In July Bilbao welcomes the BBK Live festival, an absolute must for all the indie and alternative music fans. For anyone who was on the fence about which festival to head to this year, the lineup of this three-day festival on Mount Kobetas should help you make up your mind.
Each year BBK Live plays host to thousands music-hungry revelers from all around the world. Kobetamendi area, with a capacity for 15,000 people, is the location of the festival that, apart from the stages, also offers plenty of camping space and other services.
The headliners of the previous editions included five-star selection of artists like: The Killers, Muse, Depeche Mode, Die Antwoord, The Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand, Fleet Foxes and Primal Scream.
This edition, set to take place from July 12th to 14th, will be welcoming the international bands like Gorillaz, The XX, The Chemical Brothers, My Bloody Valentine, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Alt-J, Bomba Estéreo, David Byrne, Temples, Cigarettes After Sex and Young Fathers. As for local bands, we should mention Iseo & Dodosound, Rural Zombies, Lukiek, Melenas and Aneguria among others.
Electronic fans have their own area, a festival within a festival, called “Basoa” (woods) which always brings a heavy house and techno lineup. So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on the tickets!
Get ready for three exciting days packed with concerts, dancing and different sensations. The festival takes place at Mount Kobetas, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
On the other hand, don’t forget to pack your sunglasses and sunscreen, but also a rain-poncho should it rain. Remember to carry your festival wristband on you at all times. You must be at least 16 years old to attend BBK Live by yourself. Teenagers aged 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult and those younger than 10 have free admission.
How to reach us
Bilbao BBK Live has arranged free shuttles from Bilbao to Kobetamendi and back from Wednesday through Sunday. The shuttles will depart from Bilbao city center (close to Termibus and San Mamés metro station) and from BEC in Barakaldo (next to Ansio metro station).
Buses will stop at the festival entrance until 4:00 pm. After this time and due to the large number of festival goers, buses will stop at the old Beyena factory, from where you will have to walk to the festival site. Shuttles from the festival to San Mamés and BEC will depart from Beyena factory.
Where to eat
BBK Live festival is excellently facilitated with numerous food trucks where you can replenish your strength and sample a varied culinary offer ranging from hot dogs and artisan pizzas to hamburgers (and veggie-burgers), fries, kebabs and all sorts of gourmet sandwiches.
If you have a sweet-tooth, you can try some of the refreshing ice-creams or delicious crêpes. There will also be vegetarian and gluten-free options, including gluten-free beer. Enjoy!
Where to sleep
Located in one of Bilbao’s main recreational areas, just 3 km from the festival enclosure, the Bilbao BBK Live’s camping site is a large green area surrounded by trees, approximately 120,000 m2 in size and with a capacity for about 12,000 people. The camping site will open to the public on Wednesday at noon and it will close on Sunday at 3:00 pm. The price of the camping for four nights is €10.
For those wishing to stay at the site, but are not big fans of roughing it, the same site offers glamping, a deluxe campsite that offers hotel amenities (single or double bed and bedding, electricity and even buffet breakfast) all under the stars in Kobetamendi.
If you prefer to rest in a room of your own, you can book your accommodation in Bilbao. Public bus service will take you to the city center where you can easily find a place in one of the numerous hotels, hostels or guesthouses in the area.