The Horrors bring ‘Skying’ to Spain on the Maravillas stage, proving that skinny jeans, goth-stylings and synthesisers are just as popular in Europe as they are here in the UK.
Think any of this lot will regret all that booze in the morning? Let’s hope they’re still in good spirits for the rest of the weekend – The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and New Order are all still to come.
It’s a change from Southend, isn’t it? Faris Badwan onstage during The Horrors’ set.
If you squint really, really carefully, you might be able to make out the tiny figure of Example onstage. He was one of the acts to play the festival’s opening day on Thursday (July 12).
At The Drive-In must have been eager to please the masses during their set – most of their material came from their classic 2000 album ‘Relationship Of Command’.
Sadly, both Florence And The Machine and Bat For Lashes were forced to cancel their scheduled appearances at this year’s bash – although this lot don’t seem that bothered…
At The Drive-In on the main Maravillas stage on Thursday July 12. It was the reformed band’s first European show in over a decade.
Best tattoo of the weekend so far? We wonder what other ink will be on display at the Spanish festival this weekend, which runs from July 12 – 15. The Stone Roses, Bob Dylan and New Order are amongst the big headliners this year.
Benicassim 2012 gets under way – and those punters sure look happy to be there…
Miles Kane soaks up the Spanish atmosphere (and sun) on Friday afternoon (July 13).
That’s one way of popping the question. Put money on her being the next Mrs Kane by 2013, we reckon…
How do you know you’re at a Spanish festival? Simple: you carry around a natty fan instead of a rain-soaked brolly.
Miles in full-flight onstage. Rumours spread earlier this year that the ‘Colour Of The Trap’ singer could start work on a studio collaboration with none other than Paul Weller – let’s cross our fingers and hope it happens.
The Maccabees on the Maravillas stage, providing the perfect late-night entertainment for the second evening of Benicassim.
How many bands can claim to have had as good a year as The Maccabees? True to form, they were excellent once again at Benicassim – they’re bona-fide headliners in the making, surely…
Katy B took the opportunity to play some of the new material that might feature on the follow-up to ‘On A Mission’. New tracks ‘Hot Like Fire’ and ‘What You Came For’ sound like mega-hits in the waiting – find out more in our live report here.
Katy on her Benicassim mission to play the most blinding set possible. And she pretty much nailed it, too – her performance on the Friday evening (July 13) was one of the weekend’s best.
If you want to find out all the details from when The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and loads more took to the stage on Saturday (July 15) of Benicassim, then check out our live report here.
We’ve had a few Stone Roses gigs this summer, now, and the novelty still hasn’t worn off. Here’s Ian Brown giving it his all as the band’s triumphant reformation carries on being brilliant.
Does John Squire ever look rattled!? Here’s The Stone Roses’ guitarist, plying his wares and looking unbothered by the thousands of rabid fans enjoying their headline set on the Saturday night (July 15).
School Of Seven Bells ripping through material from their latest album, ‘Ghostory’, which was released in February of this year.
School Of Seven Bells playing the Maravillas Stage on Saturday (July 14).
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on the Maravillas Stage on Friday (July 15) – a night which also included performances from Dizzee Rascal, The Stone Roses and Crystal Castles. That’s some line-up, eh?
As well as dusting off tracks from his debut solo album, Noel played a handful of Oasis tracks, too, including ‘Talk Tonight’, ‘Whatever’ and ‘Half The World Away’.
Noel Gallagher warming the crowd up for The Stone Roses. The High Flying Birds man made a point of dedicating ‘AKA… What A Life’ to “all the people that have come from Manchester”.
Jessie J trying her hand at a spot of invisible limbo.
Everyone’s, erm, favourite warbler/talent show judge, Jessie J, sporting some interesting headgear and belting it out onstage.
A winner is crowned in this year’s ‘How high can you kick your leg?’ competition. Just a pity there were only three entries…
You’d expect there to be a spot debauchery at Benicassim, but Dizzee went all straight-edge on us. “Some people like to drink, and some people like to take drugs, but me, I’m a bassline junkie,” he said before introducing new track ‘Bassline Junkie’.
Dizzee Rascal’s performance was one of the weekend’s highlights as he debuted a glut of new tracks as well as pleasing the masses with old classics.
Alice Glass on typically stern and uncompromising form during Crystal Castles’ set on Friday night (July 13). Details about the duo’s forthcoming third LP are scarce at the moment, but we do know it’s expected to be released later this year – and we’re already getting excited.
To find out what happened when New Order took to the stage at Benicassim, read our live report on NME.COM – and also find out how the likes of The Stone Roses, Crystal Castles and Bob Dylan fared over the weekend, too.
As well as playing classics such as ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Regret’, New Order also paid tribute to their former Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis, who would have celebrated his birthday on the day of their headline slot (July 15), by including ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Isolation’ in their setlist.
Bernard Sumner onstage during New Order’s brilliant headline slot on the Sunday evening (July 15).
Spector’s Fred Macpherson wheeling out the patented ‘frontman’ point during their set on Sunday (July 15).
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – or, as he’s known to his parents, Orlando Higginbottom – pushing the crowd’s buttons at Benicassim and reminding us all why his debut LP ‘Trouble’ is such a corker.
Howler’s Jordan Smith leading his band through a terrific set which included their debut album ‘America Give Up’ – one of NME’s favourite albums of the year thus far – in its throat-tearing entirety.
Jordan was on fine form throughout Howler’s set – when he wasn’t constantly introducing he and his bandmates as The Vaccines, he was happily swigging from his trusty bottle of booze. Probably why he’s wearing those sunglasses – hangovers can be nasty things…
Is anywhere on the planet safe from David Guetta? Here’s the French purveyor of pop doing his thing onstage.
Best seats in the house! Fans enjoying the view from the front at Benicassim.
Little Boots pulling a witch-like pose – check out that black, floaty garment! – and showcasing some new material. Her as-yet-untitled second studio album is expected to be released later in the year.
The long, winding road home: folks make their way back to greyer, less exciting climes after another excellent bash at Benicassim.