Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day Three

Being the first band to perform on the last day of a festival is a tough place for anyone to find themselves, and the audience for Opus Diabolicum was a little sparse to begin with. Sound problems during their first song didn’t help, but these minor faults were quickly and professionally rectified and  Opus DiabolicumContinue reading “Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day Three”

Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day Two

The first band of the day, Requiem Laus, formed in Madeira in 1992 but didn’t release their first album until 2005. During that time they have garnered a reputation as a solid death/black metal band, so it was a shame to see such a small audience at the start of their performance. However, as everyoneContinue reading “Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day Two”

Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day One

While fans of Dance, Electro, and Hip-Hop were heading down south for the MEO Sudoeste Festival, metalheads from Portugal and beyond were heading north, to Quinta do Ega in Vagos. Since the festival officially became known as Vagos Open Air in 2009, a trip to the Quinta do Ega has become an annual pilgrimage forContinue reading “Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day One”

Vagos Open Air 2013 – Secret Lie

Last weekend (09-10 August), Vagos hosted the annual Metal Festival, Vagos Open Air. With a strong line up, as ever, the festival opened with the Portuguese band Secret Lie. Including adaptations from Vivaldi, and a sneak listen of a song from their new album, Secret Lie got Vagos Open Air 2013 off to a buzzingContinue reading “Vagos Open Air 2013 – Secret Lie”

Let the festivities begin…

Starting in late April or early May the village festivals take place across Portugal. Associated with local saints, the festivals are an opportunity to eat, drink, and generally be merry. Nowadays, the evenings are given over to bands who tour the country, playing a mixture of traditional Portuguese music and covers of rock songs. ThisContinue reading “Let the festivities begin…”

Minta and The Brook Trout at Teatro Aveirense

The second part of the concert last Friday was from Minta and The Brook Trout. This four-piece acoustic rock band couldn’t have been more different than Samuel Úria, but the two sessions complemented each other perfectly. A Portuguese band that sings solely in English (the other group I think of like this are Fingertips), MintaContinue reading “Minta and The Brook Trout at Teatro Aveirense”

Samuel Úria at Teatro Aveirense

Last weekend we were lucky enough to be able to cover a double bill concert of Samuel Úria and Minta and The Brook Trout at Teatro Aveirense, Aveiro. These were two completely different acts, Minta playing a nostalgic acoustic rock, while Samuel was very much a poet who expresses his poetry through music. Samuel usedContinue reading “Samuel Úria at Teatro Aveirense”

Balla at the Teatro Aveirense

We’ve been a little quiet lately, but last weekend we went to see Balla at the Teatro Aveirense. They were really good, of course, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to be there for the concert and the sound check. Balla, fronted by Armando Teixeiro, are an excellent rock back that play justContinue reading “Balla at the Teatro Aveirense”

Grupo Ondas in Oiã

This is the first time we had the opportunity to photograph Grupo Ondas, even though they are a local band from just a few miles away. Afterwards, they were really kind with their compliments and were a fun band to photograph.