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Benicàssim International Festival 2016

Written by Miguel

This article belongs to a multi-part series about music festivals outside Barcelona. There are a lot of beautiful places to see and plenty of great live music to enjoy, so make sure to check out the other entries.

If you’re a music fan, one of the greatest advantages of living is Spain is the fact that it’s home to some of the best events on the international festival circuit. One of them, the Benicàssim International Festival, commonly abbreviated as FIB, takes place this July (14-17) in the town whose name it bears.


Photo by NRK P3 via / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo by NRK P3 via / CC BY-NC-SA

Over the years, FIB has built its reputation in great part due to its amazing line-ups, with memorable gigs by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan or Oasis elevating it to mythical status amongst festival goers from all over the world.

This year is no different, with a quality and diversified line-up that we advise you to check out in full. These are just some of the names that will once again make Benicàssim the place to be for music fans:

The Chemical Brothers (Friday, July 15) – Considered one of the few truly arena-sized electronic acts, this Manchester duo represents the best that the late 90’s big beat scene had to offer. I just started playing their last record “Born in the Echoes” (2015) and its intro sounds totally freaked out my cat for some reason. So, yeah, as long as you don’t bring any feline friends to the show, its sure to be a lot of fun.

Muse (Saturday, July 16) – Euphoric, dystopian, conspiratorial. Rock music tends to reflect the ethos of its time and that’s what you get with Muse, one of the most inventive rock bands of the last two decades. Matt Bellamy’s guitar riffs sound even more insane live than they do on record, so make sure you don’t miss what’s bound to be a memorable experience.

Kendrick Lamar (Sunday, July 17) – While the world waits for a proper follow-up to the instant classic that was “To Pimp a Butterfly”, you have the chance to watch the man live in Benicàssim in arguably the most anticipated gig on the whole line-up. It’s been a while since the last time west coast hip-hop felt this urgent, so we urge you to not miss it.

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Photo by Exit Festival via / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo by Exit Festival via / CC BY-NC-SA

How to get there – You can get from Barcelona to Benicàssim in around 3 hours by train or car. Whether that is your case or you’re coming from somewhere else in the world, make sure to check the festival’s detailed travelling guide.

Accommodation – FIB has two different camping locations where you can stay. There are also plenty of hotels, hostels and apartments in and around Benicàssim, so take a look at your options and choose what suits you best.

Tickets – There are several different ticket packages you can purchase, ranging from 35 to 300€.

That’s about it! Now that you’ve read all about FIB 2016, there are only two things left for you to do:

1.Dare all your friends to go with you.
2. Use the comment box below to let us know which bands you’re most looking forward to seeing live. Have fun!

About the author


Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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