Fancy a music festival on top of a hill overlooking Spain’s Basque country? Then BBK Bilbao Live is for you. And at the time of writing – Arcade Fire has just been announced as headliner alongside Foal, Hot Chip, New Order, Pixies, Wolf Alice, Years & Years and M83. Top acts, top views – and a top tour deal if you want to spend the days exploring the region and your nights partying.

Music greats, pintxos and peaks

The International Music Festival of Bilbao – aka BBK – is situated in the Basque region of Spain and features some of the world’s best pop and rock performers each and every year. Playing on top of a hill overlooking the green mountains and situated near the old industry town of Bilbao famed for the Guggenheim Museum – BBK is a three-day end-of-European summer festival that ticks all the right boxes.

Student Flights can arrange tours to BBK that will have you eating at the best digs in Bilbao, making new friends at hostels and navigating the festival like a pro. Nearly a teenager, Bilbao BBK Live is held in a complex built specifically for it on Kobetamendi Hill and has been attracting over 100,000 people for the past few years. Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Coldplay, Blondie, Garbage, Momford & Sons, Depeche Mode and Placebo are amongst the greats to have grace the hill in the past.

Bilbao

When is it?

07th July 2016 to 09th July 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Save time, hassle and coins with a tour booked by Student Flights

  • Camping options are available; book in advance

  • Bilbao has an international and domestic airport

  • Reach the festival site on Kobetamendi Hill via a short, local or event bus ride

  • The festival starts late so there’s plenty of time for siestas, exploration and local food tasting in Bilbao

  • Beyond the festival, don’t miss the Guggenheim museum, Balbao’s old town and countryside/beaches

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