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NOS Alive, formerly Optimus Alive, is the leading music festival in Portugal and has caught the rest of the world’s attention due to a single combination of an eclectic line up, warm weather and unique coastline location.
During its ten years of existence, those who have visited us enjoyed fantastic line ups, including bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, The Libertines, Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pupmkins, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Blondie and many more.
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Abel Tesfaye is better known as The Weeknd. The Canadian native is one of the most remarkable, intriguing and soulful artists to emerge in recent years and his critically revered album 'Trilogy', drawing together the three acclaimed mix tapes which made him such an enormous online sensation, bears witness to his talent. The Weeknd has also become known for his stunning live shows. His first headlining tour sold out across the United States. He's also made surprise guest appearances on Drake’s Club Paradise tour, and has performed at high-profile festivals such as, Coachella, Primavera Sound Festival, and the Wireless Festival in London.
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2010 Mercury Prize winners The xx are a London trio known for their captivating stripped-down minimalist sound. It's often been said that "quiet is the new loud" and The xx are certainly among the best at creating gentle yet intense atmospheric mood music. Simplistic bass and keyboards at hush levels with vocals at almost a whisper, their delicate songs have led to comparisons with Young Marble Giants and early Cocteau Twins.
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With several hits under their collective belts, the grunge rockers known as the Foo Fighters have been long established in the world of rock. Their career has seen them go from being 'the band with the guy who used to be in Nirvana' to being one of the first names on the tongue of anyone making a list of the most prolific and influential bands in rock music today, with a score of memorable songs and legendary performances to their name.
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A near-timeless force in electronic rock and pop music, Depeche Mode have for over three decades defined an undeniably seminal - and constantly evolving - sound that has continued to be as popular as it is inventive. Together since 1980, Depeche Mode have had fifty songs in the UK singles chart and thirteen top 10 albums, with sales exceeding 100 million worldwide. This is a testament to their enduring presence as some of the greatest hearts and minds behind the synth-pop revolution and an unmistakable influence in modern music.
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Leeds band alt-j were formerly known as Films, but changed their name to the symbol that you get from the Mac shortcut alt+j. The band comprise Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums). Their original and unique experimental indie/electronic sound saw their debut album, 'An Awesome Wave', achieve great critical acclaim which went on to win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2012. They also won the Ivor Novello Album Award in 2013 and have received a string of nominations over the years from the Brits and Grammys. While critical success is always welcome, commercial success came with their 2nd album; 2014's 'This Is All Yours', which reached no.1 on the UK album chart, while 2017's 'Relaxer' reached no.3. They then enlisted an array of artists from the world of Hip Hop and Rap to remix and reinterpret the material from 'Relaxer' for 2018's 'Reduxer'.
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Blossoms are a mosaic five piece formed in Stockport, comprising of Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock. Psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest (and arguably finest) musical export. "Manchester's Blossoms offer a lighter take on psychedelia, one that's steeped in classic British pop songwriting" - NME
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Cage The Elephant
Deeply inspired by punk music, brothers Matt and Brad Shultz began playing music in high-school with fellow students Jared Champion and Daniel Tichenor. Shortly after forming the band, they made the bold move to London to begin their career. Their self-titled debut album gained them international attention, catapulting them up the Billboard Alternative and Rock charts and achieving RIAA Platinum certification. Cage The Elephant is vocalist Matt Shultz, rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion, bassist Daniel Tichenor, lead guitarist Nick Bockrath and keyboardist Matthan Minster.
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Fleet Foxes blend West Coast harmonies with a European baroque sensibility and many have drawn comparisons with legendary acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Beach Boys. The band themselves have described their sound as 'baroque, harmonic pop jams'.
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A four-piece Oxford band that plays electronic music that is somehow fragile but still has enough bass to shake your internal organs.
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Imagine Dragons is an indie band from Las Vegas. They mix brutal honesty and the power of straight-ahead rock and roll with innovative backbeats, basslines, and percussion.
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Dublin, Ireland-based modern rock quartet Kodaline specialize in soaring, radio-ready guitar rock that's drawn comparisons to Coldplay, Keane, U2, and Oasis. Formed in the working-class town of Swords around the talents of Steve Garrigan, Vinnie May, Jr., Jason Boland, and Mark Prendergast, the band were shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2013, but were beaten to the top spot by Haim. Their three albums to date have all hit the no.1 spot in their native Ireland, while reaching numbers 3, 4 and 15 respectively on the official UK album chart.
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Parov Stelar aka Marcus Füreder is a musician who lives and works in Linz, Austria. He performs with his band - the Parov Stelar Band - and as a DJ worldwide. The Austrian musician has taken over the global music scene like a phantom in recent years. Through his music the modest but exceptional talent has not only gained an enormous fan base, but has also achieved cult status as a producer. His retroinfluenced music is borne out of an aura of elegance, wickedness and pure energy. Inspired by styles and samples from the most varying of genres (soul, pop, jazz and swing) and combined with modern beats and grooves he creates an incomparable and peerless sound.
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Merrill Beth Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist who lives in Berlin. The Queen of dirty rock is influenced by artists ranging from The Cramps to The Pretenders. She is the self-made, self-produced, do-it-yourself leader of the electro-punk movement and master of the original dirty lyrical classic. She is unique with her minimal pumping beats and loved by true innovators as diverse as Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, Bjork, Josh Homme, Lil Kim, Kelis, 2 Many DJs, M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem not to mention the entire fashion and art world. Her live shows are legendary - a one-woman Kiss concert that has left the pop world in awe.
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Indie pop gets a French twist with this superb quartet. Although more obscure than their hugely successful label mates Air, you may have heard them on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for 'Lost In Translation'. It's quirky, sexy pop with an added dash of Parisian chic. The Grammy Award winning indie rock band from Versailles, was founded by Thomas Mars, Deck d'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz.
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Shrouded in mystery, Rhye first surfaced setting the Internet abuzz with ambiguous imagery, sophisticatedly sensual music videos, and that distinctive voice. Following the runaway online success of two initial singles, the critically acclaimed debut album Woman was released in 2013 and lauded by critics from Pitchfork to The Guardian to New York Times. Gifted songwriting, breathtaking vocals and deft instrumental arrangements combine to create an intoxicating blend of R&B influenced, deeply emotive music making the album a staple for provoking intimate moments. Since the release of Woman, Rhye has relentlessly toured to establish a devoted global fanbase. Transforming what was once a studio project, the music has been elevated by a cast of accomplished multi-instrumentalists enrapturing crowds in theaters and festivals worldwide, highlighted by riveting sets at Coachella and Pitchfork amongst many others.
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Riff-heavy alt-rock duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher are Royal Blood from Brighton. Their explosive guitar and drums sound has inevitably likened them to the White Stripes, along with Queens of the Stone Age. The boys have picked up a slew of awards, perhaps most notably winning 'Best British Group' at the 2015 Brit Awards, along with winning both 'Best Live Act' from Q Magazine and 'Best Live Band' from the NME.
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Former guitarist and singer/songwriter for Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams revealed a closet folkie-side in his solo material, although he still writes as he performs - with his heart on his sleeve, and punk in his spirit. Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the cocky brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan is at once one of the few artists to emerge from the alt-country scene to achieve mainstream commercial success and the one who most strongly refused to be defined by the genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically while following his increasingly prolific muse.
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Savages are a London based four-piece, combining a mixture of guitars with a groovy nu wave / punk rhythmic session. They have subsequently been compared to the great post punk bands of the 1980s, Joy Division and Magazine to name but a few. Gemma Thompson's ability to wrap her guitar solo around the hypnotic bass of Ayse Hassan and intertwine with the rest of the band before splitting off, all within the space of a few seconds, this pulled together with the awesome energy of Jehnny Beth who has been likened to Joe Strummer.
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Indie rock from Austin, Texas, formed in 1993. Through a series of critically acclaimed releases for the Matador, Elektra, Merge and numerous other labels, Spoon have staked a claim as one of the US's most revered and respected independent bands, with singer/songwriter Britt Daniel in particular an idiosyncratic author and voice to be reckoned with.
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This boy/girl duo have a growing reputation for their original brand of sleazy blues-rock and their sexually charged live performances. While comparisons to the White Stripes are inevitable, this is no copycat act.
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Female experimental art rock group from Los Angeles. Weaving intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms, they at times share similar musical territory to recent lo-fi female bands like Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls. While they remained at relatively cult level with their debut release 'The Fool' in 2010, 2014's self-titled second album 'Warpaint' reached no.9 in the official UK album charts, and 2016's 'Heads Up' reached no.13, demonstrating how far Warpaint have come.
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Four piece pop group, Wild Beasts are a mix of many different styles with songs that sound as different from each other as possible, with some almost operatic style vocals. They dare to be different, not wanting to be pigeon holed or conform to any norms, which is reflected in their unusual choice of musical arrangements, vocal styles and lyrics.
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Bonobo, aka Brighton-based DJ and musician Simon Green, makes beautifully chilled beat-driven music drawing close comparison to the works of DJ Shadow and Mr Scruff. His combination of downtempo, hip hop, funk and dub with catchy melodies skilfully immersed in organic, pastoral atmospheres has seen him quickly grow in popularity since his debut album Animal Magic in 2001. 2017 saw the release of 6th album Migration, reaching no.5 on the UK album charts.
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From Silver Lake, USA. Strikingly beautiful baroque, harmonic pop. Calling to mind the off-kilter creativity of Talking Heads with the lush energetic melody and musical tribalism of the likes of Broken Social Scene, The Byrds, Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes.
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