FIB 2018 Benicassim festival started its 24th edition yesterday Thursday July 19th with artists such as Two Door Cinema Club, Travis Scott, Izal, J Hus, Jessie Ware, Everything Everything, Cashmere Cat, Tune-Yards, Nothing But Thieves, The Magic Gang and Caroline Rose.
From Burlington, Vermont, USA, alternative rockabilly singer Caroline Rose, first time in Spain, started up the main (Las Palmas) stage presenting her third album, Loner (2018), with her most beautiful set and stuffed kitten on the keys!!! Her setlist was stuff of songs from her last album such as Soul No. 5 and Money, and she also had time to perform a cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic.
Indie garage band from Brighton, The Magic Gang was next warming up Visa Stage. How can their songs be soooo catchy?! Tunes like Oh, Saki (show opener) and All That I Want Is You (show closer), both from their homonym debut album, still are in our dreams’ soundtrack!
Back to the main stage, Nothing But Thieves, from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England were shocked by the high percentage of British people among the public of what frontman
Conor Mason called ‘one of the best festivals’. They are touring their second album: Broken Machine (2017). Mason (lead vocalist and guitarist), together with Joe Langridge-Brown (guitarist), Dominic Craik (guitarist and keyboardist), Philip Blake (bassist) and James Price (drummer) shot a setlist plenty of awesome, direct songs like: I’m Not Made by Design, Ban All the Music, Wake Up Call, Excuse Me, Soda, Itch, Live Like Animals, I Was Just a Kid, Particles, Trip Switch, Sorry and Number 13. Last… and least, their show closer was Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Mason sounded not very focused on the verse, as if the chorus was the only thing, thus crashing onto the climax rather than landing onto it. Possibly it was like that because of the hot weather he mentioned several times. However, the band gave us one of the best performances of the night with powerful alternative rock hymns.
Merrill Garbus (vocals, ukulele, percussion) and Nate Brenner (bass guitar), together with touring percussionist Hamir Atwal, equals Tune-Yards. Art pop, worldbeat, indie pop, lo-fi group from New England, United States are touring their most recent, fourth LP: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (2018). Garbus really enjoyed playing with samples of her own voice, noises and stuff, blended with a blasting bass and drum background that sounded incredibly perfect, just like clockworks. Their Heart Attack (!) was the best moment of the show on the second (Visa) stage.
Quick run to the South Beach Dance Stage Radio 3, we witnessed for a few minutes the experimental set by Meridian Brothers, from Bogotá, Colombia. Short but intense,
the run was worth it. Possibly not that much, the run back to the main stage where J Hus, from Stratford, London was presenting his debut long hip hop work Common Sense (2017).
One more walk to the second stage, Everything Everything, from Manchester, United Kingdom made a quite crowded stage be delighted with the songs from their fourth, last album: A Fever Dream (2017) and its follow-up tour. Everyone there sang along to the art pop songs by Jonathan Higgs (lead vocals), Jeremy Pritchard (bass, keyboards), Michael Spearman (drums)
and Alex Robertshaw (lead guitar, keyboards).
A hugh crowd was getting ready for Two Door Cinema Club. The dance-punk revival ensemble from Northern Ireland, still touring their Gameshow (2016), shot all their hits in a row to engage every ear there. Alex Trimble (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Sam Halliday (lead guitar) and Kevin Baird’s (bass guitar, synthesizers, keyboards) team completed by touring and recording members Benjamin Thompson (drums) Jacob Berry (rhythm guitar, beats, synthesizers, keyboards). Are We Ready? (Wreck), Bad Decisions and Lavender, from their last album, plus huge hits like Undercover Martyn, What You Know and I Can Talk brought the first night of FIB’s this years edition to its zenith.
Jessie Ware, backed up by six musicians including drums, percussion, bass, guitar and programming impressed the audience with her sophisti-pop. The artist, from Hammersmith, London performed crystal clearly song from her last album Glasshouse (2017) Alone, Midnight and Your Domino. No To Love, was one of the most acclaimed songs.
Because at a festival sometimes we need to choose, we chose to check on Pale Waves, at the VW Driving Music Fib Club. The band goth-pop band formed in 2014 in Manchester, England, by Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ciara Doran (drums), Hugo Silvani (lead guitar, keyboards), and Charlie Wood (bass, keyboards) presented their upcoming debut album All the Things I Never Said, to be released in September, both with songs from the homonym EP, such as Heavenly, My Obsession, New Year’s Eve and The Tide, and new ones like There’s A Honey, Kiss, Noises and Television Romance.
On the main (back)stage, Scott Travis made his fans and other festival-goers wait for half an hour. The trap singer from Houston, Texas presented his third and last LP, AstroWorld (2018) in an excessive abuse of the vocoder -a synthesizer that produces sounds from an analysis of speech input-.Today, Friday July 20th we will have on the stages The Killers, Eric Prydz, The Vaccines, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Charlatans, Sleaford Mods, Anna Calvi and many other!!! See you at FIB 2018.