The first week of the F Nights couldn't have started better, 4 shows that complemented each other and that took us from pop to rock, comedy and traditional Portuguese music. If there were doubts as to the spirit of the Festival F could have been stunned by the pandemic, they were clear both by the affluence to this cycle of shows, and by the spirit of confidence and security that was felt in the venue and in the surroundings of the F Nights even if we did not have any night sold out. When we arrive at the venue we are welcomed by a security team, who stand in line, in an orderly manner and with due social distance. Besides the usual procedures in any event of this size, we measure the temperature and advise the use of disinfectant before entering the premises. After this procedure, a member of the team accompanies us to the respective place, and alerts us to the safety procedures recommended by the organization, such as the use of a mask, and the presence in the respective place during the whole show. All in a very simple way, easy to understand which gives us security.
On the first night we had the pleasure of reliving a concert by local artist Diogo Piçarra, which this time brought us a more intimate show. He says it's always "an enormous pleasure every time I come to my home town and my Algarve". The singer brought to town and his fans his latest project "South Side Boy", and sang almost all his hits, such as "História", "Não falar", "Só Tu e Eu" and "Volta". At the end of the concert he sang the theme " Silêncio", a song he released during the quarantine, which he says represents "the times we are living in". He thanked his technical team and musicians on stage (Francisco Aragão on keys and Filipe Cabeçadas on drums and bassist Miguel Santos), stressing that "without them none of this was possible, and that I in the end am the element that matters the least. "
The second F Night brought us the unpredictable César Mourão, who brought to Faro his new show "Cantado Ninguém Acredita" which is a perfect mix between music, improvisation and comedy! Between a lot of music and laughter, he talked a bit about what artists who perform in Portuguese have to fight to get to a place of recognition, and compared them to Sting for example, that almost everything he does sounds good, because it's in English! To make it very clear that this is really true, he showed the public what it would have been like if the singer had been born in Portugal, more specifically in Viana do Minho, Beja, Coimbra or even in the Algarve... As you can imagine, it was a lot of fun!
On the third F Night, we had the presence of Os Quatro e Meia, a band from Coimbra, which filled the stage with good mood, relaxation and typically Portuguese rhythms, which made the audience vibrate with emotion. However, they did not fail to draw attention to the impact that the pandemic has had on the cultural sector. Ricardo Liz Almeida, spoke about the importance of audiovisual technical teams without fear of saying that "they are the most important part of the show". To convey such importance to the audience, the band asked their team to turn off the sound and the lights and stay in blackout for a few seconds.
To close the first 4 nights of concerts, we had the presence of one of the best national voices, the singer Aurea. The artist, besides the new project, brought her great hits like "Busy", "I'm Okay I'm Alright", went from jazz to reggae and still came down from the stage to sing with the audience.
She talked to her fans about the advantages of this kind of shows, "I'm very happy to be able to bring here today a repertoire that I usually take to theatres, coliseums and more intimate rooms, in this kind of environment I can feel you much closer, it's like we are all at home, as if it was our room".
We highlight the performance of the F Nights organization not only for continuing to fight for the resumption of cultural activity and the activity of hundreds of professionals but also for the safe, responsible and at the same time relaxed way in which the shows took place. The best part is that it is still far from over!
If you don't have F Nights tickets with you yet, we remind you that they are still on sale in the usual places: fnac, blueticket and at the official box office at the City Hall!
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