10 August 2022
The town held an extraordinary Local Security Meeting for the festival which will take place between the 16th and 22nd of August
Benicàssim, 10 August 2022
This morning, Benicàssim held an extraordinary Local Security Meeting for the upcoming Rototom Sunsplash festival which will take place between the 16th and 22nd of August. The session, chaired by Benicàssim’s mayor, Susana Marqués, was held at Casa Abadía and attended by the General Secretary of the Government Sub-delegation in Castellón (Jerusalén Rodrigo Alonso), the Regional Secretary for Security and Emergencies (José María Ángel), the head of the Gender Violence Unit of the Castellón Sub-delegation (Rosa Marco), as well as representatives from the State security forces and corps and selected festival organisers, led by the festival’s director (Filippo Giunta).
The mayor, Susana Marqués, said that “after an enforced two-year break, our town will once again host the27th edition of Rototom Sunsplash. To this end, and drawing on Benicàssim’s experience, all the units are now ready and coordinated to handle any eventuality”.
The General Secretary of the Government Sub-delegation, Jerusalén Rodrigo, added that “collaboration and coordination between all the security forces involved is again essential for the smooth running of macro events like those hosted by Benicàssim, which has extensive previous experience”.
The planned daily capacity for this edition is 20,900 attendees, and the camping area can hold a maximum of 9,246 people. The town council would like to reiterate that the festival venue can be accessed, as in previous years, via the CV-147 road (carretera del Desert de les Palmes); this will be the onlyaccess point to the 62,000 m2 of designed parking space for festivalgoers, located in the area surrounding the festival grounds. This means that access to the festival venue via the N-340 road will only be allowed for public passenger transport, suppliers and the production team.
Related to this point, a meeting on mobility was held this week, involving members of the Benicàssim municipal corporation and addressing the planned improvements for access to the festival grounds. In this regard, the local Urban Planning and Mobility councillor, Carlos Díaz, said that since the land in question is now owned by the local council, “we are in a position to invest in fixed infrastructure and can move towards enabling events to take place all year round. We therefore plan to modify the General Urban Management Plan (PGOU), expanding the access routes to the venue from the Carretera del Desierto and the N-340 road”.
Benicàssim Town Council recommends using public transport to access the grounds and special services will be running during the festival to link the venue with the train station and town centre. A night bus will also link the festival to Benicàssim every 30 minutes, with stops in both the town centre and along the coast.
The available timetables and routes can be found on the festival website https://rototomsunsplash.com/info-util/mapas-y-descargas/.