The programme for the Basoa and Lasai spaces, together with the confirmation of Fontaines D.C., Bicep, Blood Orange, Meute, Moses Sumney, Orville Peck and La Casa Azul, among others, adds to the already announced Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Placebo, Pet Shop Boys, FKA twigs and Bad Bunny.
Bilbao BBK Live announces today the lineup of its 2020 edition, adding 54 new namesto its programme, that includes a total of 93 artists and bands that will be performing on July 9th, 10th and 11th in Bilbao. Diversity and quality are the key components of the festival’s programme, which believes in the variety of genres and styles and, together with a range of renowned artists, also proposes a careful selection of talent to be discovered.
This new announcement incorporates Fountains D.C., whose first album proves that those who thought there was no substitute for guitar music were wrong. Their post-punk sound, influenced by bands like The Clash or The Pogues, has appealed both to the youngest audiences and to the generation that lived the eighties passionately. Also from Ireland, although based in London, comes Bicep, with an open and no-holds-barred approach to the creation of their music that has allowed them to firmly position themselves in the dance industry. As Blood Orange, Polymath Devonté, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, director, vocalist and one of the most influential voices in music today, has been compared to Kendrick Lamar or D’Angelo for his reflection on the identity of the black people. Also, Meute, a German Techno Marching Band, that has managed to revolutionize the concept of electronic music, disassociating it from the DJ’s decks with their legendary live show whose tickets are already sold out for their tour starting next week. The unclassifiable music of Moses Sumney with his unique and distinctive falsetto, that he uses as one more singular instrument to explore his orchestral and deeply experimental indie rock. The mysterious masked cowboy Orville Peck is a phenomenon in full bloom and is seducing music critics and fashionistas alike. With vocal prowess reminiscent of the great names of American classical country music, the outlawed cowboy Orville Peck talks about love and the loss of the North American wastelands. La Casa Azul, always transgressive, blurring the boundaries between styles and capable of mixing the disco music of the seventies with the europop of the nineties, will once again invite us to dance like there’s no tomorrow in Kobetamendi.
Basoa, the most desired space of the festival
As important as its musical proposal, Bilbao BBK Live maintains in this edition its effort to offer a very careful design of spaces.
Basoa is committed to enjoying electronic music to the fullest. A space that celebrates its fifth anniversary and is located in a natural environment that invites to escape and to fully enjoy the sound perception. This is how we conceive electronic music and this is how we want to represent it, as an invitation to join the collective celebration, both for those who come to Kobetamendi in search of these sounds and for those who want to experience it for the first time, in a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment.
Like last year, Thursday is once again a big day for for the LGBTQ community with The Black Madonna as a highlight, presenting its extraordinary musical quality, both in selection and technique, switching from disco to punchy techno, from pure house to hip-hop or the clattering jungle. Also on Thursday, we will host the infectious groove disco distilled by Severino and Jim Stanton in their productions, mixes and sessions as Horse Meat Disco and the explosive mix of breakbeats, hip-hop riffs and scratches, rumbling bass and disco atmosphere from Eris Drew. Josey Rebelle’s melting pot of influences, ranging from early house and techno to jungle, rare grooves, and garage. Julian Falk, the greatest surprise last year, will be opening the Basoa space this year.
On Friday, we will have electronic music icon Carl Craig, a creative visionary who has inspired many artists in the underground scene. His projects emanate creativity resulting from his fascination for futurism. In addition, we will have the brilliant talent of Palms Trax. Call Super with its fascinatingly layered music of intricate texture, crafted with meticulousness and care. Identified Patient is one of the most refreshing and attractive surprises to emerge from the ever vibrant and prolific Dutch scene. The Iranian Mozhgan completes the day’s lineup with seemingly contradictory and scattered sound concepts from which she obtains a coherent and subjugating mix.
After two consecutive years, the Barcelona DJ and producer John Talabot, is once again the protagonist of one of the most special moments of the festival, the closing of Basoa. It will be a great pleasure to have him back and enjoy his peculiar ability to combine the energy of disco, the sensuality of house music and the melodic touch of indie-pop. Redrago is the joint electronic project of Red Axes with the founder of the label Life and Death, DJ Tennis, offering in their DJ sets a psychedelic disco proposal of Italian music and Israeli trance rock, with many elements belonging to the craziest raves. Silvia Jiménez, aka Jasss has already left us speechless several times with her sessions. Jasss has her own voice, born from an EBM essence, industrial and rough, which has evolved into a music of great dimensions, unique and untransferable. Lena Willikens is driven by her emotions and by a much broader spectrum of interests ranging from contemporary art to film and literature that somehow intermingle in her fascinating sets and audiovisual installations. After two years performing at Hirian festival and closing the lineup of Basoa on Saturday, comes the illustrious, peculiar and inimitable DJ, Dave P, who describes himself as a pioneer of the Futuristic Sound.
Lasai, the space to slow down
With the premise of not exceeding 100 bpm, the rhythm at which the heart beats, Lasai is the place to slow down in a privileged location, surrounded by cypress trees, away from the hustle and bustle of the festival and with impressive views overlooking the city of Bilbao. The Lasai programme has two guest curators in this edition. Saturday’s lineup has been curated by Lena Willikens, while Thursday and Friday will be hosted by the online station Red Light Radio, based in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and today one of the most influential electronic music media internationally. In addition, every day they will be streaming and recording the Lasai sessions.
Lasai will make you dance at low revolutions to the intense, dark and psychedelic music of Charlotte Bendinks and explore the limits of mid-tempo dance with French DJ and producer Cosmo Vitelli. Dancehall music, sound art and techno territories will be explored by Low Jack (Philipphe Hallais), author of the acclaimed ‘Riddims du Lieu – dit’ from his own label Editions Gravats and collaborator of the experimental techno project Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement which he shares with Dominik Fernow. The most atmospheric feel will be provided by DJ, composer and producer Yu Su, moving through natural textures and jazzbient sounds, and by the French Marylou with her oniric sounds of improvised noises and strings. The national talent will be represented by Katza, co-founder of the Basque collective Paraleloan, which mixes postpunk, dub and industrial music, and the Barcelona duo Iro Aka, fusing downtempo, house, techno and ambient.
The French Ivan Smagghe, with more than a decade of releases, including his project with Black Strobe, will surely make the dance floor shine with his darkest electro house tracks. There will also be room for the industrial beats with 90’s roots of the Dutch Zohar, the disco tribal grooves with powerful drum sounds of Bufiman (also known as Wolf Mueller or Diskoking Burnhart McKoolski), the dark and sophisticated techno and deep house of Xhamana Johnes and the unique fusion created by the Dutch Beesmut Soundsystem, with their ability to blend different styles such as 80s minimalism, afrohouse, acid, exotica and electro. The list continues with emerging artists from the Dutch underground scene such as Upsammy who creates futuristic techno rhythms inspired by science fiction and Max Abysmal, who will bring his fusion of ambient sounds, 80s funk, techno and lo-fi nuances, who will undoubtedly brings us his combination of slow beats and high intensities. The lineup is completed by Lena Willikens, also from the Netherlands, who on this occasion will be working hand in hand with El Tigre Sound, and whose magic, by improvising on the decks, will make his live performance unexpected and unique.
A large, diverse and quality lineup
The cult band Ho99o9, known for their incendiary and confrontational style and a sound in which the rhythms and codes of hip-hop, punk and the heaviest rock converge naturally and powerfully, will also be present in the next edition of Bilbao BBK Live. The Californian rapper SiR brings us material influenced by R&B funk and soul that enhances his fluid and smooth style and that has counted with the collaboration of musicians like our headliner Kendrick Lamar, or Lil Wayne. The 2 bears, formed by Raf Rundell, co-founder of 1965 label and Joe Goddard from Hot Chip, will be closing the venue on Thursday in a very fun way. Los Bitchos, a band that has rapidly become one of the most acclaimed names on the London scene. The English Working Men’s Club, that released their debut single ‘Bad Blood’ in 2019, will be presenting their material at Bilbao BBK Live, in a revival exercise of the post-punk of the seventies and eighties. Scalping, a Bristol band formed in 2017 from a love for visionary dance music and the noise and speed of punk. Ghum, with its fascinating fusion of coldwave, grunge and post-punk.
Among the wide range of talent in the country, it’s worth keeping an eye on Sen Senra from Vigo. It’s no exaggeration to say that ‘Sensaciones’, his new album, was one of the most anticipated albums by critics and audiences in recent times. From Asturias, Fasenuova has developed one of the most personal and inimitable sound trajectories in the field of electronics. The duo’s background is so extensive that it is pointless to try and find references for their work. From the south, Colectivo Da Silva features seven musicians from Granada who have been one of the hidden gems of Spanish pop since 2017. Now it’s time to discover their collection of colourful songs with a post-yeye sound, ranging from the spectres of lo-fi, the sweet sunset of pop and the shady sound of psychodelia. Another recommended discovery is Yawners’ alternative pop-rock from the 90s. One has to listen live to the project of Elena Nieto from Salamanca, along with the drummer Martín Muñoz, to see that comparisons with The Breeders do not fall short. Searching in the Madrid underground we find Megansito el Guapo, with an evident pop approach but with a foundation based on electronic music genres ranging from UK garage, to house and dubstep to breakbeat. And raised in the midst of the Ruta del Bakalao, Topanga Kiddo’s fetishes range from the EBM of the nineties to the new shifts of the British underground, feeling a special attraction for anything that sounds electronic and comes from exotic and unknown latitudes. The freshness and confidence of the debut of the Galician duo Blanco Palmera, based in Madrid, was one of the great surprises of last year. On the decks, Daniless comes to offer an authentic avalanche of fun based on powerful rock, forceful pop songs and unquestionable hits. Resident of the Sala Apolo (Nitsa Club Barcelona), DJ Pegatas is a hardcore vinyl collector who ensures a great party wherever he goes. Playing at home we will have Amorante, the project of the ethnomusicologist Iban Urizar from Guipuzcoa, who aims to leave aside musical prejudices and will undoubtedly make us live one of the most special moments of this edition. No less interesting are TOC, who are coming from Mungia to present the songs of their debut album, full of catchy melodies.
Bilbao BBK Live reaches its 15th edition as one of the most important music events in Europe. Awarded the Best Large Format Festival in the latest Fest Awards, and with eight nominations for the 2020 Iberian Festival Awards, it has also been highlighted in the latest Culture Observatory of Fundación Contemporánea as one of the most important cultural initiatives in Spain, being also the festival with the greatest progress in the sector.
Bilbao BBK Live will take place on July 9th, 10th and 11th 2020 and, like in previous years, the campsite will feature a privileged location on the top of Mount Arraiz, ideal for nature lovers who come to the festival from outside Bilbao, with the possibility of attending organized trips. Both full tickets and day tickets, that can be paid in installments, are already on sale at the festival’s website.
Once again, the festival would like to thank all the sponsors for their support. Without their involvement, it would not have been possible to achieve the development and growth targets in this edition of the Bilbao BBK Live.
BILBAO BBK LIVE 2020
9, 10 and 11 July 2020
Thursday, July 9
KENDRICK LAMAR · PLACEBO · CARIBOU · MEUTE · THE RAPTURE · ACID ARAB live · ionalee / iamamiwhoami · LA BIEN QUERIDA · ORVILLE PECK · PERFUME GENIUS · BLANCO PALMERA · CHAI · ERIK URANO · MEGANSITO EL GUAPO · SiR · STELLA DONNELLY · THE 2 BEARS · THE MURDER CAPITAL · XABI BANDINI
Basoa: THE BLACK MADONNA · HORSE MEAT DISCO · ERIS DREW · JOSEY REBELLE · JULIAN FALK
Lasai: COSMO VITELLI · IVAN SMAGGHE · MAX ABYSMAL · UPSAMMY · XHAMANA JOHNES
Friday, July 10
THE KILLERS · BICEP live · BOMBA ESTÉREO · FONTAINES D.C. · SUPERGRASS · HINDS · HO99O9 · KELLY LEE OWENS · LEÓN BENAVENTE · TOMM¥ €A$H · WHITNEY · CALIFATO ¾ · CARIÑO · COLECTIVO DA SILVA · DANILESS · DJ PEGATAS · DORA · INHALER · OMAGO · SCALPING · SEN SENRA · TOC · WORKING MEN’S CLUB
Basoa: CARL CRAIG · PALMS TRAX · CALL SUPER · IDENTIFIED PATIENT · MOZHGAN
Lasai: BEESMUNT SOUNDSYSTEM · BUFIMAN · CHARLOTTE BENDIKS · IRO AKA · YU SU
Saturday, July 11
PET SHOP BOYS · BAD BUNNY · BLOOD ORANGE · FKA twigs · FOUR TET · EL COLUMPIO ASESINO · LA CASA AZUL · MOSES SUMNEY · SLOWTHAI · TINARIWEN · YVES TUMOR · AMORANTE · CHICO BLANCO · FASENUOVA · GHUM · KAYDY CAIN presenta SALSA DURA · LOS BITCHOS · MARÍA JOSÉ LLERGO · TOPPANGA KIDDO · TRIÁNGULO DE AMOR BIZARRO · YANA ZAFIRO · YAWNERS
Basoa: JOHN TALABOT · DJ TENNIS + RED AXES: REDRAGO · JASSS · LENA WILLIKENS · DAVE P
Lasai: LENA WILLIKENS & EL TIGRE SOUND · LOW JACK live · KATZA · MARYLOU · ZOHAR
Full ticket: 140€ + booking fee. Offer valid until April 3rd.
Full ticket + Camping: 158€ +booking fee.Offer valid until April 3rd.
Day ticket: 60€ + booking fee.
Payment in installments available