Benicassim 2009

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The rain and wind-lashed main stage at Benicassim. The Spanish festival was beset by disasters all weekend, including a fire on Friday (July 17). Kings Of Leon and The Horrors were forced to cancel, and the second stage resembled "the location of a recent murder", in the words of Jamie Fullerton. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Some people still managed to have fun at Benicassim - although many were not so lucky. After the fire broke out, a large number of campers were woken up by security guards and bussed to a leisure centre to bed down after the campsites were evacuated. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Paul Weller at Benicassim. The legend had to cut short his set after just 50 minutes due to the high winds and encroaching fire, meaning a planned duet with Liam Gallagher had to be scrapped. Weller said afterwards: "I was fucking scared. I came on stage to big black clouds and could see the huge inferno to the left."
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Ravers forget their troubles by dancing the night away at Benicassim. Oasis' Noel Gallagher poured scorn on the Spanish bash, writing on his blog: "Benicassim? What a fucking waste of time! If it wasn't for those bloody kids it would've been a disaster." Oasis' Thursday night set was marred by sound problems.
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Smoke rises from the Benicassim site on Friday July 17. Fortunately the festival was not a total write-off - the action kicked off again the next day, although minus a few key acts, such as Lily Allen, who pulled out. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Revellers put a brave face on the unluckiest Benicassim ever. Even before the festival started, things were going wrong. Foals were forced to cancel their appearance due to singer Yannis Philippakis and keyboardist Edwin Congreave falling ill with a mystery illness. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Punters kill time between sets on the main stage at Benicassim. The Spanish festival, which is popular with British music fans, this year featured performances from Paul Weller, Oasis, Friendly Fires and The Killers. Photo: Andy Whitton

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White Lies at Benicassim, Sunday July 19. It was a busy weekend for the gloomy indie-rockers - they also played on Latitude's main stage the previous day.
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Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty onstage on the final night of Benicassim, Sunday July 19. An unexpected highlight of the set was a cover of The Stone Roses' 'I Wanna Be Adored'. Photo: Andy Whitton

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A dazzling light show illuminates the sky as Babyshambles rock the festival's second biggest stage, which bore the inelegant title of Escenario Fiberfib.com. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Babyshambles fans show their appreciation on the final night of Benicassim. By Sunday, most of the problems that had marred the first days of the festival were a distant memory. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Friendly Fires' percussion-heavy set featured 'Jump In The Pool', 'Paris' and forthcoming new single 'Kiss Of Life' – with frontman Ed Macfarlane telling the crowd the band had had a bizarre day. "We broke into a monastery earlier," he told the audience, referring to a photoshoot the St Albans trio had been involved in earlier up on the hills near the festival site. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Fans congregate in front of the main stage on Saturday afternoon (18 July).
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Wind? Fire? Pah! Benicassim revellers put a brave face on miserable conditions at the Spanish festival. Photo: Andy Whitton

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A few of the more colourful festival-goers we spotted at Benicassim. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Maximo Park at Benicassim. Their set was cut short by the freak weather conditions - but fortunately they were able to return the next day, filling the slot vacated by Lily Allen, who cancelled. Photo: Andy Whitton

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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'. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Elbow played on Saturday night, 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'. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Festival-goers climb scaffolding at Benicassim. Perhaps they were trying to escape.
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Glasvegas helped kick off the Benicassim festival by playing into the early hours of this morning. James Allan and co appeared on the Escenario Verde stage - the largest at the festival. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Yay, the apocalyptic wind has stopped! Revellers forget their troubles at Benicassim.
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A typically bleak scene at Benicassim. Freak weather conditions forced the closure of the main arena and the evacuation of the camp site. Many unfortunate punters were bussed to a local leisure centre where they sheltered for the night like refugees. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Mystery Jets onstage at Benicassim, which took place from July 16-19. Photo: Andy Whitton

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No, not a refugee camp - this was the state of the outer fringes of Benicassim's campsite after fire and freak winds forced it to be evacuated. Tents were blown great distances by the extreme winds. Photo: PA Photos

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The crowd goes nuts for Franz Ferdinand on Saturday night (18 July) at Benicassim.
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