If you have been to Benicassim recently you will have noticed a shift in the atmosphere of late, a change in the average party-goer who flocks there. Listening to the background noise on the beaches, there is a clamber in the air that wasn't there before. It is the sound of 17 year old trust fund babies, and screeching sixth formers, on the verge of university and jumping on the Beni -bandwagon before they disembark.
The sense of a secret being let out is heartrending for those who have been flying to Spain religiously for a number of years. But now there is an alternative, The Spirit of Burgas Festival.
The Spirit of Burgas is a festival situated right on the tip of the Bulgarian coast, facing out on the Black Sea with gorgeous white sandy beaches. The event occurs toward the end of the Summer Holidays (15th-17th of Aug) and is the perfect setting for one last hootenanny to see out festival season. Temperatures reach high 20's- low 30's (Celsius) during this month, so sun lotion and swim wear is essential.
Having gained steadily in popularity, The Spirit of Burgas now has over 23,000 fans on Facebook and this number will only increase as people get wind of this new foreign adventure by word of mouth. But there is a two year window, perhaps a little longer as no one can predict the future, when this event will remain a relatively underground European music festival. Prices for weekend and day tickets are also very reasonable, 60 EURO and 25 EURO respectively. However, prices vary on the door, so make sure you get yours well in advance.
It is key to not this festival still has the pull of a niche dance festival and all of the live bands who love to play in front of the best crowds embrace this festival with open arms. The line-up over the last few years has continued to improve in quality, and standards were at an all-time high in 2011 as Moby graced the main stage and rocked through some of his best loved hits, many coming from his seminal album Play.
Former headliners also include the greatest living proponents of hardcore dance and dirty bass, The Prodigy. Some other star names who have played there include Groove Armada, King Roc of Ministry of Sound, Pendulum, Shy FX and Fun Lovin' Criminals. 2012 promises to be a bumper year.