We were there last year – and it was so good, we’re back again. This summer, we’re off to Bilbao BBK Live – Northern Spain’s hottest festival, both in terms of the lineup and weather. Boasting a stellar array of some of the hottest worldwide acts for its 12th year, Basque Country will house over 100,000 visitors between the 6th and the 8th of July. We scoured through the lineup to pick our top 10 artists that are unmissable to anybody attending. Trust us on this one.
Arguably the best French electronic duo around (and no, we haven’t forgotten Daft Punk), it looks like no 2017 festival lineup is complete without best mates and musical wizards Justice. With Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé both blessing our ears and redefining the club night scene with their innovate house/nu-disco sound, expect nothing less than mass crowds, an insane lightshow, and a hell of a lot of slap-bass.
Cage the Elephant
When Cage the Elephant first formed back in 2005, vocalist Matthew Shultz was working in a Kentucky sandwich bar. Ten years on, 2015’s fourth album Tell Me I’m Pretty won Best Rock Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. Citing Bowie, Pixies and Nirvana amongst their influences, this blues rock quartet aren’t to be missed by those desperate to catch one of this generation’s greatest live bands. Take our word for it.
You know them. I know them. What hasn’t already been said about a band who’ve sold over 100 million records worldwide, and are widely regarded as the most one of the most popular electronic bands to ever exist? London trio Depeche Mode may have an exhausting 10 studio albums, 6 live albums and 54 singles under their belt, but they’re not slowing down anytime soon; catch Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore headlining Thursday night with their incredible back catalogue.
You’re pissed, it’s boiling, and you’re in the mood for a boogie. There’s no other obvious choice to go and see than Primal Scream. Screamadelica stands the test of time nearly thirty years on – and how could it not, featuring party classics ‘Movin on Up’, ‘Come Together’ and the absolute 90’s anthem that’s ‘Loaded’? Get your pre-Two Door Cinema Club groove on to banger after banger – because if you don’t, Bobby Gillespie certainly will.
The Lemon Twigs
Everyone’s talking about The Lemon Twigs. That’s right – everyone. Billed as one of the most exciting bands of 2016, 2017 sees a massive year ahead for the Long Island brother duo. Their debut Do Hollywood topped countless ‘Best Album’ lists – definitely due to their remarkably unique sound that only vaguely calls to mind the likes of Whitney and The Zombies.
Another one of the French electro greats, Phoenix have struck gold with latest (and potentially greatest) album Ti Amo. Stylish and smooth, funky and infectiously catchy, the Parisian quartet are undoubtedly one BBK’s most prized acts on this year’s lineup. Count yourself lucky if you see them.
Looking for some garage rock to round off your Sunday in style? Then let The Parrots deliver – a Madrid trio whose summery vibes are only made better with a hit of 60’s nostalgia. This homecoming date is bound to be mental – especially once you learn that the three have become synonymous for their raucous live shows. Prepare yourself.
If ‘Mr Brightside’ is still the star of your predrinks playlist, you’ll be pleased to know that The Killers are headlining the Friday night of BBK. Whether you’re there to hear the classics from Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town, or you’re looking for something a little more Battle Born, let Brandon Flowers and co take you on a heartfelt journey through their desert-laden history.
If there was ever a band that can be described as “truly unique”, then it’d definitely be Die Antwoord. Zef warriors Yolandi Visser and Ninja have been coined counterculture royalty for their innovative style of South African rap that’s unexpectedly won over the world. You’ll never find a messier Sunday headline slot.
Representing the British music scene, aside from Circa Waves and Royal Blood, are Reading’s The Amazons – a quartet whose rock’n’roll riffs and mainstream lyrics are fittingly an amalgamation of both of those bands. Catch them performing hits off their month old self-titled debut if you’re eager to get down and sweaty to some good old fashioned indie tunes.