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The history of music in Portugal would not be the same without the Paredes de Coura FestivalThroughout its 25 years of existence, the oldest and most charismatic Portuguese festival has made history in discovering new musical promises and presenting the most renowned names in music worldwide. With a careful and coherent schedule, always faithful to the alternative spirit that characterizes it, the Festival Paredes de Coura, which happens next to the fluvial beach of Taboão was already considered one of the 5 best music festivals in Europe by Rolling Stone magazine. The Arcade Fire, Pixies, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Coldplay and Morrisey are just a few of the names that have stepped onto the stage of this festival. After the 25th anniversary celebration, Vodafone Paredes de Coura will return to Taboão Fluvial Beach on 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th August 2018.

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The music world’s focus doesn’t tend to drift far from the English speaking countries of the Western world, One artist who has become of note though is songwriter Nadia Schilling. Hailing from Caldas da Rainha in Western Portugal, Nadia put out her excellent, slow-burning debut album, “Above The Trees”, back in November, and it seems only now to be garnering the attention is so richly deserves.

Written on the archetypal battered old acoustic guitar; Above The Trees is a record that emerges from a difficult time in Nadia’s life, her songwriting inspired by her mother’s death. At times it feels deeply personal, Nadia exposing her own feelings, whilst simultaneously penning a beautiful tribute to loss and the act of grieving itself. Nodding equally to the raw, honesty of Cat Power or Elliot Smith, and the bruised beauty of Portishead, it is a record of breath-taking intensity that demand’s the listeners full attention to truly deliver its stunning charms. Above The Trees is a record spreading on word of mouth, and one that is thoroughly deserving of.


Nos Alive: 7-9 July, Lisbon, Portugal

Radiohead have announced their first festival appearance of 2016, with the band confirmed to headline this year’s NOS Alive festival in Portugal.

The festival is held in the centre of Lisbon between July 7th-9th and celebrates its 10th birthday in 2016.

Along with the likes of Pixies and Foals already announced, Thom Yorke and co have now been confirmed for this year’s festival. The band are currently thought to be working on a new album, what will be the follow-up to their 2011 album ‘The King of Limbs’.

Other new additions include The Chemical Brothers, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, John Grant, Courtney Barnett and The 1975.

Wolf Alice, Father John Misty, José González, M83 and Years & Years have already been confirmed for the fest.

NOS Alive was formerly known as Optimus Alive and has hosted Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Foals, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan and Blondie alongside electronic acts and DJs such as The Chemical Brothers, Justice, Deadmau5 and Simian Mobile Disco in previous years.

The 2015 line-up included Disclosure, Django Django, Sam Smith, Counting Crows, James Bay, Sleaford Mods and Azealia Banks.

Nos Alive: 7-9 July, Lisbon, Portugal


Far Out by Black Bombaim on Cardinal Fuzz Records

It may be an album with just two tracks, but a) they are both f*cking great and, plus they’re both in excess of 15 minutes long so certainly value for you bucks! These Portuguese psych rockers can belt it out with the best of them. Both tracks build and build, with some gut-wrenching guitar solos and even some sax freak-outs on the A-side, Africa II. More guitar virtuosity awaits on Arabia on the flip side reinforcing the fact that this album really isn’t for those with an aversion to guitar whig-outs.