John Mulvey

Sly And The Family Stone at Lovebox, London



At nine o'clock, the omens are not great. Sly And The Family Stone are meant to be starting their headlining set right now, and the strict curfew on this inner-city festival is 10.30. On the main stage, though, Chris Stein has decided to add a five-minute guitar solo to "Rapture", while Debbie Harry looks on with a sort of professional vapidity. Blondie, in all their lumpen, functional weariness, aren't going to be finished any time soon.


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John Mulvey

Sly And The Family Stone at Lovebox London



At nine o'clock, the omens are not great. Sly And The Family Stone are meant to be starting their headlining set right now, and the strict curfew on this inner-city festival is 10.30. On the main stage, though, Chris Stein has decided to add a five-minute guitar solo to "Rapture", while Debbie Harry looks on with a sort of professional vapidity. Blondie, in all their lumpen, functional weariness, aren't going to be finished any time soon.


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Human League, and the mass herding towards the Arctic Monkeys



Very quick blog, must head out to the Arctic Monkeys, who have just gone on the mainstage, incredibly loudly. Having just come over from seeing The Human League, what a difference! Whilst the League were playing 'Human', the tent just literally started emptying - a quick check of the clock, the Arctic effect has just taken place once again. The whole of Benicassim, literally, is herding towards the mainstage towards Alex Turner and the boys who are tonight's headliners. The site is deserted from the far end down. This is going to be immense. Eep.


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!!! ramp up the volume - Power is restored



Just got back from an incredibly frenetic show by !!! - the US dance-punk outfit were incredible. Singer Nic Offer fuelled with helium sneakily passed onstage by CSS' Lovefoxxx who was still waiting in the wings having just played another technicolor show, welcomed the baying crowd squeaky high - and the show was on!


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Power surge blacks out Benicassim during Albert Hammond Jr's set



There's been a massive power failure at this years' Benicassim, forcing Albert Hammond Jr's performance on the main stage to end early.

A power surge half way through caused a blackout in the mainstage area, causing the lights and sound to go out accross the whole site.


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US veterans wow fans on Benicassim main stage



Dinosaur Jr are one of the veterans playing this year's festival - we are still looking forward to seeing Animal Collective and Calexico this weekend.
J Mascis comes on to greet the main stage with long (natural) platinum blond locks, and plugs in his guitar...


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The Klaxons are late to Spain, so Denmark fills in, and well



WhoMadeWho make an unexpected debut on the main stage of Benicassim, replacing The Klaxons, caused by a 3 hour Gatwick flight delay. Armageddon weather that is apparently (!) afflicting the UK.


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Wilco, they are amazing, again, Beni 'hearts' them



Just got back from seeing the best band I've seen in a while.
Hey it's Wilco - I know we gushed about their set at Latitude last weekend but, wow, watching 20,000 people go mental just now was icing on the Uncut cake.


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Rufus gets his kit off, and J Mascis is sort of ready for his set



Rufus Wainwright has just played up to all Benicassim festival expectations of a good ol’ show tune packed set. Within the space of four songs he went from Joseph in his technicolour dreamcoat to something out of The Producers – in between teasing the packed Esceniaro Fiberfib tent wearing his now de rigeur festival white bath robe.


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Benicassim Day Two Heating Up



The International Festival de Benicassim is now onto it’s second day of the long weekend’s rock and dance festival, and it's slightly weird getting home at 6am when the site is still is full swing.


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