Benicassim 2011 – How Was It For You?

It’s the one festival of the summer that’s guaranteed to leave pasty bands and fans alike sun-burnt, and the only festival you can go swimming in the sea at 4.30am at without getting hypothermia. Oh Benicassim, you really treated us this year with The Streets, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire headlining and the likes of Mumford And Sons and Bombay Bicycle Club also on the bill.

Watch what happens when you combine one indie band, too much sun, and two water pistols:

But what did you think of indie’s favourite summer holiday? Let us know by commenting below.

A personal highlight for me was getting to see Elbow play live finally and I caught up with the band beforehand to hear all about their new album. I also managed to get this fan-girl picture of me and the band (featuring my “Just don’t smile like a crazy person Abby” face.

Watch Elbow walk from the dressing room to the stage:

Another best Benicassim moment for me was watching Congotronics Vs Rockers on the Stage. Featuring Konono N°1, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Wildbirds And Peacedrums and Skeletons, the collective is made up of ten Congolese and ten indie rockers to make up this kind of mind-blowing collaboration:

What were your highlights? Let us know below…

You can see all the news, blogs and photos from the weekend here. Plus, watch all of our videos from the festival below, including Elbow, Bombay Bicycle Club and Friendly Fires:

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