Music festival in Benicassim

The organizers of one of Spain’s most important music events have confirmed the news that veteran British band The Cure will be performing at this year’s Benicassim International Music Festival.

Every year Benicassim, in Castellon on the Costa Azahar, holds a three-day music festival and in true Glastonbury-style (saving major differences like climate and visitor numbers), visitors camp in nearby fields and attend numerous open-air concerts. Because of the warm, dry weather which is guarenteed in this part of Spain during the Summer, many people don’t bother with a tent, and just take a hammock or a sleeping bag.

This year 30.000 people are expected to attend the Benicassim Music Festival which begins with the performance of The Cure on 4th August and ends with a beach party on 8th. Tickets are on sale now and the confirmed line-up can be accessed here. So far it includes Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Basement Jaxxx, Yo la tengo, Keane, Dinosaur Jr, Fischerspooner, Kings of Convenience y Underworld, Peaches, Hot hot heat, Mando Diao and Jori Hulkkonen as well as over one hundred lesser known groups and disc jockeys.

For people considering attending festival, the organization includes this helpful advice on the FIB website:

Remember to bring everything needed to make your stay more comfortable with you. Do not forget a camping area is a open-air, natural space, and using containers and dustbins is always a good idea tidy and take care of the enviroment. There will be selective containers installed at the camping areas so to collaborate with recycling.
Do not forget tents around you are your “neighbourghs”. Respect their resting times though they might be scarce and at unusual times.

Do not forget to take care of yourself as well. Do not sunbathe without the appropriate protection and rememeber to drink water often to avoid dehydration. If you are in good shape you will enjoy the concerts more.
Be extremely careful when crossing over the railway or the national road. We have taken measures to make drivers run slow, but you have to bear in mind that you are ultimately responsible of what happens to you.
If you drink, do whatever you want to, except driving. Sleep at the beach if necessary.

For further info on the Benicassim music festival, visit the official FIB website.