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Grupo Republika at Águas Boas

It's been a couple of years since I have been to a local festival, and I had forgotten how energetic and spectacular they are. Last weekend, in Águas Boas, it was the Festival da Santa Margarida, held over the weekend of the third Sunday in July. Like all local ...

Vagos MetalFest 2016

It's August in Vagos so it must be time for heavy metal. I was fortunate enough to be covering the first Vagos MetalFest, a new name for a new promoter, for Metal Rules magazine but once again a great weekend of metal was had by all. You can find the reports from Metal ...

Vagos Open Air 2015

My report and photos from the first day of Vagos Open Air 2015 were posted on the Metal Rules website: (Gallery released with the permission of Metal Rules ...

Blues on the beach

Last weekend we did something quite unusual, we went out to see a band just for the fun of it - no work just relaxing to the music with a cold beer and a glass of sangria (not at the same time). The event was the anniversary of the opening of the Casablanca Bar in ...

Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day Three

Being the first band to perform on the last day of a festival is a tough place for anyone to find themselves, and the audience for Opus Diabolicum was a little sparse to begin with. Sound problems during their first song didn’t help, but these minor faults were quickly ...

Vagos Open Air 2014 – Day Two

The first band of the day, Requiem Laus, formed in Madeira in 1992 but didn’t release their first album until 2005. During that time they have garnered a reputation as a solid death/black metal band, so it was a shame to see such a small audience at the start of their ...