NOS Alive 2020: an overview of the biggest rumours

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Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage next year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. This time we ask ourselves: who will we see at NOS Alive 2020?

The first name for the next edition of the Portuguese festival was already announced in July 2019. In September, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish were revealed. Which artists will join them at NOS Alive?

Here is an overview of the main rumours (in random order).

The Killers

The Killers will return to Europe in 2020. After their headline performance at Glastonbury 2019, the glamorous indie rockers are doing a UK & Ireland tour in early June. During the NOS Alive weekend, the Las Vegas band will play Mad Cool and Bilbao BBK Live in Spain. The question is only whether we will be singing ‘Mr. Brightside’ at NOS Alive as well next summer.

The Strokes

The Strokes

In a recent interview, The Strokes confirmed that new music is coming. Of course, the indie rock legends would not release a new album without promoting it at festivals. In fact, they are announced for the South American Lollapaloozas. Even though they already did shows at Bilbao BBK and All Points East this summer, they can easily headline a few European festivals in 2020.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala did more than a few festival performances this year, including big headline slots at Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as Pukkelpop and Lowlands, amongst others. When booking Kevin Parker’s band, these festivals surely thought they would have new music by now. However, the album will only be released in February 2020. Another round of festivals is certain, with London’s All Points East already confirmed.

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses have been announced for the South American Lollapalooza festivals in spring 2020. Quite often, this means a band will travel to Europe afterwards. The last time Guns N’ Roses came to Europe, during the Not in This Lifetime Tour in 2018, they performed at a few festivals, including Graspop and Download, but NOS Alive missed an opportunity to get them. It would not be unreasonable to think about GNR for 2020.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s last European festival tour dates to 2017. Now, the Canadian artist has been teasing an upcoming album on Twitter. Depending on when this will be finished, we can certainly expect him to return to Europe in 2020. The last time that the R&B singer performed at NOS Alive was in 2017.

NOS Alive 2020

The thirteenth edition of NOS Alive takes place at Passeio Maritimo De Algès in Lisbon from 9 to 11 July 2020. Since 2007, the festival has booked the biggest musical acts, and has become Portugal’s most famous music festival. It now has a global reputation as one of the very best festivals in the world.

  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Dates: 9-11 July 2020.
  • Tickets: not on sale yet.
  • For more information, visit the official website.