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Five reasons why we’re booking tickets for NOS Alive

Looking for the best lineup this summer? It’s time to head to Lisbon’s very own NOS Alive music festival

Written by Time Out. Paid for by NOS Alive.

If a three-day party on the Portugese coast is right up your street, look no further. NOS Alive (formerly Optimus Alive) offers over 160,000 patrons a unique combination of three full days of live music in gloriously balmy weather and one incredible location: Lisbon. With a unique opportunity to explore this amazing city and one jam-packed lineup – including some rather notable headliners – this festival is an epic way to kick off your summer of fun in the sun. Taking place from July 11-13 2024, choose to see your favourite act with a day pass – or go for gold with a three-day ticket. Whatever you decide, here’s why we’re definitely booking a ticket to NOS Alive this year.

1. The eclectic headliners

Let’s be honest. A music festival without a killer lineup is like a beer garden without a pint: It just doesn’t work. Thankfully, NOS Alive knows exactly how to bring a party with one epic lineup of headliners. There’s indie rock band Arcade Fire and the infamous Smashing Pumpkins headlining on Friday, pop sensation Dua Lipa and South African breakthrough artist Tyla on Saturday and none other than Pearl Jam and Sum 41 on Sunday. Boom! How’s that for an eclectic lineup?

2. The discovery acts

Keen to discover new artists this summer? There’s an entire range of newer acts to watch at NOS Alive, including T-Rex, Jura and Kenya Grace – among many others. The general vibe here is eclectic, so you’re guaranteed to experience new music in various genres you didn’t know you needed to hear. All that’s left to do is plan your days to make sure you get the most out of the music – and the festival at large.

3. The warm weather

With a riverside music festival, it kinda goes without saying: the weather will be amazing. Think balmy, sunny vibes all round – with a whole lotta SPF and Sex on the Beach (cocktails, that is). Need a little more convincing? Lisbon – the only European city where you can surf and go to the beach all together – has a typical July weather forecast ranging from lows of 18º and highs of 28º with – unbelievably – zero chance of rain. Could you ask for a better weather guarantee this summer? We think not.

4. The unique riverside location

Music festival on the river? What a game-changer! And while you’re not directly on the beach, you’ll enjoy the fresh breeze of coastal air as you boogie the night away. The festival’s location is particularly unique: On the one side, you’ve got big city life and on the other, vast waters and gorgeous sunsets. Best of both worlds? Yes. Dreamy AF? Indeed.

5. The affordable ticket prices

If the balmy weather, epic lineup and stunning location aren’t enough to sway you, here’s one thing we know will catch your eye: The suuuuper affordable ticket prices. We are SO here for a bargain this summer, and we’re sure you are, too. Thanks to the money you’ll save on tickets, you’ll have more to spend on festi outfits and nearby accommodation – while revelling in the fact you’ve got an absolute steal of a ticket to see so many incredible artists at one festival.

Book your ticket to one of the best line-ups of the summer, at NOS Alive.

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