At The Drive-In play first European show in over a decade at Benicassim

The Horrors, De La Soul and Example also play the Spanish festival

The first day of Spain’s Benicassim festival climaxed with a cult Texan post-hardcore band At The Drive-In‘s first European show in over a decade.

The band last played in Europe in 2001, shortly before they broke up, and announced their reformation at the beginning of this year. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has said the band will produce no new material, describing the reunion as “a nostalgia thing”.

In a set largely dominated by the band’s breakthrough 2000 album ‘Relationship Of Command’, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala punctuated the band’s set with bursts of bizarre humour, dropping an apparent reference to League Of Gentlemen comedy character Papa Lazarou’s “Hello Dave” catchphrase and yelling “Seth Letterman? Seth Letterman? Your ride is here.”

At the close of the set, he gently mocked the crowd, saying “Oh, I’ve been waiting an hour to hear ‘One Armed Scissor'” before dedicating the band’s best-known song to them.

At The Drive-In played:

‘Pattern Against User’
‘Sleepwalk Capsules’
‘Napoleon Solo’
‘Metronome Arthritis’
‘One Armed Scissor’

Earlier in the day, The Horrors played on the main Maravillas stag. The cancellations of both Florence And The Machine and Bat For Lashes meant some rearrangement of the schedule, allowing seasoned hip-hoppers De La Soul to play the Maravillas stage after At The Drive-In’s set, while Example also playe din the early hours of the morning.