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In Bizkaia’s music festivals and shows, one thing is sure: quality. There are music genres and styles for all and sundry, from Bilbao BBK Live to BIME to the MTV Europe Music Awards late in the year… Pump up the volume!

Bilbao BBK Live is a leading festival in the international music scene. Its stage in Kobetamendi (Mount Kobetas) has hosted concerts by the world’s top bands: Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Chemical Brothers… Thousands of people gather at Mount Kobetas for the festival every year. In addition to the concerts, there are food trucks offering the best of street cuisine. The organisers do everything in their power for the experience to be unforgettable. Also, you will meet lots of interesting people with a common interest: music.

BIME is the autumn festival in Bizkaia. It comes in three different versions: Pro, Live and City. BIME Pro is an event for professionals in the music industry. BIME Live offers concerts and DJ sessions. Finally, BIME City comprises a series of free concerts in Bilbao’s most popular venues. In six years, BIME has become a reference in music events. In 2017, BIME Live was granted the Fest Award for Best Tech-based Festival.

Last but not least, this year Bilbao is playing host to the MTV Europe Music Awards on 4th November, preceded by an enthralling concert that will be held at San Mames stadium the day before. Before this, however, there are a zillion concerts and shows for you to enjoy. What are you waiting for?

How to get there

Gastronomy

Where to eat

Eating well is easy in Bilbao. In the centre of town – in the Casco Viejo (Old Town) or the Ensanche –, there are many bars and restaurants where you can have delicious pintxos (counter snacks) or invigorating dishes, delivering traditional Basque flavours and modern twists. Michelin-starred signature restaurant or pintxo-pote (bar-hopping for snacks and drinks)? Make your pick!

In the vicinity of BEC, in Barakaldo, you will find several restaurants offering special menus or fast food options for a quick meal between concerts.

Accommodation

Where to sleep

In the area of BEC, in Barakaldo, there are several hotels where you can spend the night. However, the exhibition centre is very close to Bilbao (only 10km), which can be reached by either bus or underground from there. In the capital city, you fill find a wider range of hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and boarding houses.

If you are coming for Bilbao BBK Live, there is a campsite 3km from the festival grounds. It can hold as many as 12,000 people. There is also a site for ‘glamping’, that is, camping with glamour. It features all the amenities of a hotel: electricity, beds and linen, buffet breakfast… In any case, there is a bus to central Bilbao after the concerts, so you can stay in town too.

  • For further information about this year’s bands and musicians, festival news and tickets, visit the festival websites. Have a nice time!

    Bilbao BBK Live

    When: 12, 13 and 14 July

    Where: Kobetamendi. Bilbao, Bizkaia

    Visit the website

    BIME Live/Pro/City

    When:

    BIME Pro: 24, 25 and 26 October

    BIME Live: 26 and 27 October

    BIME City: 24, 25 and 26 October

    Where:

    BIME Pro: Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC). Barakaldo, Bizkaia

    BIME Live: Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC). Barakaldo, Bizkaia

    BIME City: Several venues. Bilbao, Bizkaia

    Visit the website

    MTV European Music Awards 2018

    When: 3 November (concert at San Mames Stadium, Bilbao) + 4 November (award ceremony)

    Where: Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC). Barakaldo, Bizkaia

    Visit BEC's website

    Visit MTV's website

    • Price

      Bilbao BBK Live

      Find tickets

      Prices:

      Three-day pass: €155

      Three-day pass + camping: €165

      One-day ticket: €60

      Four-night camping: €10

      BIME Live/Pro/City

      BIME Pro tickets

      Price: €65 + service fees

      BIME Live tickets

      Price: €48 (two-day pass) + service fees

      BIME Pro + Live tickets

      Price: €98 + service fees

      BIME City

      Price: Free admission (limited seating)

    • Location

      Kobetamendi (Bilbao)
      Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) (Barakaldo)

  • Listening to your favourite bands and dancing non-stop for hours can be exhausting. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes on festival days.

    Both Bilbao BBK Live and BIME have a cashless system, so you do not have to worry about money. You can put pocket money on your festival wristband to buy your food and beverages, as well as festival merchandise. If you run out of money, you can refill your wristband.