Pavement, new headliner of Bilbao BBK Live

Joined by Róisín Murphy, Perfume Genius, Arca, Young Fathers, Desire, Neo Pistea, and Judeline, as well as the full lineup of Basoa and Lasai round out the lineup

The day tickets will be available for purchase on Thursday, 9 March 

Esku pilota; this Basque word is made up of eskua=hand and pilota=ball
Esku pilota is a special variety of Basque handball. It is played without racquets and bats, and players use their hands to strike the ball. The players or pelotaris wrap them in tape and cloth to protect them. [Photography: Supereuskadi photo essay by artist Vicente Paredes]

The lineup for the upcoming edition of Bilbao BBK Live 2023 is now complete. On the 6, 7 and 8 of July, the festival will newly welcome artists the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Phoenix, and Pavement, which will ensure that once again, the experience becomes a must-attend event in a unique natural enclave, the Kobetamendi mountain in the heart of Bilbao. 

THURSDAY 6 JULY

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, FEVER RAY, M83, ARCA

The doors of the 16th edition open on Thursday, 6 July, when the British band Florence + The Machine will once again set foot on Basque soil. They will be accompanied during the opening by the previously announced The Chemical Brothers, Fever Ray, and M83 and joined by the undefinable, undisputed, and transformative Arca. The opening day will also feature the dark synth-pop of Desire, the Dominican artist known for her session with Bizarrap Villano Antillano, Australian Ry X’s spirituality, and the previously announced Dry Cleaning, Delaporte, and Amaia. The opening day also welcomes the post-punk perreo of Friolento, the duo from Barcelona Alex Serra & Totidub, the dream pop of Art School Girlfriend, the pop melodies of eee gee, the virtual aura of Faxu and the post-millennial idiosyncrasy of Txopet; and the Catalonian trio Playback Maracas, Colectivo Da Silva and Bengo.

FRIDAY 7 JULY

PAVEMENT, PHOENIX, RÓISÍN MURPHY, DANIEL AVERY, THE BLAZE, JAMIE XX, DUKI

On Friday, 7 July, the lineup will be topped by Pavement, the iconic leading band of the 90s on their return onstage with a single date in Spain in 2023. With 3 of their first albums among the 500 best albums ever according to Rolling Stones. The U.S. band and the French Phoenix will take the audience back in time as they revisit their greatest indie hits of the 90s and 2000s. In their live session, the multifaceted Róisín Murphy and the British techno lead Daniel Avery will join the previously announced The Blaze, Jamie xx y Duki. Nanpa Básico will provide the rap sounds hailing directly from Medellín. The German rock band Bilbao, The Murder Capital, and Tinariwen complete the journey through the sound map of the festival’s second day. 

In terms of national talent, the Madrid rock band Morgan, the brazenness and self-assurance of La Élite, the folklore of Baiuca, and the Montgrí guitar sounds of Cala Vento will join the urban artists of the lineup with Albany as headliner accompanied by the flamenco sounds of La Plazuela, the melodic rap of Dudi and the hyper pop of Maria Escarmiento. Dadabe and Rüdiger will represent Bilbao’s talent.

SATURDAY 8 JULY

ARCTIC MONKEYS, IDLES, RÖYKSOPP, LOVE OF LESBIAN, 070 SHAKE.

The festival will be wrapped by Arctic Monkeys and key exponents of the lineup, such as Idles, Röyksopp, Love of lesbian, and 070 Shake. Perfume Genius, the king of art-pop, will also perform, as will the multifaceted and multicultural Young Fathers, the Argentinian trap of Neo Pistea, and the South Korean-American cyborg Miss Grit. Guitars play a big part in the final day with bands like La Paloma and Menta from Madrid and the previously announced The Lathums, Arde Bogotá, and Merina Gris. The urban scene will be represented by the delicateness of Judeline, the sound fusion and powerful live performance of Hofe x 4:40, and Rojuu and Ben Yart rounding out the urban lineup for Saturday. Eneritz Furyak will provide the post-folk sound from Irún.

BASOA

THE ELECTRONIC FOREST, TEMPLE OF ESCAPISM

The electronic lineup of Basoa is completed with the announcement of three of the most promising names in the electronic scene in Spain: Toccororo, Sama Yax, and Dalila. The sum of these three national DJs rounds out the 15 names of this edition’s lineup and one that is both eclectic and compact, avant-garde and purist. With Anz, Call Super, HAAi, Sama Yax, and Violet on Thursday; Ben Ufo, Sherelle, Job Jobse, Dinamarca, and Dalila on Friday and Young Marco, Avalon Emerson, John Talabot, GAZZI, and Toccororo on Saturday. It will again become a temple of escapism where the current gurus of the electronic scene will emerge, a forest that will become Europe’s most distinguished dance floor.

LASAI

MUSIC INNOVATION WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF BILBAO

Lasai arose to not exceed 100 beats per minute and has become the key stage to put the brakes on and leave room for the masters of slow tempos and high intensities. On the opening day, the stage will be inundated by the avant-garde sounds of  DJ Der, Formica, Olivia, Phoebe, and Xamana Jones. GAZZI will curate the stage on Friday, introducing 8kitoo, Malibu, Ouri, Senda Fatal, and Tenguerengue. Saturday’s curator will be Dinamarca including Fantasilandia, Ghazal, Kebra, Linnéa, and Sukumons on the lineup.

The sixteenth edition of Bilbao BBK Live has a lineup designed for the audience to savor every performance, allowing enough time to make the most of each moment, every sound, and every live performance in an unmatched location, making Bilbao BBK Live an exceptional experience. 

AN EUSKO LABEL LINEUP

This announcement reveals a new image from the Supereuskadi photo essay by artist Vicente Paredes, esku pilota, which adds to the previously disclosed images, the harri-jasotzailes (stone lifters) and the legend of Tximistarri (lightning stone). Because at Bilbao BBK Live, art in all forms is as fundamental as music, as they share a common goal of revealing the identity and idiosyncrasy of the Basque country. 

WE SOW AWARENESS AND OXYGEN

The festival organizers uphold their commitment to caring for natural environments. They will donate €3 for every ticket sold to the reforestation of the wooded land affected by the Balmaseda forest fire in November. The Enkarterri district is considered the ecological lung of Biscay.

Passes are still available on the festival’s tickets section and seetickets.com/es, with the convenience of purchasing in installments and booking camping access. Day tickets are available starting Thursday, 9 March, at a special price of €70.

BILBAO BBK LIVE

6, 7, 8 July 2023

Kobetamendi, Bilbao

Pass: €175 *Special price through 9 March

Day tickets: €70 – for sale starting on 9 March

For sale on the festival’s tickets section and seetickets.com/es

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070 SHAKE

ALBANY

ALEX SERRA & TOTIDUB

AMAIA

ANZ 

ARCA

ARCTIC MONKEYS

ARDE BOGOTÁ

ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND 

AVALON EMERSON 

BAIUCA

BEN UFO

BEN YART

BENGO

BILBAO

THE BLAZE

CALA VENTO

CALL SUPER

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

COLECTIVO DA SILVA

DADABE

DANIEL AVERY 

DELAPORTE

DESIRE

DJ DER

DINAMARCA

DRY CLEANING

DUDI

DUKI

EEE GEE

LA ÉLITE

ENERITZ FURYAK

FANTASILANDIA SET

FAXU

FEVER RAY 

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

FORMICA

FRIOLENTO

GAZZI

GHAZAL

HAAI 

HOFE X 4:40

IDLES 

JAMIE XX 

JOB JOBSE

JOHN TALABOT

JUDELINE

KEBRA

THE LATHUMS 

LINNÉA

LOVE OF LESBIAN 

M83

MALIBU

MARÍA ESCARMIENTO

MENTA

MERINA GRIS

MISS GRIT

MORGAN

THE MURDER CAPITAL 

NANPA BÁSICO

NEO PISTEA

OLIVIA

OURI

LA PALOMA 

PAVEMENT

PERFUME GENIUS

PHOEBE

PHOENIX 

PLAYBACK MARACAS

LA PLAZUELA

ROJUU

RÖYKSOPP

RÜDIGER 

RY X

SAMA YAX

SENDA FATAL

SHERELLE

SUKUMONS

TENGUERENGUE

TINARIWEN

TOCCORORO

TXOPET

VILLANO ANTILLANO

VIOLET

XAMANA JONES

YOUNG FATHERS 

YOUNG MARCO