Spain's FIB Benicassim takes place between 12-15 July, featuring Bob Dylan, New Order, Florence + The Machine and The Stone Roses as headliners. If that sounds quite UK friendly, well that's because the event's boss Vince Power is based over here - and is also the man behind the Hop Farm Festival. Here he gives The Q Festival blog the inside knowledge about this year's event.
How are the preparations for this year's festival currently going?
What acts on the bill are you most proud of booking this year?
"The Stone Roses!"
Who else are you looking forward to this year?
"Bob Dylan, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, New Order, Florence + The Machine and Miles Kane."
Have you managed to 'sneak' any personal favourites on to the bill, if so who?
"Yes - a few great Irish bands."
Can you recommend us one non-musical thing from this year's event?
"Benicassim has loads from film to art, beach pre festival activities pre music. Generally people are there from Monday making it a holiday, so we have lots of activities for fans to enjoy."
Any site changes festival goers should note?
"Nothing substantial but we always try to improve the site."
Have you still got the pool backstage?
"We haven't got the pool, we had to sacrifice it last year for a bigger capacity but we have a fabulous backstage area. Quite a lot of bands end up backstage, especially if they have a day or two spare to enjoy themselves."
What's the latest travel advice ahead of the festival?
"FIB is a truly international festival; we have a huge amount of people come from all over Europe, even 100's from the States. My advice is to look at all options available with regards to flights and transport. There are five different airports you can fly into as well as travelling by train; you really can make an adventure out of FIB Benicassim."
Is there one act who you haven't booked yet are you still desperate to have on?
"I would love to have The Smiths. I think in the last 18 years Benicassim has had the most of the acts available today apart from the newest ones, so the answer is I don't know."
For more, including the latest line-up and ticket news, head to Fiberfib.com.
10:37 AM | 05/07/2012
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