SWR BARROSELAS METALFEST is one of the oldest extreme music festivals in Europe, running non-stop since 1998. SWR stands for Steel Warriors' Rebellion, Barroselas is our hometown, and Metalfest, you know what that means! Located since the first edition in this quiet village from the northwest of Portugal and about 80km north from Porto, the region is notorious by the sandy Atlantic beaches, the tasty seafood and homemade delicatessens, the green nature and the cold white wine. The festival has two indoor stages playing alternately and combining a varied range of styles, an obscure metal market, food and drinks court, cafe and a free camping in the forest. We love a killer live band, we love illustration and the dark artworks of metal, we love to share new music and new artists, we love freedom and companionship.

>>> All info in the HISTORY section, including posters from all editions and an illustrated HALL OF FAME as tribute to some of the great artists that played in our stages.


Avenida São Paulo da Cruz | Barroselas | Portugal | GPS: 41.643836; -8.686147

BUS: Free transfer between Viana do Castelo and Barroselas, during 25-27 April 2024.
15:00 Viana do Castelo (Bus Terminal - Pousada da Juventude) > 15:40 Barroselas (SWR)
03:00 Barroselas (SWR) > 03:40 Viana do Castelo (Pousada da Juventude - Bus Terminal)

TRAIN: If coming from the South, take the CP train to Porto (Campanhã) and then take the Inter-Regional/Regional train heading to Barroselas. If coming from the North, you must take the International train coming from Vigo (Spain) heading to Porto and get out in Barroselas. If coming from the Interior, you will have to change trains in Nine, catching then the Inter-Regional/Regional train heading to Barroselas. Check the schedules at www.cp.pt.

CAR: If coming from the South, take the A1 highway, direction Lisboa-Porto. After the last toll go straight to IC1/Ponte da Arrábida and then turn right following the direction A28/Viana do Castelo. Turn right to Neiva/Braga/Barcelos and at the roundabout follow to EN13/Zona Industrial and 5km ahead turn right to Barroselas (EN308). If coming from the North, from Spain, through the International Bridge of Valença do Minho, go straight to IP1/A3 direction Braga/Porto and get out at the Corvos/Anais toll. Follow through EN201 until Corvos, and from there take the EN308 to Barroselas. If coming from the Interior, Braga or Guimarães, follow the directions to A11/Barcelos and get out in Barcelos. Take then the EN103 to Viana do Castelo and turn right about 5km ahead to get into EN305 to Barroselas.

TAXI: Táxis Barbosa 00351 969052206 / Táxis Filipe 00351 258323946 / Viana Táxis 00351 969933355

PLANE: Porto OPO (65km) and Vigo VGO (90km) are the closest airports. These operate several airlines and are connected to railways stations.

Airport: Porto | OPO | Portugal | GPS 41.14328; -8.40234 | Tel +351 229432400 | web
Airlines: Ryanair | Easyjet | Lufthansa | Tap Portugal | Iberia | Brussels Airlines

Airport: Vigo | VGO | Espanha | GPS 42.225916;-8.633112 | Tel +34 902 404 704 | web
Airlines: Iberia | Air France | Vueling | Air Europa | Air Nostrum


You need an official wristband to enter the SWR festival site. Drinks, pets, non-authorized professional cameras and dangerous objects are not allowed.
2. TICKETS: Where you can purchase tickets, collect your bookings or get your wristband.
3. CASHLESS: Where you can recharge your cashless wristband to buy drinks and merch.
4. METAL MARKET: Varied offer of records and merch from different labels, distributors and bands.
5. BUS STOP: Transfer between Viana do Castelo and Barroselas before and after shows.
6. CAMPING: Wild Camping in the forest with free entrance.
7. GLAMPING: Exclusive camping for lazy people with pitched cardboard tents and basic commodities.
9. SHOWERS: Hot Showers available for free, from 10:00-13:00 between 25-28 April 2024.
1O. WATER: Drinkable water, please don't waste.

SWR STORE: Here you can buy the official merch of the festival, including t-shirts, zippers and other cool goodies like lighters or patches.
SWR CAFE: A bar with drinks, coffee, cigarettes, snacks and various entertaining activities.

Camping & Facilities

SWR's camping is located on a wooded area two minutes from the main venue and opens one week before the festival. Free entrance. Sun is no problem (even if it doesn't rain) because of the high tree density that makes shadows an abundant resource so your wake up time depends only on how loud your neighbours are. The campsite has daily cleaned WCs, dish washing facilities, night-time lighting and a supermarket, coffee shops, restaurants and a kiosk nearby.

Hot showers are available at the ADB sports complex, near the camping area, open during some hours every day.
If showers are not your thing, there's also the infamous Neiva River, a ten minute walk from the venue. Only for the bravest.

If you have no tent don't worry, we have you covered with options for tents and on-sale store of camping utilities.
Check them out at SWR STORE / swrfest.bigcartel.com.

Food & Drinks

Inside the venue there is a special area for food and drinks with various options that range from fast food to traditional portuguese cuisine or vegetarian food. Outside the venue there is a supermarket nearby and many restaurantes and coffee shops ready to fulfill your needs.

To drink you should acquire the official festival cup (you may also bring another edition's cup) and recharge your cashless wristband that can be used to buy beer, soda, water or spirits. You may exchange your old cup for a clean one at the bar.

Cup: 1,5€
Water: 1€
Espresso: 1€
Beer/Beer 0%/Stout/Cider/Sangria/Soda: 2,2€
Handcrafted Beer "Guerreira": 3,5€
Whiskey/Vodka/Rum/Gin: 4,5€
Shot: 2,5€
Jack Daniel's: 6,5€
Jack Daniel's shot: 3,5€
Red Bull: 3,5€

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