Bestival Preview


Tens of thousands of revellers will descend on the Isle of Wight next month for the annual Bestival music festival.

Held at Robin Hill Country Park from September 8 – 11, the quirky four-day event promises “an incredible cast of musical pioneers” accompanied by “forward thinking funksters and precognitive pop stars”.

Headliners include The Cure, Major Lazer and Sunday double bill Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul.

Festival co-founder Rob da Bank promised festivalgoers they would be taken far, far into the future.

“Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages and as ever it’s a broad church of music from every decade and genre,” he said.

This year’s Bestival will feature a brand new stage, the Spaceport, built around a rocket standing more than 20m in its centre.

The laser-loaded mega structure is said to deliver advanced sound and vision and will attract acts including American DJ Diplo, 80s British house and techno DJ Carl Cox and serial rave god Fatboy Slim.

Organisers said it’s not all about the music, however, offering punters the world’s biggest bouncy castle to accommodate more than 100 pleasure-seeking festivalgoers at a time.

There’s also plenty of other action to keep the crowds entertained, with relaxation spaces, morning fitness or yoga, comedy acts, hot tubs, circus acts, a tea and homemade cake tent and a bird sanctuary.

Revellers also won’t go hungry with food on offer from the likes of Le Rac Shack, The Feast Collective, Coco Labelle, Shrimpy and The Rattling Pan.

For tickets and further information visit here.

Other acts (in alphabetical order):

Aled Jones (MC) & Rob da Bank (DJ) (History of Jungle and Drum and Bass Set), Alice Jemima, All This Noise, Amy Becker, Animal Collective, Anne-Marie, Annie Nightingale, Applescal, Artwork, Asylums, Aurora, Avalon Emerson, Barely Legal, Bastille, Beaty Heart, Benji B, Benjamin Damage, Bicep, Billie Martin, Bitr8, Black Honey, The Black Madonna, Bodhi presents ROOTS: Axel Boman, Bodhi & Romare. More sounds from Born Ina Barn, Brothers Black, Caravan Palace, Clara Amfo, Clean Cut Kid, Coco, Craig David’s TS5, Creeper, Crystal Fighters, The Cuban Brothers, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Danny L Harle, David Rodigan pres. Ram Jam, Destructo, DJ Yoda and DJ Zinc. Plus, we’ll have Dr DJ Joe Roberts pres. Ecstasy Garage Disco, Dub Pistols Soundsystem, Eats Everything, Ed Solo, Eska, Eskimo Dance featuring Big Narstie, Chip, Section Boyz, Newham Generals, P Money, Logan Sama, Elf Kid, Frisco, Maximum, Fekky, & AJ Tracey. Solar sounds from Espa, Evian Christ, Fatherson, Fickle Friends, Frances, Ghettospheric, Ghostpoet, Girli, Glass Animals, Goldie, Goldierocks, GotSome, The Greasy Slicks, Greco-Roman: Joe Goddard, Karma Kid, Lxury and Greco-Roman Soundsystem, HÆLOS, The Heatwave, Heidi, Hinds and Hospitality Presents: Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, S.P.Y B2B Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd B2B Brookes Brothers, Maduk, Dynamite MC and Wreck. Kicking off our Future manoeuvres there will be performances from Hadda, Hodgson, Honey Soundsystem, Honne, Hot Chip, The Human League, Icarus, Izzy Bizu, Jagwar Ma, James Zabiela, Jamz Supernova, The Japanese House, Jeremy Loops, JP Cooper, Juicebox: Maribou State, Fono, Joe Hertz and Juicebox DJs. Moon maneuvers from Junk: Not Your Thing – Luca Pilato & Jordan Mckinlay, Just Eden, K2rah, Kano, Katy B, Kenton Slash Demon, K.Flay, Kiko Bun, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Klose One, Krept & Konan, Kurupt FM’s Champagne Steam Rooms, Lady Leshurr, L.A. Salami, Lauren Hibberd, Leftfield, Louis Berry, Loyle Carner, Mant, Mele & Monki’s NRG Flash, Mella Dee, Milk Teeth, MJ Cole, MØ, Moose Blood, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), Moxie, Mumbai Science, Mura Mura, My Nu Leng B2B Oneman, Mystry, New Desert Blues, Norman Jay MBE, Novelist, Odesza, Oh Wonder, PC Music All Stars, Petite Meller, Pinegrove, Pote, Pretty Vicious, Pup, Purple Rave: A Prince Tribute from Heidi, Rob da Bank & Tayo, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Reggie & Bollie and techno genius, Richie Hawtin. Also travelling with us into the unknown are Ride, Riton, Roosevelt, Royce Wood Junior, The Sherlocks, The ShowHawk Duo, Shy FX’s Party On The Moon: Giggs, Redlight, The Fatback Band, General Levy, Nadia Rose, Masterstepz, plus Sink The Pink pres. No Limits: Candi Station & Livin’ Joy, Siobhan Bell, Sir Spyro, Skepta, Skream, Shadowchild, Sir Spyro Slamboree, Snakehips, Spring King, Stompy’s Playground, Subgiant, Sunflower Bean, Suspiciously Delicious, Talk&Smoke, Target, This Is The Kit, Tiggs da Author, Toddla T, Too Many T’s, Tourist, The Twilight Sad, Venum Sound, Will Varley, Wstrn, Wolf Alice, World Of Rave & Music Mondays present: Slipmatt B2B Billy Daniel Bunter and Altern-8. Superstar performances from The Wytches, Vant, Xockha, Xylaroo, Years & Years and Zibra.


Words by: Caitlin Carey

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