We’ve dreamt it, you’ve asked for it, and now we dream again.Amplifesters, our passion and constant search for novelty continues, always in search of what’s musically great and emotionally powerful. We seek the transcendent, paying no heed to labels or genres. We commit ourselves, as always, to art and cultural enrichment – exalting eclecticism, talent, and the avant-garde. Amplifest is, since 2011, thought out and carefully designed as an experience to be lived from the first to the last second. An intense experience that creates deeply-rooted memories that last a lifetime.
An event like Amplifest is today, and more than ever, an act of resistance and resilience: all the global instability that is being experienced has a gigantic impact on what we do and, from the bottom of our hearts, we don’t know what the future will be after this edition. However, life happens in the now: thus we channel all our energies into another declaration of love for the music that invigorates us and makes us passionate.
Welcome to Amplifest 2023. For the ninth edition of the festival, you can count on another bold and crucial line-up, once again with no overlapping shows, on the only weekend where everyone is headlining. Yes, you too.
Amplifest is yours.See you in September!
Hard Club, with its blood-red painted iron structure, is the very heart of Amplifest.
What to do while we are preparing everything
For those who don't know the city, we recommend a walk and a beer/Port wine in the Ribeira zone, overlooking the Douro river, before crossing the Luiz I iron bridge and, once on the Vila Nova de Gaia side, letting yourself be enchanted by the views of Porto.
Close to the Hard Club (formerly known as the Ferreira Borges Market), a fine example of 19th century iron architecture, it is possible to visit the gothic Church of São Francisco, the Palácio da Bolsa (“Stock Exchange Palace”) and get lost in the narrow alleys… or head the Clérigos Tower (if you have time, go up the 240 steps!), but not without visiting the São Bento Train Station and its 20,000 hand-painted tiles; exploring the Portuguese Photography Center (in the neoclassical Cadeia da Relação do Porto, which served as a prison in the 18th century); admiring the breathtaking Avenida dos Aliados; going up to the Cathedral; seeing the São João National Theater; enjoying the busy pedestrian street of Santa Catarina; or simply playing a game of cards with the old men in the Batalha Square. If you feel like exploring other areas, you can take the metro and see the Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música venue, walk to Siza Viera’s Serralves Museum and gardens, visit the Soares dos Reis Museum or the idyllic, romantic garden of Palácio de Cristal, or the art galleries in Miguel Bombarda Street, or enjoy the snacks, the drinks, the record stores… so much to explore, so much to live.
And, tours aside, you can enjoy the certainty that those who visit Invicta (“Undefeated”), as we call Porto, are always welcomed with open arms and a smile. Yes, Porto is a unique city and only here does AMPLIFEST make sense.
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