FIB 2017 REVIEW (SUNDAY)

We were shocked there was only one last night ahead before FIB 2017 came to its end… but there was still a lot to enjoy. The final day of FIB 2017 would give us the chance to witness KASABIAN, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, YEARS & YEARS, LOVE OF LESBIAN,  KAYTRANADA, DUA LIPA, TIGA, SLAVES, THE VIEW, PIONAL, PEAKING LIGHTS, DECLAN MCKENNA and many other acts.

American garage Art-Rock singer-songwriter Ron Gallo presented his debut LP “HEAVY META”  backed by bassist, Joe Bisirri and drummer, Dylan Sevey.

English singer, songwriter, and musician best known for winning the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015, Declan McKenna, 18,  presented his debut album ‘What Do You Think About the Car?’ (To be released next 21st of July) at the festival’s main stage.

The View, Scottish indie rock band from Dundee incorporated various styles such as power pop and celtic rock in their music. Active since 2005, frontman Kyle Falconer and his crew presented their 5th album, ‘Ropewalk’ (2015). The View are regular fixtures at music festivals throughout the UK; they have played at Scotland’s largest festival – T in the Park – a record eight times, with organiser Geoff Ellis saying “The View can play every year under my watch, if they want to.”

English punk duo from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, SLAVES consisting of Laurie Vincent (guitar, bass,vocals) and Isaac Holman (drums, vocals). Their “British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs” presented their 2nd album ‘Take Control’. Great moments of the gig were Cheer Up London and Consume or Be Consumed.

Dua Lipa, English synth-pop singer, songwriter and model from London, whose musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by artists such as P!nk and Nelly Furtado on YouTube. Her self-titled debut studio album was released on 2 June 2017. She won the NME Awards Best New Artist 2017.

Spanish indie pop band from Catalonia, Love of Lesbian, were touring their 10th album, ‘El Poeta Halley’. Led by vocalist Santi Balmes they were nominated for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Spanish Act at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. Their album La noche eterna. Los días no vividos. reached number 1 in Spain in 2012.

Years & Years, British electronica trio, founded in London, United Kingdom. The band’s debut studio album, ‘Communion’, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart in July 2015. Olly Alexander’s band won awards such as BBC Sound of 2015 and O2 Artist’s Recognition Award 2015.

English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997, KASABIAN, led by vocalist Tom Meighan and guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, showed us their 6th work For Crying Out Loud (2017). In 2010 and 2014, Kasabian won the Q Awards for ‘Best Act in the World Today’, while they were also named “Best Live Act” at the 2014 Q Awards and the 2007 NME Awards. The band’s music is often described as “indie rock”, but Pizzorno has said he “hates indie bands” and does not feel Kasabian fit into that category. Their previous album 48:13 won Best Album in 2015 NME Awards. A neverending string of hits and awesome songs kept everyone jumping up and down all the concert long: Ill Ray (The King), Bumblebee, Eez-Eh, Underdog, Shoot the Runner, Underdog…

Crystal Fighters were in charge of closing the main stage Las Palmas until next year. The folktronica band, formed in London, United Kingdom in 2007, released their most recent album, ‘Everything Is My Family’ in 2016. Sebastian Pringle’s band played songs from their last album like Yellow Sun, All Night and Good Girls and fabulous hits like Follow -show opener- and Plage -show closer- when tens of giant beach balls were given to the public to bounce them again and again in ecstasy.

After then, fantastic DJs, like TIGA, got everyone dancing until dawn because we wanted the festival to last forever…

Now FIB 2017 is over… but the one thing that comforts us is the fact that the organisation is already working on next year’s edition. FIB 2018 will take place  JULY 19, 20, 21 and 22.

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FIB 2017 REVIEW (SATURDAY)

Last night we loved the third day of FIB 2017 and the most crowded so far.  It was predictable with such a line-up: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BIFFY CLYRO, LIAM GALLAGHER, DINOSAUR JR., PETER DOHERTY, MURA MASA, SURFIN’ BICHOS, RÜFÜS…

Irish mod revival, speed rhythm and blues four-piece band THE STRYPES, from Cavan, presented their very recent 3rd album Spitting Image, which means a turn in their style which sounds really good. Ross Farrelly and friends look and sound quite different than months ago but continue to connect with the public perfectly.

Nu folk rock Singer-songwriter MARIKA HACKMAN, 25, London, England, brought her brand new 2nd album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ released last June by Sub Pop, record label she has recently signed for. She perfectly infuses traditionally winding melodies with a style that is ‘drawn to the darker, melancholic side of things’, in her own words.

The first classic of the evening was about to get on stage. American alternative, noise rock band from Massachusetts DINOSAUR JR. were next on the main stage Las Palmas, presenting their eleventh album ‘Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not’. J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph employed and popularised the quiet–loud change of dynamic in many of their songs, a technique that would be later popularised by Pixies, Nirvana and alternative rock in general during the 1990s. Behind the scene, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith was enjoying the gig as much as we… as he would state later.

English musician, singer, and songwriter LIAM GALLAGHER was next on the main stage. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the Britpop band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye, with the former members of Oasis after it disbanded. Recently he hardly criticized his brother Noel for touring with U2 as supporting act. Not a long time ago he stated he had no plans to perform as a solo artist after the dissolution of both previous bands in 2014 but… well, here we had him, presenting his new solo album ‘As You Were’ to be released October 6th 2017.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, from Los Angeles, California, headliners of this third day, presented their eleventh LP, ‘The Getaway’. Their performance was an exhibition of funk rock. Vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer -nowadays as an essential part of the band- had time for hits such as Around the World, Dani California, Californication, Under the Bridge, By the Way and Give It Away; songs from their last album like Dark Necessities, Go Robot, Goodbye Angels and Dreams of a Samurai; and covers: I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges), Higher Ground ((Stevie Wonder) and Fire (The Jimi Hendrix Experience). So crowded was the arena, a crier was needed on stage to ask the masses to easily make their way out peacefully.

Scottish alternative rock band BIFFY CLYRO formed by vocalist and guitarist Simon Neil, bassist James Johnston and drummer Ben Johnston. The band was repeating this year’s FIB as they had already presented their 7th Ellipsis (2016) same main stage Las Palmas back in FIB 2016. Epic they were last year’s edition and almost messianic, this time. The most outstanding moments came from the very beginning with Wolves of Winter and Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies, but also with Biblical, That Golden Rule, Black Chandelier, Bubbles, Animal Style, Many of Horror, Mountains or Stingin’ Belle, show closer. Neil and the Johnstons had a perfect coordination at all times and their stage attitude make clear they are going to keep on growing beyond the giant they are now.

See you tonight in the final round of FIB 2017 with KASABIAN, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, YEARS & YEARS, LOVE OF LESBIAN,  KAYTRANADA, DUA LIPA, TIGA, SLAVES, THE VIEW, PIONAL, PEAKING LIGHTS, DECLAN MCKENNA and many more!!!.

 

FIB 2017 REVIEW (FRIDAY)

The second day at FIB 2017 gave us great moments that will settle amazing memories.

British indie rock band THE SHERLOCKS opened the main stage Las Palmas with their energetic guitars and danceable guitars. They advanced songs from their upcoming debut album ‘Live For The Moment’. The band has its origin in South Yorkshire and consists of two sets of brothers, Kiaran & Brandon Crook, Andy & Josh Davidson.


Next, CHILDHOOD, English indie pop, Lo-fi band formed by Ben Romans-Hopcraft and Leo Dobsen in 2010 in Nottingham, presented their new album. It will be released next July 21st and its name will be ‘Universal High’.

 

Back to main stage Las Palmas, Post-Rock band from Barcelona, Spain, MOURN presented their homonym debut album, together with their EP ‘Ha, Ha, He!’.

Psychedelic rock band from Kettering, England TEMPLES showed us how a band can become a legend with their second album ‘Volcano’. Singer and guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley led the performance of the band that started off from the top in 2014 with their debut album ‘Sun Structures’, the one containing ‘A Question Isn’t Answered’, show opener, and ‘Shelter Song’ show closer.

 

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One more time at the main stage, BLOSSOMS from Manchester, England, were next. The indie rock band presented their homonym debut album to the crowd.

Coming from Granada, Spain, LOS PLANETAS, indie rock, spanish shoegazing band reviewed for us their hits from their over 20 years on the road, such as: ‘Santos Que Yo Te Pinté’, ‘Segundo Premio’, ‘Pesadilla En El Parque de Atracciones’ and ‘Un Buen Día’.

Stephen and David Dewaele, 2MANYDJS, from Ghent, Belgium checked the legs of those FIBers who wanted to start dancing to their house music.

By the time the Oxonian band FOALS jumped onstage the arena was really crowded. Lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis defined perfectly for the huge audience the meaning of art rock. They have been recognised as one of the top UK live acts. This time they were presenting their 4th album ‘What Went Down’ at FIB2017. Songs ‘Mountain at My Gates’, ‘Snake Oil’, ‘My Number’, ‘Black Gold’, ‘What Went Down’ and ‘Two Steps, Twice’, show closer.

We cannot forget our experience with Argentineans CAPSULA, who shared their positivity with us in form of garage, psychedelic rock. They closed their show with a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’.

The festival went on and on with the progressive house of DEADMAU5, from Ontario, Canada and many other acts that brought dawn to the eyes of the insatiable ones.

 

See you today at the gigs… RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BIFFY CLYRO, LIAM GALLAGHER, DINOSAUR JR., PETER DOHERTY, MURA MASA, SURFIN’ BICHOS, RÜFÜS and many more artists will be there to make today the best Saturday night of your life!!!

 

 

FIB 2017 REVIEW (THURSDAY)

Yesterday, July 13th, the twenty-third edition of Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, FIB 2017 started as usual with everything running like clockworks: beaches, campsites, hotels, -the whole town itself- and of course the festival grounds from bars and food trucks, to stages and schedules.

From Brooklyn, New York, SUNFLOWER BEAN started up the main stage Escenario Las Palmas really powerfully, with their post-punk revival and psychedelic rock. Julia Cumming, Jacob Faber, Nick Kivlen came and showed us their debut album Human Ceremony.

Spanish indie rock band BELAKO, with a certain post-punk fierceness in their songs presented their second album Hamen.

TWIN PEAKS, garage rock from Chicago, Illinois, made the audience love their songs, especially Wanted You (which is also their most recent music video).

The first legend of the day, RIDE, arrived to the main stage of FIB 2017 from Oxford, England. Hitting the road again since 2014 the shoegazing, dream pop band led by Andy Bell and Mark Gardener combined hits such as Seagull, Taste and Vapour Trail together with songs like Lannoy Point and Charm Assault, from their last album Weather Diaries.

Icelandic indie blues rock band KALEO, presented their second album A/B with outstanding songs like Way Down We Go.

STORMZY, a.k.a. Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo, Jr., grime – British hip hop singer from London, England crowded the main stage. With hits like Big for Your Boots and Shut Up, and also with his speeches, he hypnotized everyone there.

Post-Britpop band COURTEENERS brought from Manchester, England, hits such as Are You in Love With a Notion?, Cavorting, Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long?, show closer. Even though possibly frontman Liam Fray didn’t sing his best last night, the band demonstrated their fifth album, Mapping the Rendezvous, has awesome songs like Modern Love and The 17th.

Next, back to the main stage, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, THE WEEKND, from Ontario, Canada, touring his third album. He offered the audience his best alternative R&B. The venue reached during his performance the night’s zenith.

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, from East Kilbride, Scotland were the second legend of the day. They sprinkled their noise pop and shoegazing on the witnesses in one of the best acts which very possibly will be held at FIB 2017.

Simon Green, BONOBO, English record producer and DJ from Brighton, England, presented his sixth studio album, Migration and electronic music ruled the rest of the night in FIBers’ heads.

Today we will continue enjoying the best festival in Spain with FOALS, DEADMAU5, LOS PLANETAS, 2MANYDJS, BLOSSOMS, TEMPLES, LA CASA AZUL, JAMES VINCENT McMORROW… and many more!!! Won’t you join the party???!!!