Bands take the stage following festival shut-down

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Franz Ferdinand, Elbow, Maximo Park and 2manydjs were among the acts who got the musical action at Benicassim festival going again last night (July 18) following an earlier site shut-down due to weather conditions.

On Friday night (July 17) Kings Of Leon were among the bands to have their set at the Spanish festival cancelled as strong winds cut across the site. Officials cordoned off stages as the wind grew dangerous and evacuated some camp sites where festival-goers were staying.

Things were back to normal yesterday, with Maximo Park – one of the bands who had their Friday set cancelled – finally taking to the Escenario Verde stage, playing at 9:30pm (CEST). Watch a video interview with the band by clicking below.

Paul Smith and co were playing a slot which Lily Allen had previously been set to play until the London singer cancelled due to illness.

“Ola! We are not Lily Allen!” Smith yelled as he led the band on stage. They went on to play a set largely comprised of cuts from their recent album ‘Quicken The Heart’ plus older fan favourites ‘Apply Some Pressure’ and set-opener ‘Graffiti’.

Elbow played next on the stage – the largest at the festival – with frontman Guy Garvey greeting the crowd by reading out a welcome message in Spanish.

The band, backed by a three-piece string section for much of the set, drew a huge crowd, opening with ‘Starlings’ then playing songs including ‘Grounds For Divorce’, ‘Ribcage’ and epic set-closer ‘One Day Like This’.

The band celebrated by downing shots mid-way through the set – inducing cheers from the audience.

Into the earlier hours, Franz Ferdinand played a hugely energetic show which saw front-man Alex Kapranos leap into the front row near the death of the set.

The Scottish four-some opened their show with ‘No You Girls’, taken from recent third album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’.

They went on to play hits including ‘Take Me Out’, ‘The Dark Of The Matinee’, an extended dance version of ‘Lucid Dreams’ and ‘Outsiders’, which saw the whole band playing percussion frenetically.

The main stage action was ended later by 2manydjs, who played an emphatically-received set from 2:30am. They ended their show by unleashing with a spectacular burst of ticker tape that wowed the crowd, sending tape flying over most of the site, over the adjacent road and into nearby fields.

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