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Lightspeed Champion, performs against a psychedelic backdrop at Benicassim Festival 2008. The quirky indie troubadour will also be making appearances at Summer Sundae, Green Man and Leeds and Reading Festivals later this summer. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Indie entrepreneur Lightspeed Champion, aka Dev Hynes, onstage at Spain's Benicassim Festival. The singer/songwriter helped open the first-day of the sweltering Spanish Fiesta alongside Sigur Ros and These New Puritans. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Mojitos are out at Benicassim Festival 2008! The Spanish-based festival enjoys scorching temperatures, a near-by beach, tapas and even a backstage pool! The festival, now in its fourteenth year, runs this weekend (July 17-20) and plays host to an array of acts including Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Babyshambles and more. Photo: Danny North

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Vocalist and guitarist Jón Ã

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Sigur Ros, Benicassim International Festival 2008. Photo: Danny North

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Sigur Ros on the Main Stage at Benicassim Festival 2008. Keep one eye on NME.COM throughout the weekend for more pictures, news, blogs and interviews from the Spanish Festival.

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A view of the entrance to the Media Area at Benicassim Festival 2008...even the corridors at Spanish-fiesta are kooky. Photo: Danny North

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The view of the Main Stage, plus cavorting couple, at Benicassim Festival 2008. Keep one eye on NME.COM throughout the weekend for further updates from the event in pictures, news, blogs and interviews. Photo: Danny North

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Babyshambles onstage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). Pete Doherty played at a fan's wake last week after forming a special bond with cancer sufferer Daniel Squires when they met last year. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty onstage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18) - the day a warrant issued for his arrest was withdrawn in his native England. For more on this and reports on the festival, go to NME.COM's news section. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Crowds gather to see Babyshambles on the Escenario Verde, the Main Stage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain, as the Friday evening (July 18) entertainment kicks off. Later the stage will see performances from the New York Dolls, My Bloody Valentine and, er, Mika. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell sports a fetching new mohican hairstyle onstage at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). Photo: Tom Oxley

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Babyshambles onstage at the Benicassim Festival tonight (July 18) - they opened with a cover of 'Heartbreak Hotel', a huge worldwide hit for a certain Elvis Presley back in 1956. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Vincent Vincent And The Villains get things going on the Fiberfib.com stage on the second day (July 18) of the Benicassim Festival in Spain. The band released their debut album 'Gospel Bombs' earlier this year. Photo: Danny North

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Babyshambles pair Drew McConnell and Pete Doherty relax by the pool backstage before their performance at the Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). The pool has had many famous swimmers in it - NME.COM definitely spotted Franz Ferdinand and Preston Ordinary Boy in it one year. Photo: Danny North

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During their Benicassim Festival set on the second day of the bash (July 18), New York Dolls survivor Sylvain Sylvain exclaimed, "Happy birthday Johnny!" in tribute to the band's late guitarist Johnny Thunders. Photo: Tom Oxley

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New York Dolls included a strung out version of their classic 'Jet Boy' in their set on the Escenario Verde at Benicassim Festival, driving the crowd wild. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The legendary New York Dolls included a now-traditional cover of the song made famous by Janis Joplin, 'Piece Of My Heart'. Singer David Johansen dedicated it to "my favourite singer ever". Photo: Tom Oxley

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Hot Chip drew a huge crowd to their set at Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18), with hundreds forced to watch from outside the Fiberfib.com tent. Were you at Benicassim 2008? Send your photos - whether of the acts onstage or just you and your mates - to festivals@nme.com and we'll add the best ones to our gallery. Photo: Danny North

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Spiritualized performing tonight (July 18) on the Benicassim Festival's Vodafone Fib Club stage. The set ended with an incendiary version of frontman Jason Pierce's old band Spacemen 3's 'Take Me To The Other Side'. Afterwards Pierce demolished his amps... Photo: Danny North Photo: Danny North

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Spiritualized suffered initial sound problems during their set at Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18), but won the crowd over with a beautiful version of recent single 'Soul On Fire'. Photo: Danny North

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Spiritualized were joined by two gospel singers during their set at Benicassim Festival in Spain tonight (July 18). The pair added backing vocals to the likes of 'Shine A Light' and 'Come Together'. Photo: Danny North

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The massive crowd at Hot Chip's Benicassim Festival show tonight (July 18) witnessed the band's regular cover of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U', made famous by Sinead O'Connor's huge-selling cover version in 1990. Photo: Danny North

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My Bloody Valentine are touring until late in the year - then mainman Kevin Shields wants to finish work on the band's first album since the 1991 classic 'Loveless'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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My Bloody Valentine mainman Kevin Shields onstage at the Benicassim Festival - the recent shows the band have played have been their first in 16 years, though they have yet to play any new material. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Revellers at this year's Benicassim Festival. The bash attracts a lot of foreign punters, including thousands of Brits - noticeable by their pale complexion. Photo: Danny North

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A cocktail bar at Benicassim Festival. The tents are all equipped with water coolers and fans to combat the punishing heat. Photo: Danny North

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Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, Hot Chip mainman Alexis Taylor descibed his band's show at Benicassim as one of the best of the summer. Photo: Danny North

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Benicassim's backstage pool during the afternoon, when very few people are on site due to the intense heat. Photo: Danny North

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Benicassim has been entertaining the masses since 1995. Over 12,000 Brits are expected to descend on the Spanish Festival this year. Were you at Benicassim 2008? Send your photos - whether of the acts onstage or just you and your mates - to festivals@nme.com and we'll add the best ones to our gallery. Photo: Danny North

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The Escenario Verde - Benicassim's Main Stage. This weekend will see performances on the stage from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and The Raconteurs. Photo: Danny North

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Some lovely ladies relax by the backstage pool at Benicassim, though none of them chose to take a dip in it. Photo: Danny North

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A seller shows us one of the official Benicassim 2008 T-shirts. Many of the folks here are wearing them, but NME.COM has also spotted an array of band T-shirts - particularly popular are Friday night headliners Babyshambles. Photo: Danny North

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Fancy a kebab? One of the many food stalls at this year's Benicassim Festival. NME.COM was particularly taken with the falafel. Photo: Danny North

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Katie White and Jules DeMartino, aka The Ting Tings, wowed a packed Fiberfib.com Tent at Benicassim Festival with a hit-packed set, including a strung out version of 'Fruit Machine' and a rousing version of recent Number One single 'That's Not My Name'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Ting Tings continued their stratospheric rise this year at Benicassim Festival in Spain. The band have just announced a major tour of the UK later in the year. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Rosin Murphy played a late night set at Benicassim 2008, the former Moloko singer taking to the Main Stage at 1.30am, sandwiched between My Bloody Valentine and Mika. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Mika closed the Friday night on the Main Stage at Benicassim 2008, beginning his set on the Escenario Verde at 3am. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Mika's stage show at Benicassim was typically flamboyant, the singer bringing a huge troupe of dancers to spice up the likes of 'Lollipop' and 'Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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As well as the likes of his huge Number One single 'Grace Kelly', Mika's set at Benicassim 2008 also included a cover of the Depeche Mode classic 'Just Can't Get Enough'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Ting Tings continued their conquering of the festivals this summer, playing in another stupidly-low-down-the-bill slot on the Fiberfib.com tent at Benicassim Festival. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre followed up their slot at last weekend's T In The Park festival in Scotland with a show on Benicassim Festival's Main Stage, the Escenario Verde, tonight (July 19). Photo: Danny North

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre became famous - well, infamous - when they were the subject of the 2004 documentary 'Dig!'. If you haven't seen it, watch it. Photo: Danny North

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre closed their set at Benicassim with an epic version of 'Hide And Seek', featuring four guitarists. Photo: Danny North

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Jon Spencer brought the blues to Benicassim - but in a good way. Wonder if kindred spirit Jack White was watching - The Raconteurs also play today. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Tricky backstage at the Benicassim Festival. The star recently released his first album in four years, 'Knowle West Boy', on Domino Records, also home to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. Photo: Danny North

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Due to the intense heat, you will see a lot of flesh at Benicassim. You should see some of the NME writers' shorts! This lot look far more glam. Photo: Danny North

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Smokin'- a hazy look at this year's Benicassim Festival, which kicked off in 1995 and has seen headline slots from the likes of Radiohead, Depeche Mode and Oasis through the years. Photo: Danny North

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Some Benicassim festival-goers really made the effort - liking the bunches on Wonder, er, Woman. Photo: Danny North

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The Vodafone Fib Club tent at Benicassim has proved hugely popular, with performances from the likes of Metronomy, Jose Gonzalez and an eventful headline slot from Spiritualized. Photo: Danny North

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Benicassim revellers 'enjoy' the action on the main stage. Maybe the heat had got to them... Photo: Danny North

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Jon Spencer's band Heavy Trash play the Fiberfib.com stage at the Benicassim Festival - the star made his name with his Blues Explosion and cult rockers Pussy Galore. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Tricky played the Fiberfib.com stage at Benicassim tonight (July 19). Many onlookers expressed surprise at how rock-oriented the set was. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Tricky onstage at the Benicassim Festival - the star's set was drawn mainly from new album 'Knowle West Boy', but also included old classics 'Overcome' and his cover of Public Enemy's 'Black Steel'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Tricky, pictured here onstage at Benicassim, was part of the Bristol 'trip-hop' scene in the early 90s - his contemporaries Portishead also came back this year, and his old comrades Massive Attack are working on a new record too. Photo: Tom Oxley

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My Morning Jacket's Benicassim set included the classics 'Off The Record', 'Anytime' and 'One Big Holiday', as well as songs from new album 'Evil Urges'. Photo: Danny North

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My Morning Jacket bring a blur of hair and guitars to Benicassim Festival's Main Stage, the Escenario Verde - and also gave a run-out to their Prince-like funk track 'Highly Suspicious'. It's a song which has divided fans, and not everyone was convinced in Spain. Photo: Danny North Photo: Danny North

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The Kills performing on the Benicassim's Main Stage the Escenario Verde on the Saturday night of the bash (July 19). The band's set was dominated by songs from their recently-released album 'Midnight Boom'. Photo: Danny North

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The Kills' Alison Mosshart onstage at the Benicassim Festival. The two-piece last played the event in 2006. Photo: Danny North

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Hot Chip onstage at Benicassim Festival - the band had to leave after their Friday (July 18) show to go to the Madrid leg of the bash, taking place the next day. Photo: Danny North

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Brendan Benson dons a fetching hat for The Raconteurs' Main Stage performance at Benicassim Festival on Saturday (July 19). Photo: Danny North

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Jack White dons a dapper waistcoat for The Raconteurs' Benicassim Festival performance. Photo: Danny North

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The Sunday morning 3am crowd predictably went 'Crazy' for Gnarls Barkley, especially during the aforementioned track and set closer 'Smiley Faces'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Gnarls Barkley covered Radiohead's 'Reckoner' during their Main Stage set at Benicassim Festival on the third day of the Spanish bash. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The highlight of Leonard Cohen's Benicassim set was his 1984 track 'Hallelujah', which Jeff Buckley and John Cale have covered to great acclaim. The song also inspired a mass Glastonbury sing-along last month. Photo: Danny North

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The speaker-stack drapes on either side of the Main Stage at Benicassim Festival, the Escenario Verde, feature a collage of lyrics from all the artists performing this weekend. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Indie heroes Death Cab For Cutie played a well received set on the Fiberfib.com Stage at Benicassim Festival, featuring highlights of latest album 'Narrow Stairs'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Death Cab For Cutie mainman Ben Gibbard was on fine form at Benicassim 2008, leading the crowd through songs such as epic recent single 'I Will Possess Your Heart'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Leonard Cohen's early evening slot at Benicassim Festival attracted a huge crowd on the Escenario Verde, and the hour-long set included: 'Dance Me To The End Of Love', 'The Future', 'Bird On A Wire', 'Everybody Knows', 'Who By Fire', 'Suzanne', 'Hallelujah', 'I'm Your Man' and closer 'First We Take Manhattan'. Photo: Danny North

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Erm, not sure if everyone paid to see Leonard Cohen at Benicassim tonight (July 20). Maybe it's just a better spot though... Photo: Danny North

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Richard Hawley returned to the Benicassim Festival for the first time since 2005, although he had to go through a bit of a scare when his equipment went missing, but it was all sorted just in time. Photo: Danny North

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Richard Hawley kicked off his set on the Vodafone Fib Club at Benicassim Festival with 'Valentine', the opening track on his 2007 album 'Lady's Bridge'. Photo: Danny North

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Calvin Harris onstage at Benicassim Festival's Fiberfib.com Stage at Benicassim Festival tonight (July 20) - he's doing quite well for himself, seeing as he recently applied for a job at NME. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Calvin Harris during his Benicassim Festival slot - the Scottish dance star recently collaborated with Dizzee Rascal on his Number One single 'Dance Wiv Me'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Morrissey's Benicassim Festival set started just before midnight on Sunday (July 20) - but it was clearly still too hot for his band. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Morrissey, who played Benicassim Festival just two years ago, returned to Spain to play the Main Stage on the Sunday evening (July 20), greeting the huge crowd by saying "Will you and your Spanish eyes wait for me?" Photo: Tom Oxley

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Morrissey walks towards the stage before his Benicassim Festival slot - the former Smiths singer releases new album 'Years Of Refusal' later this year. Photo: Danny North

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A massive (and possibly inebriated) crowd gathered in the Fiberfib.com tent to see French dance-rock titans Justice at Benicassim 2008. Photo: Danny North

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Justice's late Sunday night set (July 20) at Benicassim 2008 featured an amazing light show, accompanying their set of dance-punk anthems, the highlight of which was a monumental version of 'D.A.N.C.E'. Photo: Danny North

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Justice caused utter mayhem with their set on the Sunday night (July 20) at Benicassim 2008, with one especially excited reveller even breaking through security to invade the stage. Photo: Danny North

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Siouxsie Sioux played after Morrissey on Benicassim Festival's Main Stage on Sunday (July 20) - though the pair chose not to recreate their duet on 1994 single 'Interlude'. Photo: Danny North

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"I was gonna wear that tonight", claimed NME's Hamish MacBain before Siouxsie Sioux's set at Benicassim Festival on Sunday (July 20). He decided on double denim in the end. Photo: Danny North

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Siouxsie Sioux played a few crowd pleasers at Benicassim - including her old band The Banshees' debut single 'Hong Kong Garden', named after her local Chinese takeaway in her native Bromley. Photo: Danny North

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Black Lips on the Main Stage at Benicassim Festival. The band are, reportedly, to perform in locations as far-flung as Estonia, Finland, Russia, Brazil, India and China throughout the coming year. Photo: Danny North

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Cole Alexander of Black Lips launches himself in amongst festival goers at Benicassim Festival 2008. Keep checking back here throughout the weekend for further pictures, news, blogs, interviews and more from the beach-based fiesta. Photo: Danny North

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Black Lips performed tracks from their extensive back-catalogue, including tunes from most recent release â

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Atlanta garage-punkers Black Lips take the weight off after their late-night Main Stage appearance at Spanish scorch-fest Benicassim 2008. The band played a storming set to festival goers in the early hours of Friday (July 18). Photo: Danny North

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An onstage grapple between US punk eccentrics Black Lips during their Main Stage performance at Benicassim Festival 2008... Photo: Danny North

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Black Lips onstage at the Benicassim scorch-fest. The Spanish-based Festival opened yesterday (July 17) with appearances from Lightspeed Champion, Sigur Ros and These New Puritans. Atlanta punkers The Black Lips are reportedly currently working on their fifth studio album. Photo: Danny North

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