Benicassim Festival (FIB Heineken)

Benicassim is a small coastal town in Spain, in between Barcelona and Valencia, and since 1995 the home of the Festival Internacional de Benicāssim (FIB). A vast music event headlined by the best bands in the world, think of Beniccasim as like Glastonbury but without the mud, extortionate ticket prices and early gigs... no wonder the festival has proved so popular, not just in Spain, but with people all over the world.

The Benicassim Festival (also known as FIB Heineken) takes place over four days in July each year and most festival-goers will spend their nights camping out under the stars at the festival campsite which is open for several days either side of the main event. In addition to the music programme which tends to be indie, Brit-pop, alternative rock and electronica artists, the festival also incorporates an artistic of short films, theatre, fashion and art. And then of course there's always the beach, big blue skies and Mediterranean sea to enjoy during the day as the concerts don't tend to start until the early evening - and go right on through the night!

Above: Chillin' inbetween gigs...

Over the years some amazing acts have rocked the Benicassim Festival, such as Depeche Mode, Oasis, the Strokes, Scissor Sisters, Justice, Muse, Artic Monkeys, Human League, Franz Ferdinand... you get the picture. It's a big festival with a big pull and amazing location. Many fans of Benicassim are drawn back year after year!

Getting to Beniccassim Festival in Spain

The town of Benicassim can be reached easily from Barcelona airport, as well as from Reus and Valencia (and Girona and Alicante at a stretch). You can take the train in each instance, and from Barcelona this will take about two and a half hours. Many people of course want to combine a trip to Benicassim with a visit to Barcelona, and if you're one of them be sure to take a look around our site for some great tips on hostels and other accommodation, and plenty of info about Barcelona's nightlife, beaches and sightseeing!

Tickets to Benicassim Festival

For more info on tickets, programme, headliners, camping etc you best bet for up to the minute information is of course the FIB official website. There are different prices depending on whether you plan to camp at the festival or just attend the concerts. You can also follow FIB on Facebook and Twitter.

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Looking forward to The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age and Kaiser Chiefs in 2013!

reviewed by Kelly from United Kingdom on Mar.25.2013