6 OF THIS SUMMER’S MUST-SEE MUSIC PERFORMANCES
From the biggest Ibiza opening parties to the summer’s most hotly-anticipated festival shows, here’s 6 unmissable music performances for 2018.
CHILDISH GAMBINO AT BILBAO BBK LIVE
Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” video amassed close to one million views in the first hour on YouTube and has now racked up more than 115 million views, becoming one of the most watched videos on YouTube this year. Donald Glover’s alter-ego will be making one of only two scheduled European performances at Bilbao BBK Live festival in Spain this July.
Taking place from 12-14 July on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live’s 2018 roster also include Gorillaz, My Bloody Valentine, The xx, Florence & The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Sophie, James, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO and many more. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com
PEGGY GOU AT OASIS FESTIVAL
There are many, many gems on Oasis festival’s 2018 line-up, but one in particular that stands out as one of this year’s most-anticipated performances is rising Korean selector Peggy Gou. The name on everybody’s lips this year, Gou has impressed with performances at Berghain and London’s XOYO, releases on Ninja Tune and Phonica, and a killer Essential Mix which dropped earlier this year.
Taking place from 14-16 September at luxury music resort, the Fellah Hotel in Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this boutique music festival features today’s top electronic music talent, including Ben Klock, Carl Cox, DJ Koze, George Fiztgerald, Honey Dijon, Jessy Lanza, La Fleur, Octo Octa, The Black Madonna and more. Add in tropical gardens, palm trees, cacti and sun soaked swimming pools all backed by breath-taking vistas and you have one of this year’s must-visit festivals. Find out more at theoasisfest.com.
ERIC PRYDZ AT HÏ IBIZA
Eric Prydz is a giant of the contemporary dance scene thanks to his immaculate productions and rare understanding of dance floor dynamics. The Platinum selling producer responsible for some of the biggest progressive house and techno tracks in the last decade and he continues to innovate the boundaries of live performance, nowhere more so that Hï Ibiza, where he launched his debut Ibiza residency in 2017.
Returning for Year 2, Eric Prydz and guests will be taking over Tuesdays at Hï Ibiza from 10 July – 25 September. Expect more of the same immersive spectaculars as Prydz treats crowds to a blistering and inimitable blend of house and techno along with a visual and audio experience like no other. Find out more at hiibiza.com.
JAMIE XX AT BILBAO’S GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
The xx bring their acclaimed Night + Day festival to Bilbao BBK Live this year, curating a week of music, cinema, radio and afterparties in the city streets and cultural hotspots. From 6 to 11 July, the city of Bilbao will be host to a diverse range of cultural activities, including a performance by Jamie xx and special guests from the world of electronica on two stages outside the city’s most iconic background: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
The xx will also headline Bilbao BBK Live during the festivities. Taking place from 12-14 July on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live’s 2018 roster also include Gorillaz, My Bloody Valentine, Childish Gambino, Florence & The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Sophie, James, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO and many more. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com
CHARLOTTE DE WITTE AT SÓNAR
Belgian DJ-producer Charlotte de Witte is one of the biggest names in techno right now, thanks to her thundering DJ sets and productions on labels such as Novamute, Turbo and Suara. With an Essential Mix and Resident Advisor mix already under her belt this year, as well as a packed tour schedule with stops at Awakenings, Pukkelpop and Bestival to name just a few, this summer is shaping up to be her busiest to date.
Don’t miss her debut appearance at Sónar by Night on Saturday 16th June, which has the makings of something special indeed, with the Brussels native stepping up after Richie Hawtin for the closing set of SonarClub.
HONEY DIJON AT GLITTERBOX IBIZA
Glitterbox’s 21st century disco, with its extravagant production, flamboyant performers, and dancefloor hedonism has made it one of Ibiza’s most talked-about parties. This season’s roster is another disco and house-fuelled delight, with Chicago native Honey Dijon stepping up to work her magic on Friday 6th July. A regular at many of the best nightlife spots around the globe including, Panorama Bar, The Block and Smart Bar, Honey’s meteoric rise over the last few years is a result of her unique DJ and production style that has captivated dancefloors around the world.
Returning to its home at Hï Ibiza this summer, Glitterbox Ibiza’s Friday night residency will host acts including Armand Van Helden, Groove Armada, DJ Harvey, Greg Wilson, Horse Meat Disco, Nightmares On Wax, Derrick Carter, Kenny Dope and many more. Find out more at hiibiza.com.
Guggenheim Museum World Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Chagall Bring Visitors to Bilbao, Spain
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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. According to the cruise specialists at Cruises-N-More, today, most major cruise lines offer cruises to Bilbao. Because many cruise ships cannot navigate the Nervion River into the city center, they dock at the modern cruise terminal about nine miles north of Bilbao and shore excursions depart from there.
Chartered in 1300 along the Bay of Biscay, Bilbao grew slowly but steadily with a strong economic base built on shipbuilding, steel and chemical industries. At the beginning of the 20th century, Bilbao was said to be the wealthiest city in Spain. Then the steel and shipbuilding industry floundered and industrial decline set in, Bilbao was hit with a deep economic crisis. The once-bustling waterfront became derelict in what could have been known as a death blow, but Bilbao turned the tide with the Guggenheim, which became in important cultural facility.
Opened in October 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was designed by Frank Geary and cost an amazing 130 million Euros paid for by the Basque government. Geary liked that it was next to the river, and sometimes it is said the river is the reason Bilbao exists.
The result is an eye-popping shimmer of titanium, glass and limestone that looks like a magnificent winged ship sailing down the old port. The museum exterior is dazzling as is the artwork surrounding it. The entrance is guarded by an iconic Puppy floral sculpture, created by Jeff Koons. The 43-foot-tall living plant creation was modeled after a West Highland terrier and changes according to the time of year and the blooming plants, including colorful marigolds, begonias, impatiens, petunias, and lobelias.
Guggenheim is home to art by world masters. Inside the Guggenheim are soaring outer galleries plus a suite of 10 galleries in the building’s core that house a permanent collection of works by world masters like Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Paul Klee and Roy Lichtenstein. The structure was created to make maximum use of natural light.
Bilbao and the Guggenheim are a great destination to visit.
A sampling of cruise lines ships and sailings that visit Bilbao, Spain, where the Guggenheim Bilbao makes for a memorable visit are shown below:
• AmaWaterways, AmaDolce 14-night Taste of Bordeaux, Bilbao to Paris
• Azamara Club Cruises, Azamara Journey 11-night Wine & Romance Voyage starting in Southampton
• Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Eclipse 12-night Iberian Peninsula Cruise starting in Amsterdam
• Crystal Cruises, Crystal Serenity 26-night Explorer Combination, starting in Stockholm
• Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth 7-night Voyage Q819 Spain and France roundtrip from Southampton
• MSC Cruises, MSC Magnifica 11-night starting from Hamburg, Germany
• Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Jade 9-night France & Iberia from Southampton
• Oceania Cruises, Oceania Insignia World Cruise roundtrip New York
• Princess Cruises, Crown Princess 15-night Western Europe Passage from Fort Lauderdale
• Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seven Seas Explorer 16-night Barcelona to London
• Seabourn, Seabourn Ovation 14-night Vintage Europe, starting in Lisbon
• Silversea Cruises, Silver Cloud Expedition 12-night sailing 1809 Lisbon to London
• Windstar Cruises, Star Breeze 12-night London to Lisbon
For more information about cruises that visit Bilbao, contact Cruises-N-More. Cruises-N-More offers select benefits for our clients and has over 19 years of dedicated service in the travel industry. To work with Cruises-N-More, a Travel Leaders Group President’s Club and Inner Circle top agency, please contact a Cruises-N-More cruise specialist at 800-733-2048 (toll-free USA/Canada), 0-808-189-1292 (toll-free U.K.), 800-076-002 (toll-free Australia) or +1-407-771-4454.
Bilbao, Spain, and Guggenheim information courtesy Jackie Sheckler Finch.
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Bilbao BBK has just unveiled the first two headliners for the 2018 festival: critically acclaimed The XX and Gorillaz. The festival will take place on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country. Thousands of festival goers will be in attendance to witness a weekend spectacle of incredible music from 12-14 July, 2018.
The fascinating trajectory of London trio The xx began with the release of their debut album “xx” in 2009 via Young Turks/XL. What followed was a meteoric rise, which saw the band tour the world, headline festivals and be awarded the prestigious Mercury Prize. Since then they’ve produced two further records, including their last album “I See You” (2017) which reached number 1 in the UK and other European countries. Bilbao BBK Live will be an exclusive performance in Spain and Portugal.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz, the world’s most successful virtual band, will return to Bilbao BBK Live in 2018! The group released their much anticipated new album “Humanz” this year which received widespread critical acclaim reaching #1 and #2 in the U.S. and U.K album charts respectively, and topping the iTunes chart in 60 plus countries around the world. On HUMANZ Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D are – as always – joined by an impressive line-up of featured artists including Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, Vince Staples, Popcaan, and Kali Uchis – and sees Gorillaz pushing boundaries once again.
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