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I’m in a park, on a mountain, clutching a beer, watching the sun sink behind the city below, about to watch Green Day on stage - does life get any better?

I'm at Bilbao BBK 2013 and, well yes, it does - this year, The Prodigy are headlining. There’s little doubt that you, dear reader, are in the UK so you can travel until you can’t stand up properly without a backpack on. There’s also little doubt that you don’t enjoy an event where you can enjoy a little bevvie, see your favourite bands perform live, and wear a sleeping bag suit in public. So, by heading to Europe to take in a music festival, you can combine two of your favourite pastimes. And this is why, having experienced it firsthand, I recommend Bilbao BBK Live.

Birthed in 2006, the fest has seen the likes of Pearl Jam, Kaiser Chiefs and Radiohead take to its stages, and has been steadily rising in size and profile year on year as the demand for tickets has exploded since its inception. It’s scooped numerous fest award noms for Best European Fest (UK Fest Awards 2010 and 2011) and Best Medium-Sized European Festival (European Fest Awards 2009 to 2011). Having taken it in last year, it is clear to see why – its combination of intimate surrounds with bumper bands an irresistible appeal.

This year has already got the likes of aforementioned The Prodigy, Ohio garage rock duo The Black Keys, electrostars Polica, Scot-indie rock outfit Franz Ferdinand (and their infamous pointy shoes), MGMT and English folk rock superstar Frank Turner along with his Sleeping Souls, already confirmed to star at this multi-stage three-day event. But, unlike many music events this summer, it is far more than just a ‘fest in a field’.

Located in Kobetamendi Park, which is atop Mount Cobestas overlooking the city of Bilbao, you are treated to fantastic views, not to mention a unique, secluded atmosphere as evening descends and the music kicks off. And it is this evening-and-night-time set-up at Euro fests, BBK Live especially, that means they can be so much more than a beer-fuelled fight on through from lunch to midnight as Brit-fests often become (not least by the Brits). This leaves you free to occupy your days with recovery, should you need it, or, as I opted for, exploring the city and taking in all the region has to offer.


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