Reverence Festival celebrates the best in psych, stoner, shoegaze, doom, prog, garage and beyond, with some sixty bands playing over two days on four stages, including the hugely influential spacerock titans Hawkwind – performing in Portugal for the very first time.
The resurgence of far out, heavy rock-based music and a booming live music network across Europe has given rise to huge demand. Reverence offers the chance for like-minded heads from across the world to congregate at one of the biggest and most ambitious events of its kind, one that features a unique line-up of revered artists and rising talent.
Reverence’s powerful line-up is strengthened by their choice to include some of the biggest names in the current shoegaze and garage revival such as dark garage rockers The Wytches, ambient kosmische drone combo Telescopesand motorik spacerockers White Hills.
Many bands that have secured positions on the prestigious line-up have highly respectable followings in their own right, in particular the MBV-style Ringo Deathstarr (who inadvertently got the festival kick-started by inspiring the partnership of Cartaxo Sessions and Club AC30), along with baggy space rockers Exit Calm, psychedelic maestros The Oscillation(featuring Fanfarlo’s drummer) and sludgers Asimov.
Everyone’s favourite spooky campfire bands Woods and Moon Duo initially seen by many as a side project to co-founder Ripley Jonson’s more established outfit Wooden Shjips. However, along with co-conspirator Sanae Yamada, they’ve gone on to produce a highly acclaimed body of work, elevating them to the upper echelons of the new psychedelia movement.
Process of Guilt bring their own brand of doom music from nearby Evora and Italian collective Sonic Jesus showcase their distinctive hypnotic sounds, drenched in sixties inspired psychedelia and shoegaze nuance. Continuing on the psych path, Bardo Pond, currently signed to London-based label Fire Records, and fellow Americans Sleepy Sun who released their 4th studio album ‘Maui Tears’ on Dine Alone Records back in January are also confirmed. Chicago drone-lovers Cave and acid-folk singer songwriter Wooden Wand will also be making an appearance, with The Feeling of Love bringing their dreamy shoe-gaze from Strasbourg and Daughters of The Sun making the journey from Minneapolis. Black Leather and One of These Days & Thee Heavy Random Tone Colour Lab are also confirmed.
Brooklyn shoegaze pysch band A Place to Bury Strangers, The Black Angels’s guitarist Christian Bland & the Revelators playing for the first time in Europe and Austins Holy Wave will appear along with Portuguese acts Dreamweapon and 10000 Russians. Berlin’s Francois Sky and DJ’s Nuno Calado and Tiago Castro have also been recently announced.
Completing the line-up for 2014 are Austin psych heroes The Black Angels, Sweedish heavy-metal four-piece Bombus, Lisbon trio Miss Lava, The Rising Sun Experience, The Jabberwocky Band & Celestial Bums.
The event takes place in the relaxed surroundings of Parque de Merendas, which runs along the banks of the Tejo river and includes a fluvial beach, picnic areas and coffee shops. Traditional Portuguese food and drinks including vegan and vegetarian will be available, as well as camping facilities adjacent to the festival site with toilets and showers.
Valada is a small picturesque village, famous for agriculture and wine production. Located approximately 60 kms inland from Lisbon and 550 km from Madrid, easily accessible via train from Lisbon where shuttle buses will be running from nearest station Reguengo to the festival site.
HAWKWIND // ELECTRIC WIZARD // GRAVEYARD // THE BLACK ANGELS // MAO MORTA // RED FANG // PSYCHIC TV // A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS // CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX // RINGO DEATHSTAR // MOON DUO // CHRISTIAN BLAND AND THE REVELATORS // SYSTEM 7 // THE WYTCHES // SWERVEDRIVER // WOODS // SLEEPY SUN // CAVE // BARDO POND // WOODEN WAND // WHITE HILLS // MUG STAR // SPINDRIFT // BLACK BOMBAIM // NAAM //THE ASTEROID 4 // THE COSMIC DEAD // THE OSCILLATION // BOMBUS // BORN A LION // PROCESS OF GUILT // EXIT CALM // ASIMOV // THE FEELING OF LOVE // BRUTO & THE CANNIBALS // MISS LAVA // SONIC JESUS // HOLY WAVE // CELESTIAL BUMS // WHITE MANNA // THE TELESCOPES // SUNFLARE // DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN // THE JABBERWOCKY BAND // JIBOIA // THE QUARTET OF WOAH! // KEEP RAZORS SHARP // KILLIMANJARO // DREAMWEAPON // FRANCOIS SKY & GUESTS // 1000 RUSSOS // MURDERING TRIPPING BLUES // THE RISING SUN EXPERIENCE // AIR FORMATION // BLACK LEATHER // ONE OF THESE DAYS & THEE HEAVY RANDOM TONE COLOUR LAB // DJ’s NUNO CALLADO & TIAGO CASTRO