Date: 01 March 2013
There's likely to be an increase in the number of people catching ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao
in July, as music fans flock to the Spanish city for the annual BBK Live festival.
Now in its eight year, the event regularly welcomes top international bands to the slopes of Mount Cobetas, where they entertain crowds of more than 100,000 people over three days.
Past headliners include US legends Pearl Jam and British hit makers Coldplay, and this year fans will be treated to the music of 'Use Somebody' singers Kings of Leon, electronic stalwarts Depeche Mode and punk rockers Green Day. Other acts on the bill include the DJ Fatboy Slim, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and sharp-dressed Swedes The Hives.
A three-day pass to this great summer event on the 11th, 12th and 13th July is a very reasonable £85 including camping, and the organisers will even be putting on free shuttle buses from Bilbao to the festival site.
And with the ferry port only a 20-minute drive from the city centre, travelling by sea to the festival is an excellent option for British music lovers bringing tents and other camping equipment with them.
Aside from the great music on offer, Bilbao festival-goers are also likely to enjoy some fantastic weather during their stay, with the city enjoying an average 188 hours of sunshine in July and temperatures well into the 20s. And with only 2.5 inches of rain in the month, campers probably won't need to take their wellies as they would for a muddy weekend at Glastonbury.
As well as BBK Live, reasons to visit Bilbao itself include the great art displays on show at the Guggenheim Museum, the chance to watch a La Liga game at the San Mames ground, home of Athletic, and the Alhondiga Bilbao entertainment centre.
Alhondiga features a cinema multiplex, a fitness centre, a library, showrooms, an auditorium, shops and a restaurant, as well as some great architecture designed by Philippe Starck.
Posted by Andrew Smith