2018 LISB-ON Jardim Sonoro

NOS Alive, MEO Mares Vivas Moved to 2022

Two more large festivals are postponing their dates for a second time due to Covid – but SBSR and LISB-ON are still planning to make it happen.

Organizers of two more iconic Portuguese festivals have given up on the idea of running them this year despite the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and the country’s drive to vaccinate the whole population.

One of the country’s most popular, oldest, and biggest festivals, NOS Alive — which was postponed in 2020 for this summer — was postponed for a second time on Thursday. The next edition will now take place next year, July 6 to 9, 2022, according to the festival’s organizers, Everything Is New. 

Related: The Show Must Go On? Portugal May ‘Pilot’ Live Music Events in April, But SBSR, NOS Alive Stay Quiet About 2021 Fests

Tickets from NOS Alive ’20 and ’21 are valid for next year without the need for exchanging them, the organizers say. And they’ll even issue a refund if you like, provided you request one within 14 days from the date of the ticket. You can also get a voucher you can use for any other Everything Is New show until Dec. 31, 2022 — see the schedule here.

Related: Another Large Portuguese Festival, Rock in Rio, Postponed to 2022

On Tuesday, the people behind MEO Mares Vivas — which also postponed the 2020 edition to this year — likewise threw in the towel, moving its three-day festival to June 16 to 18, 2022. Using last year’s or this year’s tickets is ok, as is getting a refund for those who had 2020 tickets — but those who have the 2021 tickets can’t get a refund, according to the organizers. 

That still leaves Super Rock Super Bock and LISB-ON, however, which in our experience always deliver. We have more information, including about past festivals as well as this year’s lineups, for both SBSR, happening July 16-18, and LISB-ON, rolling in Sept. 3 to 5. 

For an idea of what all these festivals usually bring, read Atlas’ guide to Portugal’s Music Festivals.

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