BENICASSIM GRASSED UP!

Apparently because it's 'small and not English'. Muse, Miss Kittin And The Hacker and The Cure all help as well. Read day one's report...

SUPERGRASS‘s GAZ COOMBES has told NME.COM that the NME-sponsored event is “the best festival (in the world)…because it’s small and not English”.

Talking before this evening’s performance which featured songs from their new album ‘Life On Other Planets’, drummer Danny Goffey revealed their new album would be “bad mannered pop”. Their set proved to be more than an ample warm up for headliners The Cure.

The Cure’s guitar-heavy set featured classics – mainly saved for the encore – including ‘Three Imaginary Boys’, ‘A Forest’ and ‘Shake Dog Shake’ but the main body of the set was centred on material from the last decade including a smattering from 1992 album ‘Wish’.

The Cure have been a perrenial favourite on the continent and this bill finds them joining a trio of headliners, also including Radiohead‘s last date of their current European tour and the The Chemical Brothers.

Sophie McKean of Falkirk, Scotland told NME.COM: “I’ve been a Cure fan for 18 years and I came especially to see them – I wouldn’t have been surprised if they’d sounded a lot ropier. We could have done with the hits a bit sooner- it is a festival after all – but they played beautifully. It sounds like they’ve been listening to Mogwai and My Bloody Valentine.”

Muse rounded off their transformation in the the 21st century Queen with a beautifully pompous set of outrageous rock theatrics that showcased Matt Bellamy’s vocal, guitar and piano skills to the utmost.

Supergrass were in typical festival-crowd-pleasing mood with new songs including limited edition single ‘Never Done Nothing Like That Before’ fitting in well with well known hits.

Master electroclash exponents Miss Kittin and The Hacker made a rare live appearance featuring songs from their debut album and a blinding outing of their cover of the Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams’.

[a][/a] opened the main stage bill attracting a sizeable crowd, earlier Tom White revealed his ambivlent feelings on their recent nomination for the Mercury Music Prize: “It’s an industry thing really, it’s not about bands. But we are happy as a band to have it.”

I Am Kloot played a set with a large proportion of the audience made up of native Mancunians over specifically for the show. A fan, Steven Dennis of Manchester said;”I came here to see I Am Kloot who are gonna be massive one day. Oh and the fact it’s a festival in the sun and I can see Suede and Radiohead helped as well.”

Despite some rain earlier in the day the first day experienced plenty of sun, with more predicted for the following two days.

Unlike British festivals, Benacassim doesn’t start until six in the evening with the last events finishing as late as six in the morning due to sound restrictions being far less strict.

The event itself was kicked off by a massive launch party at a concrete sports arena which was headlined by a breathtaking DJ set by The Hacker which finished at six on Friday morning.