It feels a bit like an incredible secret: an intimate festival with a spot-on line-up, set in a historic (and frankly bloody stunning) city on the Atlantic coast. The festival is NOS Primavera Sound, a little sister for Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and the city is Porto. Portugal’s second city is a match for Lisbon in character and vibrancy, and its traditional image and strong air of history belie an innovative streak that’s as crucial to Porto’s identity as the spectacular Douro river.
The festival takes place across three days each June, and the music doesn’t start until late afternoon, giving festivalgoers plenty of opportunities to discover the city. Here are ten reasons why NOS Primavera Sound is the perfect excuse for a one-of-a-kind break in one of Europe’s most brilliant corners.