Festival Preview: BBK Live 2017, Bilbao, Spain

BBK Festival is one not to be missed. With a stunning specifically built complex purpose-built for music fans, the venue is perched on the slopes of mount Cobetas and surrounds you with more green than Snoop Dogg’s allotment. The mountainous mise-en-scène gives the whole festival a wicked secluded vibe that is sure to help forget the 9am starts and the Monday mournings.

Known for being the first festival of its kind, BBK has received various nominations such as “Best Foreign Festival” in the UK Festival Awards 2010 and 2011. Expect a mixture of the known to the unknown bands all there to help this hobbit in the hills party explode.

LINEUP

DEPECHE MODE – THE KILLERS
DIE ANTWOORD – JUSTICE
PHOENIX – TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

BRIAN WILSON presents PET SOUNDS
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – FLEET FOXES
ROYAL BLOOD – THE 1975

ATERCIOPELADOS – CABBAGE – COQUE MALLA – DELLAFUENTE & MAKA
IDLES – JOE GODDARD live – NIÑA COYOTE ETA CHICO TORNADO

LOS PUNSETES – SUNDARA KARMA – ZAZKEL

ANDREW WEATHERALL – BAWRUT – THE BLACK MADONNA – DAPHNI – DIXON – DJ TENNIS – JOB JOBSE – LENA WILLIKENS – MARVIN & GUY – MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE

FAR OUT SAYS DON’T MISS… 

Cabbage
A band, who are signed to James Skelly of The Coral’s label Skeleton Key Records, bring new and exciting prospects to the festival scene this year. Martin, known for his performance poetry around the Manchester area brings well crafted verse to Cabbage’s indie vibes.

The band released a collection of their early EPs, called Young, Dumb and Full of…, in January 2017.

Circa Waves
Another Indie band not to be missed, Circa Waves has been creating a storm of noise since early 2013. From the city of Liverpool they have some big songs to fill even bigger shoes to fill with the talent it has created in the past.

Explosions in the Sky
A post-rock band from Texas, Explosions in the Sky’s sound of cathartic mini symphonies is a perfect mix with mountain back drop. This band’s music is purely instrumental and one we are sure not to miss and should be magical in the Bilbao sun.

The Orwells
Known for their control of the rhythm rather than the mind with reference to George Orwell’s novel 1984, this band from Ohio have a sound that will reverberate the ground.

With two albums and a selection of EPs to go at this band will have a set list you won’t want to miss?

Brian Wilson
Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is co-founder of the Beach Boys and wrote more than two dozen of the Top 40 hits. A creator of such memorable tunes is definitely worth your time.

WHERE/WHEN/HOW MUCH:

On the slopes of mount Cobetas, located southwest from the city of Bilbao in Spain. The event kicks off on July 6 and runs to the 8th this year.

With rising prices of all almost all major festivals, BBK offers refreshingly cheap day passes of €55 or three-day passes for €115.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Set high upon the Kobetamendi Hill with views overlooking the city of Bilbao and inviting golden, sandy beaches, Bilbao BBK Live offers the perfect fusion of holiday and festival so don’t go too bonkers on the beers. 

The festival also offers glamping packages for those who are that way inclined.

If you only do one thing while you’re there…

Of course will actually go bonkers on the beers, you know you will. It’s a good job the beach and the bloody sea is pretty much the perfect hangover cure, isn’t it?

Head to the Sopela and Plentzia beaches—which are places you can get to by subway and might give you a nice break away from the event.. just don’t miss any bands!

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