Justice, Daphni, and Depeche Mode, among others, have been added to the lineup of Bilbao BBK Live 2017, returning once again to the Northern city of Bilbao, Spain, this July 6-8. The offering is slightly more adventurous and warmer than your UK choices and Bilbao BBK Live promises a plethora of great acts over the course of a weekend.
The Bilbao BBK Live site was built specifically for it on the picturesque slopes of Mount Cobetas, in the heart of Basque country, and the city (a 30-minute bus ride away), known for the Gugenheim Museum, numerous art galleries, delicious street food and other cultural callings, plays host to some 40,000 revellers during the festival weekend.
Unlike other urban festivals, camping is available, but if you don’t fancy pitching a tent alongside the majority of the “plebs”, and prefer the glamping vibe, you can easily find a room in the city. We all know what a hangover is like in a tent at 6AM in a tent-come-sauna once the sun comes out, so no judgement here.
You can expect to find plenty of live acts at Bilbao BBK Live, with the organisers opting for artists that are more on the alternative and poppy side of things rather than sticking to solely electronic music; something that’s apparent in this year’s lineup.
Headlining this year’s installment are new wave giants Depeche Mode, rock legends The Killers, electro-rock Parisians Justice and the South African oddballs Die Antwoord – among others.
The Killers, who started recording their new album back in September – so expect some new material – have revealed that “there are moments that feel heavier than anything we’ve ever done”. Something that gels with Bilbao’s rockier taste. For those looking for more electronic music, you have Justice, who released their first song in five years in 2016, and Daphni, another of Dan Snaith’s monikers alongside Caribou and Manitoba. A firm Pitch favourite after catching him at a Warehouse Project night, topping the bill with Four Tet.
Indie trio Two Door Cinema Club are on the bill, as well as soulful house and techno pioneer, Motor City Drum Ensemble. But what really catches the eye is Die Antwoord. And we’re not sure for what reason. The rap duo, hailing from South Africa, have always laughed in the face of political correctness, and they’ve certainly put a lot of effort into their satirical personas. But you can definitely expect something… interesting in their live show – they’re nothing if not entertaining.
Tickets start at around €96, including camping, and with flights added on to that, you can’t be too far off £200. Bilbao BBK Live is therefore a strong contender for those looking for beautiful weather, irresponsible amounts of Basque wine, perfect surroundings and a cheaper European festival when compared to the Croatian favourites.
Bilbao BBK Live 2017 takes place from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 July at Recinto Kobetamendi, Calle del Monte Cobetas in Bilbao, Spain. TIckets are available from €96. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com.