July 12, 2014 12:30

The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand headline BBK Bilbao festival

Palma Violets, Parquet Courts, and Phoenix also play Spanish festival

The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand headline BBK Bilbao festival

Photo: Andy Ford

The Prodigy headlined BBK Bilbao in Spain last night (July 11) playing tracks from across their five album career as well as new material from their forthcoming LP.

Taking to the Main Stage for a late night set at 12.30am, frontman, Keith Flint roared to the crowd assembled: "Bring it on and let me fucking hear you!" before launching straight into 'Breathe' - a Number One single from 1996, from third album 'Fat Of The Land'.

"All my prodigy people here tonight!" Flint shouted. "All my VIP crew at the front," he added, gesturing to the front row who had assembled early to watch the headliners.

"This one's going out to all the bands who played earlier. This one's the real deal," Flint said before 'Jetfighter', a so-far unreleased song from the band's forthcoming sixth album, expected later this year.

Speaking to NME earlier this month (http://www.nme.com/news/the-prodigy/78278) the band's founder Liam Howlett revealed that the album had at one stage been tentatively called 'How To Steal A Jetfighter', but the band since changed their mind. Describing the new material, he said: "It's more violent-sounding; it feels wilder. It's not so much old-school," he said of the new material.

Later in the set, they played another new song 'Rock Weiler', which they debuted last summer during their European festival performances.

The second part of the set featured more songs from 2009's 'Invaders Must Die' - including the album's title track - but it was material from their 1997 album 'Fat Of The Land', including 'Firestarter' and first set closer 'Smack My Bitch Up' that got the biggest cheers from the audience.

A brief silence followed before Flint walked back onstage, telling the audience: "I wanna see the biggest circle I've ever seen! Take it round, swirl it round," before a three-song encore which included 2009's 'Take Me To The Hospital' and finally 'Their Law' from second album 'Music For The Jilted Generation'.

After The Prodigy, Palma Violets took to the Escenario Heineken stage just before 2am for an early hours set made up mostly of material from their 2013 debut LP '180', including 'Rattlesnake', '14', and a jubilant 'Best Of Friends'. Kicking off with new track 'Gout Gang Go’, frontmen Chili Jesson and Sam Fryer darted around the stage in customary fashion. "Thanks for sticking around," Jesson said before 'Tom The Drum'. "Alright!" Fryer roared, before motioning to the crowd to get a circle going, which they did obediently.

Earlier that evening, Bastille played an evening set on the main stage with a set comprising mostly of their Number One debut album 'Bad Blood'. Frontman Dan Smith addressed the crowd in English and a few words of Basque. Closer 'Pompei' was a set highlight, as was their cover of 'Rhythm Of The Night' and a buoyant 'Flaws' which saw frontman Dan Smith jump into the audience and run up to the sound desk to cheers from the crowd.

Franz Ferdinand headlined the bash on Friday night (June 10), playing a career spanning set kicking off with 'No You Girls', from their 2009 album 'Tonight'. Tracks from their 2013 album 'Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action' were also included in the set - from 'Right Action' to 'Evil Eye' and 'Bullet' - during which screens brandished the words 'action'. However, the biggest cheers from the crowd came with material from their 2004 self-titled debut ('Take Me Out', 'The Dark Of The Matinee', 'Michael') and it's 2005 follow-up 'You Could Have Had It So Much Better', with set closer 'This Fire' - also from their debut - having the refrain lyrics changed to 'Bilbao is out of control' before the band bowed out with cries of "muchas gracias".

Later that night, Phoenix drew a huge crowd to the second stage for their late night set, which was watched by film director Sofia Copolla, who is married to frontman Thomas Mars. Taking to the stage 12.20am, they began with 'Entertainment' from their 2013 album 'Bankrupt!' as part of a set that included material from across their five-album career, including 'Lasso' and 'Liztomania' from their 2009 LP 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix', 'Too Young' from their 2000 debut 'United', along with set highlight 'If I Ever Feel Better' during which Mars asked for the lights to be out up so he could see the crowd.

Earlier that day, Parquet Courts played just as the sun came out for an early evening set comprising of songs from their latest album 'Sunbathing Animal' and its 2013 predecessor 'Light Up Gold'. The New York quartet played tracks including 'Mastered My Craft', 'Borrowed Time' and 'Stoned And Starving'. Saying little to the audience who had assembled at the main stage for only the second performance of the festival, the band's main singer Andrew Savage thanked the crowd for "coming early" to watch them before 'Instant Disassembly'.

Later in the evening, Hercules And Love Affair brought some New York disco to the Sony stage with a stomping set on the triangular indoor tent. Accompanied by graphics of running deer, owls, dismembered hands, and slogans flashing 'sex open now' they told the crowd "We are playing New York house music ok?" to huge cheers. A brief sound issue was used as an opportunity to spread the emancipatory message of "be who you people!" before a raucous rendition of their Anthony Hegarty-featuring hit 'Blind', which saw engineers having to grab equipment as the sound desk shook with the force of the audience jumping along so hard.

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