The Vilar de Mouros festival kicked off with The Cult, Manic Street Preachers and Anna Calvi as headliners, while Therapy?, The Wedding Present and the Portuguese Tape Junk on the secondary stage make up the first day.
After an interregnum between 2006 and 2014, the festival regained its peril thanks to a bet on historical bands and a family atmosphere, ready to receive the same generations that participated in the event in the last half of the 1990s.
For this edition, the opening will be in charge of Tape Junk, a project led by João Correia, which returns after the creation of They’re Heading West. After the album of the same name of 2015, the band returned to albums with “Couch Pop” in March, a mix of sounds between Paul McCartney, Sly and The Family Stone, Shuggie Otis and Harry Nilsson, to be performed from 7:30 pm.
An hour later, followed by the British The Wedding Present by guitarist and vocalist David Gedge, the only founding member of the group that is over 30 years old and nine edited works, the last of them in 2016, titled “Going, Going … “.
The opening of the main stage is up to Anna Calvi, the English artist who made her album debut with the namesake of 2011 and released the long-running “Hunter” in 2018, nominated for British album of the year. Calvi arrives in Vilar de Mouros after composing the fifth season soundtrack for the recently released “Peaky Blinders” series in the UK.
Therapy? They return to Portugal to close the secondary stage at 10:40 pm, the year the Irish group celebrates 30 years of career, spanning 15 albums, of which the last, “Cleave”, was released in 2018. The group acts in place of Killing Joke, who canceled the concert in late June.
Next up are the Welsh Manic Street Preachers, one of the most anticipated names in this edition, riding the 2018 “Resistance is Futile”, the latest work of the critically acclaimed English trio.
At 1:30 am, the equally British The Cult return to the country to close the first day of the event, in a concert that is expected to be a celebration of post-punk and hard-rock by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy’s band, to themes like “She Sells Sanctuary”, “Love Removal Machine” or “Fire Woman”.
The Vilar de Moors festival continues until Saturday and will receive names such as The Offspring, Skunk Anansie, Prophets of Rage, Gogol Bordello, Gang of Four, Sisters of Mercy or the Portuguese Linda Martini and Jarojupe.