Known to the regular festival goers as the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, or FIB for short, Spain's Benicàssim Festival is one of the largest in the country. Hosted in the seaside town of Benicàssim, this four-day festival runs from July 13th to 16th and is a hotspot for music fans from across the globe. Featuring a diverse range of sounds, from the chill pop beats of The Weeknd, to the high energy rock ensemble, Foals, Benicàssim is Europe's budget version of Coachella. To give you a little more insight before your visit, we've compiled a guide to give you all the must-know tips.
How to Get There
One of the greatest draws of FIB, beside its hard-hitting lineup, is its location. The town of Benicàssim is a beach resort nestled on the Spanish coast between the city of Valencia and the ever-popular Barcelona. And with five airports located within driving distance (Castellon, Valencai, Reus, Barcelona, and Alicante) getting to the festival shouldn't be much of a headache. If you don't drive, which is recommended due to limited parking, there are plenty of shuttles to transport you into Benicàssim at a manageable price. The festival is also accessible via train and bus.
Where to Stay
Like most festivals, at FIB there are multiple options for places to sleep. Whether you decide to take in the entire festival atmosphere at a campsite or live in luxury and rent an Airbnb or hotel, you can’t really go wrong. For those looking to rough it, there are standard campsites scattered throughout FIB. If you’re on a budget, Campfest is a free camping zone, or if you want to go all out, the festival's glamping sites come with all the amenities of home.
Which Artists to Catch
The lineup at FIB is positively stacked. With huge names like Deadmau5, The Weeknd, Foals and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the live music at FIB will certainly not disappoint. Backing these huge names, are artists like Bonobo, Dinosaur Jr. and Sylvan Esso. The lineup this year at FIB will satisfy everyone from pop lovers to indie-nuts.
What to Eat
While an official list of food vendors for FIB is not listed online, there are bound to be plenty of food trucks and stalls to choose from. We also recommend you check out some of the local delicacies. Spain is known around the world for its mouthwatering selection of local dishes, from the mind-blowing seafood dish, Paella, to the classic Empanada, so if you find yourself at FIB, make it a must to indulge in the local cuisine.
What to Pack
Depending on how you get to FIB, there are several essentials you’ll need before making your way into to the seaside festival. For international travellers, your passport (and a photocopy of it) are an absolute must. You’ll not only need it to get into the country but into the festival as well. Depending on which campsite you choose, you may even need to bring your own tent, so ensure you do your research beforehand. And while Spain may not be as hot as the Coachella desert, it sees plenty of scorching summer days, so sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water are a must.
What VIP Gets You
VIP at FIB is definitely worth your while if you don’t mind shelling out the extra cash for it. One VIP ticket gets you entry into all four days of the festival and gives you access to the VIP campsite. During the festival, VIP ticket holders will also have access to the main VIP area where you’ll find the likes of exclusive bars and gourmet food trucks. What's more, VIP visitors will be given specially-assigned seating in the arena, which is worth the extra ticket price alone. On top of all that, VIP buyers will be given all sorts of free FIB swag to take home with them. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait till next year, as VIP tickets are already sold out for FIB 2017.