Benicassim Festival, or The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, as it is rightly called, is a 4-day music fest that takes place on the east coast of Spain. This year it’s happening from July 12-15th. It’s no big enlightenment to say that Europe hosts some of the best festivals in the world, and this is arguably one of them. For one thing, the main stage headliners are the recently reformed Stone Roses, New Order, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Florence + the Machine (Above: Photo By Daniel Boud). Do we even need to say any more than that? Well, of course since our main purpose in life is to highlight new bands, yes we do. And we will.
Pony Bravo – unfortunately, my Spanish is terrible, but that doesn’t mean Pony Bravo’s intelligent fusion of blues, flamenco, and '60s Ethiopian pop can’t speak to me.
Los Tiki Phantoms – Apparently, there’s a lot of good surf rock coming out of Spain right now, and this band dons skeleton phantom masks for their beach jams.
Disappears – infectious psych garage gaze band from Chicago that falls somewhere along the lines of A Place to Bury Strangers and The Horrors (who are also on the lineup), which makes them perfect for a late night drown yourself in sound session.
Django Django – London–based experimental psych band that makes music to help you use those parts of your brain you don’t normally use, just to remind you of what’s possible.
Even more is possible, as the full lineup hasn’t even been completely confirmed yet. Tickets start at 75 Euros for one day, up to 165 Euros for a full 4-day pass. Keep up with announcements and other festival news on Twitter and Facebook, and you can also listen to the festival-curated playlist on Spotify.