Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Festival Internacional de Benicàssim


The FIB or "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim" (Benicàssim International Festival) is a music festival held in Benicàssim (Spain). It focuses in alternative pop rock and electronica and has other elements besides music like short films, theatre, dance, fashion and art.

The first 'FIB' took place in 1995, and since then Benicàssim has been dedicated to indie rock, pop and electronic music as well as featuring artists who are a reference on the world stage.


'FIB' is held in the seaside resort of Benicassim (Castellón province), Valencia, Spain. Until and lasts for 4 nights of concerts, although festival goers can camp for up to 9 days.

Past editions

Bands who have played the festival in the past

Björk, Depeche Mode, Beck, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, Brian Wilson, Blur, The Cure, Lou Reed, Chemical Brothers, The Strokes, Oasis, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Muse, !!!, The Jesus And Mary Chain ...

*2 Many DJ's
*808 State
*Amy Winehouse
*Aphex Twin
*Arctic Monkeys
*Art Brut
*Dinosaur Jr
*DJ Yoda
*Echo & The Bunnymen
*Einstürzende Neubauten
*Franz Ferdinand
*Hot Hot Heat
*Iggy and The Stooges
*Jamie T
*Joseph Arthur
*Kaiser Chiefs
*Kings of Leon
*Lali Puna
*LCD Soundsystem
*Lou Reed
*Manta Ray
*Massive Attack
*Mercury Rev
*Noise Is The Best Revenge
*Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
*Ok Go
*Pet Shop Boys
*Pizzicato Five
*Primal Scream
*Radio 4
*Richie Hawtin vs. Ricardo Villalobos
*Scissor Sisters
*Sr. Chinarro
*The Cure
*The Flaming Lips
*The Pixies
*The Raveonettes
*Tujiko Noriko
*We Are Scientists
*Who Made Who
*Yo La Tengo

2007 : 13th Edition

The 13th edition of the festival, held on the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd of July 2007 included in its line-up (headliners in bold):

* !!!
* Albert Hammond Jr.
* Amy Winehouse
* Animal Collective
* Antony And The Johnsons
* Arctic Monkeys
* Armand Van Helden
* The B-52's
* Big Hands
* Brazilian Girls
* Bright Eyes
* Calexico
* Camera Obscura
* Cansei de Ser Sexy
* Carl Craig
* Cassius
* CatPeople
* Chloé
* Chris Aliano
* Ciëlo
* Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
* Damian Lazarus
* Datarock
* Devo
* Digitalism
* Dinosaur Jr.
* DK7
* Ellen Allien
* Fancy Spaniels
* Fangoria
* The Go! Team
* GusGus
* Herman Düne
* The Hives
* The Horrors
* The Human League
* Iggy & The Stooges
* Jamie T
* Kiko Veneno
* Klaxons
* Dj Koze
* Lo-Fi-Fnk
* The Magic Numbers
* Mando Diao
* Matthew Dear
* Micah P. Hinson
* Muse
* Najwajean
* Os Mutantes
* Ok Go
* Olimpic
* Peter Bjorn And John
* Peter Von Poehl
* The Pipettes
* The Presets
* The Rapture
* Rufus Wainwright
* Sascha Funke
* Simian Mobile Disco
* Sondre Lerche
* Tobias Thomas
* Two Lone Swordsmen
* Vitalic
* Wilco
* WhoMadeWho
* DJ Yoda

2008 : 14th Edition

The 14th Edition of the festival was held on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of July 2008.

The bands that made up the lineup included :
* Leonard Cohen
* Death Cab For Cutie
* Morrissey
* My Bloody Valentine
* Capibara
* Babyshambles
* Mika
* Siouxsie
* The Raconteurs
* The Rumble Strips
* American Music Club
* José González
* Metope
* The Dirty Epics
* Metronomy
* The New Pornographers
* Robert Babicz
* Spiritualized
* Vive La Fête
* Justice
* Erol Alkan
* David Duriez
* Eef Barzelay
* Joakim
* John Acquaviva
* Micah P. Hinson
* Moriarty
* The National
* Róisín Murphy
* Richard Hawley
* Supermayer
* Sigur Rós
* These New Puritans
* Tommie Sunshine

A FIB night also took take place in Madrid on July 19 2008 with Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Mika, Siouxsie, Babyshambles, Hot Chip and The Rumble Strips


FIB has received criticism from left-wing and nationalist sectors in Spain, aimed at the fact that it doesn't support Valencian culture, even though it takes place in the Valencian Community and receives a high amount of public money to finance itself.FIB's director Jose Luis Morán stated in an interview that he didn't intend to include any band in the festival that had lyrics in Valencian language, Euskera or Galego. [ [http://lavanc.com/lavanc/iphp/not1.php?id=2527 "FIB management prefers to support music in Spanish over artists that sing in Valencian Country´s own language"] "L´Avanç", July 20 2007 ] Among the people and associations that have criticized this problem are the Collectiu de músics i cantants en valencià Ovidi Montllor or Marina Albiol, an Esquerra Unida politician. [ [http://marinaalbiol.blogspot.com/2007/07/albiol-el-fib-hauria-dincloure-un-mnim.html "FIB should have a minimum of it´s music in Valencian, because it enjoys public sponsoring."] "Marina Albiol's blog", July 16 2007 ] .


External links

* [http://www.fiberfib.com Official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/benicassimfestival Official MySpace FIB]
* [http://festivalinfo.net/?page=gallery&gid=1987 Photos from Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2007]

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