Portimão riverside
Portimão riverside Photo: INÊS LOPES/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

Let’s get ready to party in Algarve!

Big New Year’s Eve parties planned across region

Towns across the Algarve continue to announce their New Year’s Eve parties, with Portimão, Lagos and Monte Gordo among the latest to reveal what they have planned to celebrate the arrival of 2023.

Portimão has unveiled a three-day programme which will include three concerts at the town’s riverfront, all starting at 10pm.

Portuguese rapper Piruka will be the first to take the stage on Thursday, December 29, followed by Angolan singer-songwriter Matias Damásio on Friday, December 30.

Entertainment on New Year’s Eve will be provided by DJ Noise Tribe as well as Mercury Falls, a Queens tribute band which will be performing all of the beloved hits by the legendary British rock band.

There will also be fireworks to delight crowds along the Portimão and Alvor riverfronts and at Praia da Rocha near the marina.

The concerts are free to attend and are being funded by the organisers of the Rolling Loud, Afro Nation e Secret Project festivals as part of a partnership with Portimão Council which allowed them to hold the events on the beach at Praia da Rocha.

Mercury Falls, Queen tribute band
Mercury Falls, Queen tribute band

There will also be live entertainment in Alvor, with DJ Cabeça promising to keep people dancing from 10pm on New Year’s Eve into 2023.

Further west in Lagos, the town is once again holding New Year’s Eve festivities at Praça do Infante after putting them on hold for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The highlight of the night will be a free concert at 10.30pm by Portuguese band The Gift, which in 2005 won the MTV European Music Award for Best Portuguese Act and was nominated two more times in 2011 and 2013.

The band’s performance will be followed by fireworks along the town’s riverfront and a performance by DJ Lighthouse, described by the local council as “one of the best DJs” in the Algarve and Alentejo.

Another popular New Year’s destination in the Algarve is Monte Gordo, which has prepared a two-day entertainment programme “for the whole family.”

The fun will begin on Friday, December 30 at Avenida Marginal with performances by La Plante Mutante, an Algarve band known for performing covers of 80s hits, and DJ duo Alpha Heroes.

On New Year’s Eve, the entertainment will continue with Duo Reflexo at 10pm, followed by a party entitled Revenge of the 90’s which will begin at 11pm and continue into the early hours of the following morning.

Matias Damásio
Matias Damásio

“Much more than a 90’s party, this is an experience which will make everyone go into a time machine and will ensure a trip back to the most iconic moments of this generation,” Vila Real de Santo António council says in a statement.

Organisers are also promising that Monte Gordo beach will light up with an “amazing fireworks show”.

Further entertainment is planned elsewhere in the borough, with Vila Real de Santo António due to host its own party between 10pm and 3am at Praça Marquês de Pombal, while Vila Nova de Cacela will welcome 2023 on New Year’s Day, starting with the Portuguese tradition of singing ‘Janeiras’ at 3pm and ending with a firework display at 7pm.

Elsewhere in the Algarve, Albufeira is promising to live up to its reputation as one of the top New Year destinations in Portugal, having already announced its programme at the start of November.

Albufeira’s New Year’s Eve party, held every year at Praia dos Pescadores, will feature a performance by the so-called ‘Father of Portuguese Rock’ Rui Veloso, who will take the stage alongside Tatanka, vocalist of popular Portuguese band The Black Mamba (which represented Portugal at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest).

Also on the agenda is a skydiving choreography with pyrotechnics, which the council says will be the first of its kind in Europe.

By Michael Bruxo
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