There’s a reason for saying that NOS Alive is one of the best festivals in Europe. Better said: there are many reasons, from the bill to the crowd, everything is perfect.

It was a great weekend in Lisbon. When we arrived to Algés, a riverfront area in western Lisbon, the venue was already full of people, anxious to hear Alt-J, Phoenix, The xx and The Weeknd. And that was only on the main stage, the Palco NOS. Concerts started around 5 p.m. and stopped at nearly 4 a.m.. Wondering around the venue, we found the Palco NOS at the entrance as well as the Palco Clubbing. At the other side we encountered the Palco Heineken, every indie’s alternative fan dream. And then we found a traditional bandstand, an enormous variety of food stands, many of them of new gourmet food, a comedy stage and a “small” Lisbon street. This last was built expressly for the event, with a Fado Café offering great names of the classic music of Portugal.

As we merged into the crowd we found people from everywhere. More than 20.000 people came from Germany, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain and of course, the UK. Like these super nice fellows from Wales, that were here for the third time in a row at NOS Alive.

This year we can also honestly say that the acoustic coming out of all stages was perfect. As any festival, NOS Alive has had it’s issues in the past but this time, the sound was amazing. We could hear any concert perfectly, without any breakdowns. The bill has been constantly promoted as “the best line-up, always” and if you don’t like one or two artists, we’re sure that you’ll love most of them.

The Foo Fighters were the kings of the weekend. Dave Grohl has proved once again that he’s one of the best rock entertaineurs. As he said “We love to play, we could stay here all night”. He created such an empathy with the crowd! This video is a perfect example of that:

The other headliners delievered great shows as well. The Weeknd and Depeche Mode performed greatly and bands such as Alt-J, Phoenix, Imagine Dragons, Kodaline or The Kills had amazing receptivity. A word for The xx that gave one of the best shows of the weekend.

On the Palco Heineken, pure Rock ‘N Roll was performed by Ryan Adams, Cage The Elephant, Savages, Benjamin Booker and the Royal Blood. Perfect folk was offered by the Fleet Foxes and a non-stopping party closed the weekend with The Avalanches and Peaches. In the meanwhile we saw concerts from Spoon, Wild Beasts, Parov Stelar and Glass Animals, just to mention a few.

Portugal really has one of the best crowds in Europe. That was visible in Robin Pecknold’s smile. Matthew Schultz, from Cage the Elephant said that he wants to live here and Ryan Adams simply stated “This place fucking rules, you rule!”

It was a perfect NOS Alive. We haven’t spotted any kind of trouble throughout all three-days. Everything was spotless. NOS Alive will return July 12 to 14 next year and so will we!

 


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There’s a reason for saying that NOS Alive is one of the best festivals in Europe. Better said: there are many reasons, from the bill to the crowd, everything is perfect.

It was a great weekend in Lisbon. When we arrived to Algés, a riverfront area in western Lisbon, the…