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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- Casa Independente (near Intendente): A marvellous spot to snack, chill with friends and listen to great music, live and otherwise.
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Stay tuned for a second part of this guide in a near future!

Record Fairs: Feira de Vinil de Lisboa - 3ª edição

It's back: Lisbon's record fair inside a fair is going for its third edition, after the success of the previous ones. The 3rd Lisbon Vinyl Fair (or in Portuguese, Feira de Vinil de Lisboa) is happening between the 3rd and the 5th of May, inside the Sta. Marta Market building - right in the middle of the Ladra fair (at least on Saturday the 4th).
Between the confirmed sellers are well-established brick-and-mortar shops like Groovie Records (representing Mr. Bongo Records!), TNT, Tabatô Records, Peekaboo, Carbono Amadora, the label Wasser Bassin and Pedro Correia (from the extinct Magic Bus store), as well as several online sellers and collectors. There are also international stores represented, like Scratch Records from Hamburg or La Bomba Records from Oviedo!
Don't forget to start saving some money: you're going to need it!

Feira de Vinil de Lisboa
Mercado de Santa Clara (near Graça/Santa Apolónia) -> Campo de Santa Clara
May 3rd (16:00 to 22:00), 4th (9:00 to 20:00) and 5th (10:00 to 18:00)


It's that time of the year again: Record Store Day is back this coming 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: A lot of vinyl at €1, €2.50 and €5, as well as a €5 discount in other prices! Almost all CDs drop to €2.50 (except rarities)! And you can always count on shop owner Alexandre Barbosa to play some booty-shaking classics while you're digging!
  • Glam-O-Rama: Presentation of book+CD about the first Portuguese black metal band - Black Cross. Plus, free CDs for ALL customers! And you also get a free compilation of the owner's own Chaosphere Records if you buy something from that label!
  • TNT: RSD items and 20% discount on stock selections.
  • Carpet and Snares: extended opening hours, discounts on used items, a new homegrown RSD release plus reissue of their last year's RSD release and DJ sets by 7 different DJs! (check event here).
  • Peekaboo: discounts up to 70% on selected items, DJ sets and beer for customers (check event here)!
  • Vinil Experience: 10% discount on all 2nd hand vinyl (as well as a -50% section), new vinyl LPs get -3% on the 1st unit and -6% if you take 2 or more! CDs get 15% discount!
Meanwhile, in the non-LRS affiliated shops' camp, Carbono will reissue the first and only record by Portuguese heavy metal band Vasco da Gama (a lost classic of the genre, from 1983), in CD and vinyl.

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!