The sunny Lisbon festival attracts the biggest names in pop and rock
Tom Skinner

23:24 4th July 2017

It only seems like two minutes since we were down on Worthy Farm enjoying everything Glastonbury 2017 had to offer. Now, we’re heading to Lisbon for a very different kind of festival - where punters are guaranteed back-to-back sunshine, beaches and great live music. If you’re flying to Portugal this weekend, here’s what Nos Alive 2017 has to offer. 

With stages kicking-off around 5pm, you’re given the opportunity to soak up the culture of Lisbon by day, before heading to the festival site for three incredible nights of music, which go into the early hours. A brilliant combination of holiday and festival, for sure.

On Friday night - following their long-overdue Glastonbury headline performance - Foo Fighters look set to bring hits, new tracks and a potential collaboration to the sun-kissed site. Dave Grohl and the gang will take to the main stage after transatlantic rock duo The Kills, who have collaborated recently with the band at Open’er festival. Alison Mosshart lends her vocals to new Foos track ‘Lah Di Dah’, and the schedule suggests that the pair will duet once again. We know they’ll be hits galore - but could we see even more new tunes?

To date, Foo Fighters have performed four new tracks from their upcoming new record Concrete & Gold in the form of ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood, ‘Sunday Rain’, Lan Di Dah, and most recently, ‘Dirty Water’.

The festival’s eleventh edition will also see an appearance from Ryan Adams, ahead of his UK tour this September. Set to showcase material from this year’s brilliant record Prisoner, the singer-songwriter and band will take to the Heineken Stage tent on Thursday for a career-spanning set, backed by his signature, retro stage design. Tracks like ‘Do You Still Love Me’, ‘Doomsday’, and ‘To Be Without You’ are sure to down a treat in the heat of the Portuguese summer air.

Super Starboy The Weeknd will headline late Thursday night after performances from The xx and Phoenix - inviting us into his Opera-inspired, stunning live show. Reviewed at The O2 Arena on as part of his huge UK tour, Gigwise’s Will Lavin said of the performance: “With an incredible and extensive back catalogue that seemed to go on forever, whether you’re a fan of his or not there’s no denying his work ethic and hit ratio. There wasn’t a single moment where fans were left bored or hoping he’d rush through a new song to get to a more recognisable one. “ Not one to be missed.  


Elsewhere on the line-up are the likes of synth heroes Depeche Mode, Alt-J, Royal Blood, Blossoms, Warpaint and Local Natives. Check out the full schedule here and get planning.











Photo: José Fernandes / Hugo Macedo / Press