Vale da Telha Music Festival 2013

Music fans of different nationalities, all subscribing to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s view that “Music is the universal language of mankind”, will be meeting up this weekend at the Vale da Telha Music Festival on the West Coast outside Aljezur.

Admission is free and three acts will feature at the festival which is scheduled to start at 7.30pm on Saturday, August 24, running through to approximately 1am, in the grounds of the Old School House, Vales. Gates open at 7pm.

The festival is presented by Amovate (Association of Residents and Friends of Vale da Telha) and a spokesman said: “As always, we expect a broad spectrum of nationalities to attend because popular music is just that – it appeals to everyone. The idea is that this free-to-attend feast of music will bring together all the people of our community.

“Hans Christian Anderson said ‘where words fail, music speaks’ and that’s our Festival motto, too.”

The festival is hosted by DJ Rockindad, who will provide music in the intervals, whilst singer Ana Messias opens the entertainment, performing a range of material from Adele to Gloria Gaynor.

Claudio and da Gang, a five-piece classic rock band come next, then Os Compotas Band – a five-piece outfit just back from a series of shows in Lisbon and playing only the funkiest of soul music – round off the show.

There will be two bars available to the festival goers, selling beer and wine, one of them also selling spirits, and Borley’s Pies will have a food concession on site.

The spokesman added: “All the proceeds after expenses will go to our Charity Fund and we would like to thank all the entertainers for generously reducing their normal fees to assist us in this regard, as the festival exists to raise money for charity and because we are not charging admission.” Matt D’Arcy