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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: the review

Sometimes it’s hard to be objective and unbiased when writing about a festival that is such a big part of your life. Except for two (very) unremarkable lineups that made me stay home, since I was old enough to go to college all my summers involved a trip to Paredes de Coura (and a painful trip back, too). When you’re a kid, they say you’ll eventually get older and boring, in a process they call “becoming an adult”. This usually comes with amazing perks such as ceasing to listen to any new music whatsoever, stopping seeing your (also ageing) friends, having great conversations about changing diapers with your remaining friends (yes, the other couple with kids you always go vacationing with to some shitty beach full of other couples with kids and the odd mother-in-law). Obviously, a multi-day, non-kid friendly, rural music festival such as Festival Paredes de Coura seems like one of those things that are amongst the first to drop from your newfound “adult life”. Except you don’t have to be that person; and is there anything better to remind you of that than going there and finding all your friends in the same place, same month, year after year, all over again? (Well, other than imagining the smell of those diapers.)

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Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2019: our top picks

Vodafone Paredes de Coura 2018. Photo by Hugo Lima.

Another summer, another missed opportunity to have a vacation somewhere because there’s nowhere else we’d rather be other than at our little paradise of Paredes de Coura, in northwestern Portugal. The festival runs from the 14th to the 17th of August, but, like always, the fun begins way earlier than that, with four fun-packed, free entrance days with concerts and DJ sets right in the center of the small Minho village.

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#117: Hiss Golden Messenger, “Hallelujah Anyhow”

Bolachas Now Playing, 32/2017 (#117):

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Anthem for No State, Pt. III

Timber Timbre – Les Egouts

The Deep Dark Woods – Fallen Leaves

Torres – Helen in the Woods

Cut Copy – Black Rainbows

Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks

The Lemon Twigs – Why Didn’t You Say That?

BadBadNotGood – Confessions Pt. III

Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr. – Ohio

Hiss Golden Messenger – Harder Rain

Hiss Golden Messenger – Gulfport You’ve Been On My Mind

Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast

Rodney Crowell – Tobacco Road

Willie Nelson – Mind Your Own Business

Twain – Little Dog Mind

The Texas Gentlemen – Superstition

Conor Oberst – Southern State

Eilen Jewell – The Poor Girls Story

Holly Macve – All I Have To Do Is Dream

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#111: Juanita Stein, “America”

Bolachas Now Playing, 26/2017 (#111):

Alex Cameron & Angel Olsen – Stranger’s Kiss

Alvvays – Dreams Tonite

Chad VanGaalen – Pine and Clover

L.A. Salami – That Ain’t Me

Deer Tick – Jumpstarting

The Texas Gentlemen – Pain

Jesse Malin – Meet Me at the End of the World

Japanese Breakfast – Diving Woman

The War On Drugs – Pain

The Wild Reeds – Not An Option

Kacy & Clayton – A Lifeboat

Margo Price – Weakness

This is The Kit – Hotter Colder

Micah P. Hinson – Oh, Spaceman

Juanita Stein – Florence

Juanita Stein – It’s All Wrong

Lucy Rose – Moirai

Jamie Saft & Iggy Pop – Everyday

Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination

Kelela – LMK

Chelsea Wolfe – Vex