Foals, Ellie Goulding, Dizzee Rascal also help round off Spanish event


Gorillaz headlined the final day of Benicassim International Festival early this morning (July 19), with Damon Albarn bringing out a number of special guests to perform on the Spanish festival’s Verde stage.

Kicking off the set with a video montage featuring Snoop Dogg singing ‘Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach’, Albarn drew a massive crowd for the festival, and showed his appreciation for the audience by showering the front rows with water throughout the performance.

Albarn, who said little throughout the set but thanked fans in Spanish a couple of times, was backed by his traditional Gorillaz bandmates, who included The Clash‘s Paul Simonon and Mick Jones. A huge video screen above the band showed cartoon images relating to the songs throughout.

De La Soul, Bobby Womack, the Syrian National Orchestra and Bootie Brown also joined Albarn onstage, while the likes of Shaun Ryder, Super Furry AnimalsGruff Rhys and Mark E Smith were represented by videos and samples.

Also playing the final day of Benicassim were Foals, who used their slot to showcase songs from their recent album ‘Total Life Forever’. Their set included ‘After Glow’, which frontman Yannis Philippakis revealed was still feeling relatively new for the band.

“We’ve only played it once before,” he told the audience,.

Playing the same stage later on, Echo And The Bunnymen‘s Ian McCulloch referenced Spain‘s recent World Cup win and congratulated the country for their performance in the competition, while treating the crowd to a greatest hits set that included performances of ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ and ‘The Killing Moon’.

Ellie Goulding – who replaced Lily Allen after she pulled out of the festival due to illness – played to a sizable crowd on the Verde stage. She admitted that she was initially worried about replacing Allen, having been bumped up from the smaller Eastpak Fib Club stage.

“I was a little bit nervous if I’m honest, playing this big old stage,” she told the crowd, “but you lot have been great. It really helps.”

Goulding‘s performance included a cover of Midlake‘s ‘Roscoe’, as well as material from her debut album ‘Lights’.

Elsewhere, Dizzee Rascal spent his set on the Verde stage urging the crowd to dance, with the likes of ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, ‘Holiday’ and set closer ‘Bonkers’ getting ecstatic reactions from those in attendance. Wearing a Kobe Bryant LA Lakers vest, the Londoner also gave the audience some serious advice for when they leave the festival.

“Take care, hope you have a good rest of the weekend, don’t drink too much and if you do drink, don’t drive,” he said.

Head to NME.COM/festivals for more from the weekend’s actions including videos shot live on site.