Benicassim Festival 2012 Preview

June 12, 2012 by  

We’ve been invited by the good people at Benicassim to visit their festival this year and seeing as it’s held near a beach in Spain, we were hardly going to say no. In recent years, the festival has attracted some of the biggest names in music and 2012’s offering is no different, with the likes of Bob Dylan and The Stone Roses making an appearance. Located just a mile or so from the beach, the festival is far from your typical British equivalent and to compensate for the heat all of the action takes place at night – so don’t expect to get much sleep.

To help you decide which bands to watch at the festival we’ve listed our favourites below:

The Stone Roses

After years of speculation the Manchester band finally reformed earlier this year and reviews of their first comeback show were resoundingly positive – hopefully they?ll do just as well on the larger stage.

Little Dragon

Following singer Yukimi Nagano’s recent work with SBTRKT and Gorillaz, Sweden’s Little Dragon have become one of the foremost electro acts and their laid-back jams should provide the perfect soundtrack to the hazy Spanish heat.

At The Drive-In

The second band on the bill to reform this year, At The Drive-In, will be looking to recreate the energy and explosiveness of their now legendary live shows of the ’90s.

The Antlers

If you?re after a break from the heat and revelry of Benicassim, The Antlers’ haunting anthems should provide a refreshing balm to continuous partying under the blazing sun.

Kurt Vile

Since leaving The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile has released two solo records and has quickly become one of our favourite singer songwriters of recent years.

De La Soul

De La Soul are one of hip-hop?s longest serving and most influential acts, and will surely be dropping tracks from their most popular album 3 Feet High and Rising, which will send us all back to the weed fuelled summers of our youth.

The Maccabees

Album number three, Given To The Wild, has seen the London-by-way-of-Brighton quintet evolve from their jerky guitar pop beginnings into indie heavyweights, so expect some anthemic sing-along moments alongside the usual indie disco classics.