Benicàssim 2012 // The 405 Preview
Now into its eighteenth year, Festival Internacional de Benicàssim once again promises to be one of this summer’s major festival highlights, taking place from 12th- 15th July in the town of, funnily enough, Benicàssim near Valencia on Spain’s Eastern coastline. As well as four days of world-class music, there’s also an impressive eight days of camping rolled in with the ticket price, essentially making it a holiday as well.
Obviously the main attraction is the music and as with many European festivals, it takes place from the early evening through to the early hours of the morning. Unlike Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury, you won’t be freezing your arse off through the night here. The line-up itself boasts some impressive names. The main attraction, as with many festivals this year is the return of Manchester legends, The Stone Roses strong>. Whether Ian Brown’s in tune or not, be sure to expect an atmosphere like no other as well as some imperious musicianship from Messrs. Squire, Reni and Mani. As well as, of course, a selection best tunes ever produced by a British band. Another high profile reunion comes in the form of arguably the greatest post-hardcore band ever, Texas’ At The Drive-In. Whatever happens; their set is sure to be chaotic.
Other than the big reunions, Benicàssim really does provide something for everyone. As well as The Stone Roses, Florence & The Machine, Bob Dylan and New Order headline the festival respectively. An odd mix as it may be, it’s credit to the organizers to put on such varied headliners, as well as giving Florence her first chance of topping a major festival bill. There’s also an impressive array of dance music with big names including David Guetta, Dizzie Rascal and Chase & Status. Other highlights are likely to come from the wonderful Kurt Vile, Maverick Sabre and the ever reliable The Maccabees. As you can see, this really is a festival that anyone can enjoy. Whether you just want to sit on the beach for a week, go mental or just appreciate the music, you’re pretty much sorted.
The line up thus far is:
++ Agoria presents Forms ++ Arp Attack ++ Arveene & Misk ++ At The Drive-In ++ Bat For Lashes ++ Bob Dylan ++ Bombay Bicycle Club ++ Thee Brandy Hips ++ Buzzcocks ++ La Casa Azul ++ Chase & Status ++ Cooper ++ Crystal Castles ++ Dave Clarke ++ David Guetta ++ De La Soul ++ Delorentos ++ Department S ++ Disappears ++ Dizzee Rascal ++ Django Django ++ Ed Sheeran ++ Example ++ Florence + The Machine ++ Ham Sandwich ++ The Horrors ++ Howler ++ Jero Romero ++ Jessie J ++ Joe Crepúsculo ++ Juanita Y Los Feos ++ Katy B ++ Klaus & Kinski ++ Kurt Vile & The Violators ++ Ligers ++ Lisa Hannigan ++ Little Dragon ++ The Maccabees ++ Maverick Sabre ++ Maya Jane Coles ++ Miles Kane ++ Modulok ++ New Order ++ The New Raemon ++ Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ++ Oscar Mulero ++ Pony Bravo ++ Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 ++ School Of Seven Bells ++ SebastiAn ++ The Secret Society ++ Sons Phonetic ++ Spector ++ The Stone Roses ++ Los Tiki Phantoms ++ Todd Terje ++ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs ++ TUYA ++ The Vaccines ++ Yuksek
For info on getting to the festival, head to the travel section on the official site.