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.
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.
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.
TOP 5 ACTS
- Thom Yorke
- The Good, the Bad & the Queen
- Sleaford Mods
TOP 5 POSITIVES
- 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
TOP 5 NEGATIVES
- 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.