Deep Purple and David Bowie are returning to Portugal in July for a concert at the Atlantic Pavilion. Deep Purple will play the Pavilion on July 18 as part of the Lisbon Festival that is making a comeback after an absence of five years. The festival will take place on July 16, 17 and 18. According to festival organiser Ricardo Casimiro, the event “will play host to at least two other world-famous names on the international scene.”

Rock legend David Bowie has also signed up to perform on July 17 to promote his latest album Reality. This is the third time that Bowie has played in Portugal and the Lisbon Festival organisers are citing his presence at the event as a sign that the festival is firmly back on the map. Casimiro also took a sideswipe at a rival event: “We will certainly have cheaper tickets than those for another music festival taking place in Chelas in June,” he said in a reference to the Rock in Rio – Lisboa event.

Formed in 1968 in Hertford, England, Deep Purple are among the most legendary ‘hard rock’ heavy metal bands. Band members include Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Paice (battery) and Jon Lord (keys). ‘The Purple’ had their first moment of real fame in 1970 when they launched the Deep Purple in Rock album. Among their most famous albums are Fireball (1971), the legendary Made in Japan (1972) and Machine Head (1972).

North American superstar, Lenny Kravitz, is the latest performer to confirm that he will play at the Super Bock Super Rock music festival, due to take place between June 9 and 11 at the Parque das Nações in Lisbon. Kravitz last visited Portugal during the Super Bock event in 2002. Now the singer is back, and promises a great show, with sneak previews of the new songs from his latest album, which hasn’t been released yet.

British DJ Norman Cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, has also confirmed his appearance at the festival. The event will be Cook’s debut performance in Portugal, on the last day of the festival. Trip hop superstars Massive Attack have also confirmed they will play at the event on June 11. The festival line up also includes Korn, Blasted Mechanism, Linkin Park (June 9), Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, David Fonseca (June 10) and Clã (June 11). Tickets are priced at 38 euros for one day, or 75 for the three days and are currently on sale online on,, at Fnac shops, or alternatively call 210 036 300.