A noted highlight on the European festival circuit, the Festival Internacional de Benicássim (FIB) returns to the sunny shores of Spain this July for a rock and electronic extravaganza. As the final countdown begins, Surviving The Golden Age brings you some of the artists on this year’s line-up that we’re most looking forward to.
10. Arctic Monkeys
Having just announced news of a forthcoming album, hooray for the return of the Arctic Monkeys! We can expect a glimpse of some of this newer material, as the slick-haired Alex Turner and his band headline the mainstage on Saturday night.
09. Beady Eye
Everyone’s least favourite Gallagher brother makes our top ten list out of status alone. While his new band may only scratch the surface of Oasis’ enormity, Liam himself is always an entertaining watch. He is a Gallagher brother, after all.
After a blisteringly successful year, Bastille seem to have taken the industry by storm. We can’t wait for frontman Dan’s aggressive drumming and the sure-fire chorus of singalongs induced by “Pompeii.”
07. Azealia Banks
Still relatively new on the block, cool kid Azealia Banks brings her controversial raps to headline the Trident Senses stage on Sunday night, for a collection of R rated showstoppers.
06. Beach House
Name aside, a nighttime beach setting seems the perfect place to hear the dream-pop sounds of Beach House. Playing the mainstage on Thursday night, the duo is sure to soundtrack an intoxicated haze of swaying crowds.
05. Dizzee Rascal
He might seem a tad five years ago, but Dizzee always promises a good time. With a natural flair at geeing up crowds, his stage presence alone is enough to the get the party started.
04. Queens Of The Stone Age
The rock giants will open the festival on Thursday night, for a headbanging headline slot. With a song that features Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) on their new album, maybe we could even be treated to a collaboration with their fellow headliner? Here’s hoping.
03. Jake Bugg
You can’t help but coo at baby-faced Jake Bugg, who’s success seems to have spiraled to unparalleled levels this year. Although he doesn’t normally say a lot on stage, just watching him strumming along will satisfy us.
02. Primal Scream
One of the older acts on this year’s bill, Primal Scream are one of those iconic bands that simply can’t be missed at any festival. Comprende?
01. The Killers
Hot off their heels from their first Wembley stadium gig, The Killers will be bringing the FIB to its close during their Sunday night headline slot. The set promises all the anthems and Killers style pyrotechnics to bring the festival to its explosive finish.
Check back to Surviving the Golden Age next week for all the lowdown and highlights from the FIB 2013.