Last summer me and my two friends went to Lisbon for around 10 days. Our main reason for the trip was two music festivals – Nos Alive and Super Bock Super Rock. I only took my film point and shoot and a fujifilm instax mini cameras, as I didn’t feel like doing digital. Film always gives extra nostalgia, so I love using that for trips, especially music festivals where I would never take my proper camera if I’m not shooting live music. So this blog post is the Lisbon 35mm film diary.
We all haven’t been to Lisbon before, but were really excited to explore it. The weather most days was great, sunny and hot, which helped. We walked a lot, went to the beach many days of the week, and in the weekend evenings went to the festival nights. Some of my favorite type of trips! There are so many pretty streets in Lisbon, love the houses and the tile walls.
Nos Alive festival
Nos Alive was definitely one of the best festivals I’ve been to. The way it’s set up, the organisation was great. The whole festival area was covered in a fake grass sort of flooring, so there was no usual dirt as in other places. Also you didn’t have to walk for miles to reach the other stages and that way miss many acts as there wasn’t enough time to get there. (though a few of my favorite bands still were playing at the same time… I guess unavoidable). In Nos Alive we heard: The Cure, The Smashing Pumpkins, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip, Johnny Marr, Greta van Fleet, Mogwai, Weezer.
Next weekend we went to the first night of Super Bock Super Rock festival. I’m not going to say more about it, as it was the WORST organised festival ever and it still makes my blood boil. I just want to concentrate that there we saw the dream that is LANA DEL REY and The 1975. And that part was super amazing.
We dedicated one of the days to go to Sintra to see all the castles/palaces. To our surprise, we left warm sunny Lisbon and landed… in a totally different world. Sintra was covered by thick fog even before we went really high up. Which was surprising, as all the pictures we always saw from Pena Palace always seemed very sunny and bright. We felt like we’re in some other mystical realm. It was really special, I felt like in some dark fairytale. Unfortunately while in Lisbon my 35mm film point and shoot camera died and I couldn’t figure out what’s wrong, so I only took pictures on my polaroid camera and phone there. But the feeling will stay with me.