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The second day of the North Festival belonged to Keane

The rain appeared on the second day of the North Festival and never went away. However, the public didn’t give up and what was expected happened, an excellent day, with a lot of good music, starting with the Portuguese Plaza, The Reytons, Birdy, Tom Odell and of course Keane on a full park day.

Opening was by Plaza, a Portuguese band, created in 2003, by Quico Serrano (former keyboardist of Salada de Frutas and producer of the album “Viagens” by Pedro Abrunhosa), with the brothers Paulo Praça (Turbojunkie, Grace, Comité Caviar) and Simão Praça (Turbojunkie). They soon fired up the audience, which in good numbers went early to see the bands on stage on the second day.

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Plaza < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

In 2005 they launched Meeting Point, which earned them a Golden Globe nomination in the best national band category. They collaborated on the tribute album to Scott Walker released by Transformadores.

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The second album of originals, All Together, produced by the band itself in co-production with Rick Webster (from the British Unkle Bob) was released in 2014 and features special appearances by Anarchicks and Patrícias SA.

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The Reytons < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

From Yorkshire, UK, came The Reytons, in what was their debut on Portuguese soil, who from the beginning and after apologizing for not speaking Portuguese (he assumed we knew English) promised a great deal, saying that at the end of it everyone they would understand who The Reytons were, and they delivered, with an electrifying concert.

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The Reytons < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

They invited the public to loosen up, move and interact with them. And the rain came, but no one moved, The Reytons held on to their fans, it was crazy — an excellent concert.

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The Reytons < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

The indie rock band from Rotherham, including vocalist Jonny Yerrell, guitarist Joe O’Brien, bassist Lee Holland and drummer Jamie Todd, 2017 gained recognition for their energetic sound and engaging performances. Their debut album, Kids Off the Estate, was released on November 12, 2011, which was recently joined by What’s Rock And Roll? and they continue to electrify the stages wherever they go.

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Birdy < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

Then Birdy, the British singer-songwriter and her band took to the North Festival stage with her sweet voice and beautiful melodies, in a calmer, more intimate way, enchanting the fans and they responded by not moving away, even with the rain that blessed the Festival to increase.

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Birdy < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, aka Birdy, is a talented English singer and songwriter, she rose to prominence with her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” at the age of 14, the performance showcased her soulful voice and talent on the piano.

She released her self-titled debut album, Birdy, in 2011, which included covers and original songs. Songs like “People Help the People” and “Shelter” were acclaimed by the critics and loved by the public.

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Birdy < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

Birdy’s second album, Fire Within released in 2013, featured the single “Wings”, followed by Beautiful Lies in 2016 and …P O R T R A I T S… in 2024.

Birdy combines elements of indie pop, folk and piano ballads, her dynamic style and introspective lyrics captivate everyone who hears her. Songs like “Skinny Love”, “People Help the People” and “Wings” leave no one indifferent.

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Tom Odell < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

It was then Tom Odell’s turn to take the stage, and as expected it was a spectacular concert, with the public surrendered to his voice and energy on stage, the great affinity with the Portuguese public was clear and they responded whenever he asked him, singing and dancing.

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Tom Odell < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

He is one of the best English singers and songwriters today, known for his emotional and sincere songs.

Born Thomas Peter Odell on November 24, 1990, in Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, he gained recognition with his debut EP, Songs From Another Love, released on October 15, 2012.

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Tom Odell < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

In 2013, Tom Odell won the prestigious BRITs Critics’ Choice Award and subsequently released his debut studio album. Songs like “Another Love” and “Black Friday” are ionic, their music mixes elements of indie pop, folk and piano ballads, creating a captivating sound.

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Keane < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

But the night was coming to an end, and it couldn’t have ended better, Keane took the stage and the audience that was waiting for them in the rain, “went crazy”, and received lots of applause, the band thanked them and gave everything on stage in an epic concert that Not even the rain that wet more than “fools” managed to ruin it.

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Keane < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

Certainly one of the best English bands, Keane took their rock to the North Festival, and it was worth the wait, Tim Rice-Oxley, composer, pianist and choir, Tom Chaplin, vocalist and lead guitarist, Jesse Quin, bassist, guitarist and choir, Richard Hughes, drummer, percussionist and choir, took to the stage to party in Porto, and won over the entire audience that filled Parque de Serralves on the second day.

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Keane < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

Keane rose to prominence in the early 2000s with their debut album, 2004’s Hopes and Fears. “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Everybody’s Changing” were huge hits and gave the band instant notoriety.

Their songs, which mix elements of rock, melodic pop and introspective lyrics, continue to win over the public on all stages and in Porto it was no different with an audience dancing and singing with the band all their songs, until the end, from a fantastic second day of North Festival.

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Keane < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

After the first day was dedicated to Latin American music with a lot of reggaeton, the second day filled the venue with rock and indie, which was even more to the liking of the public who went to the festival, with the venue full even with the rain.

See photos from the second day of the North Festival here

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Keane < North Festival -D2 < 2024.05.25 < Parque de Serralves ©Luís M. Serrão

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