Forget your muddy fields, leaking tents and soggy chips, there are better ways of festivalling these days. Look outwards and there are myriad alternatives that give you a cleaner, more progressive experience. Indeed, look to beautiful Barcelos in Northern Portugal and the shindig known as Milhões de Festa. About to celebrate its eleventh edition, it sets the European standard for selecting and exposing a line-up of expansive, experimental vanguard artists.

The idyllic Minho Province locale, replete with luxury swimming pools, tropical temperatures and escapist vistas, may be the dream setting, but it is the contents of its stages’ curations that sets the mercury rising. Top of the bill on Friday, for instance, is electro jazz nomad Squarepusher, giving his first ever performance in Portugal. After two and half decades of prolific creation and genre exploration, only Tom Jenkinson himself has any idea what his set will specifically involve, but it is sure to be as challenging as it is rewarding. Hell, maybe he’ll even throw in some music from his most recent project, the soundtrack to a CBeebies original series.

Elsewhere on the opening day is the even more prolific Finnish prog metal/krautrock tour de force known as Circle, as well as the latest misshape from the Fat White Family kabal, Warmduscher. The London hellraisers will do everything in their substantial power to steal the show on Friday, with any number of physical, psychological and sociological methods at their fingertips to cause permanent impact.

The underground continues to peak its head into the light on Saturday too, with Dorset doom metal overlords Electric Wizard taking their place in the headline slot. That is just the beginning though: Gazelle Twin files right up amongst the most sought-after figures in cutting-edge electronica and her set is sure to feature ample portions of her forthcoming record Pastoral in advance of its September release; Nubya Garcia is undoubtedly one of the beacons of the current London jazz revival and the saxophonist and bandleader will ensure that the news of the movement reaches Portuguese shores; The Bug, aka Kevin Martin, has been at the forefront of as many musical genres as anybody this millennium and his set on Saturday will be in collaboration with the Israeli MC Miss Red, a newfound artistic combination that arose when she literally charged the stage and captured Martin’s imagination.

The London takeover continues on Sunday with The Heliocentrics, long the cornerstone of the jazz and electronic scenes in the capital. Malcolm Catto and band have recorded with the great and the good, from DJ Shadow and Mulatu Astatke to far too many others to get into here, but perhaps nothing captures the vibrancy and creative restlessness of the scene as seeing the core band themselves strutting their stuff. German duo Mouse on Mars will attempt to upstage them on Sunday with their enviable scattergun approach to eclecticism, but perhaps most exciting of all is the reformed 70s icons Os Tubarões, who will take their rightful place as festival closers. One of the giants of Portuguese language rock history, they were leading lights of the Cape Verde independence movement for decades and are back together and recording new material for the first time in recent memory. In a line-up that is bustling with vital Portuguese talent, the band whose name translates as The Sharks will be sure to make a killing as the festivities draw to a close.