Awesome Acts of Portugal's Sudoeste Music Fest

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janelle-monae-1Photo: Courtesy of Janelle Monáe

If you haven't heard of Sudoeste, let us enlighten you. Since summer 1997, Southern Portugal (Zambujeira do Mar, to be exact) has seen an influx of huge pop and electronic acts for five days of festival madness. This August is no different, with performers like Snoop Lion, Cee Lo Green, and Janelle Monáe balanced out by EDM stars like AVICII, Fatboy Slim, and Calvin Harris. While this certainly isn't the independent-leaning roster of a festival like Coachella or Pitchfork, there's a lot to be said for some of the world's biggest pop acts gathering on the summer beaches of Portugal for a week-long party, starting August 7. We've highlighted some of our favorite bands below, along with the full five-day lineup for this year's fest. See you there!

Snoop Lion
While it could seem like a calculated attempt to sell records, Snoop seems generally sincere about his shift away from street thug to ganja god. His new record, Reincarnated, had a lot of help from Diplo, a major influencer to Snoop's irie transformation.

Janelle Monáe
Nobody does retro R&B like Janelle Monáe. With her unmistakable coif and throwback style, she takes on soul like it isn't a day past 1970. Seen live, she's a tour de force of sultry vocals and classic musicianship.

Fatboy Slim
While Fatboy Slim may be associated with the '90s, he can still move a festival crowd like few other DJs. There's an undeniable joy to hearing tracks like "Praise You" and "Weapon of Choice" in the big, live settings they were meant to be played.

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris is the guy behind some of the biggest hits of the last few years including Rihanna's "We Found Love." His solo material is just catchy — though more tailored to the dance floor — and his festival appearances are legendary. He works his magic on August 10.

AVICII
When you think about world-famous EDM DJs, AVICII inevitably comes to mind. The Swedish DJ is a festival workhorse, taking on crowds of thousands, night after night around the world.

Kika
Up-and-coming pop star Kika is only fifteen years old, but she already holds the stage like a veteran. We wouldn't be surprised if she comes back to headline in a few years time.

Don Carlos
An integral part to roots reggae, Don Carlos has been making smooth Jamaican tunes since the early '80s. His set is a good opportunity to chill out during the the otherwise hectic festival scene.

Pitbull
Hey, why not? Pitbull makes pop rap with a consistency that few can match and the sheer number of hits under this guy's name can't be ignored. For a summer party soundtrack, you could do a lot worse.

Cee Lo Green
Watching Cee Lo live is mesmerizing. The sheer amount of rhinestones alone make for a can't-look-away experience. When you add the spectacle to more than a decade of chart-topping hits, he becomes a can't-miss show.

August 7
AVICII
Alesso
DJeff

August 8
S.O.J.A.
Pitbull
Natirus
Richie Campbell
Mónica Ferraz
DJ Vibe
Rui Vargas & André Cascals
João Maria
Mighty Crown
Jah Sun
Israel Vibration
Dubheart
Palco Santa Casa
Long Way to Alaska
Dengaz

August 9
Pete tha Zouk
Fatboy Slim
Janelle Monáe
Donavon Frakenreiter
Tiago Bettencourt
Karetus
Ninja Kore
FunkYou2
Goldierocks
Silly Walks Discotheque
Exco Levi
Rastafire Sound
Capleton
Skalibans
Frankie Chavez
D.A.M.A.

August 10
Calvin Harris
Cee Lo Green
Expensive Soul
Kika
DJ Xinobl+Da Chick
Branko
Mind Da Gap
Orelha Negra (DJ Set)
Regula
Jugglerz Sound vs Warrior Sound
Spit Fyah Sound
Don Carlos
The Uprising
João Só
Kumpania Algazarra

August 11
DJ Ride
Snoop Lion
Orelha Negra
Anselmo Ralph
Zona 5
Kura
Henri Josh
Vencedor passatempo Pete tha Zouk
Tiago Santos
Congo Natty feat. Tenor Fly, Nancy & Phoebe
Sintra Bass Connection
Gyptian
Sativa
Salto
Ana Free