The Vilar de Mouros music festival, Portugal’s oldest, returns on Thursday, August 25, for the first of three days, after a two-year break forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. The line-up includes Iggy Pop, Simple Minds, Suede and Bauhaus.
The festival starts on Thursday with The Black Teddys, Battles, Gary Numan, Suede and Placebo.
On the second day of the EDP Vilar de Mouros, as it is officially known this year, performers include Non Talkers, Tara Perdida, Clawfinger, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Simple Minds.
The festival ends on Saturday with concerts from The Mirandas, Blind Zero, The Legendary Tigerman, Bauhaus and Iggy Pop.
The programme also features sets by DJ Izzy who, according to organisers, “will recreate the spirit of the Rockline Tribe parties, on the EDP Vilar de Mouros Historic Stage, on Wednesday night, between 11pm and 3am, and in the early hours of Thursday to Sunday, between 2.30am and 4.30am.”
According to information on the festival website, next to the enclosure is a campsite that is free to anyone with a three-day festival pass. The site opened on Sunday and campers can stay until 2pm on August 28.
Anyone with a one-day ticket to the festival, but wants to camp, can do so for €5, and must leave by 2pm of the day following the date of their ticket.
The campsite opens at 5pm every day and there will be a free bus, running throughout, with stops at Caminha train station, in the centre of town, and next to the festival enclosure.
The first music festival in the country, still described as ‘Portugal’s Woodstock’, took place in 1971 in Vilar de Mouros, organised by a medical doctor, António Barge, and featured Elton John and Manfred Mann, among others. It has taken place every year since, except for an eight-year hiatus between 2006 and 2014.
Like other festivals in Portugal, Vilar de Mouros also did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.