The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao BBK Live goes from strength to strength.  This year’s festival featured an amazing line-up of Spanish, UK and international musicians, spread over three days.

The festival takes place at Kobetamendi, a large, hill-side park to the southeast of the city, surrounded by beautiful countryside and with views down to the Nervión River.  Free shuttle buses operate between the city centre; San Mamés Stadium; the campsite; and the festival stages.

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Registration for the festival takes place at the San Mamés Stadium, and it is here that you obtain the wristband, which is your life-support-system for the three-day event.

The festival site is cashless, so it is essential to load up sufficient credit onto the wristband to see you through the duration of your stay; on-site food is tasty, but it is not cheap!

The campsite has space for 15,000 people.  My tiny, two-man tent is lost in the temporary sea of canvas-dwelling humanity.

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So, Bilbao BBK Live 2019?  What is my assessment?  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  I have compiled some Top Fives of my post-festival impressions.


  • Thom Yorke
  • The Good, the Bad & the Queen
  • Rosalía
  • Sleaford Mods
  • Weezer

500 damon albarn


  • The wristband – very convenient and worked like a dream buying stuff around the festival site
  • The toilets at Subway, Poza Lizentziatuaren Kalea 44 – a privy haven after the campsite
  • Free shuttle bus
  • Great venue, stadium and city centre
  • All the festival stages were convenient and close together

500 sleaford mods


  • The campsite toilets
  • Long queues for the free shuttle bus
  • Price of festival food
  • The heat in my tent
  • Lack of sleep due to the heat in my tent

Three days passed in a rapid oblivion of noise and excitement and camaraderie and sleep-deprived sweat.

Will I be back?  Let’s just say, I am already googling next year’s line-up.

© Dalton Wells


Dalton Wells chills in the heat of the Bilbao BBK Live campsite.


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