Benicassim 2010


Benicassim International Festival took place over the weekend (July 15-18) with the likes of Kasabian and Vampire Weekend headlining and fans enjoying the sunshine.


Crowds gather during Ash’s set on the Benicassim Main Stage on Saturday (July 17).


The Cribs headline the Eastpak Fib Club stage at Benicassim on Saturday (July 17).



Ellie Goulding replaces Lily Allen after she pulled out of the festival due to illness and plays to a sizable crowd on the Verde stage. She admitted that she was initially worried about replacing Allen, having been bumped up from the smaller Eastpak Fib Club stage (July 18).


Fans show their appreciation for Ellie Goulding at Benicassim on Sunday (July 18).


Foals use their slot to showcase songs from their recent album ‘Total Life Forever’. Their set included ‘After Glow’, which frontman Yannis Philippakis revealed was still feeling relatively new for the band.


A caterer cooks up a huge vat of food for festival goers.



Gorillaz headline the final day of Benicassim International Festival on the Sunday night (July 18), with Damon Albarn bringing out a number of special guests to perform on the Spanish festival’s Verde stage.


Kicking off the set with a video montage featuring Snoop Dogg singing ‘Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach’, Albarn drew a massive crowd for the festival, and showed his appreciation for the audience by showering the front rows with water throughout the performance.


Ian Brown spoke in fluent Spanish throughout his Verde stage set on Saturday (July 17) at Benicassim.


Julian Casablancas plays an early evening slot on the Verde stage, showcasing his solo album ‘Phrazes For The Young’. Joined by his live solo band, Casablancas played several songs by The Strokes including ‘Reptilia’ and ‘Hard To Explain’.



Kasabian headline the opening night of Benicassim International Festival on Thursday (July 15), playing a hit-laden set to a 30,000-strong crowd.


The band powered through their back catalogue, taking to the Verde stage at 1am (CET) to play songs including ‘Shoot The Runner’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Club Foot’.


Singer Tom Meighan, who was wearing a blue jacket and dark circular sunglasses, stayed fairly silent between songs, preferring to gesture to the crowd and point out audience members.


Klaxons showcase their new album ‘Surfing The Void’ during a their Verde stage set at 3am (CET) at Benicassim on Saturday (July 17).


Magnetic Man members Skream and Benga had their DJ set invaded by upwards of 200 fans at Benicassim International Festival in the early hours of Friday morning (July 16).


Mumford and Sons play their first ever Spanish gig at Benicassim International Festival on Friday night (July 16).


Peter Hook and his solo band play a set of Joy Division songs to fans on the Eastpak Fib Club stage on Friday (July 16). The likes of ‘She’s Lost Control’ and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ had Hook’s legions of fans singing along, and the bassist – who sang lead vocals on every track – bounded around the stage energetically throughout.


John Lydon had an argument with his Public Image Ltd. bandmates while onstage at Benicassim International Festival on Saturday (July 18). The punk icon was coming to the end of his stage set with Public Image Ltd. when the incident happened. As the band finished playing ‘Religion’, Lydon initiated that they should carry on playing the song.


The Prodigy’s set on the Verde stage drew arguably the most frenzied crowd of the Saturday evening (July 17), with the band running through hits including ‘Breathe’ and ‘Firestarter’.


Ray Davies runs through tracks spanning his entire career, with the likes of ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and set closer ‘David Watts’ turning into singalongs from the crowd at Benicassim on Thursday (July 15).


The Specials play to a massive crowd on the Verde stage at Benicassim on Saturday (July 17). “Dance you bastards!” vocalist Terry Hall urged the crowd before playing a note-perfect version of ‘Rat Race’.


Vampire Weekend play the Verde stage on Friday (July 16), showcasing tracks from their second album ‘Contra’.