Depeche Mode birthday celebrations at Benicàssim

The band celebrate Martin Gore's big day in style

Depeche Mode wished band member Martin Gore a happy birthday during thier headlining set at the Benicàssim Festival in Spain tonight (July 23).

The star celebrated his 45th birthday as his band played a hit-laden set on the Escenario Verde stage.

Frontman Dave Gahan let the crowd know his bandmate was celebrating , and, after kissing him, led the crowd in ‘Happy Birthday’ singalong before playing the 1981 classic ‘Photographic’.


Depeche Mode played a set that featured classics from their 26-year career, including the hits ‘Personal Jesus’, ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and set closer ‘Never Let Me Down Again’.

The set was:


‘A Pain That I’m Used To’

‘A Question Of Time’

‘Suffer Well’



‘Walking In My Shoes’



‘In Your Room’

‘John The Revelator’

‘I Feel You’

‘Behind The Wheel’

‘World In My Eyes’

‘Personal Jesus’

‘Enjoy The Silence’



‘Never Let Me Down Again’

Earlier, We Are Scientists , also playing tonight, joined Art Brut onstage for a version of their own hit ‘The Great Escape’. Other highlights of the day have been sets from Editors, Madness and Placebo.

To read our Benicàssim blog and view our picture gallery, go to NME.COM/FESTIVALS. And see next week’s issue of NME for more coverage from this year’s event.