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Bilbao BBK Live 2018: Fun in the Sun

Yes, it’s time for London to empty and fly south for this year’s Bilbao BBK Live. The festival has a great line-up this year: Noel Gallagher, alt-J, David Byrne, The Chemical brothers, Florence and the Machine, Bomba Estereo, Temples and more are set to join previously announced acts The xx and Gorillaz, on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, from 12-14 July 2018.

Noel Gallagher is set to perform on an exclusive date in Spain at Bilbao BBK Live. Responsible for writing some of the most iconic hits of a generation, the former Oasis star continues his remarkable solo career today, with the release of highly anticipated new album with the High Flying Birds, Who Built The Moon’, rated by Q magazine as his best work in the last decade. Mercury prize-winners alt-J continue their unstoppable musical career. With a number 1 record in the UK, nominations for Brit and GRAMMY awards, and the quality of their live performances, the band has forged a solid reputation. Now returning with their third studio album ‘Relaxer’, described by critics as a new classic of our time, they are sure to be a festival highlight.

Few active musicians manage to maintain the respect generation after generation as David Byrne. Founder of Talking Heads, prolific solo artist, composer, author and label head, Byrne never stops creating and innovating. Expect a very special production with a lot of surprises in store. Bomba Estereo reinvented Latin musical culture and exported it to the whole world with electronics, rhythm, great songs and fantastic live shows. The Colombians, who have toured with Arcade Fire and been given props from Barack Obama no less, are guaranteed to put on a spectacular show on Kobetamendi.

James Bay – Credit Tom Hagen

Temples have enjoyed a meteoric rise since breaking onto the scene with their first demo on YouTube. Signed to Heavenly, the band’s second album, ‘Volcano’, published this year, has consolidated them as one of the most relevant Psychedelic rock groups of the moment, with supporters that include Noel Gallagher, Suede, Kasabian and The Vaccines.

Also joining the line-up are Brooklyn rock band Parquet Courts; Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, one of the biggest acts on the Spanish independent scene; Mexrrissey, famous for reinterpreting the songs of the former leader of The Smiths with a Mexican touch; and experimental Spanish band Borrokan.

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With the festival taking place just moments from the city, there is plenty to explore before the music starts each day. Take a trip into culture-rich Bilbao to wander the winding streets of the old town, devour delicious pintxos, sample the famous michelin-starred Basque gastronomy scene, visit the impressive galleries and museums including the imposing Guggenheim, or soak up some sun on the beach. Book now at

The iconic and inimitable My Bloody Valentine will perform at Bilbao BBK Live. Formed in 1983, their albums ‘Isn’t Anything’ and ‘Loveless’ are considered some of the most influential rock albums of all time. 2018 marks the start of the next chapter in the band’s journey and fans at Bilbao BBK Live can look forward to a mesmerising show of classics and new music featuring all of the original band members.

Psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard also join the bill. The Melbourne seven-piece proved themselves to be amongst the most prolific music makers of 2017, releasing not one but five albums in one year. Known for their energetic and powerful live performances their show at Bilbao BBK Live is one to watch.

British quintet Bad Sounds, led by brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett, will arrive at Kobetamendi with a live performance that showcases their unique, genre-blending sound. And finally, synth pop trio eMe, one of the rising stars of the Basque music scene complete today’s new additions.

Basoa, the electronic component of Bilbao BBK Live, will once again play host to uninterrupted parties from sunset to sunrise from the genre’s most acclaimed underground headliners. Modeselektor, Hunee, John Talabot, Ben UFO, Young Marco, Optimo, Prosumer, Avalon Emerson, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Anthony Naples and more will all perform in the atmospheric woodland complete with Basoa’s exceptional sound system.

Bilbao BBK Live promotes sustainability and offers mouth-watering food and drink as well as live art installations around the site, all of which make it a perfect place to immerse yourself, escape everyday life and get lost in music and culture with thousands of like-minded people.


July 12, 13 and 14, 2018

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