Franz, Kings, Weller To Headline Benicassim
The 2009 festival, running July 16-19, will be the 15th annual Benicassim event. The festival, which has become established as a favorite with overseas music fans -- particularly from the United Kingdom and Ireland -- in recent years, drew 150,000 fans to its site on Spain's east coast in 2008. That bill included Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, The Raconteurs, Babyshambles and the Ting Tings.
London-based live music entrepreneur Vince Power has a controlling interest in the event. Power was the founder of the Mean Fiddler Music Group in the United Kingdom but sold his stake in the company to Live Nation and Irish promoter Denis Desmond in 2005. MFMG was subsequently renamed Festival Republic.
A limited number of advance tickets for Benicassim are available via online ticketing giants seetickets and lastminute until Jan. 15.