NOS Primavera Sound Porto looks towards 2021 with the best lineup in its history

 NOS Primavera Sound Porto looks towards 2021 with the best lineup in its history
  • Tyler, The Creator, Tame Impala, Gorillaz, FKA twigs, Bad Bunny, Beck and Doja Cat headline the next edition of the Portuguese festival
  • From 10th to 12th June 2021, Porto will experience the ninth edition of the event
  • Tickets will go on sale on this Thursday 18th June at 1:00 pm (CEST)

2021 keeps getting more and more promising. Only a few days ago the Primavera Sound Barcelona 2021 lineup was revealed (and the almost immediately sold out), today it is the Portuguese edition that announces its complete lineup. NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2021 will be held from June 10th to 12th of next year in Parque da Cidade with the best lineup in its history, headed by global hip hop icon Tyler, The CreatorTame Impala with their psychedelic pop for the masses for the first time at the festival, Gorillaz by Damon Albarn, the majestic seduction of FKA twigs, the pop sensation of the moment Doja CatPavement for their even more much awaited reunion, Bad Bunny as world ambassador for Latin music, Beck in his capacity as a living music legend and King Krule as a new generational reference coming directly from the dark.

These are only the most visible names of a lineup that will mostly replicate the one that should have been held this year and that will bring together 63 artists, with the inimitable stamp of Primavera Sound and a decided commitment to combining tradition with risk, great names with artists of tomorrow, contemporary sounds together with those that explain the last three decades of music. Unanimously exalted by the audience as one of the most special festivals in the world thanks to the surroundings that welcome it and now underpinned by a list of names you could only dream of, there is no doubt that the countdown to the best edition of NOS Primavera Sound Porto starts now.

Primavera Sound 2021 updated line-up poster


A Primavera Sound poster always captures the time in which it has been created, but as the festival’s history expands, more artists and bands join the family. With the Barcelona festival heading towards its twentieth edition and the Porto festival approaching the celebration of its first decade, it is evident that Primavera Sound cannot be explained without the figure of Kim Gordon, who will present her first solo album under her own name. Nor without the forever-young Dinosaur Jr, the champions of the post-hardcore Jawbox and, of course, no pandemic is going to keep Shellac away from their annual date in Porto. Also, there will be room for newly-forged legends like that of the reborn Chromatics (whose leader, Johnny Jewel, will also perform with his project Desire), Cigarettes After Sex with their languid ethereal pop, DIIV and their eternal search for the perfect noise, Jehnny Beth with her first solo incarnation post Savages or the tantric riffs by Al Cisneros of Sleep’s OM. They will be supported by new generations of artists who already sound like classics, such as the nomads of groove Khruangbin, the nostalgic stories by Helado Negro and, yes, also, the forever cool ding-a-ling of the Australians Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

A LINEUP FOR 2020… AND 2021

It says a lot about a lineup that, despite having to be moved to the following year for reasons that we all know, it continues to perfectly reflect the present moment. Such is the strength of a list of artists who, without a doubt, will use these extra months to get bigger and better. This is already a reality for the Jamaican music by KoffeeGeorgia and her infinite British dance music, the new Latin diva Paloma Mami, the endless pop archipelago of Penelope Isles and the abandoned scratches of black midi’s guitars.

Craving hip hop? Be attentive to new stars such as the elusive Earl Sweatshirt or the very commanding Little Simz, the revolutionary power of Jamila Woods or the triumvirate of Spanish urban music formed by C. TanganaBad Gyal and Yung Beef, each with their own role on the scene and arriving in Portugal as stars. From the neighbouring country will also come the promising new voice of flamenco María José Llergo and the psychedelic madness of Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba, direct from Seville to the world.

Is pop your thing? The good thing about always betting on futuristic pop is that there is no date that can’t handle it. Artists like the force of nature Caroline Polachek presenting her fantastic Pang, the incendiary American duo 100 gecs, the British-Japanese artist Rina Sawayama now with her debut LP under her arm, the tireless experimenter Mura Masa or the unleashed queer pop by the Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar will make it clear that pop is here to save us again, perhaps now more than ever.


It does not matter when. With a stronger or weaker accent, Parque da Cidade will continue to speak Portuguese: from artists like Arnaldo Antunes, who comes from across the Atlantic to make us fall in love with a songbook that is the living history of Brazil, to new species that are simultaneously exotic and indigenous like the Internet phenomenon Chico da Tina and the creative romanticism of David Bruno; with the inclination towards intimacy of Montanhas Azuis, or towards the wild dancing of Throes + The Shine or the electronic sounds of Holy Nothing. NOS Primavera Sound Porto will demonstrate, once again, that national music is really on top form.


It is not difficult to imagine how much the desire to dance together again will have increased by the time the gates of the Parque da Cidade reopen after two years. For this reason we will once again venture into the parallel universe of Primavera Bits, full of beats, sparkling lights and heavenly rhythms. In 2021 the electronic area of NOS Primavera Sound Porto will still to be led by Avalon Emerson, Paul Woolford’s incarnation as Special Request and the bubbly techno of Aurora Halal, but it will also allow you to get lost in the unpredictable back to back by Octo Octa and Eris Drew, the endless knowledge of DJ Marcelle / Another Nice MessSherelle‘s relentless sets and local heroes DJ FirmezaMVRIA and Arrogance Arrogance.

As an outstanding novelty, at NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2021 there will not only be dancing to electronic music. The commitment to Latin sounds will be completed by sessions by reggaeton pioneer DJ Playero and the never-before-seen union between Florentino, Kelman Duran and DJ Python, baptized for the occasion as Sangre Nueva. Yeah, in Porto, there will also be perreo.


All tickets purchased for NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020 are valid for the 2021 edition. Ticketholders have to exchange their NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020 ticket for a ticket that is valid for the 2021 edition. This exchange must be made at the same place where the ticket was initially bought, and can be carried out from Thursday 18th June until December 31st 2020. There will be no extra cost. All the details about the process will be explained in the festival’s website.

Full festival tickets for NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2021 will be available from Thursday, June 18th, at 13:00 (CEST), at the price of 120 €* on DICE. A very limited number of VIP full festival tickets will also go on sale at the price of 200 €*, exclusively on DICE.

Day tickets will go on sale on Thursday, June 25th, at 13:00 (CEST), at the price of 60 €* on DICE. From this day on it will also be possible to exchange NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020 day tickets for NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2021 day tickets. 

*Fees not included

Main image credit: Prima Vera Sound PR / Paco Amate