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 as well.
The organizers of Rototom Sunsplash have one simple message – all they are saying is give peace a chance. It is with these good intentions in mind that the biggest reggae festival in all of Europe is back to Benicàssim for its 23rd edition, which takes place this August from 13 to 20.
Having beaten its own attendance record last year with a crowd of over 250.000 people from 75 different countries, Rototom Sunsplash is looking to continue to serve as a gathering of like-minded peaceful minds, promoting equality, human rights and social justice for all as the keys to a better world.
We don’t know what your favourite colour is, but the festival’s is green – and no, it’s not because of that. Since its inception, sustainability has been a cornerstone of the Rototom Sunsplash philosophy. On the festival venue, you will find that the bottled water is recycled, the packagings are biodegradable and all the lights are LED. These are just some of the initiatives promoted by the organizers, who envision a greener world where everyone is high on life, not on the fumes produced by our over-industrialized cities.
Just like it says on the tin, the line-up of Rototom Sunsplash gathers some of the biggest names in reggae music from all over the world. Its headlined by two very recognizable names which we will highlight below, but don’t forget to check the full line-up because there’s a lot of good music that’s sure to immerse you in the good vibrations of mother nature.
Damian Marley (Tuesday, August 16) – The son of legendary reggae icon Bob Marley is more than a legacy act, having built a long career with his unique and modern spin on the reggae genre. Always a must-see act in any festival, whether it is reggae themed or not.
Manu Chao La Ventura (Thursday, August 18) – This multilingual songwriter has done everything from salsa to alternative rock, mixing genres as different as punk and salsa. With the two constants in his music being its originality and his socially conscious messages, Manu Chao fits like a glove in Rototom Sunsplash and is one of its most anticipated shows.
How to get there – You can get to Benicàssim in around 3 hours by train or car if you’re going from Barcelona. 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 – Camping is a big part of the Rototom culture. Its community space in Benicássim will feature a health care store, a grocery, a bakery, private lockers and a collective kitchen, making it a small “village” with everything you need and plenty of like-minded people to share the experience with. For maximum comfort, you can rent an already set-up tent.
Tickets – Prices range from 38€ (for 1 day + camping) to 240€ (8 days + camping). Prices for the 8-day packages will increase after August 9, so if you’re interested in enjoying the full festival it is advisable that you buy your ticket sooner than that.
That’s about it. Benicàssim awaits your good vibrations. Have fun and peace out!