Also known simply as Alive! this quirky festival, with a distinctly ‘green’ ethos, has grown since its conception in 2007 to become one of Portugal’s premier art & music extravaganzas.

Metallica and Slipknot are already on the bill for Alive! 2009 but don’t be fooled by the metal credentials of these two as the festival always puts on an eclectic mix of genres and names which have included Ben Harper, John Butler and Spiritualized.

When not bopping to the action which will unfold over two stages punters can have a stroll around the many art instillations and sample the local food stalls including the infamous portugese pastries. Delish!

Lisbon has a vast array of accommodation from budget hostels to luxury hotels so take your pick. Algés train station is right next to the festival site which is connected to all of Lisbon’s main rail stations with links all over the country. For European air travel Lisbon Portela Airport is the one to go for.