FIB: 25 Years In Videos

FIB: 25 Years In Videos

FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2020

You might know it as FIB, or possibly as Benicàssim (or maybe even Beni if you're from the UK). But whatever you call it, this summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim.

As someone who is celebrating a 25th birthday on the day of writing this, I can attest to the fact that a lot can happen in quarter of century. So much so that a selection of videos seems a little reductive, but what better way is there to reminisce about all those magical moments that to relive them through the magic of YouTube.

So without wishing to bask in former glories – after all we've got performances from the likes of Lana Del Rey and Kings of Leon to look forward to this summer – we decided to look back through some of the performances that have helped make the festival the perennial favourite that it is today.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, there isn't a great deal of footage from the very first edition of FIB. After all, even with headliners like The Charlatans and The Jesus & Mary Chain there was no knowing how big the festival would become.

So for a lack of many other videos, here's one from (perhaps unfairly forgotten) indie pop outfit Heavenly, performing a year before they called it a day as a band. 


The first of many appearances at the festival from possibly the coolest of the bands associated with the Britpop scene, at a time when it was dominating the UK music industry.


As a collection of four songs from any band goes, it's pretty hard to beat 'The National Anthem', 'Karma Police', 'Fake Plastic Trees', and 'Just'. That said, you could have picked almost any four songs from Radiohead's back catalogue in 2002 and it would have made for a great video.


Maybe the obvious choice of video from this year would have been the headline appearance from Oasis. But this snapshot of Kasabian's set from earlier in the day really feels like a moment when the baton was passed on.

As the Gallagher brothers watched from the side of the stage, frontman Tom Meighan uttered the words "we want to dedicate this to Oasis... the reason why we're here", before a rapturous final song. Five years later, Kasabian were headlining FIB for the first of three bill-topping appearances to date.


The tragic tale of Amy Winehouse is well documented, but amidst it all it's important not to forget what a spectacular talent she was. The summer after she released her hugely successful second album Back To Black, she was on Spanish shores displaying why she was so beloved.


Whether or not Sigur Rós are frustrated by their inescapable link to this specific song, as festival moments go it probably doesn't get much more memorable than being there in person to see it in all its anthemic and uplifting glory. And the FIB crowds in 2008 certainly didn't seem disappointed. 


The lads from Sheffield were no stranger to a headline slot at this point, nor were they new to FIB, and they delivered in style. In fact I remember desperately wanting to be at the festival this year as The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire and Kasabian topped the bill. But alas it wasn't to be.


Forming part of their reunion tour, this show at FIB 2012 came just two weeks after the Stone Roses had played three nights at Heaton Park in their hometown of Manchester – still the fastest selling rock gig in UK history.

Judging by the reception of the crowd on the Spanish coast, there were a fair few fans that had made the journey to see their heroes playing live for the first time in over 15 years – leading frontman Ian Brown to jokingly ask "is there any Spanish here?".


Fast-forward to last summer, and we have another example of an established headliner helping to pass the baton on to the next generation, as Brandon Flowers invited Catfish and the Bottlemen's frontman Van McCann to join him for fan favourite 'Read My Mind'.


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