Live music venues in Lisbon, a guide - Part One

Lisbon Record Shops has ceased to have a regular list of live music concerts - but this guide will help YOU, the music-loving Lisbon visitor, to find great live music during your stay in our wonderful city.

First of all, you can check Viral Agenda for a list of what's happening.

If you just want to know where to go out and see some good live music, here's a small list of great venues where you won't be disappointed:

- Galeria Zé dos Bois (in Bairro Alto): The mecca of alternative music in Lisbon, in the middle of Bairro Alto. Here you'll find the cutting edge of music, from rock to hip hop without forgetting electronica, folk or jazz, and sometimes everything at once. No rules, just incredible music.
-> Location of the venue

- Sabotage Club (near Cais do Sodré): A sweaty cave in Cais do Sodré, in which you can always count for great rock gigs. Be it heavy or psychedelic, it's guaranteed to be great.
-> Location of the venue

- B.Leza (near Cais do Sodré): If you're a fan of the African smooth sounds, this is the place for you. Here you'll find the cream of Portuguese-speaking African artists, serving hot rhythms to dance throughout the night.
-> Location of the venue

- Musicbox (near Cais do Sodré): Also on the vibrant Cais do Sodré, this venue offers a very different array of live music gigs, but is known for its clubbing sessions at late hours, always betting on the new fringes of danceable electronica, sometimes with shades of hip hop or world music.
-> Location of the venue

- RCA Club (near Alvalade): If metal is your thing, you won't be disappointed. Here you'll find the heavier stuff, be it death, black, doom or plain good ol' heavy metal. From AOR to the most recent skullcrushing tendencies, RCA is a place you can call home.
-> Location of the venue

- Casa Independente (near Intendente): A marvellous spot to snack, chill with friends and listen to great music, live and otherwise.
-> Location of the venue

Stay tuned for a second part of this guide in a near future!

RECORD STORE DAY 2018



It's that time of the year again: Record Store Day is back this Saturday and Lisbon record stores are no exception when it comes to promotions, events and special items! So here's what you can expect from our associate shops:
  • Sound Club Store: Multibuy promotions (buy 4 take 1 free) in similar prices, as well as vinyl at €1 and €2.50! And you can always count on shop owner Alexandre Barbosa to play some nasty grooves while you're digging!
  • Discolecção: 20% discount on CDs and 10% discount on vinyl.
  • Vinil Experience: Various promotions on LPs, 7"s and CDs, and also surprise gifts with €50 and €100 purchases!
  • Peekaboo: 50% discount on selected items, and also open DJ booth and beer for customers (check event here)!
  • Glam-O-Rama: Every buying customer will receive a compilation CD, chosen by the store.
  • TNT: RSD items and 20% discount on stock selections.
  • Carpet and Snares: 10% discount on all items, an exclusive homegrown RSD release, free beer and DJ sets by the house DJs (Jorge Caiado, Roy, Miguel Melo) and guest DJ VIL (HAYES Collective)!
Meanwhile, in the non-LRS affiliated shops' camp, Flur will host gigs by UNITEDSTATESOF and Bruxas/Cobras as well as a DJ set by Beautify Junkyards (check event here), while Amor Records will have discounts, promotions, drinks and DJ sets by Berllioz and Zenner (check event here).

As always, we'll be updating this list as more information becomes available. Prepare your savings and support Lisbon's indie record shops while expanding your record collection!

Record Fairs: Feira de Vinil de Lisboa


There's a new record fair in town and it's going to happen inside one of the most traditional fairs in Lisbon! The Lisbon Vinyl Fair (or in Portuguese, Feira de Vinil de Lisboa) is happening on the 13th and 14th of April, inside the Sta. Marta Market building, which is exactly in the middle of the Ladra fair area (at least on Saturday the 14th).
Between the confirmed sellers are well-established brick-and-mortar shops like Groovie Records, TNT, Megastore, Peekaboo, Amor Records and Carbono Amadora, as well as several online sellers and collectors. Prepare your cash money: you're going to need it!

Feira de Vinil de Lisboa
Mercado de Santa Clara (near Graça/Santa Apolónia) -> Campo de Santa Clara
April 14th and 15th (Saturday and Sunday), 10:00 to 20:00

R.I.P. Magic Bus

It's with a heavy heart that LRS announces the demise of one of its first members. Magic Bus had been forced to relocate last November from Calçada do Duque to Avenida da Liberdade, and the change was fatal for a already waning business.
Pedro will remain active though, with a online presence in Facebook and Discogs, as well as physically selling records on Lisbon's weekly fairs (Ladra and LX Factory) - so you can still say hello and buy records from him in person! We'll miss that marvellous graffiti on the front of the old shop though :(

Record Fairs: 4ª Feira dos Senhores do Vinil


After an extended period of absence, Feira dos Senhores do Vinil is back for its fourth edition - as always, held in the bar with the best view in Lisbon (that would be PARK), and just in time for Christmas!
Just like in the previous editions, you can count with Sound Club Store's own Alexandre Barbosa behind the turntables providing the soundtrack and a selection of fine music dealers: Sound Club Vinyl Store, Flur, Carpet & Snares, Peekaboo and Magic Bus. So if you're looking for music to give to your loved ones, you now know where to go!

4ª Feira dos Senhores do Vinil
PARK (near Bairro Alto) -> Calçada do Combro, 58 (6th floor)
Facebook event here
December 17th (Sunday), 16:00 to 20:00

PEEKABOO RECORDS

Espaço Chiado has to be the shopping mall with the biggest number of record shops in Portugal. After Sound Club Store, Carpet and Snares and Discolecção's new branch, let us introduce PEEKABOO!


Peekaboo is owned by Trol2000, a local DJ - and exceptionally friendly guy - who’s always ready to help you with new musical discoveries. Trol's taste is reflected on the shop's selection: disco, boogie, new wave, soul and world music are its main flavors, in new and used vinyl (all high quality), and rarities abound. You can also find DJ accessories such as record bags and needles.


DJs in Lisbon, take notice: if you're into leftfield far-out funky stuff, Peekaboo is the place to go and satisfy your dusty little fingers!


Peekaboo Records
Espaço Chiado, 1st floor, Shop 35
entrances through Rua da Misericórdia, 14 or Rua Nova da Trindade, 5
1200-273 Lisboa

Opening hours:
Mon. to Sat. - 11:00 to 20:00
Closed on Sundays

-> look it up on the map

R.I.P. Twice

The Lisbon record shop community has lost another member: Twice has closed in June, another victim of Lisbon's savage gentrification. But manager Gonçalo isn't defeated: he's still selling records online on Discogs (as twice.discos) while looking for a new place to revive his marvellous, cosy shop. We'll be waiting!


RECORD STORE DAY 2017

It's that time of the year again: Record Store Day is back this Saturday (for the 10th time!) and Lisbon record stores are no exception when it comes to promotions, events and special items! So here's what you can expect from our associate shops:
  • Sound Club Store: Extended opening hours (10am to 8pm), promo records (CDs and vinyl) and T-shirts giveaway for paying customers, as well as promotions. Also, DJ sets by Alfred Chambel, Trol 2000 and shop owner Alexandre Barbosa.
  • Louie Louie: Some promotions and new stock entries.
  • Carpet and Snares: 50% discount in all used records, discounts on new records up to 40% and also special RSD editions!
  • Vinil Experience: 1 new LP - €1 discount / 2 new LPs - € 3 discount, used LPs with 15% discount, 7" with 10% discount (except rarities). And some some surprises as well...
  • Discolecção: 10% discount on all LPs and 20% discount on all CDs (notice that there's a new Discolecção on Espaço Chiado, the shopping centre which houses both Sound Club Store and Carpet and Snares!)
  • Magic Bus: 10% to 20% discount over all used stuff (CD/LP/DVD).
Meanwhile, in the non-LRS affiliated shops' camp, Flur will have RSD editions (Spaceman 3, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc) available and will host gigs by Vaiapraia, Bruxas/Cobras and Berllioz & Zenner as well as DJ sets by Tsuri + Florêncio, Gonçalo Siopa and Photonz (check the event here).

As always, we'll be updating this list as more information becomes available. Meanwhile, prepare your savings and support Lisbon's indie record shops while expanding your record collection!

BOOKS & RECORDS MEGASTORE

For decades one of the nastiest neighbourhoods in downtown Lisbon, Intendente has become one of the trendiest. In the centre of it all, a square with the name of the respective Provincial Governor (in portuguese: Intendente), where everything happens - even finding records for sale!


Sponsored by Largo Residencies, the Books & Records Megastore may not look that mega from the outside, but inside you'll find a trove of goodies! A joint venture of sorts formed by Retrox and Vintage Warehouse - who supply the books - and A Record A Day (previously from Crew Hassan) - who supplies the records, this Megastore is guaranteed to fuel your digging instincts.
Focusing on the musical side of things, there's a lot to be discovered here: from classic rock to african world music, from post-punk to metal, you'll find a bit of everything. Most of the its selection is on used vinyl, but there are also new records, and some CDs as well, with a great selection of Portuguese rarities.

So if you are coming to Intendente to stroll around, have a snack or feel the sunshine on your face, don't forget to take a piece of culture from this friendly Megastore!


BOOKS & RECORDS MEGASTORE
Largo do Intendente Pina Manique, 18
1150-041 Lisboa

Opening hours:
Tue. to Thu. - 14:00 to 20:00
Friday - 14:00 to 21:00
Sat. to Sun. - 11:00 to 20:00
Closed on Mondays

Next week's Live Music suggestions: 16th to 22nd January

The freeze factor is increasing, but Lisbon's still warmer than the rest of Europe! So chill out, indulge yourself - take a look at all the great live music that this marvellous city has to offer:

16/1, Monday
Fado na Cidade [fado]
Duetos da Sé (near Sé de Lisboa) -> location of the venue
21:30 - € 5.00

17/1, Tuesday
Neige Morte + Traumático Desmame [black/death/noise]
Disgraça (near Anjos) -> location of the venue
19:30 - € 5.00

18/1, Wednesday
Mauro Amaral [reggae/pop/rock]
Club B.Leza (near Cais do Sodré) -> location of the venue
22:30 - € 5.00
Viva Belgrado + Moloch [hardcore/post-punk/alt.rock]
Disgraça (near Anjos) -> location of the venue
21:00 - € 5.00

19/1, Thursday
You Can't Win Charlie Brown [indie/alt.rock/electronica]
Centro Cultural de Belém [Belém] -> location of the venue
21:00 - € 10.00 to € 30.00
l'ocelle mare + São Bernardo [noise/experimental]
Damas (near Graça) -> location of the venue
23:00 - free admission
Marcelo Perdido [indie/MPB/singer-songwriter]
The Decadente (near Bairro Alto) -> location of the venue
22:00 - free admission
Filipe Felizardo & The Things Previous [noise/blues/experimental]
Galeria Zé dos Bois (in Bairro Alto) -> location of the venue
22:00 - € 8.00

20/1, Friday
Sum 41 [punk/pop]
Coliseu dos Recreios (near Rossio) -> location of the venue
21:00 - € 26.00
Carnage + Misantropia + Tarsius Tarsier [punk/hardcore/crust]
Disgraça (near Anjos) -> location of the venue
19:30 - € 5.00
Galgo + Alex Chinaskee & Os Camponeses [indie/psych/alt.rock]
Galeria Zé dos Bois (in Bairro Alto) -> location of the venue
22:00 - € 6.00
Throes & The Shine [indie/alt.rock/world]
MusicBox (near Cais do Sodré) -> location of the venue
23:00 - € 8.00

21/1, Saturday
Filipe Sambado + Jasmim [indie/psych/alt.rock/folk]
Casa Independente (near Intendente) -> location of the venue
22:00 - € 5.00
Manuel Guimarães & Vítor Rua [electronica/experimental]
Desterro (near Martim Moniz) -> location of the venue
22:30 - € 6.00
Casuar [indie/alt.rock/world/electronica]
FNAC Chiado (near Baixa-Chiado)-> location of the venue
17:00 - free admission
Teresa Salgueiro [world/pop]
Museu do Oriente (near Alcântara) -> location of the venue
21:30 - € 15.00
Alek Rein + April Marmara [indie/psych/alt.rock/singer-songwriter/folk]
MusicBox (near Cais do Sodré) -> location of the venue
22:30 - € 6.00
Old Yellow Jack [indie/psych/alt.rock]
Sabotage Club (near Cais do Sodré) -> location of the venue
22:30 - € 5.00 / € 8.00 including CD
LUBOK [post-rock/experimental]
SMUP [Parede] -> location of the venue
22:00 - € 5.00
Alceu Valença [MPB/world]
Teatro Tivoli (on Av. Liberdade) -> location of the venue
21:30 - € 15.00 to € 25.00

22/1, Sunday
They're Heading West & Old Jerusalem [indie/rock]
Casa Independente (near Intendente) -> location of the venue
19:00 - € 5.00
Quase Um Fado [fado/jazz]
Duetos da Sé (near Sé de Lisboa) -> location of the venue
21:30 - € 5.00