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ANITA DARLING AND LOLITA DEVINE'S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO VALENCIA'S HOTTEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

2009 and the fifteenth edition of the Festival Internacional de Benicassim will be our seventh and sixth years attending respectively, and it truly is the highlight of both our Summers. This is one fun-filled four day event under the sun - beach, live music, good people and plenty of things to do - what more could we ask for?

Not that we consider ourselves experts or anything, and we're too much of princesses to camp so don't take our advice in that area too seriously, but we have compiled a little guide to make sure your time at the festival runs as smoothly as possible. Here goes, music lovers!

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THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE YOU GET HERE:

Definitely work out your itinerary from airport to Benicassim and back to the airport again when its all over Book train tickets as soon as possible, otherwise you may find yourself stranded and miss out on all the excitement!
trains: www.renfe.es or from outside spain: www.spanish-rail.co.uk
buses: www.alsa.es / www.avanzabus.com / www.avsa.es  / www.avsa.es / www.autobusescastellon.com
MARAWORLD The festival organisation peeps have come up with a brilliant idea to get there too, check it out here: fib.compartir.org. It's all about sharing a car to get to the festival and encouraging people to be more eco-friendly. We like.
Or you can join the Fiberclub for 25€ which incledes return bus journey to and from Valencia Airport

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WHAT YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE:

SUNSCREEEEEN! Whenever we're in the UK we stock up on Boots Soltan 'once' sun lotion, (one application lasts up to six hours etc... but we're sure there must be other makes too, don't quite understand why nothing similar has been brought out here yet!?) and its super handy for those long walks into town/to the beach/into the festival, especially if you're in one of the campsites located further away from the site itself as the last thing you want is to to be burnt for the weekend. It's from 2 to 5 when you've really got to watch those shoulders, noses and centre partings! ouch!
Beach Towel. Obvious reasons.
Bikini/Swimsuit!!
Hair bobbles and headscarves.... it's hot!
Sunglasses! At all times!
NO high heels. No point.
Comfy shoes, like plimsolls and sandals
Wellies? Probably not, it barely rains ( knock wood ) and the probabilities of a Glastonbury-esque oh-dear-is-that-my-tent-floating-away situation are a million to one.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you're camping, either jelly shoes or plastic flip flops for the showers and toilets. We've been in there, it's not pretty.

GIRLS: On a more fashionable note, Kate Moss set the tone for festival fashion many years ago, and things haven't really changed - you're still going to look hot in mini denim shorts and a waistcoat, though the wellies are obviously unnecessary (see above) and the Belstaff raincoat too. The only thing that we would say is plan to wear as few layers as possible-- you may end up wishing you rethought the long-sleeved kaftan or skinny jeans in one of the marquees when its 35 degrees in there, and a leather waistcoat would probably do a good job of helping you work up a sweat too.

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WHAT YOU MUST DO WHEN HERE:

DON´T...Forget all the extra-musical activities planned alongside the concerts! There's loads of art installations all over Benicassim town and all along the beach, we find they make fabulous photo opportunities and are usually pretty good stuff from really talented artists too. There is also theatre, both street and in venues over town, dance, fashion shows, and competitions to be seen. The mustang tent is the place to spot all the action, last year PJ couldn't get enough of the models hanging out before the shows. Too pretty!

DON'T ...Miss the football match at the Benicassim sports centre - its Artists v. Press (The press always, always win)  and is usually about 5 euros for the match and a huge plate of Paella with a drink. Saturday morning in town, near the bottom of the main road before you get to the old railway bridge, turn down towards the sea.

DON'T... Forget your pennies inside the festival: FIBShop is packed with festival memorabilia, from band Tshirts to official merchandising including badges, lighters, fans, and bags. We once heard Prince Harry was seen buying a FIB Tote a couple of years back and spent the next two days royalty-stalking. Didn't even glimpse the boy, but made for fun times anyway!

More shopping can be done at FIBMarket, the shopping area which gets bigger every year and is packed with vintage clothes, sunglasses, jewelry, posters and badges, and loads of freebies.

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WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK:

Inside the festival site the eating areas serve really good food, from Paella and wraps to crepes, burgers and pasta. We girls find a sweet crepe at around 3 in the morning gives us that extra pop to carry on through til the early hours. Remember to buy your tickets for drinks at the little huts, and that at the eating stalls, there is a separate queue for tickets on the side of every one. It's a major bummer when you get to the front of the queue to realise you haven't bought your ticket and have to do it all over again, especially when you're in a rush to get a good spot for the start of Morrissey's set! (Coming from past experience, of course).

When not inside the festival, there are literally supermarkets all over Benicassim town. Mercadona, Consum and Lidl all up their stock and even change their layout especially for the festival-goers so everything you need is close to hand.

If you're not making your own food, the main road through Benicassim is absolutely packed with bars, restaurants and cafes, and we have to have a Chinese meal at the Chinese restaurant near the top of the road. Their set menu is dead cheap and too good to miss, round about day three of our stay when you're feeling slightly hungover and need something tasty and naughty to keep you going.

For a slightly smarter sit-down meal La Manduca is gorgeous and serves typical Mediterranean food like grilled vegetables and fish and their rice is quite well renowned.

THE FIB 09 LINE UP
Thursday 16 July

HEADLINE OASIS
Aldo Linares + Anni B Sweet +La Bien Querida
The Bishops +Dj Catódica + Christian Smith
The Coronas +Los Coronas (Esp) + Fangoria
Four Tet (Dj) + Gang Of Four + Glasvegas +El Goma Justus Köhncke
Kevin Saunderson Presents: Inner City Live
Mario Ciëlo +Dj Miguelink + Mystery Jets
Naive New Beaters + NiteVisions + No Reply + Oasis Dj Polar + Telepathe +The Walkmen
We Are Standard

Friday 17 July
HEADLINE KINGS OF LEON
Boys Noize + Christina Rosenvinge + Cooper
Dorian Dj + Fight Like Apes
From Karaoke To Stardom + Glass Candy
Le Hammond Inferno + Homeboy Dj +The Horrors Infadels Dj’s + Javier Corcobado + Joe Crepúsculo Kings of Leon + Magazine + Maxïmo Park
Nacho Vegas + nudozurdo + Paul Weller
Paul Woolford +Los Planetas + Rayuela Dj’s + Scattini Tom Tom Club + Yuksek

Saturday 18 July
HEADLINE FRANZ FERDINAND
2 Many DJ’s + Adrian Le Freak + Aeroplane + Bell X1 Delorean + Elbow + Foals + Franz Ferdinand
Galan Dj + Gui Boratto + Josele Santiago + L.A.
Lily Allen +The Mighty Stef + Miqui Puig + Peaches Ratolines + Russian Red + Smart + Steve Aoki + Tadeo Television Personalities +The Unfinished Sympathy The Wave Pictures

Sunday 19 July
HEADLINE THE KILLERS
Ángel Pop + <<rinôçérôse>> + Óscar Salvaje
Birdy Nam Nam + Calexico + CatPeople + David Kitt DiskJokke + Flow + Friendly Fires + Giant Sand + Hell The Killers + Klaus & Kinski + Laurent Garnier + Lykke Li + Muzikalia Dj + Oblique + Peter Doherty + Popof The Psychedelic Furs + TV on the Radio + White Lies

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