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Indouro Festival 2015

Oh joy! Here’s to the Portuguese festival season, cause and consequence to our Summer vacations, fulfilled with concerts, camping/airbnb, after-hours and hangovers.

Usually, during its four years of existence, Optimus/NOS Primavera Sound would debut the yearly round of music festivals, not even waiting for the Summer season (as Primavera translates to Spring, dear non-Portuguese speaking readers). But guess what? A brand new urban festival, INDOURO FEST

obviously a pun between Indie and Douro, the river separating the cities of Porto and Gaia

is taking place next weekend (May 2nd-3rd) right across the river, at the Serra do Pilar, this steep hill overlooking Porto by the riverside. The place is also known for its ancient monastery, right next to the main stage.

Does it work? For a fact, Indouro won’t be the first festival at Serra do Pilar, the place used to host many concerts years earlier and that might help explain why it is such a brilliant scenery. While simple and plain, the monastery and the surroundings really work together at any time of the day, and it’s expected for many people to gaze around, although probably you should pay attention to what’s going on on the stage. Or stages.

Yes, there will be another stage at Jardim do Morro, a nice garden by the end of the hill, where a metro station can be found — in fact, the festival’s organization guarantees Indouro is the only festival with a metro station inside its area. But Guinness World Records aside, this stage, named FNAC Stage, will feature lots of up and coming or already established Portuguese acts, like local singer-songwriter The Weatherman, who closes the stage on Sunday. And all of this for free.

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Clinic

Back to the Main Stage, where you can make your euros worth (€32 for one day, €55 full pass), Indouro Fest presents us with a very modern, contemporary UK indie rock-based line-up, while at the same time featuring two strong headliners who have been around for some time – but not in Portuguese stages. The first being Clinic, revival rockers from Liverpool, provided with synths and dysphonic harmony, unscrewing the place by Saturday night. Also for the first day, we count on The Lucid Dream to keep with the British psychedelia, or João Vieira’s White Haus to bring the dancing electronica, while DJ Kitten (a.k.a. João Vieira once again) extends the night away, now on the turntables.

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British Sea Power

Did I already mention the huge British influence in the line-up? Because Sunday, to the exception of Portuguese openers Malcontent, all the names come from the cultural relevant and influent London and its surrondings (well, Brighton isn’t far). Starting with Yuck, authors of the great shoegazing influenced self-titled Yuck LP from 2011, and although with new frontman and record from 2013, the quality isn’t shaken. Lola Colt, as the film which gives name to the band, really captures the spaghetti western feel, both starring leading females. And then Toy will be playing (worst pun ever), continuing this English conquest, now directly from Brighton. Their rock miscellany (post punk, Manchester’s music scene, shoegazing, all there) would be enough to satisfy us from the indubitably stronger day of the Fest, but Brighton isn’t done as British Sea Power ends headlining the final day in their melancholic but incessant indie rock, as well as presenting their last art-rock effort, Sea of Brass. How about that for a Sunday?

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And how about that for a festival as well? If you’re a rock’n’roll vertebrate, you can’t miss this Indouro Fest. Let’s rock!

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