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Music and beach life – Super Rock Super Bock Festival

Written by 24 March 2011 6 Comments

As the summer is getting closer, so is the festival period. With so many great festival around Europe, festival passes and plane tickets must be booked soon. This is how my summer started out last year: Take a few of my favorite bands, a beautiful beach, a handful of good friends and cold beer – and you have the perfect festival experience. A weekend of music at the Super Rock Super Bock festival at Meco, Portugal, was the perfect kickoff to a fun holiday. One of the great advantages with the festival is the proximity to the beach, and the possibility to spend the day recovering there and taking refreshing baths during the day.

Super Bock Super Rock (SBSR) is one of the biggest music festivals in Portugal, and is located just an hour outside of Lisbon. The lineup for 2011 include Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Portishead, Brandon Flower and The Kooks. Sure many of these bands can be seen at other festivals this summer, but which other festival combines such a great lineup with sun and beautiful beaches?

Like at most festivals, Dixie toilets, provisional showers and camping, combined with a dusty ground makes it difficult to stay as clean and fresh as you normally do. This is when the beach comes in handy, a fresh bath in the sea followed by a shower saves the day. Not to mention the miracles some lazy hours in the sun and a bath does for your energy level after a couple of heavy nights.

This year the festival will be taking place from the 14th to the 16th of July. For more information check the SBSR website.

To which festivals are you going this summer?

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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  • marie said:

    I am planning to go to Roskilde festival in Denmark, which is for four days. I have never been there, but some of my Danish friends said it is amazing

  • kathrine said:

    Roskilde is great :) I worked there a couple of summers ago. The lineup is normally superb and the location is also really good (as long as it doesn’t rain..)

  • Jane said:

    Hi Kathrine! Great review on the festival. I’m planning to go there this summer with a friend who isn’t that much into these kind of experiences, but I’m trying to convince her. :) She has a major concern though, she really freaks out in the presence of insects/reptiles, so if there were a lot (or even a few), it would be a no from her for sure.
    I’ve never camped myself either, so I can’t give he much of advice anyway. How was your experience wildlife-wise? Please, tell me that it is immaculate down there, so we’ll be able to enjoy peacefully the A.Monkeys/The Kooks/A.Fire! :) Thank you very much for your help!

  • kathrine said:

    hi jane :) thanks! i didn’t see any reptiles when i was there, but of course there are always some insects when you camp outside. maybe an alternative for you would be to stay at a hostel in sesimbra? i think there are buses passing close to the festival area from there http://www.tsuldotejo.pt/. it’s probably a good idea to book the hostel quite early, as they are likely to be full booked during the festival

  • Charlotte Pritchard said:

    Hi Katharine
    Thanks for this review. I have just heard about Super Bock and am keen to go. Can you recommend how we get there from Lisbon airport? Do we need to book coaches in advance? Also do you have a link to where we can buy tickets!? I can’t find one but maybe I’m being stupid!
    Thanks so much

  • kathrine said:

    hi charlotte,

    i love this festival and wish i had the time to go there this year as well! you can buy tickets at http://www.ticketline.pt/ or http://www.ticketline.sapo.pt . Under useful information on the SBSR website http://www.superbocksuperrock.pt/en/sbsr/17-sbsr-meco.aspx it says that the festival will offer a way to get there by public transport (last year one could go with a SBSR shuttle bus). The information will be updated later.

    have fun!

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