Yesterday was the second day of the 25th edition of FIB (Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, Castellón, Spain). LANA DEL REY, THE 1975, KREPT X KONAN, GORGON CITY (LIVE), THE HUNNA, LA M.O.D.A. (La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol), GERRY CINNAMON, YELLOW DAYS, SUPERORGANISM, OR:LA, TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS (DJ SET), GUS DAPPERTON, THE BIG MOON, MAVI PHOENIX, OCHOYMEDIO DJS, THE BLINDERS, BARNY FLETCHER, BIFANNAH, MONTERROSA, and many other artists had the chance to get a place in our memories for the rest of our lives in the biggest Spanish music festival.
The Big Moon were in charge of opening FIB 2019’s main stage Las Palmas – Radio 3. The indie rock band formed in 2014 by Juliette Jackson presented their debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension (2017). Their set was really worth watching and included songs like Sucker, Your Light, Silent Movie Susie, Formidable, It’s Easy Then, Don’t Think, Bonfire and their hit Cupid.
Three-piece punkadelic rock band from Manchester, The Blinders, announced via Twitter it was somewhat unlikely they could make it to get on time to play due to issues on the road. That is why when the second -Carrefour- stage started kerranging thirty minutes later than scheduled instead of being annoyed we were really pleased and thankful. The band formed by Thomas Haywood (Vox/Guitar), Charlie McGough (Bass) and Matt Neale (Drums/ Percussion) in 2016, had to summarize their presentation of first album Columbia (2018). Brave New World, I Can’t Breathe Blues and L’etat C’est Moi were the essential part of their -mini- setlist (poor frontman Thomas Haywood didn’t even have time for his makeup mask, better luck next time!). Not too long but long enough to check their rythms, tunes and harmonies that escape mainstream music, making their work something unique.
On the third stage then -Thunder Bitch Stage- it was turn for Bifannah and their tropicalia and garage rock. From Vigo, Galicia, Spain, but portuguese singing the band was formed in 2015 by Antía Figueiras, Antón Martínez and Guillermo V. Zapata, recruited Pablo Valladares later on the keyboards.
They presented their debut album Maresia (2017). Faz-me Mal and Capri were two of their most claimed songs.
Back to the second stage, Yellow Days, from Manchester too, brought his experimental indie rock setlist with songs such as The Way Things Change
A Little While, Your Hand Holding Mine, How Can I Love You?, Hurt in Love, Gap In The Clouds, That Easy, What’s It All For?, Holding On, The Tree I Climb and Just When. He presented his debut LP, Is Everything Okay in Your World? (2017), with his particular use of his deep voice -which is possibly the main reason for his success- and original guitars.
Next, The Hunna, from Watford, Hertfordshire, England, presented their second album, Dare (2018), in a performance plenty of guitars and alternative rock. Ryan (Tino) Potter (singer and guitarist), Daniel (Dan, BD) Dorney (lead guitarist), Junate (Prince) Angin (bassist) and Jack (IK) Metcalfe (drummer) impressed the crowd with songs like We Could Be, Fever, Rock My Way, Dare and What You Waiting For.
Gerry Cinnamon, folk rock songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland, debuted at FIB with his first album Erratic Cinematic (2017). The scottish solo artist really enjoyed being onstage and joking. Sometimes and Canter were two moments the attendants had the most fun -even though Cinnamon tours with absolutely no musician-.
From Manchester -yes, one more Mancunian band-, England, indie pop band The 1975, presenting their 3rd album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (2018) while working on their new LP, Notes on a Conditional Form (autumn 2019). Everyone loved Give Yourself a Try, TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) and many other, but it was The Sound, show closer, the one that reminded everyone why it is that Matthew Healy’s little band is getting this enormous.
La M.O.D.A., or as they like explaining: La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol (The Wonderful Alcohol Orchestra), seven-piece folk rock band formed in Burgos, Spain, in 2011. David Ruiz (lead vocals and guitar) started it after living in Dublin and loving its folk music. One by one Alvar de Pablo (Saxophone, clarinet and backing vocals), Caleb Melguizo (drums and percussion), Joselito Maravillas (accordion and backing vocals), Jorge Juan Mariscal (bass), Jacobo Naya (keyboards, percussions, banjo, and guitar) and Nacho Mur (guitar) joined Ruiz in his enterprise. It is a bit weird watching a performance that inspires Irish folk music played in a pub while people drink stout, in Spanish (which dramatically changes stout for red wine in a tapas bar). But the show was worth it and they got a third of the set in English for the ocassion. Their own hymn Héroes del Sábado closed their gig so that everyone could flee and watch the next show at the main stage.
Lana del Rey was next at Las Palmas – Radio 3 Stage. Half an hour late,
the diva from Los Angeles, California, spread her baroque pop and sadcore throughout the entire venue of FIB 2019. She was presenting her fifth album, Lust for Life (2017), in what she called “her biggest show in Spain” together with some songs from her upcoming recording,
Norman Fucking Rockwell (to be released August 2019). Her setlist included Born to Die, Cherry, White Mustang, Pretty When You Cry, Blue Jeans, Mariners Apartment Complex (she confessed, one of her favourite ones from forthcoming album), Change / Black Beauty / Young and Beautiful, Ride, Video Games, Doin’ Time (Sublime cover), National Anthem, Summertime Sadness, Off to the Races and Venice Bitch (show closer, when she spent ten whole minutes offstage, greeting the public, getting kissed by them, signing autographs… Benicàssim for sure forgave your being late last night, Lana, but remember… Benicàssim! You can say thanks Valencia, but that is possibly the airport you landed. Thanks for a great set anyway.
The second day of FIB 2019 went on for those who won’t ever go to bed, with KREPT X KONAN, GORGON CITY (LIVE), OR:LA, TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS (DJ SET)…
Today it will be the turn of many fascinating acts such as KINGS OF LEON, JESS GLYNNE, AJ TRACEY, BLOSSOMS, YOU ME AT SIX, BELAKO, CAROLINA DURANTE, BAKERMAT, CORA NOVOA, KOKOSHCA, PROJECT PABLO, SEA GIRLS, BAWRUT, JOAKIM, LA ZOWI, ALIEN TANGO, PEANESS, and many more!!! See you at #FIB2019!!!