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[Festival Preview] Bestival

[Festival Preview] Bestival

Now entering it's 10th year, Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and wife Josie's Bestival (an off shoot of Rob's Sunday Best record label and club night) has grown from attracting crowds of around 10,000 in it's early years to 50,000+ currently.  A success year in year out, the festival has been awarded Best Medium Sized Festival at the 2006 UK Festival Awards, Best Major Festival at the 2010 and 2012 UK Festival Awards and the Fans Favourite Festival in 2011.


But with Bestival it isn't about awards, or bringing in the biggest crowds, it's much more pure than that.  With a real emphasis on community, the festival is also heavily involved with several social charities and youth organisations including the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, Rob da Bank's Music Club, Isle of Wight Toy Appeal, St Catherines School and many more.  Always taking responsibility for it's environmental impacts Bestival also places great focus on reducing it's carbon footprint, as well as the prints of it's attendees through unique and pioneering schemes such as Bike to Bestival and Swim to Bestival.  Accompany this social awareness and will to do good with some of the best festival production and lineups – that have seen the likes of Basement Jaxx, Fat Boy Slim, Pet Shop Boys, Beastie Boys, Primal Scream, Madness, Amy Winehouse, Underworld, Massive Attack, Kraftwerk and many more take the stage – and you're left with an incredible and very unique experience.


If you've never been to Bestival be sure to check out the official highlights video below from last year's festival featuring Stevie Wonder, Florence and The Machine, New Order and much more.

Bestival 2013


Elton John / Snoop Dogg / M.I.A. / Franz Ferdinand  / The Flaming Lips  / The Knife / Wu-Tang Clan / Bombay Bicycle Club / The Roots / Belle & Sebastian / Jessie Ware / Disclosure / Tom Odell / Sinead O’connor / Chic Feat. Nile Rodgers / Squarepusher / Hot Natured / Rudimental / Angel Haze / The Polyphonic Spree / Johnny Marr / Bastille / Peace / The Strypes / Dj Fresh / Dexys / The Walkmen / John Cooper Clarke / Lissie / The Wonder Stuff / Caravan Palace /THE Cuban Brothers / Matthew E White / While She Sleeps / Merchandise / Mikill Pane /TRUE Tiger / Sexy Sushi / Is Tropical / Skaters / Lulu James / Swim Deep / Drenge / Jagwar Ma / Fleetwood Bac / Jaipur Brass Band / Kawa Circus / Lewis Watson / Jaws / J-Cat

DJ Sets From...

Richie Hawtin / Carl Cox / Annie Mac Presents / Seth Troxler / A-Yo (Mark Ronson Vs Zane Lowe) / Julio Bashmore / Maya Jane Coles / Erol Alkan / David Rodigan Mbe Presents Ram Jam / Dixon / Kerri Chandler / Eats Everything / Numbers - Jackmaster, Spencer, Redinho, Sophie & Special Guest Rustie / Joy Orbison / Fabio + Grooverider / Hospitality Take Over Ft. High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic, Fred V & Grafix - Hosted By Wrec & Dynamite / Marcel Dettmann / Dj Yoda / The Daft Punk Tribute Night In The Hidden Disco / Redlight / Bondax / Heidi / Ed Rush / Fake Blood / Jesse Rose / Justin Robertson / A Love From Outer Space / Ben Ufo / Cyril Hahn / Daniel P Carter / Catz N Dogz / My Love Is Underground / Cashmere Cat / Krankbrother / Ben Pearce /

+ more


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Important Information

  • Campsites open from midday Thursday 5th September.
  • Campsites close at 2pm Monday 9th September.
  • Music generally runs from around 11am – 5am.
  • For travel information including trains, ferries, shuttle buses, swimming and more click here.


Article by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Bestival.
[Festival Preview] Bestival

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