Bob Dylan brings second night of Benicassim to a close

Miles Kane, Katy B and Bombay Bicycle Club also play the Spanish festival

Bob Dylan played a set full of classic hits last night (July 13) as he headlined the second day at Spain’s Benicassim festival.

Playing in front of a large crowd on the main Maravillas stage, the revered rocker made full use of his extensive back catalogue. He began the gig sat at the piano, sporting a cream fedora and matching trousers, with a rendition of ‘Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat’ from his seminal 1966 album ‘Blonde On Blonde’.

He followed with ‘To Ramona’ and ‘Things Have Changed’ before a smoothed-out, easy-going take on ‘Tangled Up In Blue’. His doomy classic ‘Desolation Row’, meanwhile, also made an appearance in a more gentle, rolling form, along with takes on ‘Simple Twist Of Fate’, ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ and ‘Thunder On The Mountain’.

Bob Dylan played:

‘Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat’
‘To Ramona’
‘Things Have Changed’
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
‘Honest With Me’
‘Make You Feel My Love’
‘The Levee’s Gonna Break’
‘Desolation Row’
‘High Water (For Charley Patton)’
‘Spirit On The Water’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Simple Twist Of Fate’
‘Thunder On The Mountain’
‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’
‘Like A Rolling Stone’

Earlier on the same stage, Chicagoan psych-rockers Disappears gave a heavy start to the day in blazing heat, followed up by Miles Kane. The crowd, featuring a high proportion of Brits, were energised by his enthusiastic set, which opened with ‘Rearrange’, Kane braving the heat in a black shirt and snow-leopard print trousers.

‘Woman’s Touch’ and ‘Quicksand’ shone out brightly, while ‘Looking Out My Window’ and ‘The First Of My Kind’ provided more muscular fare. “It’s been a beautiful night, you’ve been a beautiful fucking audience. Good job!” Kane told the crowd.

On the Fibclub stage, Chin Yi, a four-piece from Granada, provided clattering, dramatic, Fall-tinged post-punk. Later on, Timber Timbre soundtracked the setting of the sun with their sparse, ghostly Americana, Taylor Kirk telling his audience “The way I see it right now, I’m opening for Bob Dylan. That’s a good gig.”

Spanish indie rockers La Habitacion Roja, from L’Eliana in Valencia, played an upbeat, jangling set of folk-tinged tunes on the Trident Senses stage, before Katy B offered a sharp contrast with a fiercely fired-up set, opening with ‘Broken Record’, and strong on crowd interaction. For ‘Easy Please Me’, Katy chose a man from the audience to sit on a stool while she danced around him before dismissing him back into the crowd. “I’ve wanted to play in Beni for years so I’m pretty excited,” she said.

She performed an emotional, stripped-down version of ‘What You Came For’ as her band including sax and horn player stood respectfully, before picking the pace back up with a new track ‘Hot Like Fire’, a bubbly, lusty, rave-tinged number. ‘Louder’ was mixed with the synth riff from Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’, while another new track, ‘What You Came For’, previously played at Isle Of Wight, is based on Mosca’s ‘Bax’. After a short DJ medley mid-set with tracks including ‘Show Me Love’ by Robin S and ‘Jump Around’ by House Of Pain, Katy performed a cover or Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ before closing with ‘Perfect Stranger’, ‘Katy On A Mission’ and a Latin-tinged take on ‘Lights On’.

Bombay Bicycle Club followed up the Maccabees huge-sounding set over on the Maravillas stage, closing their show with ‘Shuffle’ and ‘What If’. Jack Steadman dedicated the latter to those camping at the festival, after sharing memories of the band’s previous trips to the festival, joking with the crowd: “When I wake up in my air-conditioned hotel room I’ll say a prayer for you.”

Chase and Status, meanwhile, closed the Maravillas stage with a raucous set that went on into the early hours of the morning and included a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’.

The festival continues today with performances from Spector, Crystal Castles, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Stone Roses.