Arctic Monkeys Go Out With A Bang At Benicassim

The Sheffield boys continue the British domination at Spanish festival

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The Arctic Monkeys have just come off stage after a storming headline set at Benicassim tonight (July 20).

The British band invasion at the Spanish festival continues, with literally everyone gathered at the main stage.

Playing at the same time as the Arctics are on, fellow Sheffield 70s electronic pioneers The Human League are playing through their back catalogue of hits including ‘Love Action’, ‘Human’ and ‘Fascination’ – however, by the time they played their most renowned ‘guilty pleasures’ song ‘Don’t You want Me’ – there’s not much of a crowd left in the tent to hear it.


The Monkeys took the chaos in their stride, looking calm on stage Alex Turner can’t help for grinning throughout the show. The crowd sing everything word for word, bouncing for all they are worth.

Opening with the two opening tracks from their two albums – ‘View From The Afternoon’ and ‘Brainstorm’ – the hysteria is immense.

They played:


‘View From The Afternoon’


‘Still Take You Home’

‘Dancing Shoes’

‘Ritz To The Rubble’

‘Teddy Picker’

‘This House Is A Circus’

‘Flourescent Adolescent’

‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’


‘Old Yellow Bricks’

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

‘If You Were There, Beware’

‘Do Me A Favour’

‘Leave Before The Lights Go On’

‘When The Sun Goes Down’


‘A Certain Romance’

Today also saw good performances from Os Mutantes, !!!, B-52s and The Human League.

The brief power cut during the early evening was quickly rectified despite Albert Hammond Jr and CSS’s sets being affected. The fans simply took the momentary chaos in their stride – as part of the entertainment as it were, as the technicians got the power supply back up and running.

The club tents across the site are also now in full swing, Carl Craig, the sound of ‘Detroit’ is on later, and Fischerspooner are also on to keep the Benicassim party going to the early hours.

The final day looms large tomorrow – more Brits on the horizon with super-proggers Muse headlining, plus the Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Calexico and Simian Mobile Disco all on the bill.

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Pic credit: Guy Eppel


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