Along with the likes of Glastonbury, Roskilde and Sziget, Festival Internacional de Benicassim (or simply Benicassim or FIB) is one of Europe’s biggest festivals. Located on the sunny shores of southern Spain, Benicassim continues to announce some of the best lineup’s in Europe. Previous artists to appear on the laundry-list of legendary headliners include Bob Dylan, Oasis, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Blur and The Prodigy. Benicassim 2016 takes places from 14th-17th July, with a four-day ticket including camping selling for only £117.
For me personally, Benicassim 2016 is one of the best lineups of the year. It has every genre catered to, to the nth degree, and the fact that it’s all being offered at such an affordable price, it really must go into your calendar.
Fans of electronic music can look no further, with both a legendary, and a current act both assigned as headliners. The Chemical Brothers are undoubtedly one of the finest electronic acts in history, and the British duo bring their world-renowned AV show to Spain. On the other side of the coin are Major Lazer, who continue to dominate the genre, either via their colossal chart topping hits, or via their renowned high-octane live shows. Disclosure continue to climb the music industry ladder, giving real argument for headliner status following the release of their second studio album Caracal. Other big names of the genre(s) include the British trio of Jamie xx, Hannah Wants and Snakehips.
Rock, whichever end of the spectrum appeals to you, is also in abundance at Benacissm, with Muse at the top of the bill as Saturday night’s headliner. The 1975 and The Maccabees take care of pop-rock duties, while Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines, Bloc Party, and Catfish & The Bottlemen, as well as countrymen Hinds, provide you with something with a bit more kick.
Those of you in search of something a little less straightforward and low-key are also in luck, with trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack bringing their renowned live show to the Spanish shores. Young Fathers and DJ Shadow continue the veiled vibes with performances on the Sunday as well. Fans of grime have the best example of which booked in the form of Skepta, while Mac DeMarco is also booked in to bless Spain with his experimental indie-rock.
Benicassim has one of the most diverse and exciting lineups across Europe, it explores every genre and provides some huge names in each. The chance of rain is pretty much non-existent, and for us Brits, this is already enough reason to part with our cash, it’s really more of a holiday than a festival. Benicassim tickets are available to buy now from their website, and with more names set to be announced soon, expect them to not be around for long.