Tremor Festival announces the first artists of this year’s edition. From Brazilian tropicalia, through Ugandan rap to British experiments.

Happening in the middle of the Atlantic, Tremor is a place of searching for identity: of the musicians who play there, local cultures and what a festival can be in a globalised world.

The Azores are not Madeira – this disclaimer is for the sake of readers who might want to succumb to stereotypes and imagine an archipelago of sandy beaches packed with deckchairs and tourists.

Read my festival review from 2019

Tremor’s organizers and curators have a broad-looking approach to their line-up, which spans electronica, free music, tribal sounds, guitar traditions, folk and ethnic music. Like a micro-scale Primavera Sound, long before it turned into a mass commercial event. Instead of alternative stars, it offers interesting names and a strong representation of the Portuguese scene.


  • 33EMYBW
  • Angélica Salvi
  • Anna Meredith
  • Conferência Inferno
  • The Dirty Coal Train
  • Ferro Gaita
  • Gabber Modus Operandi
  • GIO (Giovani Cidreira)
  • Goldfish & Good in Da’Hood & Huntz Huntz
  • Gonzo
  • Instituto Fonográfico Tropical
  • Juana Molina
  • Kathryn Joseph
  • Ko Shin Moon
  • La FLAMA Blanca
  • Larry Gus
  • Lena d’Água
  • Luis Gil Bettencourt I
  • Mario Raposo Music
  • Madmadmad
  • Mc Yallah & Debmaster
  • Milhafre & Gaivota
  • Pelada
  • Push 1 stop & Wiklow
  • RomeroMartín
  • Samuel Martins Coelho
  • Sessa
  • Solar Corona
  • Vanishing Twin
  • Warmduscher

On São Miguel, halfway between the US and Europe, that music does something more: it speak about a place to whose traditions I know I will want to come back. A festival thus understood not only presents music, but transmits culture, also in a novel form. It offers something more than entertainment – and this ‘added value’ really speaks volumes, even for visitors from the other end of Europe.