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Benicassim International Festival 2008

  • Indie entrepreneur Lightspeed Champion, aka Dev Hynes, onstage at Spain's Benicassim Festival. The singer/songwriter helped open the first-day of the sweltering Spanish Fiesta alongside Sigur Ros and These New Puritans. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Mojitos are out at Benicassim Festival 2008! The Spanish-based festival enjoys scorching temperatures, a near-by beach, tapas and even a backstage pool! The festival, now in its fourteenth year, runs this weekend (July 17-20) and plays host to an array of acts including Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Babyshambles and more. Pic: Danny North

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  • Sigur Ros, Benicassim International Festival 2008. Pic: Danny North

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  • Sigur Ros on the Main Stage at Benicassim Festival 2008. Keep one eye on NME.COM throughout the weekend for more pictures, news, blogs and interviews from the Spanish Festival.

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  • A view of the entrance to the Media Area at Benicassim Festival 2008...even the corridors at Spanish-fiesta are kooky. Pic: Danny North

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  • The view of the Main Stage, plus cavorting couple, at Benicassim Festival 2008. Keep one eye on NME.COM throughout the weekend for further updates from the event in pictures, news, blogs and interviews. Pic: Danny North

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  • Babyshambles onstage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). Pete Doherty played at a fan's wake last week after forming a special bond with cancer sufferer Daniel Squires when they met last year. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty onstage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18) - the day a warrant issued for his arrest was withdrawn in his native England. For more on this and reports on the festival, go to NME.COM's news section. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Crowds gather to see Babyshambles on the Escenario Verde, the Main Stage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain, as the Friday evening (July 18) entertainment kicks off. Later the stage will see performances from the New York Dolls, My Bloody Valentine and, er, Mika. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell sports a fetching new mohican hairstyle onstage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Babyshambles onstage at the Benicassim Festival tonight (July 18) - they opened with a cover of 'Heartbreak Hotel', a huge worldwide hit for a certain Elvis Presley back in 1956. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Vincent Vincent And The Villains get things going on the Fiberfib.com stage on the second day (July 18) of the Benicassim Festival in Spain. The band released their debut album 'Gospel Bombs' earlier this year. Pic: Danny North

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  • Babyshambles pair Drew McConnell and Pete Doherty relax by the pool backstage before their performance at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). The pool has had many famous swimmers in it - NME.COM definitely spotted Franz Ferdinand and Preston Ordinary Boy in it one year. Pic: Danny North

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  • During their Benicassim Festival set on the second day of the bash (July 18), New York Dolls survivor Sylvain Sylvain exclaimed, "Happy birthday Johnny!" in tribute to the band's late guitarist Johnny Thunders. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • New York Dolls included a strung out version of their classic 'Jet Boy' in their set on the Escenario Verde at Benicassim Festival, driving the crowd wild. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The legendary New York Dolls included a now-traditional cover of the song made famous by Janis Joplin, 'Piece Of My Heart'. Singer David Johansen dedicated it to "my favourite singer ever". Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Hot Chip drew a huge crowd to their set at Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18), with hundreds forced to watch from outside the Fiberfib.com tent. Were you at Benicassim 2008? Send your photos - whether of the acts onstage or just you and your mates - to festivals@nme.com and we'll add the best ones to our gallery. Pic: Danny North

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  • Spiritualized performing tonight (July 18) on the Benicassim Festival's Vodafone Fib Club stage. The set ended with an incendiary version of frontman Jason Pierce's old band Spacemen 3's 'Take Me To The Other Side'. Afterwards Pierce demolished his amps... Pic: Danny North Pic: Danny North

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  • Spiritualized suffered initial sound problems during their set at Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18), but won the crowd over with a beautiful version of recent single 'Soul On Fire'. Pic: Danny North

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  • Spiritualized were joined by two gospel singers during their set at Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). The pair added backing vocals to the likes of 'Shine A Light' and 'Come Together'. Pic: Danny North

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  • The massive crowd at Hot Chip's Benicassim Festival show tonight (July 18) witnessed the band's regular cover of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U', made famous by Sinead O'Connor's huge-selling cover version in 1990. Pic: Danny North

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  • My Bloody Valentine are touring until late in the year - then mainman Kevin Shields wants to finish work on the band's first album since the 1991 classic 'Loveless'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • My Bloody Valentine mainman Kevin Shields onstage at the Benicassim Festival - the recent shows the band have played have been their first in 16 years, though they have yet to play any new material. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Revellers at this year's Benicassim Festival. The bash attracts a lot of foreign punters, including thousands of Brits - noticeable by their pale complexion. Pic: Danny North

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  • A cocktail bar at Benicassim Festival. The tents are all equipped with water coolers and fans to combat the punishing heat. Pic: Danny North

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  • Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, Hot Chip mainman Alexis Taylor descibed his band's show at Benicassim as one of the best of the summer. Pic: Danny North

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  • Benicassim's backstage pool during the afternoon, when very few people are on site due to the intense heat. Pic: Danny North

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  • Benicassim has been entertaining the masses since 1995. Over 12,000 Brits are expected to descend on the Spanish Festival this year. Were you at Benicassim 2008? Send your photos - whether of the acts onstage or just you and your mates - to festivals@nme.com and we'll add the best ones to our gallery. Pic: Danny North

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  • The Escenario Verde - Benicassim's Main Stage. This weekend will see performances on the stage from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and The Raconteurs. Pic: Danny North

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  • Some lovely ladies relax by the backstage pool at Benicassim, though none of them chose to take a dip in it. Pic: Danny North

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  • A seller shows us one of the official Benicassim 2008 T-shirts. Many of the folks here are wearing them, but NME.COM has also spotted an array of band T-shirts - particularly popular are Friday night headliners Babyshambles. Pic: Danny North

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  • Fancy a kebab? One of the many food stalls at this year's Benicassim Festival. NME.COM was particularly taken with the falafel. Pic: Danny North

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  • Katie White and Jules DeMartino, aka The Ting Tings, wowed a packed Fiberfib.com Tent at Benicassim Festival with a hit-packed set, including a strung out version of 'Fruit Machine' and a rousing version of recent Number One single 'That's Not My Name'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Ting Tings continued their stratospheric rise this year at Benicassim Festival in Spain. The band have just announced a major tour of the UK later in the year. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Rosin Murphy played a late night set at Benicassim 2008, the former Moloko singer taking to the Main Stage at 1.30am, sandwiched between My Bloody Valentine and Mika. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Mika closed the Friday night on the Main Stage at Benicassim 2008, beginning his set on the Escenario Verde at 3am. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Mika's stage show at Benicassim was typically flamboyant, the singer bringing a huge troupe of dancers to spice up the likes of 'Lollipop' and 'Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • As well as the likes of his huge Number One single 'Grace Kelly', Mika's set at Benicassim 2008 also included a cover of the Depeche Mode classic 'Just Can't Get Enough'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Ting Tings continued their conquering of the festivals this summer, playing in another stupidly-low-down-the-bill slot on the Fiberfib.com tent at Benicassim Festival. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre followed up their slot at last weekend's T In The Park festival in Scotland with a show on Benicassim Festival's Main Stage, the Escenario Verde, tonight (July 19). Pic: Danny North

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  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre became famous - well, infamous - when they were the subject of the 2004 documentary 'Dig!'. If you haven't seen it, watch it. Pic: Danny North

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  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre closed their set at Benicassim with an epic version of 'Hide And Seek', featuring four guitarists. Pic: Danny North

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  • Jon Spencer brought the blues to Benicassim - but in a good way. Wonder if kindred spirit Jack White was watching - The Raconteurs also play today. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Tricky backstage at the Benicassim Festival. The star recently released his first album in four years, 'Knowle West Boy', on Domino Records, also home to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. Pic: Danny North

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  • Due to the intense heat, you will see a lot of flesh at Benicassim. You should see some of the NME writers' shorts! This lot look far more glam. Pic: Danny North

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  • Smokin'- a hazy look at this year's Benicassim Festival, which kicked off in 1995 and has seen headline slots from the likes of Radiohead, Depeche Mode and Oasis through the years. Pic: Danny North

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  • Some Benicassim festival-goers really made the effort - liking the bunches on Wonder, er, Woman. Pic: Danny North

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  • The Vodafone Fib Club tent at Benicassim has proved hugely popular, with performances from the likes of Metronomy, Jose Gonzalez and an eventful headline slot from Spiritualized. Pic: Danny North

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  • Benicassim revellers 'enjoy' the action on the main stage. Maybe the heat had got to them... Pic: Danny North

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