The first big summer festival arrives in full spring. Starting this Friday, on the 26th, and during the weekend, North Music Festival returns to Alfândega do Porto with more than 20 concerts. Chemical Brothers, Ivete Sangalo and Robbie Williams are the headliners of a line-up with a lot of pop music and much more.
This Friday night, besides the electronic music from the famous British couplet, festival goers will be able to hear the psychedelic cumbia of the Colombian band Bomba Estéreo, The Legendary Tiger Man’s rock-blues and two of the most famous bands from Porto in the 80s: Trabalhadores do Comércio (which have just released a new single, after an 11 years long hiatus) and Jáfumega. Four disc jockeys will also perform: Djeff, King Kami, Progressivu and Francisco Gil.
Brazil provides the motto for the second night of the festival. From the other side of the Atlantic, besides Sangalo, two new – but already extremely popular – names of pop and sertanejo will perform: Ana Castela and Gustavo Mioto. They will be joined by the Portuguese Nininho Vaz Maia, the samba reggae group Batalá, and DJ Rich & Mendes and Switchdance.
In the third and last days of North Music Festival, the main focus goes to Robbie Williams, but important names from Portuguese pop music will also rise to the stage, such as Pedro Abrunhosa, Black Mamba and Tiago Nacarato. To close, there will be two other names in the mixing table: the Luso-Brazilian Shaka Lion and the pioneer Yen Sung, one of the first women to assert herself as DJ in Portugal.
STCP reinforces bus lines
Meanwhile, Sociedade de Transportes Coletivos do Porto (STCP) will reinforce its lines in the area of Alfândega, during the days of the event.
According to a statement from STCP, to arrive at the festival during the day, the STCP lines 403 [Casa da Música-Campanhã], 500 [Matosinhos (Mercado)-São Bento] and 900 [Cordoaria-Santo Ovídio] connect the area of Alfândega to many places of the city, in a service that is provided by the line 1M [Matosinhos (Praia)-Aliados] at dawn. Either one of these lines is a sustainable alternative to get to the centre of the city, allowing the party to start early, without thinking about traffic or parking.