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Benicassim 2011 - 20 must-see acts

  • Off to Spain for Benicassim? Make sure you don't miss these acts. Who: Mumford And Sons When and where: Saturday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: After nearly three years on the road playing the same record, here’s your chance to witness new songs just as good as - if not better than - the old tunes.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Tinie Tempah When and where: Sunday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Had enough of the indie acts? Then get ready for a set from the Brit Award winning rapper.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Arcade Fire When and where: Sunday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Montreal gang are bringing the Spanish festival to a close, and what better way for Benicassim 2011 to go out with a bang than that?

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: The Strokes When and where: Friday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The New Yorkers and kings of indie have to be on your bucket list of bands to see in your lifetime. Watching them in the Spanish heat? Even better.

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    Added: 21 Mar 2011

  • Who: Friendly Fires When and where: Friday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The ultimate question: Ed or Hawaiian dancers? Who’s the better at throwing shapes? You decide at their electric Benicassim gig.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Arctic Monkeys When and where: Saturday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Sheffield boys always deliver, and with the recent release of their fantastic fourth studio album, ‘Suck It And See’, you won’t be disappointed.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: The Streets When and where: Thursday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Only a few more gigs before Mike Skinner and co call quits to the band for good. Don’t miss these precious last chances to see them live.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Elbow When and where: Friday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: No doubt Guy Garvey will make the crowd do the epic reverse Mexican wave he created at Glastonbury. Pure musical geniuses at their best, who would want to miss them?

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    Added: 25 Jun 2011

  • Who: Anna Calvi When and where: Thursday, Fib Club Why you’ve got to see them: Anna Calvi’s entrancing stage presence and dark vocals will lead the way for the new British talent at Beni this summer.

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 25 Jun 2011

  • Who: Bombay Bicycle Club When and where: Saturday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: With their new album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ due out in August, fans will be hoping to hear the new stuff live as well as the old favourites.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Portishead When and where: Sunday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: 17 years since their double platinum debut album ‘Dummy’, and they are still delivering the goods.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Congotronics Vs Rockers When and where: Thursday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Wild? Check. Homemade junkyard percussion and amplification? Check. All round good time? Guaranteed.

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    Added: 08 Jul 2011

  • Who: James Murphy When and where: Friday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Get ready for a spectacular performance from Murphy, LCD Soundsystem’s leadman, as he goes solo for this Spanish date.

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    Added: 14 Dec 2010

  • Who: Herman Dune When and where: Friday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Swiss duo bring their fascinating folk rock to their Benicassim set.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: The Joy Formidable When and where: Sunday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: With signature tunes like ‘Austere’ and ‘Cradle’, The Joy Formidable’s fuzzed out riffs and earthy rhythms will raise the bar at Benicassim.

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    Added: 10 Feb 2011

  • Who: Brandon Flowers When and where: Friday, Maravillas Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Killers frontman dons a sharp suit for one of his solo live shows, where he might even perform a Killers medley. Heading to Benicassim? Download our NME Festival App - Powered By BlackBerry.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Big Audio Dynamite When and where: Saturday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Reunited and ready to entertain a Big Audio thirsty crowd - get ready to hear everything from punk rock to dance, hip hop to reggae. If you're going, add us as a BBM contact using the pin 26E588A4 for all the action straight to your phone.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2011

  • Who: Veronica Falls When and where: Sunday, Fib ClubWhy you’ve got to see them: Fragile vocals and electric live performances. For fans of Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts. Check out 5 lesser known bands you have to see at Benicassim.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 16 Aug 2010

  • Who: Beirut When and where: Saturday, Fiberfib.com Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Zachary Francis Condon and co’s electro-folk is a breezy addition to the summer bill – with the possibility of hearing some of the new album live, it gets even better. Listen to our Benicassim playlist.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 07 Jul 2011