In July I went to my first ever festival, the Benicassim International Festival 2017. It was the best four nights of my entire life and I would recommend the festival to as many people as I possibly could.
Seeing as over a month has passed since going to the festival and my last year of uni is dawning on me, I thought I would reminisce on my time there and write a little bit on each act I saw there.
He was the best first act that I could’ve hoped for. Seeing as the majority of the crowd seemed to be from Britatin and Ireland, he got us all going as soon as he walked on stage. His on stage persona was amazing and he seemed like he was having the best time which made all of us enjoy even more. I hadn’t listened to him much before going but after watching him live, he’s now one of my most listened to artists.
It was rather surreal realising that The Weeknd was only a couple of feet away. He’s one of those international stars that I never thought I’d see live. As much as I enjoyed his set, I did find that midway through the songs sounded quite repetitive but he made us forget about that with how he started and ended his set. It was pretty amazing.
It was just the 2 of us that went to go and watch the Blossoms set, mainly because they were one of the first acts to perform on the main stage that night. They were so good but I found that they were really relaxed compared to the other acts that I experienced that weekend. It was a nice kind of different to have experienced.
James Vincent McMorrow
I only managed to catch one of James’ songs when I was at Benicassim, and the only reason I caught it was because I recognised the start of one of his songs when my friends and I were queuing for the toilet. The song in question was “If I had a Boat” from his debut album “Early in the Morning” and it was probably one of my favourite tracks he’s released, so I left my place in the toilet queue and ran to see him perform it live.
If you knew all of Foals’ songs this set would have been a much better experience for you than it was for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve listened to Foals plenty of times but I’ve never really got into them to actually know the songs. They sounded great live and the crowd was buzzing but it’s only because I knew about 4 songs properly that they aren’t up there with one of my favourites of the festival.
Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon
Now this set was definitley the surprise set of the festival. Seeing that 2 of the 5 of us that went to the festival were Welsh, there was no way that we were missing Charlotte Church. Not once did she sing an original song but that didn’t bother us because Charlotte was belting out some proper good songs that got everyone dancing. Her outfit was a tad mental and her band mates names were pretty out there too (I think one was called Clit-oris, no joke). You could tell she was having a great time and I think that passed on to all of us watching.
This was by far one of my favourite sets of the weekend. Never did I think that I would experience Wonderwall sung live in my life, ever and watching him sing Chinatown on top of someone’s shoulders was insane too. Even though Liam had already released 2 new singles from his new album that is yet to be released, most of the crowd just wanted to hear him sing Oasis song, which I found quite sad seeing as this was his time to promote his new music. But that’s what you get from being in one of the biggest bands ever I suppose.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
To see Red Hot Chilli Peppers live, in one of the biggest audiences of the festival, was crazy. They are true legends and everyone was ready for what was about to hit them. They had brought their own lights and screens and the set as a whole was incredible. Every song they played was echoed even louder by the crowd. As far as live performances goes, Red Hot were one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Biffy Clyro were a class act. The set was everything you would’ve hoped for from a massive headliner like them. I can’t really explain this set and how happy it made me because they were just amazing.
Along with the Courteeners that we just missed on Saturday, She is simply, the one that got away and I was gutted about missing both sets.
Years & Years
There was something about Years and Years’ set that just made it for me. I couldn’t tell you what exactly but they were great. Their upbeat tunes got everyone dancing and I think the feel good vibe that came from their performance really brought a massive high to the festival.
The best ending to the festival. I hadn’t been listening to Kasabian long before seeing them live but I don’t think anything could’ve been more perfect than what I experienced for that hour and a half. To me, Kasabian was the best set of the whole festival. Every song they sung became my new favourite and I couldn’t that them enough for that. Seriously, go and see them live.
And to top it off, we only went and met them in the airport the next morning…
What a trip it was.
Song of the day: You’re In Love With a Psycho – Kasabian
Why? For me, they made the trip unforgettable.