This Benicassim story is by Ami Sedghi
As the sun hangs lazily in the sky over the hills of Benicassim it casts a glow on the thousands of revellers brought together for the infamous festival, getting themselves ready for yet another night of amazing music, intense partying and an atmosphere to pass out on the grass for.
The Courteeners are whipping the gathered mass into an excited audience, prepping them for the night ahead. This is the moment I look around and realize that I’m present at one of the best festivals in the world and I am loving it!
So where to start? Do I begin with the sun-drenched venue, the bands starting at 6pm and blasting the air with their tunes till the early hours or the holidaymaking moment when I meet Jack O’Connell (aka Cook from Skins)? The days have been packed with blazing hot days, random incidents and musical discoveries.
Well the truth is that it is this messy mixture that makes the event so good. Swinging from the pop of Ellie Goulding to the indie rock of the The Cribs to the hip hop of Dizzee Rascal and the folk of Mumford and Sons, it blew my musical mind and gave me the pleasure of discovering new bands such as The Ruskins who did a comical acoustic set at the Jack Daniels tent.
Worth another mention was the lovely Ellie Goulding who got a well-deserved main stage slot after the disappointment of Lily Allen’s cancellation. Sweet and talented, she continually thanked the crowd and was an unexpected highlight of Sunday evening.
Big names The Prodigy, Gorillaz and Kasabian did not disappoint each attracting a crowd as big as their individual reputation and caused dancing so energetic that my poor body complained for the whole coming week when I landed on British soil. No pain, no gain they say? True but the pleasure of the festival still has me grinning from ear to ear now. Bring on Benicassim 2011!
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