Where - Benicassim when - July 19-22
A staple on the Yellow Lemon team calendar - the festival better know as FIB is famous for its all-night party atmosphere, attracting music revellers young and “older” from across Europe for some of the best pop, rock and electronica acts of the moment.
As with most festivals in Spain, Benicassim allows time for off site activities at the beach or nearby water park during the day and partying long into the night. A weeks camping is included in the 4 day ticket at 155€ which is famous for its wonderful atmosphere but hot hot mornings after late nights. For a comfortable alternative, hotels and apartments are a plenty and here’s hoping for an upgraded taxi system in place for this summer.
The line up doesn’t disappoint with our old favourites of the festival such as The Killers, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Madness, Liam Gallagher, The Charlatans, Bastille and Wolf Alice
alongside Travis Scott, Rag n Bone Man, The Kooks and of course The Pet Shop Boys.
And a big congratulations to our competition ticket winners, we had our most entries yet this year...
Paloma Piot Pérez-Abadín and Diego Sánchez Lamas
Benicassim FIB 2017 - Catch our Review from last year
What a blast! I first ventured up the coast to this indie festival in 2005 and have not missed one since.
This year was one to rival all others, with an amazing line up every night, a great crowd of friends surrounding me and magical memories to be made.
By Suzanne Millington
Thursday 13th July
The evening started off with a bang. 'Sunflower Bean' were a great energetic band to kick off this year´s
festival vibe. An American alternative rock band led by Julia Cumming, fully supported by the excellent
musicianship of Jacob Faber and Nick Kivlen. I then took a walk around the site meeting some interesting
characters and sampling the excellent food stalls. 'Twin Peaks' on the Visa stage continued our warm up to
the main acts. They have a retro sound akin to 'Small Faces' and the drummer blew me away! Loved the
fact they have three lead singers and guitarists and at one point the keyboard player grabbed a guitar and
played it upside down! Ride were fantastic …. A 90s band that came out of Oxford in the style of 'Primal Scream'. They played the first ever FIB festival and it was great to see them back again.
Next came the highlight of the fiber's night 'Stormzy'. He literally took the place by storm! What a charismatic performer who truly appreciated the love from the crowd. It was amusing that even overseas Jeremy Corbyn’s influence was present. Another special highlight for me was the 'Courteeners' on the Visa stage. I´ve seen them here before but they really have reached a point where their infectious riffs and inexhaustible energy grabs the crowd and holds It to the very end. What a shame they did not have the luxury of the better sound that was evident on the Las Palmas stage.
Grammy award winning the 'Weekend' made his debut headlining performance at the festival tonight. It was polished and he has such a great voice, but so hard to live up to 'Stormzy'.
Our last and so worthwhile waiting for band of the evening was 'Jesus and the Mary Chain'. What a lesson in experience and class. Truly memorable.
For the opening night of FIB which is often avoided until the big names appear over the weekend I was seriously impressed and waited in anticipation for the nights to come.
Friday 14th July
During my day around the pool I used the brilliant FIB app to schedule my Friday night frenzy. I love this app…. You can place a star next to your favourites and as the night goes on you are reminded of where you are supposed to be. It also gives a brief biog of all bands and relevant festival info and a Spotify play list to get in the mood. A must for all serious music lovers!
My schedule began with 'The Sherlocks' on Las Palmas stage. A band that are said to be the missing link between the 'Jam' and the 'Arctic Monkeys'. This was a water-tight performance full of anthemic hits, with urgent drumming and powerful riffs which will surely raise them to head liner status in the not too distant future. Look out for the album release of “Live for the Moment” on August 18th.
A ping from my app reminder and I hot footed it over to Visa stage to catch another future head liner … 'Childhood'. This quintet, led by Ben Romans-Hopcraft, played songs from their latest album “Universal High” which had such a great soul and funk sound with a classic feel infused with their early influences. I loved it! And was so lucky to spend a little time with Ben afterwards chatting about his journey so far. This band is really one to watch out for.
Ping – move on! 'Temples' on Visa followed by 'Blossoms' on Las Palmas. 'Temples' played through material from earlier albums such as Sun Structures  and their new album Volcano  which was released on the 3rd of March. The psychedelic sound was impressive but there was little audience interaction here, the music had to say it all. It was harder to understand why psychedelic had been the adjective I found to describe 'Blossoms' sound. I would have said more pop and indie influences with catchy melodies and great vocals from Tom Ogden. This band have been packing out arenas this year and it was easy to see why.
Five piece Oxford band 'Foals' were my headline band this evening and this set was a fitting end to a great night of music. I loved the showmanship and the rich sound throughout that kept the crowd bouncing.
Saturday 15th July
After a long lunch and snooze around the pool we headed down for the big night of the festival. 'Dinosaur JR', 'Liam Gallagher', 'Red Hot Chilli Peppers', 'Pete Doherty' and 'Biffy Clyro' were all on my list of must sees for tonight. Unfortunately we had underestimated the volume of people arriving at the festival for one night only, and arriving by our own transport was quite a nightmare. I was pleased to see such a security presence at the festival in the current climate but press or not we were not getting through. Eventually we were dropped off and walked quite a way to reach the VIP entrance and just in time to catch 'Liam Gallagher’s' set. Suddenly all was forgotten and forgiven as I stood amongst thousands of singing fans re-living our 'Oasis' years through much of the set list and equally enjoying his new material. The set opened with Rock n Roll Star and his swagger and command of the crowd proved that he truly is.
The 'Chilli Peppers' were flaming hot an hour later and the festival was as full as I had ever seen it. It was as expected, an energetic balance of new and old with powerful instrumentals. However, after a few numbers I did a little swerve over to the Visa stage to indulge myself in a bit of 'Pete Doherty', and I was so pleased that I did. What a phenomenal and captivating performance from our troubled genius. I loved the intimacy of the smaller stage and a chance to get up closer due to his clash with head liners on the main stage, but was glad I didn’t make it too far into the mosh pit when the mic stand was hurled into the crowd at the end followed by his guitar! This was a great time for me as I finally “got it” and he became my favourite act of the festival so far.
Our final treat came from 'Biffy Clyro' who I had seen here just the year before.
Sunday 16th July
A little weary but determined not to fall at the last fence as I had done the year before, I went with a keen interest in 'Slaves' and of course 'Kasabian' who are always a masterclass in live performance.
'Slaves' duo Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman gave a frenetic performance from start to finish with their new slant on punk. Issac sings, drums and dances like a highly trained athlete and his amusing interjections between the music just add to his undeniable charisma. It is quite hard to believe that just two musicians could produce such a breath taking performance. I was buzzing but quite exhausted at the same time by the end.
I watched a little of 'Years and Years' with front man Olly Alexander clearly dominating the performance. This was probably more suited to the younger FIBers but even so a good live performance.
Whilst having a welcome sit down in the lovely VIP area I was lucky enough to be introduced to 'Kasabian' bass player, Chris Edwards. He was calm and focussed – a clear professional pacing himself through a hefty tour. There were no airs and graces about this man, he was secure in a successful career which has many more years to go yet. Just half an hour later I was standing at the back of the biggest crowd of the whole festival witnessing him playing in the best live band Britain has to offer. The set was rich with hits and the crowd was jumping. An exhilarating end to a fantastic FIB line up.
There’s something for everyone amongst a whole load of new acts flying in from around the world.
There’s US hip hop from MICK JENKINS, a DJ set from OLOF DREIJER of The Knife, rock’n’roll from THE STRYPES, indie pop from BLAENAVON, cool French electronica from THE BLAZE, west african funk from IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE , the best new acts in Spain and, if you dare, a date with CHARLOTTE CHURCH in her late-night dungeon!!
We’re pleased to announce who is going to be playing where at FIB 2017.
On the giant LAS PALMAS stage you’ll be able to see headliners THE WEEKND, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, KASABIAN, FOALS, DEADMAU5 and more big names.
The VISA stage hosts an eclectic mix of acts from THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN to KAYTRANADA and COURTEENERS to MURA MASA.
The SOUTH BEACH DANCE STAGE is back with the best in electronic, house, techno, hip-hop and all things dance and we’ve teamed up with Razzmatazz from Barcelona and Ochoymedio in Madrid to bring you the best new acts around on the RADIO 3 FIB CLUB stage.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ATTENDING
FIB BENICASSIM 2017
Not long now til we welcome you all to FIB Benicassim 2017.
Your safety is our priority and we are putting in place all necessary measures to maximise your safety. We are working with all the relevant authorities at the highest level.
Please be aware that there will be more searches in all areas so please be patient if you experience longer queues than usual.
Small bags are allowed into the festival arena with the maximum dimensions of W21cm x H30cm x D8cm (A4 Size).