Bilbao BBK Live expands on its lineup for 2019, announcing the return of Lasai, the festival’s downtempo stage, which made its debut last year. Artists bringing the low BPM beats to stunning mountain-top location this year include Fort Romeu, Orpheu The Wizard, Phuong-Dan and more, with celebrated Spanish selector John Talabot curating the line-up for the final night.
Taking place from 11 – 13 July 2019, Bilbao BBK Live is one of this summer’s hottest festival tickets. Set atop the Kobetamendi Mountain with stunning views over the city of Bilbao, an unparalleled concert space, this year’s line-up for the forward-thinking Spanish festival features appearances from The Strokes, Suede, Brockhampton, Rosalía, Idles, Thom Yorke, Princess Nokia, Nils Frahm, Laurent Garnier, Honey Dijon, Bicep, Octo Octa and many, many more.
Last year, Bilbao BBK Live made a big statement, debuting a stage that celebrates low BPM music. Lasai, which means ‘rest’ and ‘calm’ in Euskera, aims to become a place where revellers can decompress and escape from the madness of the festival. With its hillside location, backed by the beautiful Basque woodland and surrounded by cypress trees, Lasai takes full advantage of the spectacular views of Bilbao. Furthermore, its unique philosophy makes it the ideal location to stop, relax and remember that the true measure of a festival is not about the number of acts; it’s about being in the moment and embracing the experience. Going off the grid and switching off your phone is encouraged.
Lasai is bound by one rule only: music doesn’t exceed 100 beats per minute. This gives DJs a free hand to experiment and take risks. In 2019, Lasai once again stacks the line-up with a stellar combination of DJs specialising in low BPM sounds and artists willing to open up the lesser-visited areas of their collections. Lasai’s roster of talent will include a showcase by house superstar Fort Romeau, playing a selection of dreamy mellow beats, and Red Light Radio co-founder Orpheu The Wizard, who will push the boundaries to give us something to marvel at.
Joining them on the bill are Phuong-Dan, who either at the helm of his Gatto Musculoso party or as a resident at clubs like Golden Pudel or Salon des Amateurs, is usually linked to the cream of the crop on the European electro scene; and Dekmantel co-founder Casper Tielroo, who is likely to unleash his passion for dub, Afro and Brazilian beats. On top of all this, John Talabot, one of Spain’s best-known international DJ, has curated the line-up for Saturday.
In addition, DJohnston, curator for some of the highest-rated clubs in Barcelona; Elena Combi, whose sets are more about taste-making than pandering to trends; Fenna Fiction, with her stunning record collection; Julian Falk, generator of dream-like atmospheres; Miravalles, contributor to the resurgence of the club scene of Bilbao; Mislav, one of the masterminds behind Burek label; Muevelocumbia, the great Mueveloreina with a special setlist full of electro-cumbia hits; Ninja, intricated alias of one of the highest-rated selectors in Europe; Nuel, a master creating elevated streams of conscience using lulling rhythms and soaring melodies; Olivia, coming back to Lasai with a set full of low frequencies; and Sacha Mambo, a special talent to exist between styles without being swallowed by pastiche or contradictions; wrap up the experience.
From dub to ambient and industrial sounds, and from disco beats to psychedelic experimentation, Lasai is a platform for the type of music that blurs genres and styles, and rejects labels and categories. Lasai celebrates the type of music that nurtures our thirst for discovery.
With all this and more, Bilbao BBK Live 2019 is set to be the festivals biggest edition to date and the must-visit festival of the summer.
BILBAO BBK LIVE
11, 12 and 13 14 July 2019
Kobetamendi, Bilbao, Spain
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/ + MORE TBA
ALICIA CARRERA/ ÁLVARO CABANA/ BICEP dj set/ COURTESY/ DJ DUSTIN/ DJ SEINFELD/ HONEY DIJON/ JOHN TALABOT/ KETIOV/ LAURENT GARNIER/ MIDLAND/ MOXIE/ OCTO OCTA/ TAMA SUMO/ TODD TERJE dj set
CASPER TIELROOIJ/ DJOHNSTON/ ELENA COMBI/ FENNA FICTION/ FORT ROMEAU/ JULIAN FALK/ MIRAVALLES/ MISLAV/ MUEVELOCUMBIA/ NINJA/ NUEL/ OLIVIA/ ORPHEU THE WIZARD/ PHUONG-DAN/ SACHA MAMBO Tickets:
3 day pass: €145 + bf
3 day pass + camping: €160 + bf