After 13 years the best festival of all is leaving its roots on The Isle of Whight and moving on to British mainland. Bestival now comes to you from its awesome camp in the grounds of the Lulworth estate, Dorset. If you haven’t already got tickets then fear not, there is still time to get your act together. If you are one of the clever ones with a ticket already, then this is what is coming your way from the 7th till the 10th of September.
Since Radio 1 DJ and all round music guru Rob Da Bank gave birth to Bestival back in 2013, the experience has gone from strength to strength. Winning countless awards through the years for putting on a damn good show, Bestival also makes a conscious effort to give back to the community through local charities, national charities, as well as actively reducing its impact on the environment. Of course, in comparison to the likes of Glastonbury or Coachella, the scale of Bestival is relatively small. That being said, with everything on offer each year then it certainly packs quite the punch!
The great thing with Bestival is that each year is never the same. This years theme is simply, colour. And with the festival currently holding the world record for the most people in fancy dress at any one time, the mind positively boggles at the thought of who or what you may walk past over the weekend. In terms of what you can do over the weekend, it’s probably quicker to say what you can’t do. One things for certain, there will be no feeling of boredom for anyone of any age attending the festival. That’s the great thing about Bestival is that it is totally family friendly. Obviously it is a festival and it does attract people who want to let loose and have a good time – amen to that – but it is so much more than that. From the worlds biggest bouncy castle and EDM spin classes, to hot tubs, ambient forests and Ferris wheels, the music line up is merely the icing on the Bestival cake.
As for the line up, Bestival never fails to disappoint. Their aim every year seems to be to intertwine some golden oldies with the newest, most vibrant acts, just another sign that the festival appeals to all generations. In past years the festival has shone the limelight back onto acts such as Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers (best set I have ever seen and ever will see), My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and The Cure to name but a few classic acts. This year sees the return of The Pet Shop Boys, as well as the likes of The XX, Wiley, Justice, Soul 2 Soul, Lucy Rose and many more. Also for their last ever UK show, rap giants A Tribe Called Quest will headline The Castle Stage, a performance that cannot be missed.
Sadly, this hasn’t even scratched the surface of what Bestival has to offer to every man woman and child who is lucky enough to go. What is for certain is that you will be transported to a stress free world where everyone gets on, great music is playing and good vibes – as well as good beer – are on tap. Just remember to take enough cash with you as the queues for the cash points are also out of this world. See you all there!