Oasis to kick off Benicassim festival in Spain


June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 5:09 PM EDT

British rock band Oasis was on Thursday due to open the 15th edition of the Benicassim festival, one of Europe's biggest annual music gatherings, in eastern Spain.

Tens of thousands of music fans were expected in the Mediterranean resort town north of Valencia for the event, which lasts until Sunday and features about 100 concerts.

Other acts scheduled to perform included Grammy-winning US foursome the Kings of Leon, Scottish band Franz Ferdinand and British pop singer Lily Allen.

The electronica and alternative pop rock music festival has been held each year since 1995. It also features short films, theatre and dance performances.

Last year the festival drew over 148,000 people over its four days, with a huge amount of participants coming from outside of Spain.

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