The Killers, Babyshambles, Friendly Fires, White Lies and TV On The Radio were among the acts to play on the final day of the Benicassim festival 2009 last night (July 19) and into the early hours of this morning (20).
Brandon Flowers and co played a headline slot on the Escenario Verde stage shortly after midnight (CEST) while on the Escenario Fiberfib.com stage Babyshambles played a set that included a cover of The Stone Roses‘ ‘I Wanna Be Adored’.
Earlier in the evening White Lies had played on the Escenario Verde, with frontman Harry McVeigh encouraging the crowd to sing along to their set-closer ‘Death’.
They were playing at the same time as TV On The Radio, who played from the Escenario Fiberfib.com stage to a rapidly-swelling crowd as many fans arrived on site during their dusk slot.
Later on the stage – the second largest at the festival – Friendly Fires played one of the most crowd-pleasing sets of the weekend.
Their percussion-heavy set featured ‘Jump In The Pool’, ‘Paris’ and forthcoming new single ‘Kiss Of Life’ – with frontman Ed MacFarlane telling the crowd that 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.
Later on The Killers opened their headline slot with ‘Human’, drawing a vast crowd to the largest stage at the festival.
Frontman Flowers acknowledged the Spanish crowd by changing the lyrics of ‘For Reasons Unknown’ to, “As easy as a beautiful Spanish girl’s hair falls across her shoulder.”
The Las Vegas band ended their set by playing ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’ and unleashing a wall of pyrotechnics that wowed the crowd – including some fans who had scaled trees to get good views.
The four-some – augmented by a keyboard player – played both their own hits plus The Libertines‘ ‘What Katy Did’ and near set-closer ‘Time For Heroes’, while Doherty played The Libertines‘ ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ acoustically solo.
They also played a shortened version of The Stone Roses‘ ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, with the frontman donning a horse mask thrown on stage by a fan between two songs.
Babyshambles ended with ‘Fuck Forever’ after Doherty had acknowledged the British fans in the crowd. “Your English is pretty good,” he joked. “If I didn’t know you better…”.
Earlier in the week at Benicassim Oasis battled through sound problems to play a headline slot, while Kings Of Leon had to cancel their performance due to weather conditions.
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