Rocking On The West Coast

By Matt D’Arcy

If the American west coast is famous for its music, the Algarve’s west coast is also bidding for its own rock ‘n’ roll reputation.

This weekend brings the two-day Under The Radar festival of rock, blues and surf music to Vale da Telha, here on our coastal plateau outside Aljezur, within earshot of the Atlantic Ocean.

The festival, running through Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th, features bands from all over Europe, in a celebration of live music and vinyl DJ’s on the land behind Hugo’s Bar alongside the Pines Roundabout, the central hub of Vale da Telha.

And the organisers are planning for it to be a family festival, with a children’s area, including a Pirate’s Air Castle (free entry for children under 12 with supervision), Loco Bingo, and a Local Creative Crafts Market, alongside food and drink areas.

There will be two stages on site, the smaller of the two featuring local singer/songwriters in the two afternoons.

Headlining the Festival on Friday is Portugal’s Anarchicks band, with an explosive mix of indie and punk.

And Saturday’s headliner is the Johnson Four from the Netherlands, a top Surf Rock band, with both nights featuring international bands and Portuguese artists in support.


Friday 26th October (Start 2.00 pm, finish 12.00 pm)

Main Stage: Anarchicks, Mojo Groove, Chiclete com Batata Doce, Vale da Telha African percussion group, Swimwear Fashion Show.

Open stage: Iris Johner, Rob du Preez

Saturday 27th October (Start 2.00pm, finish 12.00 pm)

Main Stage: The Phantom Four, Creepin’ Johnson, The Twist Connection, Kindom Stage, Groovemeister Abbey

Open stage: Beardy Souls, Michele Loop.

Early Bird weekend tickets (now sold out)  with later bookings for the full weekend (2 days) priced at €25  Tickets for Friday or Saturday cost €15 (for each day)

The price of the ticket includes one Under The Radar bag, an Under The Radar recycled hard beer cup, two Bingo tickets and a donation to A Nossa Terra, a local NGO which supports the planting and caring for natural woodlands in the Serra de Monchique.

For tickets, go to the website, or pay on the door:

GPS coordinates for Vale da Telha according to the Mapawi website:

Latitude: 37.2833 

Longitude: -8.2722

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