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Benicàssim (JUL 12-15)

Every summer, music loving Brits travel nationwide to various festivals in search of outstanding live music, good company and plenty of alcohol

Benicassim Festival, 2009.

Every summer, music loving Brits travel nationwide to various festivals in search of outstanding live music, good company and plenty of alcohol. But of course, don’t forget your wellies! Each year, the same images appear of washed-out tents, mud clad teenagers and fields reminiscent of the trenches in WW1. Despite being the height summer, we all know that the rain in the UK is unavoidable.

The Stone Roses have been confirmed as one of the festival's headline acts

So, Redbrick presents to you a slightly less wet alternative. How does the same great music acts along with the same amazing atmosphere yet with guaranteed sunshine sound? Because with just a hop-skip-and-a-jump across the channel to sunny Spain, you will find one of Europe’s best loved music festivals. Now in its 18th year, Festival Internacional de Benicàssim as it is locally known, sees the likes of The Stone Roses, Florence, Katy B and none other than the legendary Bob Dylan flock to the Spanish shores. Located between Barcalona and Valencia it is undoubtedly far more exotic and appealing than Leeds or Reading and is quite frankly a brilliant excuse to get away from both the parents and the UK during the summer break.

Florence & The Machine are also headlining this year's festival

If you’re scared that your student loan will not stretch far enough, there is no need to worry! Benicassim tickets cost as little as £155 for 4 full days of live music, over 100 acts and 3 stages. What’s more is that if you feel like making more of a holiday out of it, your pass entitles you to a full 8 days camping. Not only does Benicassium offer more, the tickets cost about £30 cheaper than the equivalent festivals in the UK, which can go towards getting there. On which note, if you are savvy enough, and as students I expect you are, this also comes at little expense. Return flights to Valencia can be found for as cheap as £40 from airports across the nation, which I am sure you will agree is an absolute bargain.

So, if it's a post exam treat you are in search of, or maybe you just need to inject a little excitement into your summer break, Benicassim has all the answers. Come and join over 50,000 others to witness one of the greatest music events of the year that we promise will be blessed with non-stop sunshine. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets are available now at!

Still not convinced? Check out this handy map of Benicàssim and the surrounding area:

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Jonathon Milnes was Music Editor between 2012 and 2013 and studied English. Having graduated university he now works in Marketing and Graphic Design. (@jonTMilnes)


29th March 2012 at 12:06 pm