From August 7th to 10th, Neopop Festival returns to Viana do Castelo to host some of the most exciting names in electronic music for an eclectic programme spanning two stages and four days.
The festivities will once again take place just a few meters from the Atlantic Ocean in the breathtaking setting of Viana Do Castelo - the jewel of the Costa Verde. This historic location in the Minho Region of Northern Portugal is just a 30-minute drive from Porto Airport, boasting views of the Lima River and local foods that are guaranteed to make your trip unforgettable.
The first wave of artists confirmed for this year include Underworld (live), 2jack4u (live), Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, DVS1, John Digweed, Lokier, Maceo Plex, Rebekah (live), Richie Hawtin, Surgeon (live) and The Advent (live 90's set).
Emerging at the forefront of the ‘90s underground techno scene, Underworld were catapulted to international recognition in '96 when the timeless anthem "Born Slippy (Nuxx)" became the soundtrack to a generation, travelling the world with Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Their career over the next two decades reached a global scale across multiple spheres: millions of sold albums, sold-out concerts, creation of themes for Academy award winning directors, exhibitions at art galleries and even soundtracking the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
As a pioneering force in electronic music since the early ‘90s, Richie Hawtin’s contribution to the scene is unparalleled. His aliases of F.U.S.E., Plastikman and Concept 1 are synonymous with innovative production, whilst his Plus 8 and Minus imprints have given platforms to an extensive list of acclaimed artists. An enigma of many guises, he has consistently proven himself to be one of the most visionary artists of our time.
John Digweed is an artist whose career trajectory is incontestably unique. From his early beginnings in the acid house scene of the UK to a household name with a world-class reputation, he promotes a sense of integrity that is the benchmark for both DJ’s and producers globally. Whilst the genres he wanders through may be unpredictable, one thing is for certain - there are few artists who can match the quality of his sets.
Also featured in the initial wave of headliners is none other than Maceo Plex, whose DJ sets are just as likely to wander into the darkest corners of techno as they are synth-pop or electro, Berlin techno institution Ben Klock, deviant mixer and master crowd controller DVS1 and Belgium’s most sought after recent export Amelie Lens.
Live shows will be presented in the form of obscure industrial oddities by Surgeon, mind-bending immersive sonics from Rebekah and an exclusive ‘90s set from iconic techno act The Advent. Rounding off the initial wave of artists are Portuguese hardware act 2jack4u and purveyor of all things dark, Lokier.
Red Bull Music will again collaborate with the festival to curate their own multidisciplinary stage, with lineup and programming to be announced soon. As with last year, this will take place in Teatro Sá de Miranda, located in the heart of Viana do Castelo outside Forte de Santiago da Barra, where the festival usually takes place. This iconic venue holds 300 seats, providing an intimate setting to enjoy world-class musical curation.
Building on the narrative they have built over the past decade, Neopop’s 2019 edition continues to solidify its reputation as Portugal’s most respected electronic music festival and an essential destination for discerning music fans from across the globe.
PRESS KIT - Festival images 2018
PRESS KIT - artists 2019