It's Festival O'clock!

Me rockin' outWell then, as per my last few posts, it's time for me to log off, pack up and roll out! I've only got me a page and a half of camera gear to take! (And a small bag of clothes) I'm off on what promises to be MANIC! A four day festival in Spain with some amazing bands and artists to boot (No, not literally) THIS post will give you a list of bands - you might find one you like? What I had originally intended to do was to run around like a complete madman and shoot something of each and every one... What I'm actually going to be doing is covering the head liners mostly. I met up with a mate, Kev, today and he's kindly loaned me his 70-200 f2.8 IS lens which is super kind of him... You can read more about what I'm going to take HERE So, in short, I will be snapping like a mad man for the next few days and trying to fit some sleep and some staying out of the sun in between all of this. The weather is predicted to be pretty darn toasty! So I will be taking a water bottle with me and hopefully, somewhere in the backstage area, I'll be able to refill it often!

A little FIB history...

The 2003 edition abounded in variety and top quality with performances by Blur, Moby, Echo & The Bunnymen, Suicide and Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man – as just a sampling of the diverse styles and sounds on our stages.

In 2004, we celebrated the Festival’s tenth anniversary in the company of great and influential artists like Kraftwerk, Brian Wilson, Pet Shop Boys, Lou Reed, Wire and Einstürzende Neubauten, providing a spectacular overview of music history. This led to 2005 when we were blown away by the brilliant performances of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Richard Hawley and Yo La Tengo.

2006 was another record-breaking year for FIB Heineken, with tickets selling out two months in advance. On that amazing third weekend of July, 40,000 people crossed the Festival’s threshold every day to groove to and cheer for Depeche Mode, Morrissey, Pixies, Madness, Franz Ferdinand and The Strokes.

Firmly consolidating FIB Heineken’s reputation and status in both Spain and Europe, 2007 was another record-breaking banner year, with more that 150,000 people attending over four days to bask in the magic of Devo, The B-52’s, Arctic Monkeys, Iggy & The Stooges, Wilco, Amy Winehouse and Rufus Wainwright.

FIB Heineken 2008 continued to set the standard of distinction and quality thanks to artists like My Bloody Valentine, Morrissey, The Raconteurs, Siouxsie, and Morente Omega with Lagartija Nick – not to mention the tremendous and showstopping concert Leonard Cohen put on, which is no doubt indelibly etched in the memory of everyone who was there.

So, that pipe dream of days gone buy has become a reality; that perfect place where once-in-a-lifetime experiences inspired by music are the norm has grown and developed and finally become a near-Utopian parallel reality governed by the values and passions of thousands and thousands of young music lovers from all over the world. Pure hedonistic pleasure and both personal and cultural enrichment join hands in the celebration of life that is FIB Heineken.

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