Five Things We Learned - July 21, 2015

Benicàssim 2015 - Five Things We Learned...
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Benicàssim 2015 - Five Things We Learned...

We're back fresh from a scorching week at Benicàssim, one of Europe's best festivals, which this year hosted a line-up that included Blur, Noel Gallagher, Portishead, The Prodigy and so much more. Here are five things we learned...
 
 
It might be 2015, but people are still in love with the 90s... 
 
With acts on the bill like Noel Gallagher, Blur, The Prodigy and Portishead you could be mistaken thinking you were in the wrong decade. However 20 years on these acts drew the biggest crowds of the weekend and it's clear to see why. Whilst most have their new material to promote, it was still the older songs that gathered the sing alongs and jumping crowds. Blur and Noel Gallagher drew huge crowds and it felt just like Brit-Pop back in its prime.
 
 
Portishead are a very visceral live experience...
 
From the moment they step onstage, Portishead just blow everybody away. Their show, which isn't packed with bells and whistles, is just so powerful. There's a particularly searingly intimate moment during a beautifully haunting version of 'The Rip', which matched in power by the bone crunching bass of 'Machine Gun' that is felt by everybody within a 5 mile radius.
 
With only three albums of material the set is still incredibly strong with the band showing the confidence and musicianship from a group that have been together for over 20 years. It'll be interesting to see whether in the future they will continue to make more music, or stick with their untouchable back catalogue.
 
 
 
The Prodigy are still one of the most electrifying live acts out there...
 
Every song performed has a level of immediacy that most other bands can't get near. You can stick The Prodigy anywhere, any festival, any country, any genre and their cross over of hard hitting dance beats and metal-like riffs will go down a storm. 
 
Wherever you looked during tunes like 'Omen' or 'Wild Frontier', there was a pit opening up in every direction. It was incredible!
 
 
It's never too late to get the party going...
 
Due to the soaring temperatures throughout the day, the acts themselves don't actually start until around 7pm in the evening. This means that the headliners aren't actually on until around 2am with DJ's playing until the early hours of the morning.
 
Now for some that might seem crazy especially having to crawl out of a baking hot tent at 6am every day but everyone still gets involved no matter what the hour.
 
 
But even though it's in Spain, it still feels very much like a British festival...
 
Not only are all four of the headliners British but the majority of the festival crowd were in fact from Britain rather than Spain. With the exception of a few big Spanish names on the bill it could easily be mistaken for the Latitude and Isle Of Wight lineups back home.
 
In typical British fashion it was also inevitable that there was going to be bad weather at some point and it certainly delivered in spectacular fashion for a couple of hours on Saturday night. Epic lightning strikes and rain hit the site shortly before the Kaiser Chiefs' set, but soon dried up in the blistering heat that covered the four days. Fortunately there was no mud to be seen at all!
 
 
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