Bilbao BBK Live 2018
There’s nothing quite like a festival in the sunshine – no mud, no tent puddles and no style-killing ponchos. Which is why more and more British people are heading to Spain for their annual festival outings.
Bilbao BBK Live is one of the biggest festivals on the Iberian peninsula and is the Basque Country’s number one. It’s easy to see why, with a stellar line-up year on year since its first edition in 2005. In its trophy case: Guns’n’Roses, Depeche Mode, the Deftones, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, The Mars Volta, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Incubus, The Police, R.E.M., The Prodigy, Rammstein, Slayer, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Radiohead, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, The Black Keys, Phoenix, Crystal Castles, Muse, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and MGMT.
It all takes place against the backdrop of the unique Mont Cobetas landscape, overlooking the city of Bilbao. The Basque capital has been accruing an increasing reputation as a top tourist destination and has plenty of delights to offer outside of the festival.
No surprise that Bilbao BBK was nominated for “Best Foreign Festival” at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and 2011 and for “Best-Medium Sized European Festival” three times running at the European Festivals Awards (2009-2011). Headliners of 2018 are Gorillaz, The XX and The Chemical Brothers among others.
Festival dates & Opening times
Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th July 2018
The Chemical Brothers
- alt-J, Ana Curra, Aneguria, Benjamin Clementine, Bomba Estéreo, Borrokan, Carolina Durante, Cecilia Payne, Cooper, David Byrne, Fischerspooner, Gorillaz, James, Jungle, Melenas, Mexrrissey, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Parquet Courts, Quentin Gas & Los Zingaros, Temples, The Chemical Brothers, The XX, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Yonaka, Young Fathers
Bilbao BBK Live takes place within a specially constructed complex on a hillside in the Kobetamendi Park, welcoming 140,000 festival goers each year.
It is excellently facilitated, with numerous food stalls and bars dotted around, as well as a “walking bar” service. No more fighting through crowds half way through a gig because you’re dying of thirst! There are also a reassuringly large number of toilets all around the site – because who wants to waste precious time in a loo queue?
All in all, you’re pretty guaranteed to spend most of your time actually enjoying the music at Bilbao BBK!
How to get there
FROM AIRPORT TO CITY:
- After you’ve booked your package with us, you will receive tailor-made directions. In them we will tell you how you can travel from airport to hotel and from hotel to the venue (transfer tickets are not included in the package price).
- By bus: Bus A3247 operated by local transportation company Bizkaibus will take you from Bilbao Airport to the city centre in about 15 minutes. Buses run every half hour from 6.15 am to 0.00 pm and one-way tickets cost 1,45€ (1£).
- By taxi: taxis can be found outside the airport terminal. A taxi ride from Bilbao Airport to the city centre costs approximately 20€ (15£). A number of different taxi companies enable you to book your taxi online ahead of time, such as Radio taxi Bilbao and WIFI taxi.
FROM CITY TO THE VENUE:
- Bilbao BKK has arranged free shuttles from Bilbao to Kobetamendi and back. The shuttles will depart from BEC (next to Ansio metro station) and Termibús (San Mamés station). Buses will stop at the festival entrance until 4pm. After this time and due to the large number of festival goers, buses will stop at the Beyena factory, from where you will have to walk to the festival site. Shuttles from the festival to BEC and Termibús will depart from the Beyena Factory.
- The festival site is also reachable by foot. Termibús (San Mamés station), there is a 25 minutes walk to the festival grounds. You can find a handy detailed map of how to get there by foot here.
Bilbao is a buzzing, cosmopolitan, cultural city that mingles the stalwartly traditional with the resolutely modern. Its futuristic Guggenheim museum, designed by Frank Gehry, has become emblematic of the city, and is an unmissable stop on the city tour. Lovers of great architecture will also foam at the sight of the Alhóndiga, an old warehouse that has been magnificently transformed into a multipurpose cultural centre imagined by Philippe Strack.
There’s also plenty to whet the appetites of hardened party-goers, the Basques being famous for their ability to let loose of an evening. Indeed, the Basque Country has the highest concentration of bars, pubs and cafés in all of Spain.
Plunge straight into the heart of the madness in Casco Viejo (Zazpi Kaleak in Basque), the historical centre of the city, and partake in a Txikiteo in the “calle del perro” (Dog Street). Txikiteo is to the Basques what pub crawls are to the British. The difference is that pints are replaced by small glasses of wine called “txikitos” and crisps by Basque tapas named “pintxos”. Barrenkale Street and its parallel thoroughfare, Barrenkale Barrena, are often so crowded that you may not get to choose your bar – so just squeeze into the first one you can!
Festival services & information
- Minimum age: you must be at least 16 years old to attend Bilbao BBK Live by yourself. Teenagers aged 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult and will not be allowed to purchase any alcoholic drinks inside the festival area. Please make sure you carry your ID with you at all times as the festival staff may conduct random checks.
- Access to the festival grounds: all 3-day festival tickets must be exchanged for a wristband at the festival ticket offices located at the entrance of the festival. The wristband will allow you to enter and exit as many times as you wish, from your arrival, until 05:00 in the morning. If you exit after this time you will be denied entrance until the following days opening time. Even if you have a wristband.
-Food and drinks: please note that you are not allowed to enter the festival site with your own food and drinks. You will find a vast array of bars and food stand scattered across the festival site.