BIME is a festival that has been serving up forward thinking acts from the worlds of indie and techno since 2013. It has rather gone under the radar, though, but in 2018 that should surely change after a fantastic two days in the company of some huge names like Aphex Twin which show the line-ups only keep on getting better.
The location for it all over the weekend of October 26th and 27th is Guara for dance events, and the Bilbao Exhibition Centre for the rest of it. Bilbao is a beautiful city steeped in culture and warm weather. It boasts great seafood, plenty of art and hip people, so is a great place to explore outside of the festival itself.
Once you get to the cent elf the action though, the experience is all consuming. It boats huge and mesmeric lighting rigs that an extra dimension tot he music, and a small but well informed audience who really know their onions. Sets from Editors and MGMT brought back nostalgic memories of summers gone by with all the classics played to a rowdy audience, while Slowdive served up an immersive lice show that backs up any claims that he is one of the bet in the game.
For us though, it was Aphex Twin who made the biggest impression, which is no real surprise. The master of electronics took us into his weird and wonderful, beautiful yet beguiling world with digital synths, improbably programmed drums and alien emotions all drawing us in.
Jon Hopkins was another standout with his widescreen techno really reaching some fantastic emotional highs. he carefully built the momentum before letting things boil over and the pressure please, then took us down another deriving path, always keeping us guessing. For more straight up techno that rally bangs and comes with plenty of acid flashes, Nina Kraviz once again showed she is in a class of her own, while the ever playful Kornoel Kovacs was just that on the Friday.
The whole festivals is standout for its attention to detail. The production, design and layout is all immersive and feels extra special. The line-up features plenty of acts you might not know but who you are likely to love given their quality, and all this means BIME is only set to continue to grow and impress.