Choosing which festival to commit your hard earned pennies and valuable time to is always testing – how do you know if this is the festival for you? Short of actually going to them all and finding out for yourself (if only!), we’re here to save you time and money by giving you a sneak peek of what to expect… Here’s our comprehensive pre-festival guide to Bilbao BBK – tickets here.
First up under the TicketWeb festival microscope is Bilbao BBK Live! Based just outside the city of Bilbao in Spain, the festival is situated on the top of a hill that overlooks the city, surrounded by mountains, with amazing views. Yes, it really is as romantic as it sounds, especially at sunset. Offering up the who’s who in the world of alternative music, previous year’s line-ups have included Placebo, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, The Cure, Bloc Party, Four Tet and Etienne de Crecy, to name but a few.
This year’s line-up is already looking absolutely massive, with The Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix, jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, MGMT, The Lumineers, Vetusta Morla, Crystal Fighters, John Newman, Conor Oberst, Frank Turner, White Lies, John Talabot, The 1975 and Chet Faker all on board for the ride (check out the full line-up so far below)
How to get there
Coming from the UK? You can fly direct to Bilbao Loiu, which is only 9km from the city, from London from £160 return*. On arrival at the airport, you can take a bus directly to the city centre, which will set you back a measly 0.95€! From the city centre, you can catch a free shuttle bus to the festival, which will run from Weds 9th July to Sunday 13th July. For you big spenders, you can catch a taxi to the festival, if public transport isn’t really your thing. Bilbao BBK have kindly provided all the info on their site, including a list of taxi numbers. You can check that out over here.
We caught up with Olatz, part of the festival organisation team, to get the lowdown on what Bilbao BBK is all about…
What is the spirit of the festival?
An international mix of people and very a very festive atmosphere. Bilbao BBK Live has become the next stop for all those international tourists visiting Pamplona for San Fermin (aka ‘The running of the Bulls). Taking place just days before the festival and an hour away from Bilbao, people from all over the world (mainly Australia, New Zealand, US and UK) visit San Fermin every year and continue their party at Bilbao BBK Live. So if you see loads of red scarfs, now you know why.
Who is the festival for?
There’s something a the festival for everyone, whether you’re into your rock music or your electronic music, we’ve got it all covered! From music lovers to those who’d like to discover new music, you’re bound to find something you love. Anyone who’s been there before will tell you that the atmosphere and the people are one of the best things of the festival. Be prepared to make loads of new friends.
Is there anything you could recommend for festival-goers to check out off-site?
There are plenty of things to do offsite. The city of Bilbao is just a 10-minute shuttle bus ride. You can have a cultural day and visit the famous Guggenheim museum; a gastronomic experience sampling pintxos (the Basque equivalent to tapas) in the old town or a beach/surf experience, the nearest beach is just half an hour tube ride.
And what about onsite, are there any special places we need to know about?
The festival site is beautiful; it’s on top of a hill surrounded by mountains and offers spectacular views over the city, there’s really nothing like it!
What will the camping be like?
Last year we moved the camping area to a new location so we could fit more people. This year we’ll be improving the shuttle bus service to the camping area. We are also charging 5 euro to use the camping facilities for the four nights. We are doing it so we can have an estimation how many people will be camping and to ensure the facilities are on tiptoe.
So that’s it! Have we won you over? Of course we have! Get more information and tickets here.
*correct at time of publishing 21/02/14 from Sky Scanner