• BIME PRO, international gathering point of the music industry, brings together over 300 festival organizations as well as professionals, entrepreneurs, and students from around the music world

  • BIME CITY, featuring emerging artists from the local, national, and international scenes with 50 performances across 11 venues

  • BIME LIVE, the main fall festival event featuring Jamiroquai, Foals, Kraftwerk 3D, Amaia, and many more, making for a total of 35 performances across 5 stages

Next October 30th and 31st and November 1st and 2nd, Biscay will become the music capital with BIME, Bizkaia International Music Experience, which for the seventh consecutive year will be held in the BEC! in Bilbao.

Key movers and shakers of the Spanish and international music industry converge at the BIME PRO trade fair (30 Oct. to 1 Nov.).  BIME CITY (30 and 31 Oct.) serves as a springboard for the headliners of tomorrow’s festivals with free-entry concerts in 11 venues around the city, and BIME LIVE (1 and 2 Nov.), the biggest festival of the autumn season, features the cream of the crop of today’s artists.

BIME PRO

Over the course of three days, from October 30th to November 1st, BIME PRO will become a bubbling cauldron of creativity and networking where the latest trends will be examined, moments will be shared, and opinions will be exchanged regarding the music industry.  Serving as an internationally recognized forum for the music industry and other overlapping cultural and creative industries, BIME PRO is a meeting point for European and Latin American music professionals. 

BIME PRO offers networking opportunities in the form of speedmeetings, work hubs, and conferences hosted by relevant agents in the music biz such as Matthew Knowles (music magnate, Beyoncé’s father and former manager), Scott Cohen (The Orchard co-founder and CIO of Warner Music Group), Rozalén (artist), Joe Rudge (CEO of the Silent Partners agency and acclaimed music supervisor), Amelia Hartley (Endemol Shine UK Music Director and music supervisor for series like Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders), Alfonso Lanza (Co-Director of Primavera Sound), Domingo Olivo De Miguel (SONY Music Spain Marketing Director), Tom Windish (veteran booking agent at Paradigm Talent Agency), and Mike Cave (producer and sound engineer for Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan), among others.

In its role as prescriber to the industry, with a program of over 70 conferences, round tables, lectures, and workshops, and featuring nearly 200 speakers including key figures from the Spanish panorama and abroad, BIME PRO covers topics spanning all the different offshoots and thought currents within the music industry such as sustainability, audiovisuals, financing, and music production.

BIME PRO is also hosting the Constitutive Act of the Federation of Spanish Music, an organism bringing together diverse entities of the sector for the first time under one umbrella and which will single-voicedly represent artists, authors, promoters, publishers, labels, and management societies, with the aim of promoting the collective interests of the sector.  It features a complete program incorporating talks such as “Changes in forms of patronage in our country”, “The current challenges in authors’ rights management and intellectual property in Europe”, and “Digital platforms’ different consumption methods”, as well as various practical workshops covering sectors such as photography, videogames, and music production.    

BIME PRO is further bolstered by different special activities headlined by the gathering for all professionals of the festival and live music sectors, BIME PRO FESTS (with a new record of 300+ confirmed festivals this year); the advanced training course for those looking to break into the music world and practical course for professionals featuring workshops and masterclasses, BIME PRO CAMPUS; the program aimed at young entrepreneurs and businessfolk in the cultural and creative industries, BIME PRO STARTUP!; and the debut of the single most important encounter for today’s musica en español at its moment of greatest global expansion, the AMCS (Atlantic Music Conferences Symposium) program encompassing the main music conferences of Latina America, Portugal, and Spain.

Another big novelty this edition is the incorporation of a new trade fair under the BIME PRO banner.  BIME TECH is conceived for technicians, service providers, and professionals contributing solutions to events of all sizes.  It’s a space catering to veterans who’ve been in the sector for years as well as those looking to find their way in, featuring talks and conferences with leading experts, innovation, and lots of business opportunities.

BIME CITY

BIME PRO is also spilling over the boundaries of the BEC! and all throughout the city of Bilbao thanks to BIME CITY (30 and 31 Oct.), a free program consisting of nearly 50 concerts taking the buzz-worthiest of the emerging national and international scenes to the best venues in the city.  New features this edition are complementary activities like the family program the morning of November 1st in the Azkuna Zentroa space; the VR exposition put on by the artist Someone at Basquery; and a screening of Habitación Roja’s documentary In the Middle of Norway, to be accompanied by an unplugged concert at Bilborock.

BIME LIVE

BIME LIVE is without a doubt the perfect plan for the November holiday weekend for lovers of contemporary sounds.  With five stages, the biggest indoor festival of the fall season will rock the BEC! on the 1st and 2nd of November with the live performances of artists of today who’ve gone down in music history, such as Jamiroquai, music icon returning to Euskadi 14 years after their last unforgettable live show here; Foals, taking us back through their ten-year career and presenting their new critically-acclaimed album; Teuton crew Kraftwerk, pioneers of electronica, with a spectacular 3D setup that has made the circuit of the main contemporary art museums of the world; Brittany Howard, singer and frontwoman of Alabama Shakes, with her deep and soulful album; and Floating Points, a requirement for heads of the most avant-garde electronica.

BIME LIVE’s carefully curated program also counts on three themed stages.  The intimate Antzerkia will spotlight such acts as the versatile Amaia, embarking on a new phase of her musical trajectory; or Michael Kiwanuka, endurance runner whose popularity has surged since his tune “Cold Little Heart” was picked up for the opening theme of the series Big Little Lies.  The Gaua stage, an Eden for electronica and dance lovers, will enjoy sessions from Helena Hauff, one of the most relevant producers of the day; and Daphni (aka Caribou), Canadian dance genius.  Finally, the Goxo stage, a little trap, R&B, hip hop, dancehall, and reggaeton club within a big festival, will feature figures of such stature as Kaydy Cain, urban artist who’s sprung himself from the trap tag; and French producer, vocalist, and DJ Coucou Chloe, whose tracks took off after finding their way onto the runway at the New York Fashion Week. 

And we have some news regarding a roster change:  Enric Montefusco will be taking over the time slot previously allotted to the group Phantogram, who have just canceled their European tour.

Special Metro service

Metro Bilbao will provide special night services on Friday and Saturday so concertgoers can get back home those nights.  Friday and Saturday the metro will be running all night long.  Train intervals can be consulted on the Bilbao Metro website under “Next Trains”.

Cashless by Tuenti

BIME will be a cashless event thanks to fiber-optic and mobile service Tuenti.  Attendees will be given an intelligent wristband that they can top up with Tuents, the virtual coin.  All payments that can made on the premises (food, beverages, merchandise) will be transacted with the touch of a wrist thanks to this device.  Top-ups can be made in advance through the BIME website and app, which would mean that remaining balances are reimbursed automatically and commission-free, or otherwise manually at the BEC! stands, in which case reimbursement of unused balances must be applied for before quitting the premises.  

Erronka Garbia

This 2019, BIME LIVE is once again certifying its commitment to sustainability with a series of actions aimed at maximum minimization of our impact on the environment. The festival was awarded the prestigious Erronka Garbia certificate, created by the Basque Government through environmental management society Ihobe.  Our actions are focused on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions to foster sustainable mobility, using efficient gear to reduce energy consumption, and making separate specified waste bins available to the public to ensure its proper handling.  Furthermore, there will be reusable plastic cups available with the aim of consuming the least amount of plastic possible.

Yet another year, the festival would like to thank all of its sponsors for their support.  Without their involvement it would not have been possible to hit our development and growth targets for this edition.

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