugal for a festival.

More information: https://maresvivas.meo.pt/pt

  1. Secret Project Festival

Or: Portimao Beach, Algarve

When: June 17 – 19, 2022

Line up: Andy C, Chris Stussy, DJ Hype, Holy Goof, Jackmaster, Loco Dice, Metrik, Netsky, Shy FX, Wilkinson

Price: 200.48€ full pass

On: Dance until 4am on the beach with house, techno and DnB artists in this new edition of the festival calendar in Portugal. With acts on three stages, this promises to be a new summer favorite.

More information: https://portugal.secretproject.com/

  1. African nation

Or: Portimao Beach, Algarve

When: July 1-3, 2022

Line up: Burna Boy, Chris Brown, Wizkid, Megan Thee Stallion, P-Square, Beenie Man, Little Doctor, Diamond Platnumz, Tekno

Price: From €307.14 for a 3-day pass

On: The biggest Afrobeat festival in the world returns to the Algarve. Watch out for extra beach and boat parties over the weekend and there are also a number of VIP experiences available.

More information: https://afronation.com/

  1. edp cooljazz

Or: Cascais

When: Throughout the month of July

Line up: John Legend, Murta, Yann Tiersen, Miguel Araújo, Diana Krall

Price: From 25€ and variable at each concert

On: It’s less of a traditional festival and more of a collection of concerts during the month, all with a jazz twist. These are generally more intimate gigs and have attracted some big names over the years. Covid-19 has seen some headliners step down, but there’s still plenty to enjoy with this one.

More information: https://www.edpcooljazz.com/

NOS Alive’22

  1. Our living

When: July 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2022

Or: Oeiras, Lisbon

Line up: The Strokes, The War on Drugs, Florence + The Machine, Jorga Smith, Alt-J, Glass Animals, Metallica, Royal Blood, Imagine Dragons, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club

Price: 69€ 1-day pass, 159€ 3-day pass, 189€ 4-day pass

On: It is one of the biggest festivals in Portugal and it takes place by the river in Lisbon. Every day always has a different feel and there’s usually something for everyone, regardless of age or musical preference. If you want to see big names this is a must.

More information: https://nosalive.com/

  1. Rolling Loud Portugal

When: July 6-8, 2022

Or: Portimao Beach, Algarve

Line up: J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Future, Jack Harlow, K. Charles, Shenseea, Lancey Foux, DDG, Central Cee.

Price: €339.90 for a 3-day pass

On: A new edition on the festival scene and another big one for the Algarve with festival goers from all over the world set to join this beach party with big names.

More information: https://www.rollingloud.com/portugal

  1. Super Bock Super Rock

When: July 14 – 16, 2022

Or: Meco Beach, Sesimbra

Line up: A$AP Rocky, Colts, C. Tangana, Jaime XX Hot Chip, Flume, Woodkid, Leon Bridges and Kevin Morby

Price: 115€ the festival pass, 58€ the day pass

On: Back to the beach for this long-running festival that focused on rock bands but has branched out to include more genres and encourage everyone to leave Lisbon for a festival outside the city.

More information: https://www.superbocksuperrock.pt/

  1. boom festival

When: July 22 – 29, 2022

Or: Lake Idanha-a-Nova

line up – This is less about programming and more about the festival experience

Price: Exhausted

On: Boom is designed to be an experience, it’s a gathering of people from all over the world, coming together to enjoy music, arts, dance and culture in the spectacular lakeside setting. A strong emphasis is placed on the environment and anyone participating must follow its very specific rules. A truly unique festival experience in Portugal.

  1. MEO Southwest

When: August 2-6, 2022

Or: Zambujeira do Mar, south west coast of Portugal

line up: Lewis Capaldi, Major Lazer, Deejay Telio, Timmy Trumpet, Giulia Be, Morat

Price: Full festival pass €110, day pass €50

On: More names are usually announced closer to the date of this one than you can either enjoy daily or sign up for the full woods and riverside camping experience. A favorite with young festival goers who take advantage of the very competitive prices and camping options.

More information: https://sudoeste.meo.pt/en

  1. Vodafone Paredes de Coura

When: August 16 – 20, 2022

Or: Paredes de Coura

Line up: Pixies, Beach House, The Blaze, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Idles, Slow Thai, Arlo Parks, Beanadoobee

Price: Full festival pass at 120 €

On: Portugal’s oldest festival, it’s an alternative festival set along an inland beach, making it perfect for a summer festival in the sun. In the past, the festival has hosted big names like Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and Coldplay.

More information: https://www.paredesdecoura.com/

  1. Kalorama

When: September 1 – 3, 2022

Or: Bela Vista Park, Lisbon

Line up: Arctic Monkeys, The Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Flowers, Peaches

Price: From €119 for a 3-day pass, from €52 for a 1-day pass

By the way: Another new edition to Portugal’s festival calendar, this festival promises to promote smiles and likes instead of comments and “show up”. The initial roster looks good and more names should be announced soon.

More information: https://www.kalorama.pt/en/

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