Already since 2006 the city of Bilbao is host to one of the biggest and well-curated independent music festivals in Spain: the BBK Live, rated the “Best Foreign Festival” at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and 2011. Taking place in the Basque capital on the Northern Atlantic coast, the BBK Live is host to a wide range of internationally recognised artists and offers an eclectic mix between alternative rock, indie and recently an electronic music stage in the forest, too.
On its stages we have seen big names such as New Order, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Floating Points, Chvrches, Junior Boys, Four Tet, The Cure, Alt-J, Julio Bashmore or SBTRKT.
From July 6th – 8th you will have the chance to experience the 12th edition of this festival, and we assure you that it seems more than promising…
Who is coming this year?
The 2017 BBK Live convinces with its well-curated selection of alternative rock and indie artists and a whole stage only devoted to upfront artist of the underground electronic scene.
Day 1 is headlined by the legendary UK band Depeche Mode. There are other interesting acts like the Canadian electro-pop band Austra or the eclectic project The Avalanches from Australia. We are especially keen on the Basoa stage, where masters like Dixon, the Black Madonna or Mike Servito will transform the forest into a buoyant night.
On Day 2 the big names are of course the French band Phoenix, Fleet Foxes and surprisingly the Danish producer Trentemøller who will play tracks from his 2016 album after 3 years of silence. There is Jessy Lanza from Canada and the Hot Chip member Joe Goddard who after releasing his debut solo album last April will come with a live set. Again, the Basoa stage convinces with the great Caribou under his alias Daphni, the Italian duo Marvin&Guy with its disco and krautrock-ish style and the upcoming Ecuadorian producer Nicolas Cruz with his deep andean and tropical electronic sound.
The rap-rave duo from South Africa Die Antwoord headline Day 3, but the Two Door Cinema Club, the experimental pop trio from Copenhague WhoMadeWho and the well-known Primal Scream are indeed no less worth of mentioning. The electronic stage will be full of Disco and early House vibes with the fabulous Motor City Drum Ensemble. The legendary Andrew Weatherall, the upcoming talent from Amsterdam Job Jobse and the German producer Lena Willikens will only add to this experience.
Want to know more? You got the full line-up below.
Where to sleep?
For those who like the camping experience, there are 2 ways of overnight stay near to the festival ground.
The regular campsite
Situated around 3 km for the entry, the campground is a big green zone surrounded by trees on the hills of the Kobetamendi. For only 10 € You will have lots of space to set your tent, though it might be convenient to arrive early to get a spot near to the entry. You will have access to shady food areas with catering and shower/toilet facilities.
Glamping – Glamour camping
This option is a bit more costly but it will make your stay way more comfortable. You can choose between the Bell Tent Deluxe (2-4 persons) and the Easy deluxe individual (1-2 persons). Services include e.g. Breakfast buffet (only for DELUXE tents), lockers and inflatable mattresses with bedsheets, linen, pillow etc.
The charming city of Bilbao also offers a variety of hostel and hotel options. However, remind that you will have to commute between the festival ground outside of town and the city centre.
How to arrive?
You can get to Bilbao easily by train or bus when you’re already in Spain. From the exterior, you can take a plane to get to Santander and then take a 1h30 bus/train to Bilbao (Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Santander).
Once you are in town, there is a free shuttle service commuting between the festival site on the Kobetamendi hill and the city centre.
Get your tickets
This year you can purchase day tickets for 55€ or the whole festival ticket for 115€. Here you can assure your entry to the BBK Live 2017, make sure you don’t run late!