Dates: 18th – 21st July 2013
Location: Costa Ahazar, Spain
Line Up: The Arctic Monkeys / The Killers / Queens of the Stone Age / Everything Everything / Miles Kane / Dizzee Rascal / Rizzle Kicks / Azealia Banks / Woodkid
WHY I GO guaranteed UV rays and an eclectic genre-straddling pick of music make for a sweet and sunny four-dayer.
Established in 1994 and now in its whopping 19th year, the Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) will see music fanatics descending on the east coast of Spain, in that sweet spot between Valencia and Barcelona. And with four days of sunshine guaranteed, there’ll certainly be no Creamfields-style mud swimming - with a water park and beach in walking distance of the campsite and music, there’s everything that’s needed to enjoy those UV rays.
And as seasoned Beni-goers will know, the pick of music is an eclectic one, with indie rock rubbing shoulders with DJs and experimental electronica. Clash’s recent cover star Woodkid – an unbelievably talented film director, author and musician will be showcasing tracks from his sweeping orchestral LP ‘The Golden Age’. Manchester quartet Everything Everything are going to bring a much-anticipated quirky live show to the stage, while Glasgow trio CHVRCHES will be hitting up the costa for some synth-pop goodness. Boosting the lineup further are synth-pop duo La Roux, Le Carousel, Miles Kane and Hurts.
With the best of bands descending onto the coastline and drawing massive crowds, we’ll be seeing headline acts and Sheffield faves Arctic Monkeys and Leeds’ Kaiser Chiefs, alongside rock royalty Queens of the Stone Age. Highly acclaimed Lambeth newbies Palma Violets will also be bringing their psychedelic brand of garage rock to the shores, alongside indie rockers The Courteneers. And Miles Kane will be showcasing material from his debut solo album ‘Colour of the Trap’.
Representing electronic music will be Hyetal, Bristol’s beatsmith specialising in grime and dubstep. There’ll also be acts to whet the appetite of bass fans, including Terrence Dixon, a famed face on the Detroit techno scene and renowned tastemaker Toddla T. In addition, gifted duo AlunaGeorge will be bringing their brand of intelligent synth-pop over from the UK to the Spanish shores, while the controversy-courting Azealia Banks will be showcasing her rap-electronica.
And it’s a celebration of the arts as a whole, with the inclusion of a short film festival, fashion weekend and art exhibition over at Beni for revelers to sample. With a mouthwatering bill set in a sun-baked weekend, FIB is set to be bigger and better than ever this year.