SBSR music festival returns to Meco in Sesimbra starting Thursday

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The Super Bock Super Rock (SBSR) festival returns to Herdade do Cabeço da Flauta, near Meco, from Thursday, and the organization has been working with the Civil Protection so that this year “nothing fails”.

SBSR was last held in that wooded area between the Albufeira lagoon and Meco beach, in the municipality of Sesimbra, in 2019. In 2020 and 2021, the covid-19 pandemic dictated its postponement and, last year, the promoter Música no Coração, two days before the beginning, had to transfer the festival to Lisbon because of the declaration of a state of contingency in the country, in the summer, due to the high risk of fire.

From 2021 Super Bock Super Rock (SBSR) festival:

A few days before the start of the 27th edition, which takes place between Thursday and Saturday, the return of the festival to the Herdade do Cabeço da Flauta will really happen, according to the director of the promoter, Luís Montez, in statements to the Lusa news agency.

“We’ve been working together with Sesimbra Civil Protection so that nothing fails. It is the return [to the place] where we were happy,” he said.

Compared to 2019, the biggest change is in the parking and camping areas, which have been moved to a non-forest area with less vegetation and more space.

In addition, there are “more fire hydrants, more fire engines, more GNR, more Civil Protection.

“And the space is beautiful. It has a hot air balloon, which will be the festival’s symbol in the future”, said Luís Montez, revealing that in the enclosure there is also “a lighthouse, which will light up at night, and will be the festival-goers’ meeting point”.

The venue still has four stages, with the tent dedicated to electronic sounds occupying “a new space”, leaving a free area that now hosts the stage dedicated to national music, curated by SBSR.fm radio.

To get to the festival, the organization recommends using public transportation.

“We advise festival-goers to go by train to Coina [in the Barreiro municipality] and from Coina take the bus, which stops outside the festival. [For the return,] we have an extra train at 03:30, from Coina station to Lisbon,” said Luís Montez.

Além disso, há “uma paragem para TVDE” junto ao recinto.

A pensar em quem, mesmo assim, opte por chegar ao festival em veículo próprio: a zona de estacionamento foi “substancialmente aumentada”.

Para evitar que “as pessoas não saiam todas a correr ao mesmo tempo” e impedir “à saída engarrafamentos”, “depois do cabeça-de-cartaz atua sempre um DJ”.

“Na quinta-feira, James Murphy, o homem dos LCD Soundsystem, na sexta Charlotte de Witte, e no sábado, Parov Stelar”, destacou Luís Montez.

Este ano, o SBSR apresenta um cartaz “muito heterogéneo”. “Vale a pena vir dar um mergulho à praia do Meco e depois à tarde ir para o recinto”, desafiou o promotor.

O recinto, com capacidade para 20 mil pessoas, abre às 15:00.

No primeiro dia, quinta-feira, o destaque vai para “The Offspring, Franz Ferdinand, Father John Misty, que é imperdível, Róisín Murphy e o regresso dos LX-90”.

“Then on Friday we have this music legend Nile Rodgers and Chic. I’m very curious to see Sam The Kid’s show, with Orelha Negra e Orquestra, but the big headliners on the second day are The 1975 and Wu-Tang Clan, a mythical hip-hop band that everyone wants to see. It’s the day that has the most people”, said the promoter.

The last day of the 27th edition, Saturday, has “an unmissable line-up, with Steve Lacy, debuting in Portugal, Parov Stelar, Kaytranada, PinkPantheress, a girl who is a big name in soul music, hip-hop, L’Impératrice, who headlined last year in Paredes de Coura and killed it, and Tomás Wallenstein [vocalist of Capitão Fausto], who has a solo album.

The 27th edition’s program also includes, among others, The Legendary Tigerman, Black Country, New Road, Noiserv, Sampa The Great, Amaura, Glockenwise, Ezra Collective, Chico da Tina, Irma, and Surma.

The camping area, free for three-day pass holders, opens on Wednesday at 10:00 AM, and closes on Sunday at 5:00 PM.

Festival-goers arriving at the campsite on Wednesday will have a welcome party at the enclosure, starting at 9pm that day with performances by Lara Soft and Manuela Paraíso and Capitão Fausto, all in DJ set format.

Between Thursday and Saturday, the organization has free buses to Meco beach, between 10:00 and 19:00.

More information about the 27th edition of SBSR can be found on the festival’s official website at www.superbocksuperrock.pt.

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