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THURSDAY 15TH JULY -FIB 2010 DAY ONE -
Well its only one day in but I can already see that things are a lot different around here. Maybe I was getting a bit confident, but I felt that the festival and I were like best friends, we knew each other really well, our ins and outs, ups and downs and just how we liked things done. And now I’m feeling like I’ve lost touch and been left behind!
Driving into Benicassim there is a huge dark cloud looming over the town, but I can feel myself getting more and more excited as we near close. Plus, my partner in crime this year, PJ is rather sunburnt and giving me something to laugh about/at. We drive into the car park and the accreditations tent is not in the same place as it usually is. No biggie, its actually closer to where we park. Ooh, staff look super cool in Fred Perry polos. Jealous.
Rush home and dump stuff because must get back for 7 for my Twitter buds and last year’s FIBdemo winners The Paris Riots. Walking onto the festival grounds, I cannot believe I didn’t notice the fairground rides earlier! What’s this, FIB? Fairground rides? Really, old friend? Fun, I guess, and the hilarious juxtaposition of their traditional Spanish gypsy techno music next to the Pista Jack Daniel’s with its trendy pop DJs is interesting as we walk onto the scene. More changes – the Fiberfib.com stage is no longer in a tent but open air, as is the Eastpack Fib Club stage! This is very good news (unless it rains, thinking of the afternoon’s moody skies) – it could get very, very hot in there and those massive fans that blow water around didn’t really do much but mess up the ‘do, you know?
So The Paris Riots. So pleased they get a Green Stage slot, its amazing and so are they, filling the arena with their infectious pop rock sounds. After that, I have to admit we went out to the car and met up with some Valencian friends and our cooler full of beers and yummy sandwiches. Its thirsty work, this dancing. I mean, working. We make it back to the Green Stage for the Parisian chic of daughter of Seventies icons Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, rocking some very skinny black leather trousers, white tank and black waistcoat. The general consensus was that she suddenly looks her age (39), but with the sun nearly gone maybe the light wasn’t too flattering or something. She proclaimed to be lucky to have worked with the likes of Beck and Air but that the greatest “repertoire”she could pull from was her fathers, and to much applause from the crowd, sang a song of Serge’s.
Couldn’t decide if I liked Brendan Benson’s jerky ballads, and there wasn’t the most impressive turnout, but let’s be honest, there really didn’t seem to be very many people about until a lot later on in the night, for the likes of Kasabian and The Temper Trap.
The Temper Trap were full of energy, and the crowd suddenly gathered for as far as you could see to hear their summer pop, perfect for a music festival in the open air!
I legged it over to the Green Stage as fast as I could for Kasabian, bloody concert conflicts – this was my first major one of the weekend but many more coming up, I need to split myself in two! Was on wrong side of stage, made a friend as I sprinted back the other way – not easy in shorts, gladiator sandals and holding a massive camera, but made my way just in time. Kasabian were incredible, and the crowd were giving it their all as they sung along to all the massive hits. Highlight of the set – closing with oldie but goodie LSF.
Loads of rumours spinning around the internet about Magnetic Man – we weren’t there so I can’t confirm or deny but I promise to find out more tonight!
Things are heating up lineup wise tonight with Vampire Weekend, Calvin Harris (live set – whoop!), Goldfrapp, my future husbands Mumford & Sons, Timo Maas and more.
If you’re here tweet me up – we’re @thisisfib – I’d love to meet up with you dear readers and fellow Fibers! Ta for now, Anita D.