Costa de Fuego

Yet another new festival for 2012. Costa de Fuego (‘Coast of Fire’) is organised by Maraworlds, the same people responsible for the immensely successful Festival Internacional de Benicàssim. The pretext appears obvious. The FIB has enjoyed almost two decades of huge success for rock, pop and electronica, so why not try repeating the exact same formula, at the exact same place, but this time aimed at hard rock? After all, the stages and infrastructure are all there already, all we need are the bands.

How about Gun N’Roses? Get on the blower to Axl, and whaddya know? Turns out he’s free that weekend. Securing G N’R for a festival with no history and no other bands clearly shows that these guys have their fingers on the right buttons. Spain already has its hard rock festivals – but the folk in Benicàssim clearly feel there’s room for another, and there aren’t many people with better experience of putting it on. Could be interesting to see how this one develops.


Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21

Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson, Paradise Lost, Nightwish

Cancer Bats, We Are The Ocean, Lacuna Coil, Opeth, Lacuna Coil, WarCry, Berri Txarrak, Steel Horse, Amorphis, In Flames, Katatonia, Rolo Tomassi, Noctem, Barón Rojo, Obús, Hamlet


Capacity: For the FIB they can cope with 150,000 odd. There should be room for everybody.

Benicássim is in the province of Castellón on the east coast. Like most places in the ‘Comunitat Valenciana’ it’s pretty much got bugger all going for it, but foreigners think it’s great because it’s hot and it got the sea. Any of Alicante or Valencia to the south of Reus or Barcelona to the north are reasonably good places to head for, and then it’s a question of finding the train that connects all these places and getting off at Benicassim.

Capacity: 100,000

Address: Ciudad del Rock, Arganda del Rey

For the FIB, the ideas of getting a hotel in the town while the festival is going on is nigh on impossible, and unless you’re very, very fortunate, there is other option than to camp. For Costa de Fuego, the situation is likely to be very similar, although with this being the first year, it’s hard to gauge how things are going to work – after all this is a metal festival, so a lot of the visitors are going to be arriving on bikes.

Tickets for both days include free camping from Thursday July 18th to Sunday 22nd –  it’s all pretty rustic, but that’s all part of the fun.  Like at the FIB, we assume the whole town is basically going to part of the festival. As well as the bands, you’ve got the beach and restaurants and all the other charms Benicàssim can offer within easy walking distance.


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