Rock legends Xutos e Pontapés to headline Lagos New Year

Lagos’ New Year party is promising to give Albufeira a run for its money this year. Portugal’s legendary rock group Xutos e Pontapés has been unveiled as the headliner of the event, an announcement that will certainly attract thousands of revellers to Lagos on the night of Saturday, December 31.

The band was formed 37 years ago and is arguably Portugal’s most popular rock act.

With 13 albums under their belt, the Almada rockers have gained a huge following.

No matter where they play in Portugal, their concerts are usually filled to the brim with people of all ages.

Their influence on Portugal’s musical history was officially recognised in 2004, when Portugal’s president at the time Jorge Sampaio awarded the band the prestigious Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique accolade which distinguishes those who have contributed to the promotion of Portuguese culture, history and values.

Their popular song ‘A Minha Casinha’ was also what echoed out of the speakers of State de France in Paris last July when Portugal was celebrating their historic win over France in the final of the Euro 2016 football championship.

Their concert in Lagos will begin at 10.30pm at Praça do Infante.

It will be followed by a firework display along the town’s waterfront at midnight.

The party will continue at 00.15am with DJ Monchike, whose set will “please all crowds”, Lagos council says.

All shows will be free.

Albufeira is the other town in the Algarve that has already revealed its New Year’s party programme, with highlights including performances by Portuguese singer Áurea and pop group D.A.M.A.

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