Relax, we’ve got this. This is what we’ll be looking out for this year. Have a read and tell us later how right we were. See you there!
Friday, May 1.
One of the most notable improvements to this year’s is the increased presence of local acts. To be honest, it’s a no-brainer given the quality of the current music scene in this neck of the woods. So, to set the ball rolling, you can enjoy a cold quinto and 3 such bands – The Lawyers, Los Últimos Bañistas and El Bueno, El Feo y El Mena – in the aperitivos SOS (plaza universidad,. They’ll be on at 12.30, 14.00 y 16.30, respectively and are the perfect warm up for proceedings later on.
The Purple Elephants (18.00, Escenario Radio 3)
Another band from Murcia, one that the local punters claim are destined for great things, these youngsters earned a place in this years’s festival courtesy of their victory in the talentosos competition.
Perro (18.50, Escenario Radio 3)
Current top-dogs (if you’ll pardon the pun) locally and, some might say, nationally. Would have liked to have seen them on stage a little later, but their energy levels are guaranteed to get you into the swing of things for the rest of the evening. They’ve been away touring all over Spain for the past year, so it’ll be good to see them back home again.
Morrissey (22.40, Escenario Estrella Levante)
Did anyone really believe this was possible? The M in Murcia? Last year we suggested that Damon Albarn was the biggest name to have graced the festival since it began. The organisers have blown that out of the water this time around. If recent setlists are anything to go by, there’ll be a balanced mix of tracks from his latest – and outstanding – album ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ and a selection of classics from his back catalogue.
One of British music’s greatest icons, the pleasure and privilege is most certainly ours!
Palma Violets (00.00, Escenario Radio 3)
Murcian bands are highly prominent at the year’s event, but the same can be said of London-based acts. The confirmation of the Lambeth boys may not have caused as much of a stir as others, but we are convinced that their high-tempo, raw garage sound will make them one of the highlights of the weekend.
Incidentally, another new London band, Years & Years will follow this set (01.35). BBC radio’s Sound of 2015 are on the verge of releasing their debut album, ‘Communion’. Might be one to have a look at before The Vaccines crank up their guitars.
The Vaccines (02.05, Escenario Estrella Levante)
NME darlings The Vaccines are possibly more famous over here for providing the sound track to a well-known Spanish lager – I’m sure ‘If you wanna’ will have everyone going mental. Their performance will give us a chance to get up close and personal to some of their new material for the first time; 3rd album ‘English Graffiti’ is due for release on 25 May. Without a doubt one of the must-sees at this year’s SOS if guitars are your thing.
And that’ll do nicely for day 1. We’ll leave the djs for the youngsters to enjoy!
Saturday, May 2
Murciano Total (18.45, Escenario Radio 3)
This quirky local band cultivated quite a cult following via their Youtube video releases and are now featuring at some of the country’s top national festivals.
Nunatak (19.45, Escenario Jägermusic)
What a 12 months it’s been for this Murcian band following the release of their debut ‘Nunatak Y Las Luces Del Bosque’. Their epic tunes earned them a support slot on Dry The River’s recent visit to Spain and they’ll also be playing at FIB in July. One of our favourites, it’s great to see them inside the venue for this year’s event, having played in the Aperitivos in 2014.
Temples (21.45, Escenario Estrella Levante)
Psychedelia is the order of the day for this British quartet (Kettering, 2012). Having supported the likes of Kasabian and The Vaccines, they are now flying high as they showcase their debut ‘Sun Structures’. They might not feature highly on a lot of people’s ‘must see’ list, but we think they’ll be one of the surprises of the event.
Btw, if you fancy a bit of stage hopping, the ambient-electronic Glass Animals will be on the other stage as from 22.30.
The National (01.00, Escenario Estrella Levante)
Until Morrissey’s confirmation, this Ohio born, NYC-bred quintet were arguably the biggest name on the line up. Dark and melancholic are certainly adjectives which fit their sound and lead singer Matt Berninger’s immaculate baritone vocals firmly place The National as THE must see band on Saturday night and, in my opinion, second-only to Morrissey in the whole festival.
And if you’re still feeling strong on Sunday, we heartily recommend you check out Neuman and Viva Suecia (14.00 & 16.30, aperitivos SOS), two Murcian acts who’ll bring the 8th edition to a close.