Bilbao BBK Live forges ahead with a line up in which present, past and future are one featuring some of today’s big names, from both the national and international scene. The already announced Weezer are joined by artists of such pedigree as The Strokes, band responsible for having resurrected rock in the early naughties, breathing new life into the genre and leaving their mark on countless groups to date, now kicking off their global comeback with this Bilbao show; Rosalía, the most relevant artist to emerge from our own Spain in many years, revolutionising the current scene planet wide; Thom Yorke ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes‘, side project of the leader of Radiohead in which he gives wings to his overwhelming creativity with a show that is also nourished by the presence of the great Nigel Godrich (regular producer of Radiohead) and the amazing visuals of the video artist Tarik Barri; Vetusta Morla, still raising the roof wherever they go; and the incombustible Suede, that flagship of Britpop whose new album proves their prevalence above all others of their generation.
Thom Yorke ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’, side project of the leader of Radiohead in which he gives wings to his overwhelming creativity with a show that is also nourished by the presence of the great Nigel Godrich and the amazing visuals of the video artist Tarik Barri;
Two trends gain ground at the upcoming Bilbao BBK Live: on one hand, the urban auralities chiselling out the “current sound”, with rapper Vince Staples, surname ringing autonymic with regard to 21st century hip hop, adored by critics and public alike, and possessed of a sonic imagination that extends far beyond rap proper; the steamroller that is Brockhampton, musical collective helmed by Kevin Abstract who are ripping hip hop a new one with every release (following in the footsteps of groundbreaking antecedents such as Wu-Tang Clan or the Odd Future collective) and whose live show is a right churnsome vortex; Princess Nokia, new reference of independent urban sounds who since her album 1992 deluxe has been giving voice to a generation unable to respect boundaries among hip hop, R&B and even pop and rock; Nathy Peluso, a veritable sponge for every possible nuance of urban and Latin American music, synthesising them into a personal fusion of trap and her signature sandungeo; the volcanic Ms Nina, one of the prime exponents of Spanish reggaeton and trap and Mueveloreina, with her rousing and romping live set of trap, tropical riddims, and piquant lyrical onslaught.
And on the other hand, we have the new batch of bands rehashing punk through sheer irreverence and flattening live shows, such as Idles, one of the bands of the year who, with their latest record, have definitively broken onto the international scene, consolidating themselves as the official successors of the most rabid and authentic British punk; the iconoclastic melange of working class post-punk and rap of Sleaford Mods; the potent duo Slaves, with high doses of punk aggression and a garage-rock sound; Shame, another one of the season’s breakouts, with a brutal live sound, as is that of Viagra Boys, the latest punk meteor to hurtle out of Stockholm.
But Kobetamendi holds much more in store, from the return of John Grant, who since the breakup of The Czars has remained one of the best voices in American indie music, to The Voidz, side-project of one Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), double-billing it this Bilbao BBK Live, as well as prime proponents of international pop and indie-rock Cut Copy, Khruangbin and Jonathan Bree, not to mention some of the biggest names netted from the myriad currents of the international electronica scene, such as The Blaze, French twosome responsible for dropping one of the year’s hottest records, drawing on house, electronica and visuals to generate one of the most stimulating projects of the moment;
Modeselektor Live, one of the most suggestive and unclassifiable proposals on the festival programme coming from the brains behind Moderat and Apparat; the brilliant Nils Frahm, whose soundscapes have once more topped every best-of-2018 list with his new album ‘All Melody‘; Hot Chip, still a buzzword in British electronic pop; and other noteworthy sounds hailing from the far reaches of the globe, including the personal, Ecuadorian references of producer Nicola Cruz, Sirian artist Omar Souleyman with his conjugation of traditional music, Arabic poetry, and electronica, all the way to the oriental roots of the fascinating Yaeji and ineffable Kero Kero Bonito.
Plumping up the hefty roster of national and local artists are Pony Bravo, Calavento, Uniforms, Serrulla, Olatz Salvador, EraBatera and Belatz.
All of these and many more important artists will be performing live at the festival on 11, 12 and 13 July of 2019 in the already iconic Kobetamendi, a natural mountainside venue elevating the musical experience with a matchless concert space. Bilbao BBK Live promises, yet another year, to be the place to be for an unmissable celebration of the best music of the moment in unique surroundings.
BILBAO BBK LIVE
11, 12 and 13 14 July 2019 Kobetamendi, Bilbao
in alphabetical order:
BELATZ / THE BLAZE/ BROCKHAMPTON/ CALA VENTO/ CUT COPY/ ERABATERA/ HOT CHIP/ IDLES/ JOHN GRANT/ JONATHAN BREE/ KERO KERO BONITO/ KHRUANGBIN/ MODESELEKTOR live/ MS NINA/ MUEVELOREINA/ NATHY PELUSO/ NICOLA CRUZ live/ NILS FRAHM/ OLATZ SALVADOR/ OMAR SOULEYMAN/ PONY BRAVO/ PRINCESS NOKIA/ ROSALÍA/ SERRULLA/ SHAME/ SLAVES/ SLEAFORD MODS/ THE STROKES/ SUEDE/ THOM YORKE ‘TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES’/ UNIFORMS/ VETUSTA MORLA/ VIAGRA BOYS/ VINCE STAPLES/ THE VOIDZ/ WEEZER/ YAEJI.