Blur Join The Bill For Portugal’s 2023 MEO Kalorama Festival
Blur have confirmed they will perform on the first day of Portugal’s MEO Kalorama festival on 31 August, in what will be the last date of their European tour.
In addition to Blur, MEO Kalorama will feature other big names such as Aphex Twin, Arca, Shygirl, Belle and Sebastian, and the phenomenal FKJ, Ethel Cain and Tamino. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Blaze and M83 will present new records and shows, while José González will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic debut album by playing it in its entirety. The decades-awaited return of Siouxsie and The Hives, as well as the much-anticipated Pabllo Vittar’s show.
The full line-up consists of 40% female artists, solo or in bands that are part of or led by women. The LGBTQI community will be represented as well as 16 national artists, including 4 local artists, from the Chelas é o Sítio collective.
When purchasing a ticket for MEO Kalorama, attendees are invited to contribute €1 to Associação BaticAmigo and Grupo Comunitário da Flamenga, who will invest the donations into improving the quality of life of the community located in Chelas. Welcoming attendees to be a part of the social development of the neighbourhood where the festival takes place – adding to one of the many initiatives developed by Last Tour. In 2022, the festival hired 200 local residents, as well as inviting 100 artists from the neighbourhood onto the festival stages whilst also donating food and materials at the end of the event.
For the locals and curious international crowds, the Portuguese music contingent will feature Dino D’Santiago, Pongo, Selma Uamusse and Scúru Fitchádu, among many others. 2023 will see the opening of a new onsite space celebrating electronic music, Panorama, which will be the first stage to open and the last to close every day.
The WE ARE MEO KALORAMA community takes shape by celebrating the intersection between cultures, art, sustainability and the people who shape the city of Lisbon. Inspired by the 7 hills of Lisbon, WE ARE MEO KALORAMA shows the perfect blend of what it means to live in Lisbon in 2023: Portuguese and foreigners, visual artists, ceramists, tattooists, booksellers, skaters who find in the Portuguese capital the perfect inspiration and rhythm to create and share their art. Visit the festival’s official website for further information.