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Festival Preview: Bilbao BBK Live

Calum Pinder explains why the BBK Live Festival in Bilbao (7th-9th July 2016) might be worth considering if you’re looking for a warm, cheap and cultural fix this summer


Bilbao, Spain
7th – 9th July

For festivalgoers looking for something slightly further afield and hopefully warmer, this year’s BBK Live Festival, Bilbao promises a wealth of good acts over the course of the weekend.

Headlining this year’s festival are indie giants Arcade Fire, Pixies and Foals. The support is no less impressive. Alongside the more established acts of New Order and Hot Chip, BBK have booked some of 2015’s best acts to perform this year.

Grimes, Father John Misty, Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett all made it onto our top 10 albums of 2015. Most of the rest line up consists of Spanish and Basque acts, including Belako and Greenclass, who are both worth keeping an eye out for.

Taking place in the scenic hills overlooking Bilbao, there is a 30 minute bus transfer to the city allowing the more culturally and culinary inclined festivalgoers to spend mornings sampling what the Basque city has to offer. Pintxos and drinks in the city centre are an affordable way to make your boozy festival experience feel somewhat more classy. The Guggenheim probably need not even be mentioned.

Tickets for the weekend start at £100 with camping. Moreover, coming in at just over £200, including a return flight, BBK is a strong choice for those seeking a great European festival at similar prices to some of the larger ones on offer here in the UK this year.