by Mia M.
Hi honey, I’m home!
Okay, that starts to lose its effect when it turns out that I got home a pretty long time ago. *Cries desolately*
So, in case you didn’t know, last month I went to Fib Festival Benicassim; this is my Fib Review and experience.
Wait . . . before I forget:
If you do ever attend the Fib festival, MAKE SURE YOU AREN’T A DUMB SHIT AND ORGANISE YOUR WAY TO THE AIRPORT IN ADVANCE.
You may be wondering why this is so important; why I felt the need to virtually shout it at you without even telling you what Fib is.
Well, it’s important because if you don’t prepare in advance it’s not just possible, but easy to miss your flight.
Benicassim (where the festival is held) is a relatively small coastal town – you need to get a train in and out of it. Which is an issue when it’s equipped with trains that run irregularly and somewhat rarely if you’re used to or expecting London service. The last train is at 10; the first is at 8 and there are no direct trains to the airport – if your flight is late at night or early in the morning, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve left in time. Oh, and add in the fact that the trains are often delayed (sometimes by hours) too.
You can also book a coach straight to the airport – but that gets sold out very quickly, so prepare! I didn’t look ahead of time and ended up missing Kasabian (I’m bitter; I’m very bitter) because I had to get to the airport 12 hours ahead of time or I would have missed my flight. Side note: I made a great friend – but that’s a story for another day.
Today’s post is sharing my experience with Fib so that I can hopefully convince you to go too!
(This is me and my friend, Leila, who I went with.)
Fib (Festival Internacional de Benicassim) is a 4-day Spanish music festival in July that hosts a wide variety of music from rock to RNB.
The Fib festival line-up is always pretty great and 2017 was no exception. Headlining were massive names like Kasabian (cries), Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Weeknd, Stormzy and Liam Gallagher.
I can’t lie to you – I was shocked by how good Stormzy was. I’m a South Londoner, so liking Stormzy is more a matter of support as opposed to actual musical appreciation . . . but I was shocked.
It was one of the most passionate, energetic performances – and I was part of a mosh pit. Fuck yeah.
Same goes for The Weeknd – except I actually am a big Weeknd fan. We got surprisingly close to the front (God only knows how; getting close to RHCP was quite literally a fight) and, long-story short, I now have a good idea of his height.
The festival itself starts at 10/11pm (trust me – with the Spanish heat, this is a Godsend. A mosh-pit during the day? People would genuinely die) and the last music finishes at 8am . . . I think. Who actually makes it to 8am?
This means that you have the entire day to laze about, socialise and enjoy the (gorgeous) surrounding area. There are mountains you can go into (which would have been great had we learnt this before our last day), a nearby town that’s full of shops and restaurants and stunning beaches to enjoy.
And that’s just within walking distance!
Although the music finishes at 8, a lot of the time you’ll end up wandering off after your favourite acts have played and going for a 2am swim! (Although trying to sleep on the beach is a mission as it’s actually really bloody cold past 3am. Bring a blanket, pass out or just head back to your tent.) There are also loads of great mini-stages – and a pool party/house music club-thing that is a lot of fun.
Absolutely. Why? Let’s bullet point it.
In all honesty, I preferred Download festival’s actual festival activities (there was a silent disco tent and a bull-riding and wrestling tent – pretty hard to beat), but the location and line-up of Fib festival is impossible to beat.
I am most definitely going back next year (this time with a tent because half the reason we had to befriend our neighbours is because when we first arrived we didn’t have one . . .) and I would definitely recommend that you do too!
As always, thanks for reading you kooky kids. I hope you enjoyed this post; would you go to Fib festival? Let me know your thoughts below!
About Mia M.
I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.
tattoo lover, plant hoarder, DIY addict and overall stoner grandma