Yesterday Sunday 22nd was the fourth and last night at FIB 2018. But no one was going to pout with such a superb line-up including Liam Gallagher, Madness, Shame, Justice, Bastille, Dorian, Wolf Alice, Parquet Courts, King Khan & The Shrines and a bunch more of acts.
Liam Gallagher, (everyone so far knows, but hell yeah: from Manchester, England) had headlined and played Benicàssim many times, both with Oasis and with Beady Eye. Last year’s was his first time as a solo artist. In this year’s edition, FIB 2018, the evil Gallagher twin was back to Benicàssim to confirm, as the night’s headliner, his solo debut album As You Were (2017) has several reasons to exist. With subtle differences in his setlist as compared to last year’s, the star -twenty years ago Britpop star, nowadays Rock ‘n’ Roll star as a banner on the keyboard protested) started one more time with Oasis song (played from tape) Fuckin’ in the Bushes, just before the singer and his band walked onstage to open the show with Rock ‘n’ Roll Star. The balance of Oasis songs -nine out of fourteen- made us wonder if Liam is evolving, but nobody looked like complaining. Morning Glory, Some Might Say, Whatever and Supersonic made the crowd at main stage’s arena sing along in an extremely enthusiastic way. Greedy Soul, Wall of Glass and Bold were chose from the new songs. The latter is one of his most interesting proposals. It was such a pity he had to reach the high notes at the end of the phrases. Anyway, it is a song that causes goosebumps, no matter there are some difficulties that make ex-Oasis frontman change a few notes. Wonderwall and Live Forever -in a very acoustic and gentle way- were the perfect show closers to slowly approach the end of the set, instead of crashing against it. Even though the little Gallagher brother was very exigent -sometimes peevish- for the sound from his stage monitors, he looked comfortable with his low back pain pose, and his maracas or tambourine in hand.
The 2 Tone pop ska band formed in 1976 in Camden Town, London, Madness offered possibly the most valuable show of the night. When Graham “Suggs” McPherson started pronouncing the lyrics of One Step Beyond we all knew we were about to witness something really huge and unique. Graham “Suggs” McPherson brought to FIB 2018 hits such as Embarrassment, The Prince, NW5, My Girl (after a storm of led lights from the audience Mr. McPherson complained with sarcasm ‘waiter… there is a LED in my soup), Return of the Los Palmas 7 (presented ‘If you are planning to kiss someone, now the chance: boy-girl, girl-boy, boy-boy, girl-girl’) , Shut Up, House of Fun, Baggy Trousers (Suggs asked all the kids to concentrate at school, college and university), Our House and It Must Be Love (main set closer, when they warned us ‘they had to leave us back to this universe’). The nutt Madness and Night Boat to Cairo were the show closers (they had a really short break before the Encore because the audience started to leave really quickly… heading to the second stage for Wolf Alice performance, possibly). Mr. Apples was the only song in the setlist from last, twelfth album, Can’t Touch Us Now (2016). Lee Thompson (saxophone and lots of sense of humour, even playing a ‘fake’ sax solo) and Mike Barson (keyboards and pianos) did a remarkable job. And one last thing, did you know three out of these songs above are covers? One Step Beyond and Madness are Prince Buster’s and It Must Be Love, Labi Siffre’s.
One of the best gigs of the night was the one by Shame. The post-punk band formed in South London, United Kingdom in 2014 presented their debut LP, Songs of Praise (2018), plenty of anger and energy. Charlie Steen dared to crowdsurf on a public that was so thirsty of his blood after such an awesome and powerful opening with Dust On Trial, Concrete and One Rizla. Bassist Josh Finerty would never stop running from one side of the stage to the other, jumping against the stage speakers or even somersaulting. These guys, who are barely twenty years old, are succeeding quite a lot and they are going to smash it all if they keep on writing so newfangled songs and having such attitude onstage.
Dorian, from Barcelona, Spain, presented their seventh LP, Justicia Universal, at FIB 2018. Indietronic and Electropop band, leaded by Marc Gili (vocals, guitars and programming) and Belly Hernández (piano, keyboards and programming). They had several epic moments, especially with their hits Cualquier Otra Parte and La Tormenta de Arena, show closer.
Funky house duo Justice, formed in 2003 in Paris, France, by Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, presented their LP recording, Woman (2016) for a crowd that wouldn’t stop dance and convulsing to their electroclash.
Bastille, synth-pop ensemble from London, England, whose Frontman, singer and composer, Dan Smith and Corona cover (Rhythm) Of the Night and their own hit Pompeii. They are supposed to be releasing a new album in 2018, but not even its name has been announced yet.
Also from London, alternative indie rock group Wolf Alice leaded by Ellie Rowsell, presented their second album Visions of a Life (2017), giving us nice moments, especially at the opening with songs like Your Loves Whore, Yuk Foo and Beautifully Unconventional, plus Moaning Lisa Smile at the closing.
Parquet Courts, from Brooklyn, New York, brought to FIB 2018 their sixth work Wide Awake! (2018) plenty of high quality garage rock.
Psychedelic soul ensemble King Khan & The Shrines from Berlin, Germany, were presenting their eighth album Idle No More (2013).
And this was yesterday closing ceremony of FIB 2018. One of the best line-ups, together with an excellent production, organisation, logistics, transport, campsites, security, the sun, the beach… plus 8 day-camping pass makes FIB Benicàssim the best option to turn going to a festival in Spain into the best holidays and experience in your life.
While the festival’s organisation is already working on FIB 2019 (early bird tickets will be on sale soon) we are dreaming of next year’s edition now!!!