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FESTIVAL: Benicassim

Benicassim (FIB) Festival

17-20th  July 2014

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FIB festival, set in the sleepy Spanish town of Benicassim, Spain is a rite of passage for European festival goers, and this years 20th birthday celebrations did not disappoint. With a varied and relatively mainstream line up it offers something for everyone.

The first night promised a strong, but late line up, so there was plenty of time to explore the stages and vast array of food outlets that the arena offered. Tinnie Tempah and Ellie Goulding draw huge crowds, but Chase and Status stole the show with an epic live set.

After the main acts the stages were closed, however the party continued until 7am each morning at the smaller DJ tents, and watching the sun rise over the festival was a highlight of the weekend.

Kasabian, Jake Bugg and Tame Impala were big names for Friday night, along with Paul Weller and Razorlight. However, last minute schedule changes confused most of the crowd and led to some acts being missed. Unexpected rain also threatened to dampen the spirit but it seemed to get the crowds going more, and the atmosphere was electric as Kasabian closed the show.

Saturday began with a large amount of Spanish music, followed by a varied line up.  Example stole the show for the dance mad crowd, but the real surprise was how well Lily Allen performed. After two years of missing the festival due to ‘ill health’, expectations were low. She redeemed herself by playing a mix of her best old chart hits, alongside her new punchy tunes. Libertines were flat and the crowd thinned as their set went on; a real disappointment for the comeback summer of this cult band.

The final night exemplified the strange and varied way in which this festival was curated; with sets from Chloe Howl, Kodaline, the Courteeners, Travis, Sub Focus, M.I.A and Paolo Nutini. Sub focus and M.I.A got the crowd going, and although Paolo Nutini was on form, his chilled out style seemed an anticlimactic way to end such an amazing and hyped weekend.

This festival was great for general music fans, but seemed confused in its genre. In a great location with plenty of sunshine, the wellies were safe left at home. With shaded camping and refreshing showers, the heat was not a problem and the cheap shuttle bus to the beach and supermarkets made the post festival hangovers all the more bearable. Offering a mash up of a festival and a beach holiday, Benicassim is the perfect way to cram your summer wish list into one affordable trip.

Benicassim, Spain lived up to its reputation of giving an unforgettable weekend, but unfortunately was let down slightly by the confused lined up.

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