With the plastic about to be unwrapped on the first day of Benicassim, it’s time to sit down and have a strategic think about who you want to see. Clocking in at four days, with the option of nine days of additional camping either side of the weekend, Benicassim (or, to give it its full name Festival Internacional de Benicàssim) is a marathon, not a sprint.
Thursday 12th July offers The Horrors and At The Drive-In on the main stage, after Florence pulled out due to a vocal injury. Luckily, Bat For Lashes plays the Trident Senses stage, more than making up for Florence’s absence, and presumably playing new material from her upcoming October album ‘The Haunted Man’.
Come Friday 13th July, the only place to be is the FIB Club stage, which hosts Django Django and Zola Jesus to allow you to ease yourself gently into the weekend. If it’s dancing you want, Katy B and the explosive Little Dragon will be looking after the Trident Senses stage.
On Saturday 14th July, get up the front of the main stage, and stay up the front. It runs straight from School of Seven Bells, to Jessie J (beer run time, maybe?), to Crystal Castles, to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, culminating in a headline slot from the Stone Roses.
See off the weekend on Sunday 15th July back at FIB Club, where the Antlers and Howler will blow the cobwebs out before a closing set by TEED as the sun rises. Hearing ‘Garden’ by the Valencian sea? Sorted.