01 July, 2016

10 acts you have to see at NOS Alive


It's less than a week now until one of Europe's most impressive festivals gets underway. NOS Alive 2016 in Alges, Portugal takes place from the 7-9 July and includes seven stages, from the moment you enter the festival to the last DJ sets in the early hours of the morning. We've narrowed it down to 10 acts you absolutely have to see if you're making the trip.


The 1975

Who?
Indie-pop darlings. Sing-a-longs and jumping on mass is compulsory.

When?
Thursday 18:00 at Palco NOS Stage. It's the kick-start to the whole festival.



The Chemical Brothers

Who?
The godfathers of electronic music, who have been making some of the biggest electronic tracks in the world since before most of NOS' crowd were born. Don't just expect them to push the play button, they've got an onslaught of trippy visuals to keep you alert in the early hours of the morning.

When?
Thursday 01:00 at Palco NOS Stage. You'll want to stay awake for the latest headliner.




Tame Impala

Who?
Fast becoming the coolest band around. Thick riffs and psychedelic groove will be in force before Radiohead take to the stage, off the back of a mesmerising performance at Glastonbury.

When?
Friday 21:00 at Palco NOS Stage. The sun setting and mesmerising lights should be merging into one after a few glasses of Portuguese wine.




Grimes

Who?
Pop at its best. Dark, fast and furious, Grimes is a fire cracker ready to explode and her faultless debut album Art Angels should explode in full force.

When?
Saturday 01:30 at Palco Heineken Stage. It's the perfect way to end the festival after Arcade Fire finish on the main stage.




Hot Chip

Who?
Electronic misfits who never get old. Regardless of your opinion of Hot Chip, leave your opinions aside until you see them live under the lights. If there were any danger of ankle sprains at all it would be here, as you'll be non-stop dancing.

When?
Friday 02:40 at Palco Heineken Stage. With an abundance of big acts on before, it'll be a long evening, but well worth the wait.




Foals

Who?
Math rock come jurassic krautrock head bangers. Foals have worked their way to the big stages of festivals and on hold back on lung-busting, fist-pumping indie rock.

When?
Friday 19:30 at Palco NOS Stage. Start the rocking early.




Kero Kero Bonito

Who?
Bubble gum pop which sounds like it sprouts more from Tokyo than London. It's an infusion of J-pop, PC music and video game jingles, to shake out the inner pop princess in you.

When?
Saturday 21:20 at Raw Coreto by G-Star Raw. The perfect final night warm-up.




Wolf Alice

Who?
One of the only reasons to keep your faith in the UK right now. Non-fussy indie rock. They've rocketed to the top in the past year and are here to burst your ear drums.

When?
Thursday 22:15 at Palco Heineken Stage. It's gonna get sweaty in what's bound to be a packed out tent.




Four Tet

Who?
Thirty-something year-old Kieran Hebden whose gigantic electronic sets are the freshest around, full of nostalgic build-ups and crashing comedowns.

When?
Saturday 00:00 at Palco Heineken Stage. See in the final morning rave.




Two Door Cinema Club

Who?
That indie band everyone liked back in 2011. Yeah, they're back with new music and floppier hair than before. Nostalgia all round!

When?
Friday 00:55 at Palco Heineken Stage. A steady set-up for Hot Chip.