The Paredes de Coura festival starts today with the Bed Legs from Braga inaugurating the first day, which features the psychedelic sounds of Boogarins, the Congolese collective KOKOKO! and culminates in the return of The National.
After the ‘Not Bad’ EP and ‘Black Bottle’ album, the Bed Legs open the main stage and present their self-titled album, released last year, which will rock the first festival-goers with rock and blues. ‘from the northern quintet.
Later in the afternoon, Australian Julia Jacklin brings to Portugal the ‘perfect mix between the dreamy’ indie-pop ‘and the sincere’ alt-country ”, with the newly released ‘Crushing’, succeeding ‘Don’ t Let The Kids Win ‘2016 and Phantastic Ferniture’s namesake album 2018, a project he shares with Liz Hughes, Ryan K. Brennan, and Tom Stephens.
This is followed by the Australian Parcels, who, after a series of EPs and a collaboration with Daft Punk, debuted last year with the namesake long-term, which critics consider one of the best albums of the year. The Parcels will warm the audience with their groove before The National apotheosis, scheduled for 00:45.
The Americans return to the festival after their first performance in 2005. Since then, there have been numerous appearances and awards accumulated by Matt Berninger’s band, including the latest 2017 ‘Sleep Well Beast’, which won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
The closing of the main stage opens at 2:25 am to the sounds of the neighborhoods and clubs of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by KOKOKO !, a project that involves a group of musicians from Ngwaka neighborhood to develop repeated patterns from stringed instruments and percussion objects from recycled material.
Closing the night, actor and DJ Nuno Lopes will cheer up the tough ones with their usual ‘DJ set’ scheduled for 3:25 pm, and mark the closing of the first four days of music, which still lead to the shores of the band. Coura River names like New Order, Patti Smith, Suede, Father John Misty or Freddie Gibbs and Madlib.