Next summer is getting darker by the minute with the announcement that The Cure have been confirmed as the opening night headliner at Portugal’s NOS Alive festival.
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Taking place in Lisbon and featuring the current line up of Robert Smith (voice & guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O'Donnell (keyboards) and Reeves Gabrels (guitars), The Cure will bring equal amounts of light and shade on Thursday, 11 July.
The NOS Festival runs 11 – 13 July and if this year’s event was anything to go by, then fans should be in for a terrific weekend. The 2018 edition featured sets from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Franz Ferdinand and Jack White.
Our own David McKenna attended this year and was moved to write, “There’s no denying that NOS Alive delivers in abundance when it comes to big names – the heft of this line-up, compared with the enviable location (just a tram ride from the centre of Lisbon) undoubtedly make it a big hitter.”
Held since 2007 and originally known as Optimus Alive!, NOS Alive is such a big deal that it’s broadcast live on Portugal’s RTP TV station.
On top of a two hour set, The Cure are also promising a new album in 2019 – their first since 2008’s 4:13 Dream. So no pressure on them for something good, eh? That said, you can always expect then to deliver the goods in a live setting. Gigwise’s Dom Gourley caught them at their 40th anniversary show in Hyde Park and opined, “The Cure’s performance this evening is nothing short of sensational. A masterclass executed with the panache and grace of a band still at the top of their game.”
Tickets for NOS Alive are available now. The rest of the line-up will be announced in due course.