Day 9: I’m all out of love….and concerts.
Well here it is the last day. Spent most of it shopping, sleeping and recovering, however, I did manage to catch up with myself and get my sleep balance sorted out. Day Nine bought together a rather eclectic group of singers which occured because the Scissor Sisters withdrew from the line up. For some reason they had double booked themselves with the BT River of Music in London and pulled out of Mares Vivas about one month before the event. Good for me that they rescheduled to play in Cascais earlier in the week!
I headed down to the venue, got there early to watch a fantastic sunset and see Monica Ferraz, a Porto based artist singing in perfect English. Very jazz based and slightly souly, but was a good sound to eat soup to and see the sun slip down for the last evening of 9 days of Hedonism. The buffet was better tonight, Pasta salads and Bacalhau a Bras (salted cod and potato in a crème sauce – it tastes better than in sounds!) with gateaux for pudding.
The Hives followed with their garage, slightly punk rock sound, a bizarre puppeteer based set and full top hat and tails! I am not a big fan but listened to the whole set. Why the lead singer was speaking with a bizarre strained ghetto Jamaican accent is a mystery, and his banter with the crowd was very bizarre at times. The younger crowd tended to be more interested in this band and the park emptied markably afterwards
The highlight of the evening was Anastacia. Blasing onto the stage with “Why’d you Lie to me” the next hour and a half was an amazing! A sound problem on the third song “Cowboys and Kisses” was a comedy moment and was shrugged off with the comment “At least you can tell I am singing live!”. She also confused the stage hands by adding songs before the the stunning duet “I Belong to you (il ritmo della passione)”, originally recorded with Eros Ramazzotti, with one of her backing singers.
“Not that Kind” followed mid set and started with the backing musicians performing the first verse beat boy style, which was amazing. “Underground Army” – a cool tribute to her fans followed, before she played and interacted with the crowd well, picking up on a impromptu version of “We are family” started by her fans in the front rows.
A cover version of “Empire State of Mind” followed, after which she sang part of it again, replacing New York with Porto! Then came a procession of her hits which the crowd loved and along to – “Paid my Dues”, “One Day in my Life” and “Left outside alone”. Her encore was the amazing “I’m outta Love” to which I lost it big time, an awesome end to a fantastic set.