Looking for the best music festivals in Portugal in 2022? Well, look no further, as I’ve put together this incredible guide to upcoming events and Portugal festivals to add to your bucket list!
Superseding some of its Mediterranean neighbors in popularity, Portugal has become the European hotspot to be! Tourists flock here year-round, and summers see a particularly huge influx of visitors. They come to bask in the hot summer sun, live it up in the buzzing capital of Lisbon, or to swim in the crystal clear waters the Iberian Peninsula location has up and down its long coastline.
More than ever before, music festivals in Portugal are receiving international acclaim – and for all the right reasons. With an appreciation for everything from electronic to rock, alternative to pop, Portugal certainly knows how to throw a party!
1) NOS Alive Festival 2022
When: July 6-9, 2022
“NOS Alive is one of Europe’s most respected indie, rock, and alternative music festivals held close to the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. Famed for its consistently outstanding lineups, the festival attracts artists and music fans alike from across the globe.
In addition to the numerous rock and indie legends that have graced the festival’s stages over the last decade – Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys – the festival’s musical programming also extends into pop, hip-hop, RnB, disco, house and more, with the likes of Disclosure, The Weeknd and The Chemical Brothers headlining in recent years.”
It’s one of the biggest and best festivals in the country (and all of Europe)!
Join the NOS ALIVE Music Festival Portugal 2022 Facebook Event for more information!
2) Secret Project Festival
When: June 17-19, 2022
Where: Portimao Beach, Portugal (Algarve)
Secret Project Festival is one of the newest Insomniac productions that is debuting in Portugal this year (having previously organized amazing festivals in Los Angeles and Amsterdam).
Offering one of the most insanely stacked line-ups that all of Europe has to offer this summer, for fans of techno, house, minimal, and drum and bass – this is simply a must attend.
Offering three-days of incredible music on an scenic beach in Southern Portugal, this is guaranteed to be a weekend adventure for the record books!
I’ll be attending and photographing this event myself, and can’t wait to experience this debut festival in Portugal!
3) Super Bock Super Rock Festival 2022
When: July 14-16, 2022
“Super Bock Super Rock is one of of Portugal’s biggest and best-loved music festivals, held in the capital city of Lisbon. Over the years, the festival has developed an enviable reputation for hugely impressive lineups that regularly feature some of the worlds biggest music stars.
Although strongly rooted in rock music – as the name suggests – the festival has also expanded its reach to include pop, hip hop and electronic music, with appearance in recent years from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fatboy Slim and Disclosure to name just a few. Now firmly settled in its city-centre home of Parque De Nações, the festival offers three days of revelry in the heart of the country’s bustling capital.”
Join the Super Bock Super Rock 2022 Facebook Event for more information!
4) MEO Marés Vivas Festival 2022
When: July 15-17, 2022
Where: Vila Nova de Gaia
“Marés Vivas is a music festival in Portugal. Its recent lineups have included Goo Goo Dolls, Diogo Picarra, Tom Chaplin and more. Urbane, all-encompassing and an absolute must”, that’s how the Marés Vivas Festival (Living Tides Festival) is being described, which is taking place by the Rio Douro estuary in Vila Nova de Gaia. Have you already bought your ticket?”
5) MEO Sudoeste Festival 2022
When: August 2-6, 2022
Where: Zambujera do Mar
“MEO Sudoeste is a huge summer festival held each year in the coastal town of Zambujera do Mar, Portugal. With a lineup that unites superstar DJs and rap royalty, as well as a selection of reggae, pop, rock and indie, the festival is a perfect party to celebrate the height of summer.
Now in its third decade, having hosted the very first edition back in 1997, MEO Sudoeste has deservedly become one of the most eagerly anticipated Portuguese festivals every year.”
When: August 2022
Where: Castelo de Vide
“This year the festival will once again embrace the village, as it happened in the last edition, and the village will once again embrace one Andanças. Return to Roda Viva on the streets of Castelo de Vide from 1 to 5 August. With another day of programming, the festival will bring music, dance and other activities.
For 5 days, participants will be able to wander through the streets, squares and gardens of the village, dance in the church or on the horizon, try local products, visit spaces and monuments, learn about culture, peek at crafts, rest on the grass overlooking the mountain range, climb to Penha or go to Póvoa e Meadas and stroll through nature, in an edition that intends to maintain quality and diversity in the programming and perpetuate the concept of the festival as a meeting place, experiences and creation.”
7) Boom Festival Portugal 2022
When: July 22-29, 2022
25 years of boom in 2022!
“Boom is a biannual electronic and world music festival based in Portugal, with an audience capacity of 33,333. Boom Festival began in 1997 as a psychedelic trance music festival, but has now diversified to include a range of DJs, live music and visual arts performances. Boom is powered by a mix of off-grid photovoltaic panels, diesel generators and a 100kW waste vegetable oil (WVO) generator.
Boom has won the Greener Festival Excellence Award four times (2008, 2010, 2012 & 2014), and in 2010 won the YOUROPE Green & Clean Festival of the Year; which led to Boom becoming a participant in the United Nations Music & Environment Initiative.”
8) Neopop Festival 2022
When: August 10-13, 2022
Where: Viana do Castelo (Northern Portugal)
“Neopop is Portugal’s most respected electronic music festival, held in the coastal town of Viana do Castelo. Each summer, the festival invites a lineup packed with techno royalty to the historic port for three days of partying and musical appreciation, metres from the Atlantic Ocean.
With live performances and DJ sets from some of the underground’s most exciting talent, Neopop has become a bucket-list festival for techno fans across the continent, looking to experience their favourite sounds in a beautiful historic setting.”
9) EDP Beach Party
When: June 2022
“EDP Beach Party is an electronic music festival held in Matosinhos, Portugal. An established favourite in the region, the festival regularly welcomes hugely impressive dance music lineups headlined by some of the biggest DJs in the world. Across the weekend, thousands of music fans take to the sands of the city’s Praia de Leça for a bombastic celebration complete with huge sound systems, staging, production and pyrotechnics.”
10) Lisboa Dance Festival
“Lisboa Dance Festival is an electronic music festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Celebrating its third edition in 2018, the festival will one again look to reflect the most exciting trends in electronic music, showcasing music talent from both Portugal and further afield. The city’s creative hub also plays host to workshops, talks and a market in addition to the extensive array of DJs and performers, making for an extensive exploration of dance music and its culture.”
11) Paredes de Coura Festival
When: August 16-20, 2022
Where: Paredes de Coura
“Paredes de Coura Festival is an alternative music festival in northern Portugal. Situated in the scenic riverside Praia do Taboão, the festival’s location is almost unrivalled in terms of natural beauty, with picturesque woodland and inviting waters open for exploration.
The festival is one of the country’s most established, and across its rich history it has developed an enviable reputation not only for securing high profile performers from across the globe, but also for showcasing exciting new acts on their ascent to stardom.”
12) VOA Heavy Rock Festival
When: June 30 – July 1, 2022
“VOA Heavy Rock Festival is one of Portugal’s biggest and best known festivals for hard rock and heavy metal music, taking place in the country’s capital city of Lisbon.
Formerly known as Vagos Open Air, and latterly VOA Fest following the change of location in 2016, the festival returns as VOA Heavy Rock Festival after a year-off last summer, in its new home of the Estádio do Restelo.
Whatever name it has gone by, over the years the festival has developed a reputation for hosting top level talent from both Portugal and from across the world. And with metal icons Slipknot topping the lineup for this edition that doesn’t look like changing any time soon.”
Join the VOA – Heavy Rock Festival Portugal Facebook Event for more information!
13) Sumol Summer Fest
“Sumol Summer Fest is a two-day music festival in Ericeria, Portugal. With a skate park, a famous surf spot and gorgeous golden sands on its doorstep, Sumol is the perfect combination between music festival and summer getaway. Each year, a lineup of DJs, rappers and performers head to the seaside town for a weekend of big beats and phenomenal partying, as the summer sounds of hip hop, house, reggae and dancehall ring out across the Atlantic coast.”
14) RFM Somnii
When: July 8-10, 2022
Where: Figueira da Foz
“RFM SOMNII is an electronic music festival in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. Founded in 2008, the festival confronts the issue of communication in the 21st century. Inviting a lineup of dance music megastars to the sands of the Praia Do Relógio, the festival promises three days of high octane partying metres from waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Imposing staging, spectacular pyrotechnics, and huge sound systems accompany the impressive lineup of DJs as the sun goes down and the party continues into the early hours.”
15) Rock In Rio Lisboa
When: July 18-19 & July 25-26, 2022
“Rock in Rio Lisboa is the Portuguese edition of the iconic rock festival, born in Brazil’s famous party city. Now part of a recognised cycle whereby the legendary brand alternates between South America and Europe, the Lisbon version is now very established in its own right, with editions dating back to 2004 and lineups that can challenge those of any festival on the planet.
Every two years, the city’s Bela Vista Park welcomes musical megastars from all manner of genres, from rock legends to modern pop icons, for a phenomenal five-day fiesta in the Portuguese capital.”
Join the Rock in Rio Lisboa 2022 Facebook Event for more information!
16) NOS Primavera Sound
When: June 2-12, 2022
“NOS Primavera Sound is an eclectic alternative music festival in Porto, Portugal. Founded in 2011, this is the younger sibling to the revered Barcelona festival of the same name. Like its older sibling, the Portuguese outing shares the unerring dedication to showcasing fresh and exciting new music, on a lineup that is consistently one of the best in Europe.
Recent editions have welcomed leading lights from an array of styles and genres, including Aphex Twin, Run the Jewels, PJ Harvey and Sigur Rós. Where the festival differs from its Spanish sibling is its setting and surroundings, not simply by virtue of being in another country and city. Rather than the modern industrial surroundings of Barcelona’s Parc del Forum, NOS Primavera Sound nestles among lush greenery in Porto’s picturesque Parque da Cidade.”
17) BPM Portugal
When: September (Dates TBA)
Where: Portimao & Lagoa, Algarve
Last, but certainly not least -what started out in Mexico as one of the best techno parties in the world, BPM Festival has found a new home location in the beautiful southern coast of Portugal. With a star studded line-up, gorgeous venues, and quality international atmosphere- music festival addicts will absolutely fall in love with BPM Festival.
I’ve had friends who have attended, and they’ve all said it’s an absolute blast! I’m definitely going to try and make it in 2019, that is if I have the strength after Burning Man, lol.
Am I Missing Any Epic Music Festivals in Portugal in 2022?
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