FIB 2018: Ultimate Preview

FIB 2018: Ultimate Preview

FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2020

For nearly a quarter of a century, the Spanish coastal resort of Benicàssim has played host to one of Europe's best known and most loved music festivals: FIB.

Particularly popular among British festival fans looking for a little more summer sun than their home country offers up, the festival is a firm favourite of indie-lovers from across the continent thanks to its impressive lineups and inviting setting on the Mediterranean shores.

So with the 2018 edition edging ever closer, we've gone though the main things you need to know before setting off for the Costa del Azahar.

When is it?


The festival itself runs from Thursday 19 July - Sunday 22 July, but the campsite is open from Monday 16 July and doesn't close again until a week later. So you can really make a holiday of it.

Where is it?


The clue is very much in the name. The festival takes place in the Spanish resort town of Benicàssim, situated on the coast around 80km north of Valencia.

How do I get there?

If you're going to this edition, with any luck you've already got this sussed. If you're quick, you can still book transfers to the festival from the airports in Valencia, Alicante, Barcelona and Reus right here.

If you've missed out on these transfers, you can still make it to the festival by train from each of these cities (but it will require a bit more planning).

What's the weather going to be like?

In a word, hot. Temperatures are likely to be hovering between 25°C and 30°C from 9am until 9pm, and even at night it's unlikely to get much below 20°C. If you've booked a hotel or apartment, you're one of the smart ones. If not, good luck I guess.

Make sure you stay hydrated – taking spare bottle caps into the festival is not a bad idea to keep stocked up on water. And whatever you do, do not fall asleep in the sun.

It goes without saying that sun cream is an absolute must. We're talking factor 30 or higher. It's not worth the risk of ruining a full day or more because you're a sunburnt mess.

What am I going to eat & drink?

As you might expect, the main arena is home to all manner of food vendors and bars. So you'll be able to enjoy all of the usual festival fare when you're in there.

In the campsite and in the town, it all depends on budget really. You'll find plenty of cafes and restaurants that won't set you back too much. Or if you really want to save money there are supermarkets near the campsite. It's probably best not to buy booze in bulk though, unless you like warm beer.

Who's playing?



Headliner: Travis Scott
Other Highlights: J Hus, Jessie Ware, Everything Everything, Princess Nokia


Headliner: The Killers
Other Highlights: The Vaccines, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Sleaford Mods, Anna Calvi


Headliner: Pet Shop Boys
Other Highlights: Chase & Status, Giggs, Metronomy, The Horrors


Headliner: Liam Gallagher
Other Highlights: Justice, Madness, Wolf Alice, Parquet Courts, Shame, Detroit Swindle

See the full lineup – including set times – right here.

How much fun am I going to have?

Loads. Just look at this lot from last year. 

Book the last remaining tickets for FIB 2018, as well as accommodation and extras, right here.


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