Nos Alive (formerly known as Oeiras Alive and Optimus Alive), is a music and arts festival that has been taken place in Lisbon, Portugal, since 2007, with a 3 day duration. The festival has a considerable popularity despite its recent creation, attracting comers from various parts of the world. The UK magazine, NME, placed it in the top 10 in 2012, and it has maintained its top 10 status ever since.
Its main sponsor is Nos (formerly Optimus), a Portuguese media holding company whose main assets include a mobile operator and a movie distributor among other ventures in the TV/Media area. The festival is broadcasted live on television through both linear channels and online streaming, and on radio by Radio Comercial since its beginning.
Tickets for the festival start at 60 euros for a 1-day access, and go up depending on the package you get. Full access tickets are available, as well as packages including access to the camping area with the possibility of having you plane fare included. For more, don’t hesitate and look up all the info online in Portuguese and English at there site: http://nosalive.com/
This year’s attractions included names like the Weeknd, Depeche Mode, Ryan Adams, Imagine Dragons, The Savages, Kodaline and The Foo Fighters, among a wide and very exciting list of performers for the 3-day span of the festival, taking place at Passeio Marítimo de Algés.
Big Head went in on the first day to find out more about what is the Nos Alive experience.
The best and most convenient way to get to Algés is to use public transportation, possible options are by train, bus or taxi.
Doors open at 3 pm and the line is long but fast. Security is tight and we advise to not take any valuables, just the basic necessities, and yes there are places where you can charge your phone, and well kept bathrooms with exclusive ones for disabled attendies . After going through all the checkpoints, a guide is given to you containing everything from a timetable with the list of performers to a map of the festival area.
The area is enormous with multiple stages like the Heineken and Nos clubbing stages.
You can also checkout stands by festival partners giving free goods or opportunities at a lesser price such as:
– Control: a condom company giving away free condoms,
– EDP (Energies of Portugal): offering a skating ring with free access,
– Fnac: with a turning wheel, giving you a chance to win free concert tickets.
–TAP (Portuguese airline): giving you a chance to win a free trip to any destination it flies to.
– Painting/Tattoo stand: with temporary tattoos, glitter make up and even personalized t-shirts.
Festival merchandise is also available for purchasing with prices starting at 30 euros.
One of the high points of the day, was the walk along the EDP street where one has the chance to have a glimpse of the Portuguese music genre called Fado.
The food court area also catches ones’ attention with its wide variety from Burgers to Churros, Kebabs to McDonalds ice cream, and of course the Casal Garcia Wine and Heineken stands. In case you need a drink during a concert, workers with Heineken backpacks walk around the area during the full duration of the festival and you can get a small beer for 2.5 euros and big size one for 4 euros.
We got the chance to watch the live act from The XX, and the first day’s closing attraction, artist The Weeknd at the main Nos Stage, and they are definitely performances to remember. The vibe is simply amazing.
As a whole, the experience is money well spent, after all you get to watch a lot of bands for the price of one, and with so many activities to keep you busy in between acts, without a doubt we will back next year to try the 3-day experience.
We couldn’t end without congratulating the happy new parents of baby Rodrigo. Born on day 2, while The Kills were performing, at the exclusive area for future moms. Now that is a good birth story!
Don’t forget to keep it real,